The Harley Forty-Eight is one of the most often-customized motorbikes going around, so you have to really stick your neck out to stand above the crowd. Winston Yeh of Rough Crafts has put his head on a crane with his ‘Hooligan Tactics’ rebuild of the Classic Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Yeh centered the build around an XR1200 swingarm, then went increasingly off-the-wall from there – but it all works together in a madcap way, in the same way the characters of Mad Max work together to spice up a dull weekend in the desert. This Forty-Eight takes inverted forks from a Suzuki GSX-R600 and piggyback shocks from Progressive Suspension. Forged billet aluminum wheels from Arlen Ness’ 10-Gauge range are anodized in black and beefed up some – an extra two sizes at the front to 18”, and up one to 17” at the back.
When people see the brilliantly screwball make-up of this bike, they might think their eyes are deceiving them – and the pixelated paintjob won’t help that impression. Yeh describes the bluish-grey shade with its pixelated effect as ‘digital camo’. Some say it has a slightly military, ‘tactical’ vibe. For me, it’s motorbike porn so nasty that some bits have to be blurred out.