Visionary Cycle Products FXR

Carmine Bellamore tackles West Coast custom style

Word on the street is, Visionary Cycle Products back East picked up this 1989 Harley-Davidson FXR Convertible as a corpse in Connecticut (a.k.a. basket case). Aside from the whole image of buying a dead body, the other unusual aspect of that is of an East Coast shop taking a shot at building a West Coast bike. We here on the Left Coast don’t own a monopoly on FXRs, but most of us agree that the wheelie-crankin’ performance version of the bike is more popular here than on the Eastern Seaboard. Carmine Bellamore was up to the task but he had to make it under a constraint many of us know all too well: “We were going for the modern West Coast FXR look. I was on a budget with it so I didn’t have a sky’s-the-limit approach to it.”

What that usually translates to is homing in on the major details mandatory to whatever style you’re trying to create. For a performance FXR, that means suspension upgrades, new brakes, more grunt, maybe a little fairing of some sort (or not), and some paint.

Carmine took care of all of those things, balancing cash and design requirements in equal measure. The end result is something you see a lot of out here and not so much out there. If you’re going to buy a dead body to play with, there are worse things you could do than to turn it into a road-ripping custom motorcycle. Carmine Bellamore tells us the finished scoot is nimble and gets up and goes, making good power and tempting all kinds of mayhem on the road. And that’s what FXRs are all about.

Visionary FXR Profile

Reincarnating this FXR meant combining restoration and customization to stay on budget. Sweat or cash, you gotta pay one or the other to build a bike (usually both).

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Visionary FXR exhaust

Visionary Cycle Products’ Carmine Bellamore kept the Evo mill at 80 cubes, focusing his pony upgrades on the S&S air cleaner, the 2-into-1 exhaust, an Andrews cam, and some very mild port work to the heads, done by Dennis at East Coast Superbikes.

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Visionary FXR engine

The bike was an ’89 but Carmine made sure he had the ’90 and later primary and transmission on it.

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Visionary FXR custom gas tank

The tins are all OEM FXR. Eric at Jake’s Customs laid down House of Kolor Pagan Gold and black to make the bike pop.

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Visionary FXR Custom

Mag wheels and dual front brakes were among the must-haves. Carmine swapped in Race Tech internals for the forks.

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Visionary FXR handlebars

He wanted the high bar look but opted for tall risers instead of a set of club bars.

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Corbin BMC solo saddle

A Corbin BMC solo saddle capped off the finished scoot.

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Piggyback shocks

Piggyback shocks were mandatory if Carmine wanted the FXR to be the real deal.

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