Ryan Handt

A Harley FXR With A Twin Cam Engine

Classic Harley-Davidson performance with modern ingenuity

A lot of paint jobs have been getting out of hand over the past few years. They look like carnival wagons and ’70s drum sets with a bowl of linguini thrown on ’em. Not mine.

I’ve owned this bike for close to 20 years now. It ran the 80-inch motor for the first year I owned it, and then I ran a 96-inch S&S Evo mill in it for a while.

Over the years I had a lot of fun breaking everything behind the motor on my bike: two transmissions, three belts, two rear wheels, an inner primary, a torque arm, four rear axles, a swingarm, axle adjusters, and one transmission case. I lost count of the motormounts I wasted riding the piss out of this thing.

Harley FXR Twin Cam

Here's a shot of the primary side of NYC Danny D's bike, which is just as cool.

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After about 15 years of this abuse (it was ridden like a stolen dirt bike), the motor was getting tired. Every seal was leaking. I took the bike off the road. I figured I was going to go over it. It was going to go down to the bare frame and come back from there.

Big-inch Evos and FXRs have a lot of problems. Evo FXR drivelines have a lot of weak links in them. They were great for 35-hp Shovels in 1982 when they came into production, but when you’re making more than 100 ponies, the motor doesn’t want to stay attached to anything. I figured a Twin Cam swap would take care of most of those weak links in the driveline.

Harley FXR Twin Cam

A black FXR with a stainless 2-into-1 exhaust pipe always goes well together.

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Once I knew where I was going with this bike, next up was a front motor mount. The front stock one is another weak link. We took a Big Bear Performance front motor mount and added an additional mounting point to it. Next came the swingarm. I had two other aluminum swingarms I was going with until I saw the piece from Mad Jap Performance. It has absolutely the best craftsmanship I’ve seen: five-axis CNC machining, solid billet, precision fitment… Every aspect of it was perfect for me.

Harley FXR Twin Cam

Just a few of the details makes NYC Danny D stand out from the crowd.

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I called Öhlins to hold up that swingarm with a set of Blackline piggybacks. Since I was on the phone with them, I ordered up a set of their 43mm fully adjustable fork assemblies too. Beyond that, the crew at SLNYC made the custom fender bracket/fork brace/brake line router. Topping off the front end is a set of ProTaper bars held down by Hard Case Performance risers.

Harley FXR Twin Cam

We were stoked on this shot from Ryan Handt (a.k.a. Motographia on Instagram) of NYC Danny D's bike.

Ryan Handt

When it came time to that Twin Cam driveline for my bike, I called Ramjet Racing in Arizona, and what we came up with was a 124-inch Twin Cam in S&S cases. Ramjet filled them up with a crank from Darkhorse Crankworks, Carrillo rods, Woods cams, and capped them with a Dave Mackie top end. That’s all I’m telling you about the motor though…

For the styling, I stayed away from the current trends and went back to the classic FXR look. I kept the headlight eyebrow and old taillight and went with Arlen Ness struts from the 1990s with a lower bar/riser setup.

Harley FXR Twin Cam

Some more subtle details that make such a difference on the FXR.

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I also wanted to keep the paint away from trends, so I called my homie Nick at Trigger Twist to handle that task. We went with a simple Jaguar British Racing Green and black two-tone with gray stripe and FXDX Harley-Davidson logo on the tank. The Earnhardt-style 718s on the side covers rep my hometown of Queens, New York, just like the set on my 2014 Dyna.

Harley FXR Twin Cam

The stance of NYC Danny D's FXR is rugged and aggressive yet oh so clean.

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The frame was brought down to bare metal and had a few modifications done. The kickstand crossmember was removed and substituted with a new one to clear the oil pan. A weld-on Eastern Fabrications kickstand was modified and tacked into place. The front motor mount was cut out and replaced with a tubular replacement brace. The regulator has been relocated to the wishbone. The oil tank opening under the seat was closed off, as well as a custom battery hold down and a few other mods before shipping the frame and a bunch of other components to Arcane Powdercoating in Brooklyn, New York. These guys did great work in a quick turnaround, as they knew the FXR show in Sturgis was coming quickly and this bike was debuting out there.

Harley FXR Twin Cam

Get a grip already! We're digging the bar setup a lot.

Ryan Handt

Harley FXR Twin Cam

This FXR is ready to go for a rip!

Ryan Handt

Specifications

General
Owner NYC Danny D
Shop SLNYC
Shop Phone (347) 642-8047
Website slnycinc.com
Year/Make/Model 1992/Harley-Davidson/FXR
Fabrication SLNYC
Build Time 1 year
Engine
Year/Type/Size 2016/Twin Cam/124ci
Builder Ramjet Racing
Cases S&S
Cylinders S&S
Heads H-D/Mackie
Rocker Boxes S&S
Cam Woods
Throttle Body S&S G-series carburetor with Thunderjet
Exhaust 2-into-1 Brawny Built
Air Cleaner S&S
Transmission
Year/Type 2016/H-D
Gears JIMS
Clutch Bandit
Primary Drive H-D bagger (modified)
Frame
Year/Type 1992/H-D/FXR
Rake/Stretch Stock/None
Suspension
Front End Öhlins 43mm
Length Stock
Triple Trees Fabricator Kevin
Swingarm MJK Performance
Shocks Öhlins Blacklines
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size H-D/19 in.
Tire/Size Pirelli/19 in.
Calipers Brembo
Rotors Brembo
Rear
Builder/Size H-D/16 in.
Caliper Brembo
Rotor Twin Power
Pulley Twin Power
Finish/Paint
Colors Black and green by Nick at Trigger Twist
Paint/Graphics H-D DX
Plating/Polishing None
Powdercoating Arcane Powdercoating
Accessories
Front Fender H-D (modified)
Rear Fender H-D FXR
Gas Tank H-D FXR
Dash H-D FXR
Gauges Auto Meter
Handlebars ProTaper
Grips Very cheap
Mirrors Came with the grips
Hand Controls Brembo
Foot Controls H-D Dyna
Seat H-D