Greg Socha runs a machine shop and custom motorcycle shop building rolling chassis for retro customs. Some of his potential customers were looking for a Sportster based bike and Greg also wanted something with a bit more compliant rear suspension for his back, which had been abused from years as a former motocross racer so Greg went to work.
The Red Buell by GS Motor Company started life as a 2000 Buell Lightning X1. He built a frame and extended swingarm with an adjustable single shock originally intended for street rod use. He kept the Buell inverted fork, made his own exhaust and added an S&S carb. Rake is 27 degrees so it’s still a handler and the finished bike has a look that almost reminds me of a Confederate Hellcat.
What’s cool about this is he sells a kit for $4500, which, combined with your Buell, lets you build one of these yourself. You get a frame, gas tank, oil tank, fender, everything but the Buell and used Buells are not that expensive. I’ve seen a number of Buell customs and this one looks a lot better than most plus it looks like it’s well finished.
A nice sporty, comfortable V-twin custom, could be fun … I like it.
Want to build one of these? See the used Buells for sale