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Fat the Ripper

Maidstone Harley-Davidson

Model :FAT BOB Category :RACE

We decided to join the all-new FXDR and LiveWire models with a similar ‘futuristic’ approach. 


We worked closely with RB Kustoms to develop the exhaust system, while the bespoke rear unit, fuel tank and tank console to accommodate the H-D digital instruments were in-house fabrications. The new sub-frame from the FXDR can be seen in the tail.


Each change on this build complements the next. We carefully changed the classic line and shape with this build, fabricated custom elements to make it unique and slick, and added modern parts to complete the vision we started with. We set out to build a bike to rip up on any terrain and with this ‘Fat The Ripper’ was born. 

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Michael Elm (35) – Master Technician. My interest in bikes was born and bred from the streets (and parking lots!) in Washington DC. As a kid, I watched riders head off for a ride on cruisers, bobbers, trackers, scooters or even dirt bikes. I knew then that there was an intrinsic charm to motorcycles and they shaped my childhood then adulthood.


As illustrated by BOTK, Harley-Davidson motorcycles are the perfect canvas for customisation because so many different styles can be built around them to produce motorcycle art at its finest! As much as the motorcycles are Harley-Davidson, it’s also the social sphere that comes along for the ride – the brand holds a special place in an untold amount of people’s lives.


I have been keen on the custom motorcycle scene for a while now but first started when I was in Germany, circa 2009. At Maidstone Harley-Davidson, we’ve been building up the customisation side over the last few years and gaining more and more momentum with our portfolio continually growing, which is hopefully a sign that people approve of our designs and creations. We carry this out currently under our ‘MSHD’ Signature. 

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H-D P&A: FXDR Structure Tail Section, Black Hand Control Lever Kit, Fork Re-Build, Speedo, Streamline Mirrors. Dominion accessories: Hand Grips, Rider Footpegs, Small Brake Pedal Pad, Shifter Peg, Transmission Cover, Upper Rocker Box Covers, Upper Rocker Box Cover Inserts, Front Axle Nut Cover, Front Axle Cover Installation Kit, Rear Axle Nut Covers. Screamin' Eagle accessories: Round Air Cleaner Cover, High-Flow Air Cleaner, 10MM Phat Spark Plug Wires.


Other: Diamond Range Cam Cover insert, Biltwell Handlebars, Custom exhaust by RB Kustoms, Thunderbike Turn Signals. Rizoma Marker Light. Powder coating by CSP Powder Coating. Paint by Image Design Custom.

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