Custom Harley-Davidson FLH Electra-Glide adopts a stripped-down Bobber aesthetic


Custom floats have been Togashi’s specialty since day one, although the Japanese craftsman will happily delve into other genres from time to time. Recently, Hideya was joined by a young apprentice named Naoya Watari, thus accelerating the pace at which the fascinating exploits of this workshop progress.

In the following paragraphs, we’ll take a look at how they transformed a mighty 1970 Harley-Davidson FLH 1200 Electra-Glide into a custom bobber-style work of art. The Milwaukee tourer is powered by a massive Shovelhead engine that develops up to 58 hp and 70 lb-ft (95 Nm) of crushing torque. The 45-degree V-twin, paired with a four-speed gearbox, features an electric starter, two valves per cylinder, and an 8.0: 1 compression ratio.

In stock form, this bad boy shifts a colossal weight of around 750 pounds (340 kg), although we bet that’s not the case after Hide’s makeover. When the donor was delivered to their garage, Togashi-san and his sidekick wasted no time throwing out the factory equipment of the motorcycle in its entirety. Also, the duo got rid of the big Electra-Glide saddle and massaged the frame to tighten its proportions, then they moved on to the suspensions department.

Up front, HM tweaked the triple clamps for a set of 41mm (1.6in) forks adorned with drilled lids. On the other end, the FLH has been treated with progressive dampers, concluding the suspension upgrades in style. The wheels were wrapped in Coker’s groovy Treadwell rubber, and the front unit was also fitted with a drum brake reused by BSA. With those goodies in place, it was time to tackle the beast’s powertrain.

By installing a high performance cam and new pistons, the Motorcycle Shamans were able to increase the displacement of the Shovelhead to 1340cc. The aforementioned modules are joined by an all-new primary belt drive, Dynatek ignition hardware and an S&S Cycle carburetor, which inhales via a bespoke gear stack. In the end, all of this shebang was concluded with a nickel-plated exhaust system that was manufactured in-house. Moving on to the bodywork, we find a unique selection of aluminum components, including a curved rear fender and a beautiful fuel tank.

In between, you’ll also spot a custom seat trim topped with seamless padding, while the cockpit sports crossover handlebars and spare grips. There is a single jockey shifter located on the left side of the gas chamber and the clutch is foot operated, which is why there is only one lever in sight. For the finishing touches, HM outsourced the retro headlight from an older tractor, pairing it with a round tail light from its own bolt-on catalog.


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