Once upon a time, in Southern California, a group of friends at Sacred Steel Metalworks purchased a stock 1976 Harley XL with the intention of making a simple shop bike due to its reasonable price and availability. However, as they began to work on the bike, their vision changed, and it turned into a total one-off custom.
The team at Sacred Steel put in long hours of design, fabrication, and assembly to achieve a modern look at an early 1900s board track race bike. The frame was hand-built using the frame jig at American Made Steel, alsoknown as Mad Mike and Sons. The result was a 4” out 2” down double wishbone gooseneck with a 6” raised backbone, and 40 degrees of rake, giving the bike an aggressive stance.
The aluminum gas tank, oil tank, rear fender, seat pan, and battery box were all hand-made by Sacred Steel, as were the handlebars, controls, wiring, plumbing, and air cleaner. Copper and stainless hard lines with brass fittings and fasteners were also custom-made. Essentially every part of the bike was handmade by Sacred Steel.
The engine was a 1976 Harley Davidson 1000cc, built by Stock HD. The bike kept most of the original parts such as the crankshaft, connecting rods, bearings, pistons/rings, camshaft, lift, duration, lifters, rockers, timing chain, heads/modifications, and intake manifolds. The carburetor was a Bendix, and the headers and exhaust were custom-made by Sacred Steel. The leatherwork by Riff Raff, and family with friends helped a lot in building this bike.