Mike Davis and Grant Peterson, co-founders of the Born-Free Show, came up with the idea that Born-Free would be a great platform to introduce the new Street 500. As a group, they considered MANY companies that were performance minded, into newer bikes, and with the styling and respect to pull it off at the Born-Free Show. Ultimately, they decided that The Speed Merchant was the company and Brandon Holstein was the man. They knew that Brandon’s knowledge and skillset would be a perfect fit, especially with the short window of time to complete the project (3months). A tall order, considering that nobody had ever seen one, let alone worked on one, without the benefit of schematics, info., etc..
Photos by Ben at Da Guru Photography
Owner name, location: Born Free Show
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 2015 Harley Davidson Street 500.
Frame: HD, modified.
Fork: HD 39mm Sportster 48, with Speed Merchant trees and Speed Merchant preload adjusters.
Chassis mods: New modified rear subframe, and swingarm.
Tire/wheel size and style: Pirelli MT90's. Sun Rims, with HD hubs. 19" front, and 17" rear.
Favorite thing about this bike: Being a brand new model, I was impressed by how easy it handled.
Next modification will be: Vance and Hines Fuelpak
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Custom 2 into 1 stainless exhaust, handmade aluminum tailsection, custom engraved side cover, front sprocket cover, super sprox chain drive, Tokico 4-piston radial mount calipers, GSXR hand controls with Pazzo levers, custom tracker style bars, aluminum number plate with incorporated radiator overflow and Lazerstar LED light, custom leather seat by Bates Leather, Ohlins rear shocks, Joker Machine quick turn throttle, Speed Merchant footpegs and toe pegs, Cone engineering exhaust muffler, Burns Stainless merge collector, Vance and Hines air cleaner, Todd's Cycle turn signals, Speed Merchant solid riser bushings, and a custom battery box with and 8 cell Antigravity Battery.
-Custom White and Gold paint job by John Edwards, of Old Tyme Custom paint. Pinstriping and lettering by Pacman, Pacman's Line and Lettering
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Haven't had enough time in the saddle….. But for the short time I have ridden it, I can say that it handles very well. Light and nimble.
From The Speed Merchant: There were many people and or company's that contributed their product, time, or talent to this build, so we'd like to thank them for helping with this project. We have to thank Mike and Grant of The Born Free Show for bringing us this project and giving us the opportunity to work with this new platform. bornfreeshow.com. To Ohlins USA, Joker Machine, Bates Leather, Cone Engineering, Todd's Cycle, Huntington Beach Harley Davidson, Lazerstar Lights, and PJ1. Most of all, to Mike Quinones for his unwavering support.
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