The motorcycle company Custom Custom Mechanic began to work in the capital.
Do you know why we decided to make motorcycles on our own, and not just tune them? It is easy and simple to assemble equipment from finished imported parts only at first glance. Often nodes produced by different tuning companies are difficult to dock. After all, they are ordered from catalogs, from photographs, and it is not clear whether the node will “lie down” in the space allotted to it. Sometimes, it was necessary to adjust “in place”, to cut a part at the cost of $ 1.5–2 thousand into parts and redo it again … I wanted to throw everything away and do it my own way. On which they decided.
The workshop received the right to produce motorcycles in small batches - up to 150 per year, to independently issue TCP to finished products. What kind of motorcycles are these?.. You should not even try to argue that the optimal design of the custom is with the V-twin, and the best embodiment of this principle has long been recognized by everyone in Harley. Copying them blindly is uninteresting and in a commercial sense unattractive. So we have adopted the concept. And another reality, in order not to discover the Americas, to take advantage of the best that already exists in the world of building custom in the world. Simply put, we’re using something from the Harleys.
Do everything from the engine to the bolt yourself? It makes no sense! Easier to find reliable suppliers. The manufacture of the frame was entrusted to the pilot production of VNIImotoprom: according to our project and drawings here they are welded from seamless pipes of high-quality alloy steel. At first, the frame of our motorcycles was duplex, similar to the "Harley" one. But fashion dictates its own rules - and we have made changes. New, half-duplex, not inferior in stiffness to the previous one - this is confirmed by calculations and tests. With it, motorcycles weigh an average of 320 kg - like their distant American "relative".
Most of the parts of our motor are manufactured at one of the enterprises of the military-industrial complex in Kaluga. These aluminum alloy parts are perhaps better than the Harley ones: imported cast and Kaluga engines are milled from stamped blanks or rolled. These parts are tougher, their metal is denser, its thermal conductivity is 30% higher. And one more plus: after chrome plating, the surface becomes mirrored, the casting, however polished it will still be covered with chrome with pimples. But the "stuffing" (crankshafts with pistons and piston rings, camshafts, valves, valve springs, all gears and some other details) is still being bought abroad.
This approach made it possible to obtain different engine options. From Kaluga parts, you can assemble motors with a displacement of 1750 and 1900 cm. The difference is due to a change in the stroke length of the piston. The piston itself is the same in both cases, four inches in diameter. And then both serial and tuning kits are used. As a result, you can get from the regular "Harley" 65 to 350 hp. and more. A full-time motor is good only on a “long-range” cruiser. To drive around the city, more “impudent” camshafts are required - with them the motor quickly “responds” to the turn of the gas knob. And despite the fact that most owners of choppers purchase equipment for travel in a quiet mode, they often opt for the “city” - 75-horsepower version.
But caught among the "Harleists" and extreme lovers. For example, on one of the motorcycles we are now installing a kit for supplying nitrous oxide to the power supply system. At the same time, we are assembling yet another apparatus - a Zipper engine with a working volume of 124 cubic inches (2032 cm3) has already been installed on it. Its parts, like the Kaluga motor, are made of stamped metal, which makes it possible to obtain 167 hp. on the rear wheel. The engine works with a 6-speed gearbox, the rear wheel drive is displayed on the right side. Moreover, the customer wanted a 300 mm wide wheel to be installed in the cantilever rear pendulum.
Foreign cast wheels are very light, but many customers prefer spokes of our manufacture. We also make tanks ourselves - we glue from fiberglass, a material that allows you to give the tank the most bizarre shapes. Anything like that made of metal is incredibly expensive. Yes, and it will take a very long time to mess with it, but not every customer is ready to wait. A fiberglass tank takes from a week to a month, depending on the complexity of the configuration. To prevent gasoline from eating, as well as to protect against static electricity, we treat the tanks from the inside with a special liquid: it seals the pores and, when it dries, forms a strong film on the inner walls.
We ourselves produce wings, oil tanks, rear pendulums, rudders, traverses, steps, air filter housings. Excellent kits for assembling brake calipers are produced by the same enterprise in Kaluga.
Even when we were limited only to tuning, we learned how to emboss on the skin of seats and embroider on it. We apply airbrushing painting on tanks and wings.