There are literally dozens of companies making tuning parts for Harley-Davidson engines. But not many have the experience of S&S Cycle, the outfit set up in the 1950s by George Smith and Stanley Stankos.
S&S are still at the forefront of the Harley tuner scene half a century on. And when they build a custom, they go balls-out. This Sportster, for example, has a 100 cubic inch motor, vestigial racing bodywork and a name to match: ‘Death Tracker.’
“This story begins with a dilapidated 1996 Sportster 883,” says S&S’ David Zemla, who helped out on the build. “It was lying unloved under a blue tarp in a sunny SoCal backyard.”
On a fluke, the S&S Cycle crew picked it up while attending the Born Free show a couple of years ago.…
A pause on motorcycle shows has been one of the many disappointments of the COVID-19 pandemic. But rather than sulk, the organizers of Indonesia’s Sekepal Aspal custom show took the event online for the second time in a row this year.
Officially titled the Sekepal Aspal Indonesia Motoart Exhibition (or SAIME), the nine-year-old show is one of the biggest fixtures on the Indonesian custom scene. This year, SAIME offered up the goods via a specially-designed website that included hand-picked custom motorcycles, art, and live-streamed music acts. We’re big fans of the Indonesian scene’s creativity and ingenuity—so we took a peak inside, and rounded up our favorites.
Yamaha XS650 by Flying Piston Garage This gleaming Yamaha XS650 is a friendly reminder that the Indonesian scene can build choppers with the best of them.…
If pushed to pick a golden age for flat track, most folks would suggest the late 60s to the early 70s. It was a time when Harley was facing a tough challenge from Triumph, and the Japanese manufacturers were on the rise too.
The racing was fierce and the bikes were good looking. This (almost) period-correct Harley is a nod to those glory days, and still looks breathtaking half a century later.
It comes from Paul Hartman, who lives in San Diego County and tickled our fancy a couple of months ago with a lovely Triumph TR6 desert sled.
“I built this Harley for vintage flat track racing,” says Paul. “In the 50s and 60s, Harley’s race bike was the KR model, and in 1970 it became the XR.…