MCN’S tracker

Street 750 project – with a lit­tle help from some friends!

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Contents - By Phil West MCN CON­TRIB­U­TOR

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.

No yokes

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.

Pip­ing 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.

Fin­ish­ing touches

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

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