The Petrali Racer
Custom King: Michael Noble, 35, Sales Manager
As Sales Manager and head of Guildford Custom, Michael Noble has, through builds and bikes sales, a wealth of experience in Dark Custom customisation. His “obsession” for Harley-Davidson motorcycles started in his teens when his father bought a Harley– that first sweet experience is always a lasting one – and also led Michael into employment, working with ‘Milwaukee metal’ and riding too! 2017 saw Michael cover 1800 miles around Europe in eight days on his 1977 Shovelhead chopper.
The Petrali Racer is homage to Joe “Smokin’ Joe” Petrali, a Harley-Davidson motorcycle racing great from the mid-twenties to late 1930s. He won 49 AMA national championship races, a record that stood for 55 years.
Together with Master Tech Neil Blandford, Guildford has nailed the modern-take on a 1935 dirt/flat track racer. Be it from the fabricated 2-1 stainless exhaust or the matt finish Art Deco Harley paint scheme infused with modern touches such as micro LED indicators, the package draws attention.
H-D P&A: 1925 Solo Sprung Saddle, White Nostalgic grips, Hollywood bars. Brass Collectiion consisting of Gas Cap, footpegs, shifter, Derby and timing covers. Screamin’ Eagle air filter, Sportster air cleaner cover, Black Hand control levers. Over components: Custom Chrome square headlight and “Drilled” Retro LED rear light, Thunder Bike Customs front indicators, Drag Specialities rear LED strip indicators, Heidenau K60 Scout 110/80B19 Enduro tyre (front), Duro Median off-road 130/90 – 16 rear, Lowbrow Customs Manta Ray rear fender. Fabrication: 2-1 stainless race exhaust, seat spring mounts, battery tray/shock cover, swingarm fender mounts and struts, number boards and tail light mount. Custom Paint by Image Design Custom.