Harley builds dream bike for Olympian

Oxford (25 October 2011) - A stunning new customised Harley-Davidson® motorcycle has pushed the boundaries of design to create a bike which is truly unique and reflects the individual style of its Olympic athlete owner. The one-of-a-kind mean machine is the pride and joy of Iwan Thomas, who knew that if he wanted to make a bike his own, he had to get a Harley®.

The motorcycle was inspired by a creation that had been produced by customisation star Charlie Stockwell of Warr’s Harley-Davidson, based on the King’s Road, London. Harley-Davidson UK commissioned Charlie to work with Iwan to build the bike of his dreams based on a standard Softail Cross Bones motorcycle and the result is beyond the athlete’s wildest dreams.

“I couldn’t be happier with the finished bike,” says Iwan. “I’ve always wanted a Harley so it’s brilliant that not only do I finally own one, but I own one that’s totally unique and designed just for me. I always knew Harley was about individuality but I didn’t realise the extent to which each motorcycle is a blank canvas until Harley-Davidson® started discussing all the options for my machine with me. The moment I saw the finished bike for the first time was so exciting, I just couldn’t wait to get on and ride.”

The customisation was carried out using the best quality Harley-Davidson® Genuine parts available, giving it an edgy look with guaranteed quality. The engine was given a H-D Stage 1 tune using the Screamin’ Eagle® Super Tuner, while the original air filter was swapped for a cool velocity stack and painted to match the slick bodywork.

The wheels will be a talking point for any motorcycle fan – the originals have been replaced with fat, diamond-spoke versions and 18-inch low profile tyres. Meanwhile, the handlebars give the machine an aggressive, pulled-forward feel, with the help of a pair of H-D® Diamond Black grips and throttle cables.

The overall feel of the bike is vintage – the rear fender has been given a bobbed look and the Harley decal is based on the 1920s version, while the headlamp is a 1930s style. Other additions include a H-D® Sprung Solo saddle and Diamond Black foot pegs. Following a career focused on speed, Iwan’s emphasis was on style and creating a motorcycle that enabled him to enjoy the Harley lifestyle of riding for fun.

“Iwan had a lot of great ideas about how he wanted his bike to look and feel, so we worked together with Charlie at Warr’s Harley-Davidson to turn those ideas into reality,” said Allan Brownridge, Brand Manager for Harley-Davidson UK Parts, Accessories and Merchandise. “The end result is an amazing looking machine, which is a perfect example of how every rider can make a Harley-Davidson their own.”