AXR Cycle has introduced their AXR 1200 Cafe, a Harley Davidson Sportster that started life as an 883 and finished the process with all of the cafe and performance work already done. The result is a very nicely reworked Sportster with all of the power on tap that you would expect from a 1200cc V-Twin that’s been properly built plus with the handling that comes from lighter weight, upgraded suspension, upgraded brakes and quite a bit more.
Mark Noyes, owner of AXR Cycle, said he loves the street tracker look but after 50 miles or so, things get a little uncomfortable, so he built a bike that fits his weekend riding style, 100 or 200 mile days to the mountains or the coast. This cafe fits right, it’s comfortable and performs really well. He made the bike as light as possible, helped a lot by the aluminum sub frame between the rear fender and seat which raises the seat height to 32 inches. Mark says the completed bike is at least 100 pounds lighter than Harley Davidson’s new XR1200.
Features and Specs for the AXR 1200 Cafe:
Aluminum Gas Tank
Hand Crafted Alloy Rear Sub Frame
Solo Seat with Hinged Cowl for Storage Trunk
Hidden Aluminum Rear Fender
Custom Made Aluminum Belt Guard, Air Cleaner, Cam Cover
Ducati Factory Red Paint Scheme
Engine, Frame & Suspension:
2000 883 Sportster Conversion
1200 cc Built Engine, Zipper Heads, Andrew Cams
Mikuni Carburetor, Jims Roller Rockers
5 Speed Transmission
Dyna Dual Fire Ignition
2 into 1 Stainless Super Trapp Exhaust System
Adjustable Showa Front Forks
Performance Works 14.5” Rear Shocks
Sun Polished Aluminum Rims, Front 19″, Rear 18″
Stainless Steel Spokes, Polished Billet Hubs
Brakes, Floating Rotors Front and Rear
2 piston Front calipers
Seat Height 32 inches
Harley Davidson’s Sportster is a versatile bike that can take on multiple personalities, it all depends on how you approach it. The cruiser direction has been pretty well covered but a growing number of riders like the street tracker and cafe personalities hidden away in the Motor Company’s slightly smaller offering, it’s a way of going back to the Sportster’s performance roots. I never understood why they drifted away to begin with. As Harley tries to broaden their appeal and attract a younger owner, this could be one way to do it without having to come up with an entirely new model, just repurpose a bike already in the lineup.
Of course, you don’t have to wait for Milwaukee to do it, AXR Cycle brings out the cafe racer right now. If you like the way this one looks, why not give Mark a call? He can build you a complete bike or upgrade your current Sportster.
Link: AXR Cycle