Ocean’s Divide | Custom 1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT

A custom Twin-Cam FXRT

1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT

1985 Harley-Davidson FXRT

Photo: Timothy Remus

Lars Rydstrom (bike owner from Ocean Village, Gibraltar) and builder Mark Shadley have been friends for several years. Each summer the guys ride from California to Sturgis and have had several discussions on building an FXRT. Lars had a clear idea for a custom FXRT that he would be able to run hard across country, while Mark had dreams of shoving a FLHT Twin Cam fuel-injected drive train into a FXR platform. Lars was receptive and trusted his friend with the creative freedom to build him an FXRT as he saw fit. They began work on the 1985 FXRT eBay gem Lars had sent to the shop. Unfortunately, there weren’t a whole lot of usable parts off the bike. The fairing was literally crumbling in their hands as they took the bike apart. Only after about 500 hours of labor the bike came out to be something both parties were proud of.

Roland Sands Design Wheel/Rotor, PM Caliper,

Roland Sands Design Wheel/Rotor, PM Caliper,

Photo: Timothy Remus

Hot Bike: What kind of modifications did you make to the frame?
Dean Shadley: We had to make major alterations, including two lower center brace reconfigurations to fit the Twin Cam setup into the Evolution chassis. Additionally, the backbone of the frame was redesigned to hold and hide a late-model fuel-injection wiring harness. To accomplish this we cut out the lower half of the backbone and fabricated a rigid half moon that was welded in to help save room and the sight of the large harness. Lars is a tall guy, well over 6 feet, so a set of forward controls were a must. Finally we added extended forward control mounts to the frame as well for comfort.

2007 Twin Cam Motor 113ci

2007 Twin Cam Motor 113ci

Photo: Timothy Remus

HB: What sort of work went into the tins? ** **DS: To make the fuel injection idea a reality, we decided to use a late-model H-D Switchback tank as a template. With the sending unit and fuel pump already configured we cut out the bottom of the tank to fit to the FXR backbone. Then widened the tunnel and remounted the front and rear of the tank.

Jenson Stereo, Focal Speakers

Jenson Stereo, Focal Speakers

Photo: Timothy Remus

HB: What about the fairing?
DS: The fairing was in need of some serious love and alterations to make it acceptable for the caliber of bike that was being built. Late-model gauges were installed along with a new Bluetooth stereo system. For added strength, the gauges, indicator lights, and stereo components were mounted and secured with metal face and backing plates rather than fiberglass and plastic. The fairing was also structurally stiffened, remolded, and reinforced to give the fairing a road-worthy grade after some 30 years of abuse.

Paint/Graphics John Hartnett

Paint/Graphics John Hartnett

Photo: Timothy Remus

Shadley Bros. frame modified to accept T/C motor and tran

Shadley Bros. frame modified to accept T/C motor and tran

Photo: Timothy Remus

Performance Machine Grips

Performance Machine Grips

Photo: Timothy Remus

Owner Lars Rydstrom, Ocean Village, Gibraltar

Owner Lars Rydstrom, Ocean Village, Gibraltar

Photo: Timothy Remus

Specifications
General
Owner Lars Rydstrom, Ocean Village, Gibraltar
Shop Shadley Bros.
Shop Phone (781) 447-4454
Website shadleybros.com
Year/Make/Model 1985/H-D/FXRT
Fabrication Mark Shadley|
Build Time 8 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 2007/Twin Cam/113ci
Builder Mark Shadley
Cases H-D bored out to accept 113 cylinder
Cylinders Screamin’ Eagle Big Bore|
Heads Screamin’ Eagle
Rocker Boxes Twin Cam
Cams Screamin’ Eagle
Throttle Body Screamin’ Eagle 58mm Billet|
Air Cleaner Performance Machine|
EFI Controller ThunderMax
Exhaust Vance & Hines
Transmission
Year/Type 2007/H-D/FLHT|
Gears SAA
Clutch Screamin’ Eagle Clutch Spring
Primary Drive 2007/FLH
Frame
Year/Type H-D/Shadley Bros. modified to accept T/C motor and trans|
Rake/Stretch Stock|
Suspension 2015/39mm
Front End |
Length 2 under
Triple Trees 39mm|
Swingarm 2007/FLH/1 in. longer than stock|
Rear Shocks Progressive Suspension|
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Roland Sands Design/19 x 2.15
Tire/Size 110-90-19 |
Calipers Performance Machine |
Rotors Roland Sands Design
Rear
Builder/Size Roland Sands Design/18 x 4.125
Tire/Size 160-60-18|
Caliper Performance Machine
Rotor Roland Sands Design
Pulley Roland Sands Design
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer P.P.G.
Color Black and yellow
Paint/Graphics John Hartnett |
Plating/Polishing Metlec|
Powdercoating Daytec
Accessories
Front Fender RWD/Shadley Bros.
Rear Fender RWD/Shadley Bros.
Gas Tank 2014/FXD Switchback
Dash Mark Shadley
Gauges Dakota Digital
Handlebars Biltwell risers/Flanders bars
Grips Performance Machine
Mirrors Arlen Ness
Hand Controls H-D
Foot Controls Shadley Bros. mounts|
Floorboards Drag Specialties
Headlight H-D
Taillight Cycle Vision
Turn Signals Cycle Vision
License Mount Cycle Vision
Seat Corbin
Stereo Jenson
Speakers Focal

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