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”
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?