Street 750 project – with a little help from some friends!
Harley project revealed
If Harley’s entry-level, novicefriendly, Street 750 lacks anything it’s arguably a little of the hardedged, bristly machismo of its bigger 883, 1200 and ‘Big Twin’ brethren. So, when we were loaned a Street to turn into a project bike, what did we want? Why, a full-on, retroinspired, Ama-style flat-tracker of course! This, we can now reveal, is the result and here’s how we (with more than a little help from a posse of specialists) did it – and how you can too.
How did it start out?
The base bike was loaned by Harley UK and was pre-production and not road legal. That fact, plus the classic, sporty appeal of H-D’S racing XR750 trackers inspired the ‘flat-track’ style for our project. Newmarket Harley-davidson were entrusted with the build and was coordinated by Andy Kelly along with technician Joe Hubbard. Bruce Dunn was MCN’S chief protagonist.
What came first?
A key component on any flat track replica is its wheels. So, out went the stock Street’s 17 and 15in wheel combo and in came Richard Hoyland and Warren Harding at wheel building specialists Central Wheel Components (01675 462264) who laced a pair of custom 19in, Ama-style wires based around a set of Harley Street Rod hubs.
New flat-track style forks and rear shocks came next with these top-ofthe-range Öhlins units sourced from the Swedish company’s ‘Retro 43’ range. As well as having all the performance you’d expect from Öhlins, they look superb.
The new, fatter (and fully adjustable) 43mm forks required new yokes. For these we turned to Fastec Custom Racing of Newmarket (01638 672022) who specialise in high quality CNC machin- ing and provided many one-off parts for the flat-tracker. As well as making the yoke set they also machined the new wheel spindles, various brackets and also took on the task of converting the Street 750’s belt final drive to a chain drive set-up.
Performance-wise, the Street’s 750cc liquid-cooled V-twin was left pretty stock but clearly needed a new, highrise, flat-track style exhaust. With nothing yet available off the peg we turned to Gfmoto in Aylesbury (01844 202850). When they’re not building bespoke systems for Formula One cars, these guys also fabricate kick-ass motorcycle exhausts and created this amazing one-off, high-level system with two of their own end cans.
Big thanks also go to Steve Hillary of the Red Max Speedshop (01404 529858) for sorting out the single race seat. While the fabulous paint was designed and applied by Phil Guillou of PGR Racepaint (07810 574377). We’re rather pleased with the result. All we need to do now is convince H-D to put it into production!
‘Öhlins units came from the Swedish firm’s Retro 43 range’
Harley’s Street 750 has never looked so hardcore
Seat sorted by Red Max Speedshop Formula One gurus Gfmoto built the gorgeous pipes