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Brass Monkey

Sycamore Harley-Davidson


There was a photo that we found online of a bike that was quite industrial-looking and had a lot of elements we wanted to use, such as the lines and colours, and these gave some inspiration for this year’s BOTK build. I can safely say there’s not one particular thing that inspired the build but many ideas especially from the Sycamore team.


We have put a 23-inch wheel in the front and a 16-inch at the rear, both feature fat chrome spokes to give it that beefy custom look. The tank from Custom Chrome had to be stretched, lowered and chopped to get fuel pump in position and achieve the really low stance at the front that we wanted. We’ve chopped the rear end off and re-mounted the indicators to give a tidy look.


Pete Giles, one of the technicians at Sycamore, did all the fabrication work in house. When we see the altered fuel tank, the handmade exhaust and rear fender plus all the welding and fabricated touches, we are proud to say we did it all in-house. The more you look the more the hidden touches and details added throughout the bike start to appear.

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Todd Meynell (30) – Service Advisor. At the age of 12, my dad started to teach me to ride a Yamaha DT125. And then, Harley-wise, when I was 14 years-old my Dad had a 1995 Fat Boy and that’s when my passion for Harleys really kicked off.


There’s no other brand like Harley-Davidson out there that you can make what you want out of one of its bikes and from the many parts available for them – there is such a wide variety of choice to customise everything. Plus, you have the lifestyle and heritage behind the brand like no other companies do.


I’ve been career customising for nearly four years, but Sycamore Harley-Davidson has been producing custom work since day one. Last year’s BOTK build, which won the UK and Ireland round, was my idea and style – something I’ve always wanted to do. The shop’s increase in custom work and also from the interest in BOTK eventually led us to form a spin-off side business in 2017 called SYC Kustoms.

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H-D P&A: Low Mount Speedo. Brass grips, Timing Cover, Derby cover, Fuel Cap, Footpegs L&R, Shifter Peg, Brake Pedal. Rigid Mount Seat Kit, Bobber Saddle, Clip-on Handle Bar set, ABS brake line.


Other: Custom fat spoke 23in front wheel, Custom fat spoke 16in rear wheel, Power Vison fuel pack, Heinz front indicators, Coil relocation kit, Kellerman multifunctional rear lights, Metzeler front and rear tyres. Modified 3.3 gallon dished fuel tank, stretched side covers, Custom Brass bell mouth air cleaner, copper braided oil lines. Custom paint by AP Customs.

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