The customization of cafe racer bikes with Harley Davidson bases is not very common, however Lord Drake Kustoms has been one of the pioneer companies in the transformation of Harley into a cafe racer.
In 2009, the owner of Lord Drake Kustoms (Francisco Alí Manén) wanted to customize a motorcycle with a Harley Davidson base that would not turn out to be the typical bobber, chopper or custom motorcycle, which were made to date with the legendary bikes. American brand.
He wanted to show that Harleys could also be transformed into other, more current styles of custom bikes such as the cafe raceror the scrambler. And this idea by Fran Manen and without thinking, was the beginning of a new trend in the world of Harley Davidson transformations.
LDKbegan to take a turn in its motorcycle customization workshops, to start transforming Harley Davidson motorcycles into cafe racer style motorcycles that was something unthinkable until now; since the cafe racer was something typical of motorcycles of Japanese or English brands.
LDK Cafe Racer bikes
And the best way to start this turn and show the world that the
With this Dyna Low Rider (called “Red Baron”), Lord Drake Kustoms became one of the first motorcycle customizers in the world to carry out the cafe racer transformation of a Harley Davidson with a Big Twin engine.
And proof of this is that this
Then this Harley Davidson cafe racer won in all the custom bike shows in the United States in which it was presented, including another edition of Rat’s Hole held in Leesbug (Florida) where it was once again chosen the best cafe racer motorcycle.
The “Harley Red Baron Cafe Racer” ended up on the cover of the prestigious Iron Works Magazine (USA) and was covered or appeared in other magazines such as Biker Zone Magazine (Spain), Dream Machines (Germany) or American V magazine (U.K)
From that moment on,
And of course we cannot forget the impressive Sportster cafe racer “Speedster”, with which Fran Manen was proclaimed Runner-up of the Harley Davidson World Customization Championship in 2018, at the AMD World Championship of Custom Bike Building that was held in Cologne (Germany ).