Francisco Alí Manén of Lord Drake Kustoms is one of those builders who’s successfully made the transition from the heavy chrome choppers so popular in the early 2000s to a much more diverse and eclectic style, employing a large array of donor bikes and genres.
He actually started out doing vertical works (working on buildings and high-rises with only ropes), where he was pioneer of the sector in Spain, and he was also a successful mountaineer, completing expeditions in the Himalayas before accidents and injuries left him seeking a new path.
He found his way on two wheels, and his list of awards on both sides of the Atlantic is too long to publish here, but include trophies in the European H.O.G. Rally Bike Show, AMD World Championship of Bike Building, Daytona Bike Week Rat’s Hole Bike Show, and the Spanish Official Harley-Davidson Bike Show.
Though he’s worked on a wide array of makes and models, one of his favorite platforms is the air-cooled Evo Sportster — a bike he transforms into bold, attention-grabbing scramblers that would like right at home on Main Street during Daytona Bike Week. We’ve featured several of these “Bultracker” and “Soulbreaker” Sportster scrambler builds over the years.
Now he’s back with the “BULTRACKER 57,” based on a Nightster 1200 — the Motor Company’s blacked-out, lowered Sportster. Below, the LDK tell us about the new build.
Bultracker 57: In the Builder’s Words…
The “BULTRACKER 57” is a new Harley-Davidson Sportster scrambler customized by Lord Drake
Kustoms in our custom workshop in Vélez Málaga (Spain).
Francisco Alí Manén (owner of Lord Drake Kustoms with locations in Miami and Vélez Málaga) says that this Sportster is a custom job on another level, especially for the beautiful combination of colors chosen.
The base used is a Harley Sportster Nightster 1200, which has had its entire original rear end removed and the subframe trimmed. A pair of Öhlins shocks, a scrambler rear fender made to measure in metal, and a handmade license plate holder have shaped the rear end of this beast.
At the front, we highlight the 1” BMX handlebar, and the modification of the fork and front suspension accompanied by a minimalist scrambler fender.
The front rim has been replaced with a new 21” unit and the rear with an 18” unit and Continental scrambler style motorcycle tires have been fitted.
A handmade sump cover, side number holder and a custom modified and upholstered seat are other details to highlight.
The “57 BULTRACKER” has been completed with a 2:1 RSD exhaust, custom Sportster air filter,
BMX style foot pegs, LED turn signals and many other details.
Lord Drake Kustoms stands out on this scrambler motorcycle, the paint job that has been done, combining candy red with cream white and details in gold and orange. The seat is upholstered in black perforated leatherette with red thread.
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