Hot Bike’s Pick From Art Of Speed Malaysia



Sin­ga­pore Sun is a Har­ley-david­son Sof­tail built in 2003 for a dude who goes by “Mr. Ang.” He bought it orig­i­nally in Sin­ga­pore from the lo­cal H-D deal­er­ship. Like most of us, he caught the cus­tomiza­tion bug and had it changed—only, not for the bet­ter.

Looks only count un­til you throw a leg over and fire up the bike. Once that bike is in gear and you’re pi­lot­ing that mo­tor­cy­cle through traf­fic or through coun­try roads, it’s all about how it han­dles. Mr. Ang’s Sof­tail looked wild. And han­dled wild. Not the good kind you get from a killer lap­dance. No, this was the kind you get while hold­ing a trash bag filled with wet wolver­ines—a dan­ger­ous hand­ful best left alone. Which he did. The bike sat un­touched for a few years wait­ing his de­ci­sion for what to do with it.

Even­tu­ally he came to the de­ci­sion to give it one more try, and this time he wanted it to be right. From the be­gin­ning it was clear to him that no­body from Sin­ga­pore could do the job he wanted. In­stead he was look­ing for a pro from abroad. After some in­tense re­search he found One Way Ma­chine on­line. Im­me­di­ately he was sold on the style and the work­man­ship from the OWM bikes. He checked the home­page in de­tail and re­al­ized that the owner is a Ger­man en­gi­neer who had won more than 50 bike shows at this time. Mr. Ang de­cided to let OWM do the com­plete makeover of his bike.

One does not sim­ply ship a bike to Ger­many, how­ever. At least, Mr. Ang didn’t. He flew out there for a one-on-one meet­ing to see OWM’S other iron in per­son. He re­ally liked the work­man­ship and was even more con­vinced that he picked the right part­ner for his project. So they signed the con­tract and Mr. Ang got back to Sin­ga­pore. Mr. Ang’s only spec­i­fi­ca­tion was that he wanted his bike to look like the La Salle bike OWM had built be­fore. Since OWM’S owner Ju­lian doesn’t build a bike twice, they agreed on a bike that looked alike but was even bet­ter.

First Ju­lian dis­as­sem­bled the bike and mod­i­fied the frame and the swingarm. The next step in­cluded the en­gine, the trans­mis­sion, and the oil tank. Ju­lian got an old Tri­umph tank, which was best suited for the con­cept of this bike. He fol­lowed up with a to­tal makeover of the tank so it would match the Sof­tail frame. He man­u­fac­tured a fuel-tank plug, as­sem­bled an old hood or­na­ment, and built a tank holder that he fused to the base tank.

The seat was made by Spirit Leather. The back­fender is an af­ter­mar­ket part, which was com­pletely re­vised for this project. The wheels are orig­i­nal 21-inch Har­ley-david­son rims with cross tires. The Hill­climb fork was de­liv­ered by W&W. The han­dle­bar is a new prod­uct by OWM. In the front, Beringer In­board brakes were in­stalled. The con­trols and in­stru­ments are from Beringer, and the rocker­boxes are from Ness. Quite a few small com­po­nents were es­pe­cially made for this bike. The exhaust pipe was also hand­crafted by Ju­lian him­self.

Since there was still some time be­tween the com­ple­tion of this bike and the ship­ping back to its owner Mr. Ang, Ju­lian put it on dis­play on some ex­hi­bi­tions/shows. One day after the last show the bike was packed up and shipped to Sin­ga­pore. Mr. Ang was more than happy when he got to see his “new bike“for the first time. He sent more than one thank-you note and quite a few pic­tures on the road and on tour with his re­mod­eled bike. This op­er­a­tion took an enor­mous amount of ef­fort and wasn’t cheap, but since Mr. Ang is more than sat­is­fied and en­joys his time with his Har­ley, we’re sure he thinks it was worth­while. And so did Hot Bike Brand Director Jeff G. Holt, who gave it his pick at the Art of Speed Show 2017 in Malaysia.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.