Avanzare, a Harley-Davidson Sportster Asterisk style


Japanese custom motorcycles are among the most recognizable pieces of motorcycle art and craft, and their branding remains deeply imprinted in the mind. Here is Avanzare, Asterisk Custom Cycles reinterpretation of the good old Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Italian for “progress”, Avanzare really takes a lot of steps forward when it comes to design and custom parts. On the contrary, the Avanzare elegantly blurs the lines between choppers, cafe-racers, old and new designs and, by all means, between the strange and the common.

The swingarm was replaced with one inspired by a racing Honda NSR500 Grand Prix and the twin shocks gave way to an Öhlins unit. Öhlins also supplied the front fork: it’s now held in place by a custom-machined aluminum triple clamp that also reduced the approved chopper’s tilt from 29 degrees to a sportier 24 degrees, for improved handling.

We marveled at the intricate welding of the exhaust pipes, a true work of mechanical art in themselves. A Harley ending in a Pro Circuit off-road / motocross muffler, however, is one thing we didn’t see coming. The custom engine guard provides the location for the oil tank, while the rear section houses the coolers.

Adding an ultra-tapered reservoir as the perfect complement to the revised saddle makes the Avanzare look more aggressive than most Sportsters we’ve seen recently. And the rims look nothing like we expected … in a good way!

Hideki Hoshikawa’s Avanzare rightly won Best in Show and AFT Visionary Award at the LA Calendar Bike Show and is excellent proof that HDs have almost no limits as to where they can go in the world. area of ​​customization. Seen the VéloEXIF.


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