Custom 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster by Deus
Daily Slideshow: This super cool Sportster comes to us all the way from Australia.
Down Under Custom Scene
Lately, a lot of fresh metal has been coming our way from Japan, so you'd be forgiven for forgetting that our friends down under have a thriving custom scene. Deus, an Australian custom shop, usually specializes in SRs and W650s and aren't known for their Harley-Davidson customs, but you wouldn't know it by looking at this Sportster. What's great about this build is Deus haven't just tricked out a regular Harley, they've turned it into a café racer, a style which makes most motorcycle lovers weak at the knees. They have been dabbling with Harley-Davidsons here and there over the past few years - here's hoping we see a few more from them soon.
Deus usually modify Kawasakis and Yamahas, so they switched things up a bit when it started the build with a 2007 Harley-Davidson Sportster. It has since been dubbed 'The Bald Terrier', although we're not quite sure why. As far as we can see, this Sportster seems to be a remake of their 2009 V-Twin café racer - that's definitely not a criticism, just an observation. The only things that give away this bike's origin are the signature Harley V-Twin engine and belt drive.
A Sportier Sportster
Deus fitted a Performance Machine "Super Gas" air filter which, with the help of a stainless steel wire mesh screen, hides a free-flowing K&N Filter. The beautiful 2-into-1 exhaust is a Vance & Hines part, which Deus modified. Shocks from Ikon make sure it handles in the twisties and new brake calipers and rotors bring the whole thing to a swift halt. New brakes were essential too as Deus really made sure this thing shifts by fitting a Power Commander V fuel injection module which increased the horsepower. As if this wasn't enough, they further improved the power by doing test runs on a dyno.
Yes, Deus made sure this Sportster was no slouch but they haven't overlooked the finer details in the process. Starting with the extremely modified SR400 tank unit, not something which is usually found on a Harley but suits this bike perfectly. The tank is secured by an alloy strap and hides the fuel pump. Another unusual feature is the black hard chromed forks up front. Not to say they don't belong, in fact, they really add to the overall look of this beast.
A Beefier Build
Deus started from the ground up and replaced the 21-inch and 16-inch stock wheels on the Sportster with 19-inch and 18-inch ones. This balanced the bike out visually. They then fabricated a new rear subframe, seat unit, and rear fender, making this Sportster shorter and look a lot 'beefier'. Customized Storz rearsets and Tingate clip-ons complete this bike's café racer look. So, we know it's packing power, handles well, and aesthetically, is one of the most intriguing cafe racers built in the last while. The question is, can you buy it? Unfortunately, this Sportster was commissioned by a customer, so it's not up for grabs. On the bright side, you could always contact Deus yourself.
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