The Cop Bike for the Ages

While in the midst of it, one can feel like some sort of greasy-handed Mag­el­lan chart­ing a dan­ger­ous two-wheeled petrol-fu­eled course into the un­known. And the story of the M8FXR is as such. It all started when Danny Wil­son, aka the Mo­tor Witch, and I had an idea to shoe­horn a brand-new 2018 Mil­wau­kee-eight pow­er­plant into a 1990s FXR. Af­ter I did some cy­cle search­ing, I found a blown-up and long-re­tired 1993 FXRP po­lice bike from the Fair­fax, Vir­ginia, po­lice depart­ment. Know­ing that FXRPS were in short sup­ply even when new, Danny and I wanted to do this bike build some jus­tice (pun to­tally in­tended) and take the ex­tra steps to make this cop bike look like it came from the Har­ley-david­son fac­tory with an M-8 in­tact.

Af­ter some beg­ging, Har­ley-david­son came on board with us on project M8FXR. H-D was kind enough to do­nate the en­gine, trans­mis­sion, and seven pages of small parts and com­put­ers in or­der to make this bike run just like a 2018-model Har­ley would.

The long jour­ney started when the bike was stripped down to just the frame. Justin Cole­man and Big Chris, of FXR Divi­sion, were tasked to pretty much re-en­gi­neer the whole FXR frame to fit the M-8 mo­tor and trans­mis­sion. This was not an easy task, as you can imag­ine, but if you are go­ing to trust two guys to do it, they would be the dudes. Once the frame was ready to eas­ily ac­cept the Mil­wau­kee-eight pow­er­train, we took it over to Buddy Stubbs H-D in Phoenix and got busy get­ting this bike to roller sta­tus. The bike started its build with Race Tech G6 and G3-S sus­pen­sion, Speed Mer­chant triple trees, Beringer ra­dial brakes, and a cus­tom set of Jade Af­fil­i­ated 13-spoke wheels wrapped in Con­ti­nen­tal Tire’s Con­ti­tour rub­ber.

The zero-mile fac­tory-fresh en­gine was taken to Lead­ing Edge V-twin, also in Phoenix, and was treated to one of LE’S all-new 151ci big-bore kits. This kit in­creases the M-8 en­gine’s horse­power by over 60 per­cent. And it uses no forced in­duc­tion, such as a turbo or su­per­charger, to get that power. It gets that power from good old Amer­i­can-made and de­pend­able dis­place­ment.

The body­work was sent to none other than Tay­lor Schultz, of Schultz De­signz in North­ern Cal­i­for­nia, where it was treated to a mas­sively styl­ized ver­sion of the stan­dard black-and-white cop-bike paint scheme. Tay­lor also added both red and blue pin­stripes, as well as some ghosted and pearl­ized de­signs that he is fa­mous for, which are hid­den in the paint. The stand­out of Schultz’s la­bor was the re­worked Mil­wau­kee po­lice in­signia on the sides of the gas tank.

Once the en­gine was back from re­ceiv­ing 165 hp and 183 foot-pounds of torque, it was in­stalled into the bike. Jay from Fab28 In­dus­tries came to Phoenix and hand-built a stain­less-steel mul­ti­stepped one-off ex­haust for this bike. The body­work was then fit­ted, and all of the spe­cial light­ing and parts from our pals at Hard Case Per­for­mance, Sad­dle­men, Rogue Rider In­dus­tries, Mo­to­demic, Russ Wern­i­mont De­signs, Lucky Daves, Rek­luse, and Kuryakyn were bolted up. FXR Divi­sion donated a set of its po­lice bags to fin­ish off the look of the cop bike. Danny then had the in­tense job of wiring and fir­ing the bike a few days be­fore he was set to ride and show the M8FXR as an in­vited builder of the Hot Bike Tour. And the rest, as they say, is his­tory.


Af­ter suc­cess has been made and all the print and web fan­fare has dis­si­pated, this type of project usu­ally ends up be­ing a to­tal pain in the ass. With even the most ba­sic ground-up builds, though all the ducks might be in a row, the piles of per­fect parts have been amassed, and the spe­cial­ized fab­ri­ca­tors and tech­ni­cians are on call, old man Mur­phy and his law al­ways seem to in­ter­vene to ruin any sort of pos­i­tive progress through the du­ra­tion of the build. This was not one of those sto­ries. In ret­ro­spect, it was a rather low-im­pact build, com­par­a­tively speak­ing. Some of that was luck, but most of it was hav­ing skilled peo­ple on our side will­ing to go above and be­yond to see this bike be­come a re­al­ity. We can’t thank all of them enough.

And in stick­ing with the prime di­rec­tive of mak­ing this bike look like it just rolled off the fac­tory floor, we think it looks ev­ery bit like the Mo­tor Com­pany made it. And in all re­al­ity, it should. HB

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