This Café Racer is Based on an Unlikely Motorcycle

If you’re setting out to build a custom café racer, a 1974 Harley-Davidson FX Super-Glide is probably not the motorcycle with which most builders would prefer to start. Yet that didn’t deter James Roper-Caldbeck – the Copenhagen-based Englishman behind Jamesville Motorcycles – from using that artifact from the bad-ol’-days of AMF ownership to create the sleek street screamer you see here.

Known simply as the Jamesville ’74 FX Shovelhead, the bike has a custom seat pan that tapers back to an integrated taillight, a subtly modified fuel tank, a custom high-mount exhaust, and a retro-cool fairing that was actually found on eBay. An 80 cubic-inch (1,311cc) S&S V-twin and 5-speed transmission provide the power to push this hot rod hog along. Very, very cool.

Source: Jamesville Motorcycles                  Photos: Mark Dexter/THE LAB Copenhagen