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Again to fundamentals: Satomari’s 1982 Harley Shovelhead

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Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper by Satomari
When it comes to classic Harleys, we choose a ‘much less is extra’ vibe. Bikes which are loaded with billet and bling, or sporting airbrushed illustrations on the tank, are simply an excessive amount of for us.

This elegant Shovelhead from Japan is the type of {custom} V-twin we love. Stripped again to the mere necessities, it comes from Yusaku Sato of Hiroshima—a builder whose work we’ve featured earlier than, within the days when his store was generally known as Sato Marine.

Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper by Satomari
Sato-san and his crew are famend in Japan for his or her Shovelhead builds. However this ’82 bike has a extra understated vibe than the tracker-influenced ’68 we featured 4 years in the past.

The 1982 date on the engine was the place to begin for this construct, as a result of that was the yr Sato’s consumer was born. In any other case, the transient was huge open. “The manufacturing facet was left to us,” says Sato.

Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper by Satomari
The 80ci V-twin is just about the one inventory half on this machine: the remaining is an eclectic collection of components, married to nice Japanese craftsmanship. The consumption system is one such instance: hiding behind the custom-fabricated air filter is an S&S Tremendous E carb to extract the perfect from the reconditioned (and superbly refinished) motor.

The wonderful exhaust system is a one-off from begin to end, with sinuous big-bore headers resulting in a pair of bizarre rounded-rectangle muffler exits. We’re banking on this one being fairly loud …

Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper by Satomari
Then it was on to the even tougher work—making the body. “I needed to get a straight line from the neck,” says Sato-san. The neck itself is fabricated, to imitate cast-type necks, and is connected to modified triples and delicately-fabricated bars.

The triples had been initially 39mm—presumably from Slim Glide forks—however are actually holding 41mm fork tubes. “It’s slender however macho, and it goes nice with the 23-inch wheel,” says Sato. (The oversize wheel can also be sporting a hub machined up in-house.)

Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper by Satomari
There’s no brake on the entrance wheel, however Sato has opted for an uncommon setup on the 17-inch Dyna rear wheel. He’s used two Efficiency Machine calipers: one hooked as much as the standard foot management, and the opposite to the entrance brake lever.

It gained’t be pretty much as good as a standard twin brake setup, nevertheless it’ll be an enchancment over most customs simply operating one brake on the again. (It additionally helps that the tires at each ends are fashionable Avon Cobra Chromes, quite than classic rubber.)

Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper by Satomari
The bizarre swingarm is a one-off, and a mode we haven’t seen earlier than. Sato needed an “edgy really feel,” he says. All of the controls and pegs are one-offs too, fabricated and welded up within the store.

The compact gas and oil tanks, and the snug-fitting rear fender, have been hand-hammered out of 1.6mm metal plate. “It took a very long time,” Sato says wryly.

Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper by Satomari
He’s embedded the speedo and ignition barrel within the tank, and used sections from an previous Dyna tank as the place to begin. The aluminum field alongside the oil tank (beneath the seat) is detachable and accommodates a lot of the electrics.

On the enormous Mooneyes pageant in Yokohama, held final month for the primary time in two years, Sato’s Shovel was one of many stars of the present. Which fits to show that generally, what you permit out is extra vital than what you place in.

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Yusaku Sato with his Harley-Davidson Shovelhead chopper




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