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COVER BIKE: Smith Concepts’ Bagged and Blown Harley Davidson VROD


01 Aug

I had the pleasure of photographing the latest creation from Smith Concepts late in 2017: Australia’s wildest Harley Davidson VROD. Stretched 2in, raked, bagged, blown and gassed… it’s got everything – including over 40k of custom, one-off billet alloy parts! That’s not to mention the amazing custom paint work by Kyle Smith.

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Smith Concepts' Harley Davidson VROD

Smith Concepts' Harley Davidson VROD

Smith Concepts' Harley Davidson VROD

 

BRUTISH BRIT: Stefan Niceski’s Salt-Flat-Inspired 1954 Triumph Thunderbird


18 Jun

Stef Niceski's 1954 Triumph Thunderbird

BRUTISH BRIT

Stefan Niceski spent two year’s worth of Saturdays and a million beers building this ultra cool Salt flat-inspired Trumpy
Words and Pics by hoskingindustries.com.au

Stef Niceski's 1954 Triumph ThunderbirdOld British bikes have really made a resurgence in popularity over the last few years. With the popularity of Harley-derived bobbers and choppers showing no signs of abating – and the cost of parts and base bikes staying high as a result – it’s no wonder people are looking for alternatives when constructing cool rides.

When you see some of the awesome bikes we’ve been lucky enough to capture on camera in the last few issues, it’s no surprise people are going for the humble Brit machines. One such advocate is 35-year-old Sydneysider Stefan Niceski.

You may remember the Trumpy we featured last issue belonging to Stuart Torkington. The two guys are mates and we were lucky enough to shoot both on the same day in the wonderful environs of 1349 Venice: a cool function/event space in Waterloo. At the time of our shoot, Stef’s bike hadn’t even been started.

Formed from a 1954 Triumph Thunderbird frame, you can imagine that its beginnings were less than auspicious, as Stef explains. “I found the frame in an old man’s green house,” Stef says. “It was surrounded by growth, including some tomatoes.”

Incredibly, Stef found the engine in another shed and with both primary components in place; he devised his plan of attack. “I thought I d fuse the two into some type of ‘Triumph Frankenstein vintage drag/salt flat sled’,” he says.Stef Niceski's 1954 Triumph Thunderbird

We reckon he’s nailed that design objective in superb fashion, but it didn’t happen overnight or by using all the factory components. “The build took me two years of Saturdays and quite a few beers,” Stef says. “I reckon she looks alright.”

Taking the original frame as the basis for the build, Stefan fabricated a custom rigid rear half, extending the length of the bike and helping it to ride lower in the process. To this he added XR250 front forks and exaggerated the low stance by bolting the handlebars on down low.

Up top, a Harley Sportster tank provides enough capacity for extended cruising while retaining the bike’s minimalist aesthetic. When it came to finding an oil tank, Stef got clever and modified a nitrous oxide tank before chroming it. About the only other appendages you’ll find bolted to the brilliant metallic blue frame is the custom seat and diminutive rear guard/shroud that Stef was responsible for as well.

Stef Niceski's 1954 Triumph ThunderbirdPower comes from that barn-find Bonneville 750 we alluded to earlier. At first, the engine was mistaken for a 1975-vintage unit, which is how the bike came to wear ’75’ on the tank (it’s reversed on the side of the bike we shot it from). “It was meant to represent the ’70s engine and ’50s frame, but it turned out the engine was actually from 1982,” Stef says. “It looked cool, so I left it anyway.”

That ’82-vintage engine runs a few choice upgrades in the interests of making more power – not that it needs a whole lot of grunt thanks to its light weight. Twin AMAL carbs mix the air and fuel, using little more than twin ram tubes for an intake. A Joe Hunt ignition sets fire to the mix and a pair of 1.75in straight pipes make a huge racket, wrapped in gleaming new exhaust wrap for that purposeful race bike appearance.

With full rego due to be applied to the bike shortly after our shoot, one of its first big voyages was the 2012 Taren Point Rat Day, where crowds flocked to it and mate Stuart’s ‘Skinny’ golden beast. Successfully mixing up the vintage vibe, Stef’s ’75’ is a crowd pleaser and we’re not surprised.

