Harley Davidson Iron 883 Frisco Style
If you've taken a look at the bikes on our website, you'll see that this isn't our first Harley and it's not our first Sportster either. You may even find a certain resemblance between both rides. Actually we are true lovers of the Old School Custom and this 2012 Iron 883 is no exception. High fuel tank, chrome and polished everywhere, high handlebars, solo seat seats. We love old school, obviously.
In this build, the donor bike is a reliable modern fuel injection 2012 Sportster Iron 883, aiming for a Frisco style look, one of the old-school custom trends born in the western United States and characterized by its very narrow lines, a longer front fork and a side silhouette with a higher front.
In addition, the Old School aspect has been enriched with covers from the French company EMD that mimmick the Panhead and Shovelhead engine covers of the old Harleys.
The front fork has been conveniently "shaved" eliminating the front fender holders, protrusions that many builders leave for the inspection (ITV in Spain) and thus facilitate the installation of the front fender. But for the purpose we prefer adding supports to the front fender instead.
The chromed sissy bar is fitted directly to the rear swingarm giving that familiar visual sensation of the rigid frames sissys but with a conventional rear suspension, also very old school look offered by a Burly Brand shcocks with chrome covers. The rear fender has also been mounted straight to the swingarm, making a whole with the sissy bar. For the casual passenger, an equally classic block makes an easy chair for the traveler companion.
As a curious fact, this unit has "two fuel tanks". What the quotes mean is that over the actual fuel tank, painted in black with colored bands in a "flake" finish, a fiberglass cover has been made that can be easily removed, simply by unscrewing the cap. Given the infinity of options that paint offers to customize a motorcycle, it is very easy to have a "new tank" whenever we want without having to physically disassemble it and therefore without stopping riding the bike. The original idea comes from the Brazilians Simon Customs that we adapted for this unit and painted with the paint that you see in the pics.
More details that make this bike exclusive are Kellermann's "invisible" turn signals, tiny units that are barely visible but that are street legal and in use offer performance on a par with larger turn signals. The Rabbit Ears-type handlebar is mounted straight to the trees with mini-pushbuttons for the lights, turn signal and horn controls integrated into the handlebar itself and wired inside, giving a clean, cable-free look. The master cylinder is a chromed Kustom Tech with the same trim as the side covers and with higher performance than the standard one, keeping the classic and clean look.
The build is completed with chrome spoked wheels - front one in the pics is 21", a very common chopper size - and a chain drag kit to replace the traditional belt of the stock model. The swap includes removing the stock crown cover and replaced with a bespoke piece that reveals the gold colored crown and almost the full chain setup. An MMB mini odometer located in the coil mount leaves a completely clean front, as usually seen in the old rigid frame Harleys that we often see in the Instagram photos.
The seat has also been made to measure to flow with the motorcycle's chassis without gaps, with a slight backrest more for a sense of limit than for real support that it does not require. The finish is genuine leather with hydrophobic treatment.
The modern flare is given by Vance&Hines Grenades exhausts fully sychronized with the engine thanks to a Vance&Hines FuelPack3 control unit hidden under the seat. The Bluetooth connection allows you to load any injection fuel map according to almost any air filter and exhaust setup immediately, as well as check the operating status of the engine through all the active sensors and the error codes generated by the control unit of a modern motorcycle with environmental label. Needless to say, when it comes to V&H, the sound of this "little" Sportster is totally impressive.
Due to its style and finishes, due to the accessories that it has according to the look that is sought on this motorcycle, our little Iron 883 takes the attention of anyone who approaches it. A modern and functional Old School.
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