Custom Eye Candy: A Ferrari-Styled Harley-Davidson Breakout from MELK
“Paint First, Motorcycles Second”
It’s not often that I find myself writing about custom bike shops that flaunt their priorities as ‘paint first, motorcycles second,’ but today we’ve got circa-2016 custom bike shop named MELK on the docket – and it’s literally the company’s mojo.
Based out of France, the shop is devoted first and foremost to the badassery of the visuals, with their popularity being a testament to how well their methods have worked for them. Today’s keen machine to enter the chop block has been given a Ferrari-inspired scheme on top of a 2018 Harley-Davidson Breakout – and even we’ll admit the colors are quite pretty.
Satin and gloss varnishes were used to bring out (or tone down) various aspects of the Breakout’s color run, with ‘Grigio Silverstone,’ ‘Ferrari Satin,’ ‘Rosso Corsa Ferrari Brillant,’ and ‘Vivid Black HD’ being the shades used.
“The unnamed beauty boasts a wealth of mechanical changes, the most important being the Stage 4 S&S engine, backed by a KessTech exhaust system and an Arlen Ness air filter for easier breathing,” states the report from AutoEvolution.
We also see the addition of aftermarket accoutrement from a few Euro brands (Rick’s Motorcycles, Thunderbike, and Cult Werk), with the end result as follows, according to MELK’s official webpage:
Stage 4 – 124 Cubic – S&S Cycles
Customized Valve Exhaust – KessTech x MELK Painting & Motorcycles
Customized saddle and pouf – MELK Painting & Motorcycles
Rear tire 260 – Metzeler
Air Suspension – Platinum Suspension
Handlebars – HD
Forkhead – Rick’s Motorcycles
Short Riser – Thunderbike
Clog – Thunderbike
Black license plate – MELK Painting & Motorcycles
Fork tubes – Cult Werk
Transparent Derby Cover – Rick’s Motorcycles
Low Passage Mirrors
Av LED indicators – Thunderbike
Av & Ar Equalizers – Thunderbike
3in1 indicators – Kellermann
Av & Ar Footrest – Rick’s Motorcycles
Handles – Rizoma
Selector – Rick’s Motorcycles
Threads of red candles
Irridium Candles – NGK
Brake pedal pad – HD
Av & Ar wheel axle – Thunderbike
Black Motor Screws – MELK Painting & Motorcycles
Black Sword Screws – MELK Painting & Motorcycles
Black Screws Fork Tee – MELK Painting & Motorcycles
Black counter screws – MELK Painting & Motorcycles
Black Screws Pulley – MELK Painting & Motorcycles
Remote plate – LED plate lighting – Thunderbike
All told, a stunning piece of art that brags an equally impressive €45,000 / $49,500 USD pricetag – understandable, given anything with the Ferrari label automatically jumps in price like a rainbow trout in the late spring…feisty things.
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