Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage

Doppio

1974 HONDA XL350

The best things in life come in pairs. Couldn’t be truer for the 2 old Honda XL’s we had the pleasure of chopping up and bringing back to life. This is the 2nd of the two (the other being Macchiato), and whilst they are clearly siblings they certainly have their own individual styling, light & dark.

Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage
Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage
Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage
Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage

The motors for both bikes had been rebuilt and revived back to their former glory, so our task was to turn them both into a couple of classy cafe racers. The brief for Doppio was “Black. ALL black.” Done!

With no battery to rely on, kickstart only, both bikes are the epitome of a cafe racer – stripped right back to the bare essentials.

 

Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage
Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage

“It’s all in the grind. Can’t be too fine, can’t be too coarse. This, my friend, is a science.”

–   Ewan McGregor (Black Hawk Down, 2001)

Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage
Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage

Mods

1973 Honda XL350

Custom matte black paint
Spoked Excel wheels with black rims
Flat bars
Bar end mirrors
Biltwell grips
Aftermarket LED Speedo
Aftermarket lighting
Custom exhaust, heat wrapped
Custom made seat
Modified subframe
K&N oval filter
MX style footpegs/controls
Chopped front fender

Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage
Hardtail Harley Davidson Street 500 by Smoked Garage

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