You won’t have heard of Blacktrack Motors, a custom builder primarily based out of Luxembourg, however that may be about to alter. The group’s newest construct takes Harley-Davidson’s beastly Fats Bob and recasts it as—watch for it—a slim and trim café racer. And you already know what? This skinnier Bob is an actual stunner.
The Blacktrack BT-03 appears to be like just like the epitome of a modern-day café racer, and the inspiration behind it, says Blacktrack founder and designer Sacha Lakic, is “the Harley-Davidson XLCR.” “Produced between 1977 and 1979, it was the one café racer within the historical past of Harley-Davidson. I used to be spellbound each time I noticed one on the streets of Paris.”
However clearly the BT-03 isn’t only a straight duplicate of the XLCR. You may spot hints of the XLCR’s DNA within the BT-03’s angular stretched gasoline tank and tailsection and seven-spoke wheels, however the Blacktrack bike is much extra sport-focused, with a up to date aesthetic and stance that give it an unmistakable race vibe.
With the limited-edition BT-03, Blacktrack continues to mine the previous for inspiration because it has on earlier builds, which had been additionally sporty designs. The store’s first bike, the BT-01, was primarily based on a 1980s-era Honda CX500—a sensible experience appreciated extra for reliability than styling. Blacktrack clapped on all-new bodywork to sleeken the aesthetic, and selected elements to enhance efficiency and weight.
With the BT-02, Blacktrack went greater and bolder, beginning with a brand new Triumph Thruxton and bestowing it with iconic Norton Manx styling. It too featured bespoke bodywork and a custom exhaust to yield a nostalgic sound. As you may’ve guessed by now, the Blacktrack Motors enterprise mannequin is constructing unique performance-based café racers.
For the BT-03, a burly Harley-Davidson Fats Bob was chosen because the donor, 114ci Milwaukee-Eight powerplant and all. However, frankly, this Softail simply doesn’t look like a pure match for a racy bike, so…why?
Lakic explains, “The Fats Bob is probably the most thrilling Harley to experience. The wheelbase is definitely a bit lengthy, however the geometry is properly thought out, and lets you roll turns sooner than another Harley to date.” Not solely that, however there’s not a lot left of the unique Fats Bob anyway; Blacktrack saved solely the motor, transmission, and body—changing all the pieces else with custom and upgraded elements to enhance appears to be like, cut back weight, and enhance dealing with.
Each aluminium half is designed within the Blacktrack Motors studio after which CNC-machined by a trusted technical accomplice. An important level is the rear body meeting—which acts as an interface between the Bob’s unique body and the BT-03’s custom bodywork. Composite elements embody the entrance fairing, entrance fender, gasoline tank, tailsection, and a canopy plate for the rear shock.
The Fats Bob’s fundamental body and geometry stay unchanged, however Öhlins suspension, Dymag solid aluminium wheels, and Beringer brakes all make the scene right here. Blacktrack Motors additionally put in a efficiency air filter and a custom-built chrome steel exhaust system with gasoline mapping to match.
Changing the weighty OEM elements meant the Fats Bob’s unsprung mass was decreased and the BT-03’s general dry weight got here all the way down to 546 kilos, giving it a wonderful energy to weight ratio.
So can you purchase one? Sure—in case your pockets can face up to the hit. Previous Blacktrack builds went for someplace north of $50Ok, and we’d anticipate this one to be extra as solely 4 might be made.