Mike D. Ellis’ 1986 Harley-Davidson FXR

Pictures by Tim Sutton

Mike D. Ellis’ 1986 Harley-Davidson FXR is a type of bike that doesn’t beg for consideration, nevertheless, it rattling certain will get it. The clear and streamlined efficiency cruiser was constructed to experience, which was actually the one standard when Mike envisioned this undertaking.

 Mike spends his day-to-day at Biltwell’s HQ because the Vice President of Gross sales and Buying, however undoubtedly likes to tinker on cool new bikes in his spare time.

Right side profile of a custom Harley-Davidson FXR.

“I’d labored on Dynas, Sportsters, and a Shovelhead earlier than this. An FXR construct for lengthy miles and excessive speeds appeared like a logical development,” Davis says. 

Handlebar controls on custom Harley-Davidson FXR motorcycle.

Mike wasn’t after any flash for this undertaking. Mike stored it that means with accompanying components and finishes black bodywork courtesy of Matt Ross paint, black Harley-Davidson XR1200 forks with black Gigacycle triple bushes, black Legend Suspensions 14-inch shocks, black JD Customs’ FXDX fairing, and black Bassani exhaust. You get the concept. 


The inventory Evolution motor, additionally black, was yanked from the body tubes and changed with an extra stout S&S Cycle V111 engine, which is the proper mixture of horsepower and torque, however not at the expense of dependability and engine life.

The V111’s shorter stroke leads to decrease piston velocity for longer engine life; much less vibration and a decreased compression ratio make gasoline necessities much less vital. The V111 additionally options automated electrical compression releases that make the beginning simpler. Mated to the V111 is a Baker six-speed transmission. 

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This FXR construct didn’t come without its challenges. Probably the toughest part of the undertaking? “This bike has some onerous luggage that has been a manufacturing unit accent for Dynas and Sportsters within the early 2000s.

Mounting them securely and making them appear to be a manufacturing unit accent for an FXR was probably the most difficult activity,” Mike says.

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For the handlebar setup, Biltwell bars, risers, and throttle have been chosen, and the Jaybrake hand controls have been clear and streamlined in their entirety. Within the data division, he used a Dakota Digital gauge. For wind deflection–and naturally, type–JD Customs’ FXDX Fairing was the proper match.

Roland Sands Design Morris Magazine Wheels (18-inch rear/19-inch entrance) together with Efficiency Machine brakes have been a no-brainer. As a result of Mike liking the choice of using two-up or hauling gear on longer treks, he added Boosted Brad’s Fast Detach Sissy Bar System. A set of fiberglass facet covers and a splash panel have been customized made for this bike. 

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As with all customized constructs, it’s necessary to lean on those that consider your undertaking for assistance. “David Zemla at S&S Cycle was an enormous assist in getting this undertaking firing at an early stage.

Rob Rouser at Rouser Works wired the entire bike and labored on the mechanicals. Tim Statt at Gigastatt Cycle did all of the design and CNC work to make the XR1200 entrance-finish work correctly on the FXR chassis,” Mike says. 

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Mike’s loved loads of bother-free miles ever because of the first check experience. And now he’s already onto the following undertaking: dialing in a brand new Husqvarna FE350 S. “After that, I would attempt to breathe on one of many new bikes the MoCo has rolled out this 12 months,” Mike says. 4J6A5623 scaled4J6A5644 scaled

Try the batch of different rad FXRs we’ve featured over time HERE.


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