Flat magazine | Captain Fawcett Ltd x Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight – Flat-Out Magazine
The inherent beauty of a custom motorcycle is that a small part of the owner’s soul is inevitably incorporated into the finished product.
That feeling is taken to the next level when talking about Richie Finney and his incredible Dark Custom Forty-Eight, which plays on themes from his gentleman Captain Fawcett Ltd’s brand of grooming products and throws in plenty of nods. steampunk for good measure.
The latter is due to the creative mind of Linzi Mumford, a retired bicycle builder turned furniture restorer, who used her unique blend of bicycle building and furniture restoration skills to create something really original.
Perhaps the most eye-catching feature is the bespoke Gladstone-style saddlebag set, with a pull-down mechanism to reveal a multitude of Captain Fawcett products and a sliding mirror, turning the pig into a portable grooming station.
Linzi claims that the old Wild West snake oil seller’s carts were floating in her imagination when she got the idea.
Beans Paints and Parts in Cambridgeshire provided the superb paint job, which uses an old-fashioned swirling smoke effect that was common on tanks in the 60s and 70s.
It uses the slow combustion of an acetylene torch to produce the desired smoky appearance. A clear coat then seals it before the gold paint and translucent stain provides the finish.
The side panel artwork was created using custom stencils of Captain Fawcett’s logo and visuals with black paint and a continuation of the grommet style from the fender to the tank.
Famous bicycle builder Linzi retired from the scene in 2006 to pursue a career in furniture restoration, but a chance meeting with Captain Fawcett at the 2015 Frome Steampunk Extravaganza was enough to rekindle his passion for DIY.
Steampunk. Vintage barber. Motorcycles. A match made in heaven, we think you’ll agree.