Lorena's Backstory

July 2021

Lorena's Backstory

FXDL 107 Lorena GTO

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On the occasion of their 115th Anniversary and the end of the line for their famed Dyna (rubber mounted) series, it is mooted that Harley-Davidson secretly allocated the last 10 manufactured models to selected global customisers as a gesture of thanks for decades of underground cooperation with the intent that these should sport the best aftermarket parts that couldn’t previously be sanctioned!

Jeff Riding Lorena

One of these hallowed scoots mysteriously found its way to Harley-Davidson Metz in Eastern France (whose guvnor, Gilles Sliwinski, is one of the three JETS co-founders…) when it was decided to rebuild it “as if” the MoCo had done a GTO version not unlike what Carol Shelby used to do for Fords and latterly what Fiat-Chrysler has so successfully delivered with their recent Abarth and Jeep revivals (QED). 

Lorena Side

Whilst the project was led and designed by Jeff Duval, the HD Metz supremos Gilles and Aurélien got on with this Celebration Build making sure that the original OEM scoot would not be denatured by cheapo and unnecessary bits but rather enhanced where it really mattered in both design and performance.

To this effect, the very best global aftermarket players were selected as per detailed specifications listed below. 

Front only

The resulting machine is very powerful, rides, brakes and handles like a GTO should. Unlike most custom efforts, because it was based on a new motorcycle, it has all the mod cons that one has been accustomed to enjoy.

Front and back

Moreover, with its iconic rubber mounted set up, our 115th Anniversary FXDL 107ci Lorena GTO glides effortlessly at great speed in a way that always makes SUV Luxobarge menopausal drivers green with envy! 

Faring

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Technical Specs

General

Design & Build:
Duval / Sliwinski / Pierrot / Battistini.

Engine

OEM EFI Twin Cam boosted to 107ci/1750cc by Carlo Molinaro of Zipper’s Performance Fame.

The Zipper’s kit is based on decades of excellence in tuning HD motors.  Always honed, fitted, fired and tested by a senior ZP technician!

Transmission

Beautifully effective OEM Primary and Gearbox but final on chain for that GTO competition feel…

Magnificent (little known) billet primary cover by no less than Messrs. Barnett’s emporium!

Chassis

OEM but cleansed of all nasty pieces…

Suspension & Steering

Rikki Battistini’s fantastic lead axle forks to increase steering stability at speed mated to 49 mils clip ons and enhanced by that iconic narrow glide Ness fairing so easy to adapt to most custom applications.

Olhins rear shox to finish it off.

Wheels & Brakes

Stunning and hard to come by Performance Machine billet rims wire laced 21x3 front / 18x5.5 rear.
Beringer race grade calipers and hand controls. 

Nec Plus Ultra Iconic 11.5” floating rotors by Kustomtech.

Instrumentation

Speedhut 4” speedo & tacho GPS cluster adapted to twin fire mounted in a billet bracket prototyped by Rikki Battistini especially for this project.

Bodywork & Seating

Much light and sensitive work by HD Metz’s Aurelien to “cleanse” the scoot overall and give it that sportier feel.

Kewl leather seat by the ever iconic Danny Grey.

Ergonomics

Rides furiously as one would expect but with that unique rubber mounted feel added to superior brakes and road holding in unprecedented comfort.

Photography

Jeffe del Valle.

Finish

Glorious 60’s (but 2017 OEM!)

California Metallic Red and Cream Dual tone, gold, silver leaf et al by HD Metz Yves Jacob-Jungbluth.

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