1997 Harley Davidson Custom build "Marley" by Mr. Martini


1997 Harley Davidson Custom build
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Marley by Mr. Martini. World famous custom build.

Nicola Martini is relatively unknown in the states, but across the pond, he is revered as a custom motorcycle artesian. Martini parlayed a modest Royal Enfield motorcycle business into a career working with top motorcycles brands. The Mr. Martini custom bikes are admired worldwide and Martini is recognized as one of the premier motorcycle customizers in the world.

Working from a studio in the back of a vintage gas station in Verona, Italy, Martini has done special projects for manufacturers like Triumph, Ducati, and BMW. His specialty is building vintage inspired forward looking bikes.

Marley was inspired by the racing motorcycles of the 30s, 40s and 50s but with a modern build. The red dorsals adorning the surround rear fender of the Marley look ready to sport a race number. The look complements the shiny black front fender, oil tank, chassis, and battery cover. The two piece leather seat and dropped Mr. Martini handlebars add a café racer element to the bike.

The stand out feature of the bike is its Honda fuel tank. Martini gave the bike an ironic twist by using juxtaposing a square Honda gas tank against the Harley Davidson mechanicals. The tank is panted bottle green with black-hand painted pinstripes. It still wears a Honda badge on one side making the bike immediately recognizable as Martini's Marley.

Power comes from a Harley Davidson 883 twin upgraded with oil cooler, Accel ignition, Screemin Eagle air filter, and a Zard exhaust custom modified by Mr. Martini.

Martini eliminated the original belt drive in favor of a chain drive which narrows the rear. Additional mods include Motogadget instrumentation, Kiwav Motors levers, Performance Machine four-piston brake calipers and fully adjustable Öhlins shock absorbers.

Marley is currently in stock and sitting on our showroom floor. It is in as-built condition. Heading to the Ace Café or just want a center piece for your collection, Marley will fill your needs.

Technical Sheet Mr. Martini Marley
• Engine: 883cc Harley Davidson Sportster Evolution 45º V-Twin
• Transmission: 5 speed
• Exhaust: Custom Mr. Martini/Zard headers and muffler.
• Chassis: Double steel cradle
• Swing arm: Double arm in steel
• Wheelbase: 1.510mm
• Front wheel: 19 "cast aluminum
• Rear wheel: 16 "cast aluminum
• Front tire: 100 / 90B19 57H
• Rear tire: 150 / 80B16 77H
• Handlebar: Mr. Martini
• Front suspension: Telescopic
• Rear suspension: Two Öhlins shock absorbers, fully adjustable
• Front brake: PM Vintage 4-Piston Caliper
• Rear brake: HD 2-piston caliper


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