Wouldn’t it be cool to build a Harley-Davidson into a motocross bike?
After the Eimca show in 2016, the crew at RD Custombikes had one serious wallop of an idea:
“We…said how cool it would be with Mel Pocock’s vast motocross career and the fact that it is totally outside the box to build a Harley-Davidson into a motocross bike and for Mel to ride it around his own private track, have some fun and make some cool videos!”
Mel Pocock, for the uninitiated, was the 2012 European Motocross Champion. In 2015, he suffered a horrific hand injury in a MX2 race, when his right hand came into contact with the rear sprocket of a competitor’s crashed bike, severing his thumb and tearing his hand to shreds. Mel has since recovered to race for the REVO Husqvarna team. You read the story of Mel’s recovery here at Doc Edwards Fitness.
Harley-Davidson Motocross Bike?
The crew at RD Custombikes thought their idea of a Harley-Davidson dirt bike was a pipe dream until they heard whispers of the Street Rod 750 being launched. The Street Rod 750, or Street Rod XG750A, is a hot-rodded version of the Street 750, with a “High Output” version of the liquid-cooled Revolution motor making 69 hp — 18% more than the original.
The bike has an overhauled chassis, sharper steering head angle, upside down forks, sexy tail section, and more. Bike EXIF’s Wesley Reyneke has a full review of the Street Rod 750 here.
RD Custombikes got with Steve Willis of Shaw Speed and Custom — one of our favorite builders. Luckily, Steve and head design guru Simon Pocock loved the idea. Harley-Davidson Europe was game, but there was a catch: they wanted the bike ready for a press launch in Marbella, Spain…just ten days away!
“We got on with the task in hand and pulled out all the favours, and our thanks go to Öhlins Suspension, Race FX, Image Design and Custom, HGS Exhaust Systems and Sids Wheels for working hard to making it all possible. The guys at Shaw Speed and Custom were able to work their magic and bring the idea to life. The bike was completed with one day to spare before specialist bike transporters Ideliver were due to take the bike to the press launch ready to be shown to the world!”
The bike was christened “MP119,” after Mel Pocock #119. The bike actually has a Daytime MOT — meaning it’s street-legal for day riding!
MP119 Street Rod 750 Dirt Bike: Video!
Below, we have an awesome video by vlogger Motonewbrider, who says:
I was invited by Shaw Speed & Custom to photograph their new version of the HD Street Rod 750. However there was a massive twist! The bike is modelled on a moto-x setup and will be demo’d by Mel Pocock and I in the next few weeks on a Moto-x track which I will be filming. The Street Rod MP119 is also a one-off for Harley Davidson Europe, so you will not see this bike created in any other custom dealership.
We will post that video as soon as it shows up!