Owner: Stef Niceski
Bike: 1954 Triumph Thunderbird
Builder: Owner
Bodywork: Custom hard tail, custom mounts, 1985 XR250 front end, Bates head light, clip on bars, Baxter grips, custom Triumph pegs, custom seat and rear shroud, Harley Davidson Sportster tank, modified nitrous bottle oil tank, modified turn signal tail light
Engine: 1982 T140 Bonneville 750, Joe Hunt ignition, AMAL MK11 carbs, straight stack intakes, 1.5in chain drive, custom 1.75in straight pipes
Gearbox: 5-speed, stock clutch
Wheels: Front – 21in XR250 front rim, Avon tyre – Rear – 16in Harley Davidson rim, Avon tyre
Brakes: Disc front, drum rear
Thank you: Sovereign Classics, Sydney Custom Spray Painting

Feature Bike: Daniel Aquilina’s 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide CVO


06 Jun

I photographed Daniel Aquilina’s 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide CVO for issue 158 of Heavy Duty magazine. The airbagged bagger-style Harley runs a 110ci Screamin’ Eagle twin and boasts a raft of custom touches that set this CVO apart from the norm’, including raked rear bags and guard, huge 26in front Mad Wheels rim, heaps of RSD accessories and even a Diamond Audio subwoofer in the back!

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Daniel Aquilina's 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide CVO

Daniel Aquilina's 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide CVO

Daniel Aquilina's 2015 Harley Davidson Street Glide CVO

 

Feature Bike: Paul Bailey’s 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute


08 Jan

Paul Bailey has built a lot of bikes, but this one is particularly special as it pays tribute to the Harley Davidson Knucklehead that set a world land speed record in 1937 that stood for 11 years at 136.183mph on Daytona Beach.
This bike uses a 1939 frame with an S&S Knuckle engine powering it. Pretty, ain’t she!? It was featured in issue 155 of Heavy Duty.

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Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Paul Bailey's 1937 Harley Davidson Land Speed Tribute

Feature Bike: Jimmy Alameddin’s Harley Davidson Nightrod Special


04 Aug

My photo shoot on Jimmy Alameddin’s blacked-out gold carbon and air-bagged 2015 Nightrod Special is featured in the latest issue of Heavy Duty magazine, which is on sale nationwide now.

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Jimmy Alameddin's Harley Davidson Nightrod Special

Jimmy Alameddin's Harley Davidson Nightrod Special    Jimmy Alameddin's Harley Davidson Nightrod Special

Feature Bike: Steven Cooke’s 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead


30 May

Our photo shoot and feature story on Steven Cooke’s 1951 Harley Davidson panhead is in the latest issue of Heavy Duty magazine (issue 146), which is on sale right now! Salvaged from a long-forgotten unfinished project that sat in a shed for some 15 years, the custom is making up for lost time with plenty of road miles and fun events like the dirt racing at Chopped. Read all about it in Heavy Duty.

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Steven Cooke's 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead

Steven Cooke's 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead     Steven Cooke's 1951 Harley Davidson Panhead

Feature Bike: Buster’s Custom Harley Davidson Chopper


12 Nov

Issue 131 of Heavy Duty is no on sale in newsagents nationwide and includes our photo shoot and feature story on Buster’s awesome custom Harley Davidson chopper. You may remember we featured another of Buster’s creations earlier this year: his Zero Engineering Type 5 Iron Man custom (CLICK HERE TO SEE).

This total custom is riddled with insane detail, yet he still gets it out for regular cruising with other chopper hounds. You can read all about it’s creation in the latest issue of Heavy Duty, in newsagents everywhere.

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Buster's Custom Harley Davidson Chopper

Buster's Custom Harley Davidson Chopper     Buster's Custom Harley Davidson Chopper

On The Cover: Buster’s Insane Chopper on Heavy Duty Magazine


26 Oct

Be sure to pick up a copy of the latest Heavy Duty magazine when it goes on sale next week and check out our photo shoot and feature story on Buster’s chopper (see inset pic on cover)! It’s an awesome machine that’s been rarely seen on the street and never in print. It even made on the of the posters!

See Issue 131 of Heavy Duty Magazine

Buster's Harley Davidson Chopper

Feature Bike: Brent’s Custom Harley Davidson Bagger


09 Sep

Issue 130 of Heavy Duty magazine in on sale now and includes our photo shoot and feature story on Brent’s wicked Harley Davidson bagger motorcycle. Built from a brand new Road King, the sinister black sled features a mammoth 26in front wheel and a tonne of custom fibreglass and GRP bodywork to get the swoopy, tail dragging look.

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Brent's Harley Davidson Bagger

Brent's Harley Davidson Bagger     Brent's Harley Davidson Bagger

Heavy Duty 180: Brent’s Bagger Harley Davidson in Print


29 Aug

Issue 180 of Heavy Duty magazine goes on sale this week and includes our feature story and photo shoot on Brent’s awesome Harley Davidson bagger. While the bagger crazy is pretty big in the USA, you don’t see many here in Australia as yet, which makes Brent’s bike all the more special. Complete with a tonne of fibreglass work, custom metallic black paint and blue highlights, the bike runs a 26in front rim. Stay tuned for some proper samples next week!

Brent's Harley Bagger in Heavy Duty 180

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