Hard Parts

Kraus Mo­tor Co.’s Dy­namoto SP In­verted Fork

Motorcyclist - - Contents - —Brian Hatano

“once you’ve ex­pe­ri­enced a taste of per­for­mance and abil­ity in a mo­tor­cy­cle, it be­comes more and more im­por­tant,” says Satya Kraus, owner and pro­pri­etor of Santa Rosa, Cal­i­for­nia-based Kraus Mo­tor Co.

That, of course, is not the mind­set of the typ­i­cal cus­tom V-twin mo­tor­cy­cle builder. Satya Kraus started out build­ing chop­pers back in 2004, but they weren’t your av­er­age cook­iecut­ter cus­toms. The ma­chines that rolled out of Kraus’ shop were unique, in­di­vid­u­ally crafted bikes that oozed per­for­mance with pre­ci­sion-ma­chined com­po­nents that would later be­come the main­stay of his busi­ness.

As Kraus’ busi­ness grew, so too did his rep­u­ta­tion for build­ing some of the most de­sir­able, award-win­ning mo­tor­cy­cles that were fast and han­dled well. What isn’t fab­ri­cated in-house comes from up­scale man­u­fac­tur­ers like BST (car­bon-fiber wheels), Beringer (brakes), and Öh­lins (sus­pen­sion).

“We’re al­ways very fo­cused on sus­pen­sion,” Kraus says. “It’s the num­ber-one miss­ing link on a stock Har­ley and the thing that needs the most at­ten­tion.”

Com­plete Kraus Mo­tor Co. bikes are ex­tremely ex­pen­sive, but Kraus also sells his com­po­nents so that they can be ap­plied to other peo­ple’s cre­ations. Still, a front end like the Dy­namoto SP pic­tured here is pricey, cost­ing $3,820.

“Sure, it’s a lot of money,” Kraus says, “but the re­al­ity is that there’s not much else you can do to an Amer­i­can V-twin bike that’ll make as much of a dif­fer­ence in how the bike han­dles.” Com­po­nents like the Dy­namoto SP are what V-twin dreams are made of.

SHIFT The front-end kit fea­tures pro­pri­etary triple­tree ge­om­e­try for use with the Dyna, FXR, Sport­ster, and Sof­tail mod­els. While most Har­ley forks are non­ad­justable, the Dy­namoto SP of­fers tun­able spring preload, plus com­pres­sion and re­bound damp­ing, to suit your needs. The Kraus Dy­namoto SP fork is based on the Öh­lins Road and Track fork but with cus­tom in­ter­nals to suit the setup’s cruiser ap­pli­ca­tions.

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