VERITAS / Custom Harley-Davidson FXR
An FXR Built With Speed, Beauty and Style
Veritas, Latin for “Truth,” is a bike that incorporates a blending of the best from two worlds of motorcycling.
The concept was to build a Harley that stops and handles like a sport bike, something most don’t measure up to with their metric cousins.
The FXR is, by far, the best production bike that Milwaukee ever produced in regards to addressing all around versatility for riding styles, thanks to Eric Buell. They were the ride of choice for a lot of club members and as of late, are seeing a resurgence of popularity with the younger riders who want the best of both worlds.
“My customer said to me, ‘What do you want to build?’ I knew immediately what platform I would start with. I still have my first FXR that I bought in the early ’90s. So after careful consideration, we purchased a ’90 FXR and instantly tore it down.
“Sandy Kosman had a set of VR-1000 Marchesini Racing wheels that would be a perfect complement to what instantly give credibility with the knee draggers. The front wheel wouldn’t fit between stock 39mm legs so we used a Yamaha R-1 front end, and the bike started to take shape. Still the rake, trail, steering head offset, and fork length issues needed to be addressed, to which I enlisted Satya and Alan Kraus to CAD design and machine a set of -2.5 drop trees with 1.75 offset to make the bike handle correctly.
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The concept was to build a Harley that stops and handles like a sport bike
“While all this was being figured out, I came across an aluminum swing arm that Eric ‘The Iceman’ had started to build. I knew I wanted the racing vibe to permeate the bike, and a Mert Lawwill-style trellis being added would aid in this endeavor, to which I enlisted the services of my friend, Martin Windmill. In addition, the swing arm is seven pounds lighter than stock.
“The rear wheel was going to present its own set of hurdles to overcome, as the hub offsets are not standard issue H-D. I handled the machining of the transmission to accommodate the spacing between the cleve blocks and the new spherical bearings that would locate everything centerline for this rubber mount racer.
“Squeezing the Dunlops between the framerails was achieved by cutting the rails in half vertically, welding in a plate and blending it to the frame. This gave me more clearance and plenty of room for a meaty 190×17 tire.
“Nothing says H-D racing like the XR 750 Tail section. The only problem is it only fits XR’s and XL’s. With a lot of working we were able to have it looking like it belonged on the bike all along.
“With the front end handed back, it was time to consider the accessories such as hand controls, handlebars and lighting. I wanted to upgrade the lighting with the addition of the Urban Moto Headlight kit from Speigler USA. I knew Geoff Arnold over at Joker Machine had a killer Lucas-style taillight that fit the tail section perfectly, and after a brief conversation, he convinced me to go with their black hand controls and a brushed bar mount mirror, as well as the side-mount gauge cup for the Auto Meter Speedo. I gun drilled a set of billet knurled foot pegs and made a peg mount inspection cover that shaved off the heavy bracket that attached to the frame.“When it came to color, I wanted the frame to look like aluminum and Bob at R. S. Performance Coatings had what I wanted with a special ceramic coating that made it look like bead-blasted aluminum. The engine and transmission are also covered in a Cast Gray Pearl Wrinkle finish and ceramic contrasting accents.
“Incorporating a carbon-fiber look would give me visual separation and racing appeal. So a call to Rob at PPG for their amazing 24 Karat Vibrance line, and another call to Russell at West Coast Hydrographix for the carbon-fiber film that was laid over a black base. The dark and light contrasts and textures play well together. Wrapping up the look with Courtney’s pinstripes nailed it for me! Veritas!
“The exhaust pipe was an easy choice. As we all know, a 2-into-1 on a V-Twin gives you bang for your buck. I’m never content to leave well enough alone and the addition of the Leo Vince Pro GP Segmented Muffler was a no brainer. Not only does it scream ‘Badass race bike’, but it has a pleasant exhaust note that won’t pull a second glance from the Law as well as giving additional lean for the knee-dragging moments a bike like this begs for. Thanks, Tim, you and the crew at Leo Vince are the best! For the pad under your ass, more carbon was in order so a quick trip Don Clancy’s shop and we were ready for a ride.
“The Bike handles like a slot car and the steering response is right now, thanks to the racing tires and the engineering that went into the project. The 96-inch motor is solid, reliable power that you can tap for canyon carving excursions on the weekend.
“The Truth is, this is a fun bike to ride and it pays respect to what make a Harley and a metric bike cool, all in one package.”
|Bike Owner||Chris Dolan|
|Shop||Custom Design Studios/ Kirk Taylor|
|Shop Phone||(415) 382-6662|
|Fabrication||Kirk Taylor /CDS|
|Build Time||1 year|
|Air Cleaner||CDS/ S&S|
|Exhaust||CDS- Kirk Taylor w/Leo Vince Pro GP Muffler￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼￼|
|Year/Manufacturer/Type||’1990 Baker Six-Speed 0.900 offset sprocket|
|Primary Drive||stock with wet clutch|
|Year/Manufacturer||1990 H-D/ CDS Modified|
|Manufacturer Front||Yamaha R-1|
|Triple Trees||Kraus 2.5 Drop Trees|
|Manufacturer Rear||Works Performance|
|Swingarm||CDS Handmade aluminum trellised w/ spherical bearings|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Manufacturer Front/Type||16.5 Marchesini Magnesium off of H-D VR1000|
|Tire/Size||Dunlop track tire 16.5 X 125/80|
|Caliper||6 piston radia;l mount brembos ( pr)|
|Rotor||Twin Brembo 13-inch floating rotor|
|Manufacturer Rear/Type||Marchasini Magnesium 17-inch off of VR-1000|
|Tire/Size||Dunlop Sportmax 190 X 17|
|Caliper||Wilwood 4 piston CDS mnt bracket|
|Color||24 Karat Gold w/ West Caost Hydrographix Carbon Fiber/PPG|
|Painter||Kirk Taylor, CDS/ Russell Soto at WCHG/ Courtney Schamach|
|Plating/Polishing||Meclec/ Pilgram Polishing|
|Powdercoating||RS Performance Coating|
|Front Fender||Carbon Fiber R-1|
|Rear Fender||XR750 Modified by Kirk Taylor/CDS|
|Gas Tank||Stretched CCI/CDS|
|Handlebars||ProTaper/ Ryan Boyd Risers|
|Hand Controls||Joker Machine|
|Foot Controls||H-D Mids with CDS pegs|
|Headlight||Urban Moto by Spiegler|
|Taillight||Joker Machine Lucas style LED|
|License Mount||Joker Machine|