At Gasoline Motor Co. we get the opportunity to build and create some pretty neat machines. It’s super rewarding when we get some kudos online for our work – huge thanks to our Bike Exif for the shoutout, our team of technicians for making it for happen and of course, our customers who trusted us to create their forever (for now) motorcycle.
HARLEY-DAVIDSON OWNED the internet yesterday. Unless you live under a solid aggregate of minerals, you’ll know that the Motor Co. teased its upcoming model range—including the productionized Livewire, a streetfighter, and an adventure tourer called the ‘Pan America.’
But did you notice there was no mention of the Sportster? Could this finally be the end of the road for the venerable roadster? Fear not. There will always be killer Sportster builds to keep the massive second-hand market alive—like this rowdy flat tracker from Australia’s Gasoline Motor Co.
The Gasoline crew developed a taste for flat track racing after blasting round their local track at Appin, an hour’s drive out of Sydney. At first they used a KTM 450 shod with Dunlop DT3s, but founder Jason Leppa realized it was soon time to move on to more appropriate machinery.
“Learning the ropes of sliding at high speed on the dirt soon turned into a need to practice on a heavier Harley XR1200X,” he tells us.
At first glance, this V-twin street tracker looks like a no-fuss hooligan racer. But it’s primed to tear up asphalt as well as the dirt—and has enough of the right bits to make it street legal.
A 2000-model Harley-Davidson Sportster was the starting point for what became the ‘XX Tracker.’ Gasoline stripped it down, then threw away anything they could to save as much weight as possible.
A monochrome palette was on the cards from the word go, so the engine was removed and painted black, while the frame was refinished in white.
Gasoline kept the Sporty’s stock oil tank, but tossed the fuel tank, seat and fenders. In their place are a fiberglass tank and tail, hand made by Phil Little Racing in the classic American flat track style. The livery is simple and tasteful: gloss black, with a few custom decals.
As per normal flat track spec, the XX Tracker rolls on a pair of 19” hoops—in this case, lifted from an early model Sportster and powder coated black before being wrapped in Maxxis dirt track rubber. Roger at Retroline added a super-subtle touch: white pinstripes on each rim.
Custom-machined triple clamps were installed to get the front wheel to fit, and spacers ensure the sprockets line up at the rear.
The forks were fitted with new 11-1130 springs from Progressive Suspension, and shaved of any unused mount tabs. And a set of custom-tuned Nitron shocks was installed out back, dialed in to the rider’s weight.
Gasoline have also added a chain conversion kit, with an oversized 60-tooth rear sprocket for maximum pull-away out on the track.
As for the motor, it’s stock inside. On the outside there’s an S&S Cycles Super E carburetor, and a high flow Slant air filter from Roland Sands Design. And, of course, a massive, in-your-face twin exhaust system that provides max airflow and sounds magnificent.
It’s the work of Niko at Hi-Tech Mufflers, who built it up piece by piece from stainless steel. The Gasoline crew then whipped up a big ol’ heat shield in-house, to cap it off.
Those are the obvious changes—but there’s a ton of subtle tweaks on the XX Tracker that tie everything together. The stock mid-mount foot controls were converted to ‘low-mount’ controls, and upgraded with a grippier set of pegs.
Up top, the guys added a set of high-and-wide 1” bars, but trimmed off the cross brace that came with them. The levers are standard, but the throttle and grips are new—along with the mini switches and internal wiring.
The stock handlebar clamp was milled out to accept a tiny LED dash from Motogadget, plus a set of LED warning lights. The entire electronics package is discreet, with a trimmed harness running through Motogadget‘s popular m.unit control box, and activated by their keyless RFID ignition.
The ‘headlight’ is actually two powerful LEDs, mounted down low on a pair of custom-made engine crashbars. Out back is a floating license plate bracket, which also carries a thin LED taillight. Turn signals are present at both ends; small pin units flanking the tail, and wraparound LEDs on the forks.
Gasoline’s XX Tracker nails the Sportster tracker vibe flawlessly, tweaking the timeless recipe just enough to make it the perfect Harley for both road and track.
It’s uncomplicated, beastly, and a loud reminder that the Sportster’s going to be around for a long, long time.
This action-packed film tells the story of 'THE XX' – Gasoline Motor Co.'s custom Harley Davidson flat tracker – as it takes on vicious souls through a storm of dust. Slicing up the speedway, the streets ain't safe... Watch out, watch it now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=op4-hmEpbnE
The frame has had its share of modifications, with the subframe getting most attention. It's been detabbed and streamlined within an inch of it's life.. It's back from paint now and is a perfectly glossy shade of black. Hopefully not long until the engine can go in and you can really get an idea of how streamlined it is.
We're a decent way along now with our BMW custom build for the annual Machine Show Build Comp 2019. It's slowly getting worked on as parts arrive back from being painted and powder coated. Drool over these photos for now and soon it'll be ready to re-assembly!
