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Spitfire Sportster

 

Building motorcycles to showcase a shop's fab skills and craftsmanship is nothing new; in fact, it's nearly a requirement in today's world. Paul Cavallo and the crew at Spitfire Motorcycles attacked this '75 XL1000 for exactly that purpose, and ended up with a machine so laden with neat details that it takes some effort to find them all.

 

 

"Jolie Rouge"  French for, "Beautiful Red"
Builder: Spitfire Motorcycles
Engine: 1975 XL1000
Carb: Mikuni 38mm
Pipes: Spitfire / Emgo
Chassis: Spitfire Motorcycles XL
Gas Tank: Sacred Steel
Oil tank: Spitfire Motorcycles
Rear fender: 5" Trailer
Headlight: 4" spot
Tail Light: West Eagle
Bars: Spitfire
Risers: Custom Cycle Engineering
Hand control: Spitfire Motorcycles
Forks: 35mm Showa legs off of a 1982 RM250
Trees: Spitfire 35mm
Front wheel: Spitfire Vader with 3/4" square Tubing
Rear wheel: Radir 12 spoke
Rear brake: Spitfire sprocket brake
Front tire: Avon Speedmaster
Rear tire: Michelin Pro Comp
Seat: Riff Raff Kustom Leather
Paint: Sweet Baby James / Wayne Wreck

Bike's name: Jolie Rouge, French for "Beautiful Red"

Builder: Spitfire Motorcycle

Engine: 1975 XL1000

Carb: Mikuni 38mm

Pipes: Spitfire/Emgo

Chassis: Spitfire Motorcycles XL

Gas tank: Sacred Steel

Oil tank: Spitfire Motorcycles

Rear fender: 5" trailer

Headlight: 4" spot

Taillight: West Eagle

Bars: Spitfire

Risers: Custom Cycle Engineering

Hand control: Spitfire Motorcycles

Forks: 35mm Showa legs off a 1982 RM250

Trees: Spitfire 35mm

Front wheel: Spitfire Vader with 3/4" square tubing

Rear wheel: Radir 12 spoke

Rear brake: Spitfire sprocket brake

Front tire: Avon Speedmaster

Rear tire: Michelin Pro Comp

Seat: Riff Raff Kustom Leather

Paint: Sweet Baby James and Wayne Wreck

You can see more of Spitfire's work here


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Commented on 2-9-2011 At 02:11 pm
 

That is one badass bike. Nice work.

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 04:05 pm
 

Damn near perfect!!!

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 04:08 pm
 

Baadaass!!

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 04:25 pm
 

Sick! love that paint job

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 04:27 pm
 

that sure is purdy!

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 05:01 pm
 

Where is the rear caliper hiding?

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 05:30 pm
 

This is a truly beautiful bike. It is also the type of bike that makes me angry, since I could never ride it without looking like a gorilla on a tricycle.

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 05:35 pm
 

BOO YAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 05:41 pm
 

The sprocket brake caliper is tucked in behind the pipes. If you look at the first pic in the series, it's right in front of the axle adjuster.

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 06:34 pm
 

Paul has been making killer bikes and parts for the last 20 years,and seen styles and trends change and always stayed on top of it.even when he was on top of the "bike builder" roller coaster he was never to busy to help the small shops and local builders,something he even does to this day.I wouldn't have been able to even get started if it wasn't for paul helping me out in the late 90s.thanks paul,keep up the good work

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 09:07 pm
 

I wonder what he had to do to get that rear wheel on there? I wonder if i can do the same with a stock drum.

Commented on 2-9-2011 At 11:02 pm
 

Great Tank detail, very unique.

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 02:27 am
 

Very fine work indeed.

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 03:08 am
 

Don't be angry KevMoore . . . doesn't look like ANYBODY rides it.

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 04:11 am
 

jesus that bike is one of the cleanest most beautiful bike I've ever seen

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 04:22 am
 

I love this bike.

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 05:15 am
 

Tasteful,classy and beautiful............Great job Paul!

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 06:44 am
 

One of the best Ironheads i've seen.

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 07:34 am
 

clean bike, great photos!

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 12:22 pm
 

Nice Job Paul....Scotty says Hello

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 01:26 pm
 

whoa, bonerific. and the tank.........................awsome!

Commented on 2-10-2011 At 07:28 pm
 

thats really nice, looks great

Commented on 2-11-2011 At 12:33 am
 

Super Sweet job!

Commented on 2-11-2011 At 01:12 am
 

Love the hand warmers in the tank. That's what they are right? This bike is perfect.

Commented on 2-12-2011 At 06:32 pm
 

Details on the seat are amazing, not just the top but all the way around. Great bike.

Commented on 2-13-2011 At 01:59 am
 

I got a boner from that seat. sorry.

Commented on 2-13-2011 At 03:29 pm
 

this is beutiful

Commented on 6-14-2011 At 09:36 pm
 

like that seat..

Commented on 9-21-2011 At 04:11 pm
 

That bike is IMMACULATE! I especially dig the paint, the way the bars are done, and the wheels. Very clean and unique

Commented on 9-5-2012 At 04:03 pm
 

One of the best iron head's ever!!!

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