On the occasion of their 115th Anniversary, and the end of the line for their famed Dyna (rubber mounted) series, it is mooted that over the latter part of 2017, Harley-Davidson secretly allocated as a gesture of thanks for decades of underground cooperation the last 10 manufactured models to selected global customisers with the unofficial intent that they should sport the best aftermarket parts that couldn’t previously be sanctioned!
One of these hallowed scoots mysteriously found its way to Metz in Eastern France when it was decided to rebuild it “as if” the MoCo had done a GTO version not unlike what Carol Shelby used to do for Fords and latterly what
Fiat-Chrysler has so successfully delivered with their recent Abarth and Jeep revivals (QED).
Whilst the project was led and designed by Jeff Duval, the HD Metz supremos Gilles Sliwinski and Aurélien Pierrot got on with this Celebration Build making sure that the original OEM scoot would not be denatured by cheapo and unnecessary bits but rather enhanced where it really mattered in both design and performance. To this effect, the very best global aftermarket players were selected as per detailed specifications listed below.
The resulting machine is very powerful, rides, brakes and handles like a GTO should… Unlike most custom efforts, because it was based on a new motorcycle, it has all the mod cons that one has been accustomed to enjoy. Moreover, with its iconic rubber mounted set up, our 115th Anniversary FXDL Lorena GTO glides effortlessly at great speed in a way that never ceases to make SUV Luxobarge menopausal drivers green with envy!
This bike's on display at...Moore Speed Racing Poole BH12 4BQ - GB
Design & Build:
Sliwinski / Pierrot / Duval / Battistini.
OEM EFI TwinCam boosted to 107ci/1750cc by Carlo of Zipper’s Performance Fame.
The ZP kit based on decades at the top of this game, is always honed, fitted, fired and tested by a senior ZP technician!
Beautifully effective EOM Primary and Gearbox but final on chain for that GTO competition feel…
Magnificent (little known) billet primary cover by no less than Messrs. Barnett’s emporium!
OEM but cleansed of all nasty pieces…
Suspension & Steering
Rikki Battistini’s fantastic lead axle forks to increase steering stability at speed mated to 49 clip ons and that iconic narrow glide Ness fairing so easy to adapt to custom applications.
Olhins rear shox to finish it off.
Wheels & Brakes
Stunning and hard to come by Performance Machine billet rims wire laced 21x3 front / 18x5.5 rear.
Beringer race grade calipers and hand controls. The nec plus ultra!
Iconic 11.5” floating rotors by Kustomtech.
Speedhut 4” speedo & tacho GPS cluster adapted to twin fire mounted in a billet bracket prototyped by Rikki Battistini especially for this project.
Bodywork & Seating
Much light and sensitive work by HD Metz’s Aurelien to “cleanse” the scoot overall and give it that sportier feel.
Kewl leather seat by the ever charming Christine Le Pera.
Rides furiously as one would expect but with that unique rubber mounted feel added to superior brakes and road holding with unprecedented comfort.
Alain “Socketman” Sauquet.
Glorious 60’s (but 2017 OEM!)
California Metallic Red and Cream Dual tone, gold, silver leaf et al by HD Metz Yves Jacob-Jungbluth
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