A inflexible Harley Sportster 1200 from Indonesia


Rigid Harley Sportster 1200 by Mika Motorcycles
Earlier this week, we waxed lyrical in regards to the enduring attraction of the Harley-Davidson Evolution Sportster whereas profiling David Zemla’s brat style-inspired XLH 883. Now, a builder on the opposite aspect of the world has constructed a inflexible Harley Sportster in a radically completely different type—additional proving the Sporty’s unimaginable versatility.

This drag-style 2010 Sportster 1200 is the work of Mika Bikes, primarily based in Depok, Indonesia. Store founder Hery obtained his begin by shopping for and promoting secondhand Sportsters, and runs the fanatic Instagram account Sportster Assault. His workshop is filled with two issues; used Sporties ready to be custom-made, and unique wheels that he loves to gather.

Rigid Harley Sportster 1200 by Mika Motorcycles
“I really like attempting to find uncommon rims,” Hery tells us. “It’s my problem. I like to construct Sportsters with a racing contact, utilizing basic Henry Abe, Kimtab, Morris, RC Parts, and American Racing wheels.”

The breathtaking snowflake wheels on this construct are forged alloy gadgets from Italy courting again to the Seventies. They’re the identical design that MV Agusta used on the 350 Ipotesi—the primary Italian manufacturing bike with alloy wheels and three disc brakes. Hery modified them to suit the Harley, utilizing a {custom} center-lock axle for the entrance wheel.

Rigid Harley Sportster 1200 by Mika Motorcycles
An 18” M&H Racemaster slick wraps across the rear wheel, with a 19” Shinko E240 tire on the reverse finish. However the wheels solely inform a part of the story. Aiming for a barebones drag bike aesthetic, Hery repackaged the Sportster’s engine right into a bespoke inflexible body.

With only a single disc brake on the again and nothing to sluggish the entrance down, it truly is stripped right down to the naked necessities. A small Mooneyes Cole Foster headlight is mounted to the forks by the use of a {custom} bracket, bolted to the place the caliper was once. The taillight sits simply behind the rear axle, adjoining to a pair of {custom} brake brackets.

Rigid Harley Sportster 1200 by Mika Motorcycles
A beneficiant fairing adorns the entrance finish, hand-shaped out of aluminum and trimmed with a slim yellow windscreen. Hery fabricated the aluminum tail part too, and added a slim diamond-stitched seat. Your entire association is remarkably elegant, echoing the aesthetics of classic race bikes.

A Mooneyes oil tank is tucked beneath the seat, with a {custom} battery tray mounted decrease down on the left aspect. Small cutouts on both aspect of the fairing provide area for the brake pedal and equipment shifter to maneuver freely.

Rigid Harley Sportster 1200 by Mika Motorcycles
The engine hasn’t been uncared for both. Hery rebuilt it with Wiseco pistons and a Daytona Twin Tec ignition. Different modifications embrace a Mikuni HSR42 carb, a series conversion, and Mooneyes derby and cam covers.

The stubby slash-cut exhausts are authentic Mika Bikes components, as are the relocated foot controls and their mounting plates.

Rigid Harley Sportster 1200 by Mika Motorcycles
Extra components embrace custom-made bars that mount on to the unique riser holes, beneath the highest yoke, and grips from Owl in Japan. Aside from a speedo, and the throttle and clutch controls, the cockpit space is fairly sparse.

Hery known as in Wer’s Paint so as to add a splash of purple to the bike, choosing a gold end on the wheels and clear-coated aluminum for the fairing and tail. The tank wears a pair of beat-up Harley-Davidson badges and a Mooneyes gasoline cap.

Rigid Harley Sportster 1200 by Mika Motorcycles
Not fairly a café racer and never fairly a drag racer, it’s exhausting to pigeonhole Mika Bikes’ inflexible Harley Sportster. So maybe it’s greatest to take recommendation from the slogan that’s emblazoned on the aspect of the fairing; “Cease pondering, begin chopping.”

Mika Bikes Instagram | Pictures by Alfi Nuri

Rigid Harley Sportster 1200 by Mika Motorcycles