The Motor Company launched the Street 500 and Street 750 as beginner bikes, a learning tool and a low price point entry into the Harley realm. All of which it does very well, but few looked at this machine as a custom platform. That perspective began to change with the launch of the #HDkingofcustoms program. Hitting Europe first, this invitation to the dealer network to transform a Street and do so with very few rules unleashed a torrent of creativity from within the Harley ranks. The program also produced a respectable collection of customs from around the globe and very likely styling cues for future production units. Café, scramblers, roadracers, and a variety of other styles seemed to adapt quite easily to the Street chassis, and a peppy 750cc motor makes them fun to ride. A few months back, the King of Customs program was extended to US dealers, and more than a few Streets were “reimagined” in a relatively short period of time.
Los Angeles Harley-Davidson of Anaheim took a unique tack with their build, opting to forgo the classic café, tracker, or streetfighter look that the platform seemed to favor. “We had watched the European builds evolve and the creativity level was pretty amazing, but we wanted to go a direction none of the other builders had gone,” explained LAHD’s Stephen Jones. The bike started as a rough sketch and took inspiration from the recent generation of zombie-themed media using a collection of aftermarket and genuine H-D parts.
Partnering with Progressive Suspension and several other aftermarket manufacturers allowed the build to quickly take on a unique look. Ride Wright wheels had already sorted out fitment for the Street and even utilized the factory cush drive, making custom wheel availability and install a low drama affair. LAHD chose a 19-inch front and 18-inch rear and wrapped them in the largest Continental TKC80 rubber that would fit in the diminutive chassis. A set of Progressive Suspension piggyback shocks lifted the rear a few inches as well as helping reduce the cruiser-style fork rake.
The rear hoop was shortened up a bit and a more appropriate scrambler style seat fabricated. The OEM tank was stripped of its paint facade and treated to a rack and a simple clear powdercoat as well as a slight lift to level out the lines of the bike. The rear rack and radiator guard are half-inch steel tubing and make no concessions to fashion. The front of the bike saw just as much attention, beginning with a headlight/fog light combo shrouded in steel mesh and topped by a set of ProTaper bars and a brown leather Harley accessory tool bag.
Motor treatment was left fairly simple with the addition of a Screamin’ Eagle air cleaner kit, pipe shields, and a shortened factory muffler. A brown leather Harley accessory bag originally intended for a Sportster was grafted to the left side and a set of Burly Brand MX pegs bolted right on to finish up the cockpit. Fenders are steel units trimmed to fit the lines of the bike and powdercoated wrinkle back to match the motor. Fully functional signals and taillight were purposely low-key units, and other than a bit of re-routing the electrical system was left stock.
The details are what make this bike, and paracord-wrapped racks and an accessory shovel mounted on the radiator guard are just the beginning of the unique touches. A Biltwell fuel cell is strapped to the rear rack via race truck piggyback brackets, and the entire build is topped by a stained-to-match crossbow. Whether you believe the zombie apocalypse is around the corner or not, this Street 750 looks to be fun to ride on any terrain and ready to bug out at the first sighting of walkers. Looking forward to seeing more builds based on the Harley XG and hoping LAHD will let us take this one out in the hills for a little zombie hunting!
|Shop Phone||(714) 882-3312|
|Build Time||45 days|
|Air Cleaner||Screamin’ Eagle|
|Exhaust||H-D accessory shields and shortened can|
|Modifications||Shaved tabs, rear hoop shortened|
|Front End||Progressive Suspension Spring Kit|
|Fork Boots||Twin Power|
|Rear Shocks||Progressive Suspension 970|
|Wheels, Tires, and Brakes|
|Builder/Size||Ride Wright/19 in.|
|Tire/Size||Continental TKC80/19 in.|
|Rotors||Ride Wright wheels|
|Builder/Size||Ride Wright wheels/18 in.|
|Tire/Size||Continental TKC80/18 in.|
|Rotor||Ride Wright wheels|
|Raw metal||Clear powdercoat|
|Front Fender||Dime City Cycles|
|Rear Fender||Dime City Cycles|
|Gas Tank||Cut and lifted stock unit|
|Handlebars||ProTaper ATV Bend|
|Pegs||Burly Brand MX Pegs|
|Headlight||Truck Accessory Lights|
|License Mount||Dime City Cycles|
|Racks, Guards and crossbow mount||TCI|
|Bags||Harley accessory bags in brown leather|
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