WHAT IS RIDE SUNDAY?
Ride Sunday is a global movement - it unites people who ride to support a charity and create positive change. All over the world, motorcyclists will ride for a cause on June 3rd, 2018. Team Gasoline will be fundraising and riding for Cure Cancer Australia. Join our ride.
HOW IS GASOLINE INVOLVED?
Join us in raising awareness for Cure Cancer - our team donations will support emerging talented scientists towards innovative cancer research. Unfortunately, everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer – Gasoline has chosen to support a cause that is prevalent and relevant within our community. We have set up a registered ride you can be a part of.
WHO WILL BE RIDING WITH US?
The staff at Gasoline will be heading up the ride, and we want you to join us. It will be a great chance to see all your motorcycles and scooters on the road together. Come solo, or with a friend, everyone is welcome. Just register to ride, join the team and we’ll see you on Sunday morning for the ride!
Team Gasoline has mapped out a cruisey ride up North to Palm Beach from the warehouse. This will be a fairly easy ride for all levels. After a coffee stop, we will head back to Gasoline, and you can peel off from the group where you please. Support the cause Team Gasoline have a 1000kms target and a $5000 fundraising target set, so the more the merrier. If you can’t join us on Sunday 3rd June, you can still donate to our team.
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We made the annual pilgrimage to Braidwood for the 2nd Annual Machine Show this year and had a blast! Massive thanks to Matt Machine and all the crew for putting on an awesome weekend full of good rides, awesome people and solid memories! See y'all at the next one! Check out some photos from our mates Jasper and Ian of the ride and all the cool machines on show.
We recently took the XX out for a day (or two) on the track, we enlisted the help of champion flat track rider Michael Kirkness to put the custom built machine through its paces while Cam from Stories of Bike got some amazing footage. We're planning something BIG and are gearing up for the full reveal soon so stay tuned, but for now you can check out some behind the scenes shots...
Photos by Gasoline and Ollie Khedun
Gasoline Motor Co. has had an incredible year in 2017 - selling machines of all makes and models, attending many events all over Australia and of course building world class custom motorcycles. We debuted 3 custom builds at Throttle Roll street party 2017, represented at the Distinguished Gentleman's Ride, attended the first annual Machine Show, exhibited at Vivid and again at The Artistry, had custom motorcycles on display at the Sydney Motorcycle Show, Collaborated with Sailor Jerry and had an awesome party, had a blast at the Billy Sixes Launch just to name a few. We also staged our own event - the first annual Workshop Masters where we brought together professionals from within the motorcycle community for a day of skills at the Gasoline HQ, which was a huge success. We couldn't have done it without the support of the motorcycle community in Locally and internationally and we'll continue to grow as a company and push the boundaries of custom motorcycle creation.
We managed to crank out a wide range of unique custom builds this year and really pulled all the stops out so they were bigger, badder and better than ever before. We always go above and beyond for each and every motorcycle we build and 2017 was no exception. For a full list of all our custom work to date check out the Custom Builds page, see below some of the best builds we created in 2017.
A-15 is one of, if not THE most popular build we've ever done - an all terrain Harley-Davidson that can tear up anything in it's path. Peep the video shot by Stories of Bike of A-15 ripping through the state forest and you'll see what we mean.
This sleek revision of a modern classic is made for the city streets, streamlined and dark it is nimble enough to whip through corners and powerful enough to leave traffic in the dust. We took it out on the town at dusk to put it through its paces and may have popped a wheelie or two.
A low down caferacer Harley-Davidson is what Gasoline was tasked with creating, and that's what we did. We crafted this sportster into a personalised riding machine right down to the custom seat - specifically designed to match the customers gloves!
There's only one thing this build is about - dirt flying, speedway cheering, sideways sliding Flat Tracking! Built from a humble sportster, this machine was transformed into a formidable track scrapper capable of taking it to any and all competitors. Making it's debut at this year's Throttle Roll Street party it stole the show and may still have some tricks up it's heat shield so stay tuned.
We took a Kawasaki from our showroom floor and rolled it straight into the workshop to create this tracker-style machine. If you like what you see then you could make it your own, hit the link to find out.
This secret build got its street debut at DGR 2017 with a special, hand painted tank, bur we've kept it under wraps since then. It will be fully revealed very soon so definitely keep your open for this one.
One of our last builds of the 2017 is this blacked-out Triumph Bonneville with a heart of darkness. Gasoline went all-out on this build, giving the Bonny a whole new persona that has been critically acclaimed in Australia and Internationally.
We took the Ural Ranger 'Sahara' model out for a spin around the city last week to enjoy the awesome weather we're having as Summer kicks in. It was great to take it through the city steets and over the iconic Harbour Bridge, we definitely got a lot of heads turning!
If you're interested in checking out a Ural Ranger for yourself just hit the link below for loads more info.