IF THERE’S A RISING FORCE in the modern custom world, it’s Indonesia. It’s no longer surprising to see a world-class middleweight café racer roll out of a Jakarta workshop, and the top shops are now spreading their wings and tackling the heavy metal.
One of those shops is Thrive Motorcycle, with a sweet succession of Yamaha and Royal Enfield builds to their name. They’re often pushing the design envelope into angular new directions rarely seen before.
It’s still a surprise to see the chopper influence in this latest build, even though it retains the super-clean lines and finishing we expect from ace fabricators Indra Pratama and Barata Dwiputra.
“The project kicked off over two years ago,” says Thrive’s Putra Agung. “One of our good friends, Reuben, asked if we had a Harley engine available for a new build—and by coincidence, we did.”
The engine in question was from a year 2000 Harley XL1200 Sportster, and part of an order direct from the USA. The Evo motor was in rude health, and suited Reuben’s desire for a reliable, modern drivetrain.
Thrive has a custom parts division called T/H/R/V, so the V-twin became the test bed for a whole range of new parts—mostly primary, cam, sprocket and rocker covers, plus a new air filter.Read More...
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