Do you think that Rough Crafts is one of the top custom Harley builders in the world? Here we have the new Dyna that proves that fact.
‘Urban Cavalry’ is not a typical Harley build. It is an official commission, a gift to the custom scene from the people at Harley-Davidson Taiwan. They gave Rough Crafts’ WinsonYeh the freedom to chase his own direction, and he picks performance.
‘Harley Davidson’ and ‘Performance’ are words that you can’t find in the same sentence. This machine is based on a 2014-spec Dyna Street Bob and it shows what is possible. Yeh said that the Dyna platform has a great balance between the bike size and engine power, and that out of all the present Harley model families, it has also got the greatest potential for good handling.
Yeh has fitted a new front end to ramp up the dynamics, with upside-down Kawasaki sportbike forks provided by Satya Kraus. Yeh says that Satya has been a good friend for many years and he has always loved the Dynamoto Front End kit together with Ohlins forks. They have placed a shorter custom version of the kit in order to improve the stance, and at the back there are blacked-out Ohlins shocks. He also installed a BDL open belt drive and an aluminum swingram from Roaring Toyz, both of which should reduce the weight.
The brake system of the bike is an equally high end. Those dark metal composite rotors were custom built by the United States firm Lyndall Racing Brakes, and they are hooked up to 6 piston calipers from the exotic Swedish brand ISR. Brake fade will never be a problem.
The stock Dyna bike has a surfeit of torque, so the upgrades on the Powertrain are restricted to the engine breathing. The 1689 cc or 103 ci motor gets a boost from the S&S ‘Super G’ Carburetion, and also a quite fantastic exhaust system. It’s from Dog House Racing, the premium titanium exhaust fabricator in Taiwan.
Yeh says that he had known Dog House for many years and he always wanted to work with him. He says that it’s just that blacked-out, vintage style motorcycles that haven’t been a good for that titanium rainbow effect that he creates. But for his performance-driven motorcycle now was the perfect time to produce a full titanium system. So they sat down together to talk and came up with a design that is very similar to the classic Bomber 2 into 1 pipe from Rough Crafts.
This bike is the best example of the wonderful Rough Crafts ‘look’. With a superbike-inspired tail unit and a narrow custom tank, there is a distinct air of vintage sci-fi. This bike is the type of bike that you could imagine racing through the streets in the movie Blade Runner.
The finish is almost completely monochrome together with black anodized hard parts offset by gloss grey paint from Air Runner. Also the Arlen Ness Beveled Wheels 17” at the back and 18” at the front are completely blacked out. The only glimpses of color on the bike are the fork tubes, the titanium exhaust pipework, and very small brass highlights on the pushrod collars designed by 2 Abnormal Sides.