Tilt at world’s fastest Softail title

Sydney custom motorcycle startup Elliott Motorcycles hope to smash their Aussie speed record and grab the title of the world’s fastest Softail next month.

Owner Elliott Andrews says he is taking his modified 2018 Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114 to Lake Gairdner in South Australia on March 8, 2018.

“With this bike I’m feeling confident I will achieve between 170-189mph (273-304km/h) smashing my current record,” he says.

Elliott holds the current Australian land speed record of 155.885mph (250.872km/h) held in the M-PF200cc modified production motorcycle classification.

The record was broken on a Harley-Davidson Street Bob designed, built and piloted by Elliott at the 2016 DRLA speed week.

Street Bob at Lake Gairdner

Elliott came up with the idea to build the world’s fastest Softail with products he designed when Harley-Davidson last year released a new Softail family that included the Dynas powered by the new Milwaukee-Eight 107 and 114 engines.

Dream to be fastest

He says his dream of setting speed records started after drag racing for two years.

“I needed a new fix and I was attracted to the unknown of going flat out on a Harley-Davidson,” he says.

“No known records have been set with the new Milwaukee-Eight Softail. Our aim is to be the first and set the bar high.”

He not only hopes to set a new record, but also plans to film the 4000km round trip from Sydney to Lake Gairdner.

“We have teamed up with Bondi Films a professional film crew to capture our journey and create a short documentary, The Ultimate Ride,” he says.

“This would be a great opportunity for Elliott Motorcycles to show the passion and hard work that we have put into our land speed record attempt.

“After months of product design our motorcycle is in the final stages of completion.”

Passion for motorcycles

Elliott grew up in Birmingham, UK, with a passion for motorcycles from his father.

“When I was 11 my dad opened up his own motorcycle shop,” he says.

“It was at that point I was hooked on the technical side of motorcycles.

“I started working with Dad when I was 12, initially as a Saturday job. After school I started work in my dad’s motorcycle workshop full time.

“He gave me a level head, teaching me the humility, focus and discipline I needed to be a top mechanic and a leader.”

In 2010 Elliott became a master technician for Harley-Davidson and In 2012 he moved to Australia.

“The move was a critical step forward in my motorcycle career having the opportunity to be a designer and racer of Harley-Davidson customs,” he says.

He has now started Elliott Motorcycles in Sydney to build custom motorcycles. 

Elliott’s Harley-Davidson Fat Bob 114

Engine: Custom made pistons to be at the top of the 2000cc class; Worked cylinder heads; camshaft yet to be chosen; modified balance shafts; race fuel by ETS

Modifications: Buell wheels; Buell upper & lower fork clamps; XR1200 forks; custom front & rear fender; partial front fairing; custom exhaust; mid-mount primary conversion; custom seat pan; ABS system removed; clip-on handlebars

Elliott Motorcycles products: Rear set mounts & controls; footpegs; derby cover; shift lever; suspension adjuster; timer cover

Sponsors: Shinko tyres, LDV Australia, ETS Racing fuels Australia and Rams Head Service.

Instagram: @elliott.motorcycles

Facebook: Elliott Motorcycles

Twitter: @elliott_moto

Website coming soon: ihttps://elliottmotorcycles.wordpress.com/

Source: motorbikewriter.com

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