Being powered by a Boxer twin engine taken straight off a BMW R1200, I guess we can say that this is the best custom of a Swedish bike (given the builder’s nationality) featuring a German engine so far. The motorcycle that different than others. with simple naked bike but look amazing jet design, this custom made bike is very tech like the front suspension. bet you might own one.
Stellan Egeland builds some very cool customs, but they’re not just for show, his are functional. This new video shows his Harrier out and about, plus, who knew, it’s a 2 up cruiser?
BMW R1200 HARRIER: A RUNNER CUSTOM BIKE JUST LIKE JET FIGHTER ON ROAD
Stellan tells he also had a tracktest with Öhlins that turned out great! Their best test rider rode the Harrier and had only good things to say except for the hard seat.
Stellan says: “I dragged the valve covers on the track (52 degrees before they touch), and they look great with the scratches!”
Former world champion bike builder Stellan Egeland designed and built what he calls The Harrier, an amazing machine that came in second in the European Championship of Custom Bike Building and which will compete at this year’s World Championship of Custom Bike Building in Sturgis.
We’re expecting this combination to grow into a more and more radical one with each year that passes, although by looking at the bike…
story review on harrier specs:
In Sweden, the riding season is relatively short compared with many warmer countries, with snow and icy conditions keeping bikers off the roads until this time of the year. However, there’s a thriving custom bike scene going on behind closed doors and a Swedish bike builder’s latest project captured the attention of custom fans worldwide when it was unveiled at last weekend’s European bike building championship in Mainz, Germany.
In a discipline traditionally dominated by American V-twin motorcycles, Stellan Egeland took the unusual step of using a BMW R 1200 S as the basis for creating his latest custombuilt machine that he has christened the ‘Harrier’. The results are so good in fact, that the Harrier came very close to winning the European championship on its debut, eventually finishing in the runner-up spot out of more than 170 custom bike entries. Furthermore, with this result, the bike has qualified to enter the world championship of custom bike building in Sturgis, USA, in August.
The Harrier is the result of a long winter spent in the workshop, which has consumed every spare evening and weekend of Stellan’s time. Having only finished the bike a few weeks ago, he is understandably delighted at the end product and the reaction it has created among custom bike fans. “It was great to get the second place in the European Championship as all the voting is done by the bike builders themselves, rather than a panel of judges. All the entrants nominate their top 12 bikes and then the results are added up to decide the winner. I knew that a win would be almost impossible, given that Harleys are the machine of choice for most bike builders. However, there was a great reaction to the Harrier and this made all the painstaking hours spent in the workshop worthwhile.” After qualifying and working as a plumber, Stellan soon realised that his true passion lay with bike building and he set his own business up in order to combine work with pleasure. By this point though, he had already been building vehicles for many years, starting with bicycles as a youngster and then building his first custom car at the age of 15. His first foray into the world of two wheels came in 2003, when he bought an old Norton chopper and modified it with handmade aluminium tank and fender, and fitted it with a supercharger and a homemade manifold and drive system.
Stellan wanted to build a high-tech bike with a futuristic look. With a promise of support and a ‘donor’ bike and technical assistance from BMW Motorrad in Sweden, Stellan’s idea for the Harrier project started taking shape. “The BMW bike that really captured my attention was the HP2 Sport,” says Stellan. “It is a great machine with many trick components, but it was just too expensive to take to pieces so we decided on the R 1200 S. I enjoyed riding it all summer long and then in September I took it apart.
I wanted to keep the engine, drive shaft and wheels, as the rear end with the single-sided swingarm is a great looking feature that really works well. With previous bikes I had a designer friend draw me sketches, but this one was conceived completely in my head – I knew exactly what I wanted to do. And because I was making the Harrier for myself, it was important to me that the bike could be ridden, and wasn’t just there to be looked at, like many custom bikes are.” Visually, the Harrier manages to look aggressive, futuristic and sporty at the same time, with the promise of an exciting riding experience just a twist of the throttle away. Unlike many show bikes, it also looks good when a rider is sitting astride it.
The attention to detail is phenomenal, with a carbon-fibre seat that wraps itself around the muffler. The rider is protected from the heat of the muffler by special air scoops carved into the fuel tank, which help channel cool air to the space between the muffler and the seat. The scoops also give extra support to the legs for gripping the tank while attacking corners. The tail-light and direction indicators are actually incorporated into the end of the muffler, and are protected from excessive heat by an air gap. Swedish performance parts specialists ISR have made a special hub steering system for Stellan and another Swedish company – Öhlins – has supplied the suspension.
The Harrier is also equipped with ISR fully adjustable radial master cylinders for better braking feel, along with dual radial mounted six-piston calipers up front and a four-piston monoblock caliper at the rear. The brakes come with ABS, although it can be easily disconnected if desired.The Harrier is the result of 587 hours of Stellan’s time, along with 250 hours of assistance from friend Thomas Lindberg.
Not content with just finishing this amazing machine, Stellan’s next objective is to optimise the chassis and suspension in order to get the bike’s road holding and handling as sharp as possible.