WHAT’S HOT A cut above the rest

When a groom­ing brand teams up with Har­ley, this is the re­sult ‘Sad­dle­bags open to re­veal a plethora of Captain Fawcett groom­ing prod­ucts”

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Richie Fin­ney, the man be­hind gen­tle­man’s groom­ing brand Captain Fawcett, was af­ter cre­at­ing a unique bike that em­bod­ied him and his com­pany, so he teamed up with Linzi Mum­ford, of IOC De­sign and Fab­ri­ca­tion, to make some­thing spe­cial. Mum­ford has a pas­sion for all things steam­punk, as well as a back­ground in fur­ni­ture restora­tion, and both of th­ese in­flu­ences were chan­nelled into the build com­pleted by New­mar­ket Har­ley-david­son.

The base bike is a Dark Cus­tom Forty-eight, so it’s pack­ing the air-cooled 1200cc Sport­ster en­gine. Yet the real show­stop­per are the sad­dle­bags, which open to re­veal a plethora of Captain Fawcett groom­ing prod­ucts and a mir­ror – ef­fec­tively turn­ing the bike into a mo­bile groom­ing sta­tion.

“The idea for the bike de­vel­oped over a cou­ple of days of look­ing at 1930s’ rac­ing cars and Vic­to­rian ex­pe­di­tion equip­ment,” says Mum­ford. “The bags are com­pletely orig­i­nal and some­thing that just popped into my head. I sup­pose the old Wild West snake-oil sell­ers’ carts were some­where in my mind at the time.”

Aside from the sad­dle­bags, the paint is the star at­trac­tion. Ap­plied by vin­tage Har­ley spe­cial­ists Beans Paints and Parts, it draws at­ten­tion to the bike’s shape. Af­ter start­ing with a base coat of white paint, Beans ap­plied an old-school swirling smoke ef­fect that was com­mon on bike tanks in the 1960s. A clear coat was then ap­plied, be­fore candy gold paint and translu­cent dye, with a fi­nal clear coat over the top to pro­vide the finish. The side-panel art­work was cre­ated us­ing cus­tom-cut sten­cils of Captain Fawcett’s logo and vi­su­als with black paint.

Quite the stun­ner, don’t you think?

Did some­one say steam­punk?

Keep­ing it stiff; Captain’s orders

Har­ley is beau­ti­fully groomed and im­pec­ca­bly turned out

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