Custom Harley-Davidson Iron 883: The “SJ2” Made For Sailor Jerry

This hand-built custom Harley-Davidson has been transformed from standard 883 Iron to a custom brat-style Frisco chopper. Built by Australian Gasoline Motor Co. for the American rum company Sailor Jerry, this bike has lots of cool details and a bad-boy attitude!

Custom Harley-Davidson Iron 883 the SJ2 made for Sailor Jerry

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For the second time, Rum producer “Sailor Jerry” has commissioned the Australian bike builders from Gasoline Motor Co. to work their magic and create a custom promotional bike to be drawn and given away to one very lucky winner. Starting with a standard second-hand Harley-Davidson Iron 883, the team had full creative freedom to create a good-looking machine that would also function well. The choice was to base the build on this inexpensive model and add aggressive styling to completely change the look of the bike.

Custom Harley-Davidson Iron 883 the SJ2 made for Sailor Jerry

Brat-style Frisco chopper

Gasoline Motor Co. describes the design of the bike as a brat-style Frisco chopper. All chrome parts have been removed and the overall look of the bike has a tough urban appeal. To incorporate the vintage vibes of Sailor Jerry, the high mounted peanut tank is splattered with charcoal satin shades and gloss black Sailor Jerry and Gasoline Motor Co decals. The tank also features an old-school Norman-Collins style tattoo which is a cool contrast to the sunken Motogadget Motoscope mini digital display. In general, the bike is a mix of classic silhouettes with innovative technology. It has all you need…and nothing more.

Custom Harley-Davidson Iron 883 the SJ2 made for Sailor Jerry

“Good work ain’t cheap – Cheap work ain’t good”

Contrasts and bad-boy attitude

As a contract to the all-black design, the exhaust is kept in chubby stainless steel with a round knot feature. The rear wheel disc says, “bold and smooth as well” and the vintage-style Firestone Tractor tires adds additional attitude. Etched to the rocker box is a nice slogan that both sums up the art of crafting rum and building custom motorcycles: “good work ain’t cheap – cheap work ain’t good”.

Custom Harley-Davidson Iron 883 the SJ2 made for Sailor Jerry

Specifications:

  • Based on a 2005 Harley-Davidson Iron 883
  • New front end
  • Contrast-cut machined front wheel
  • Custom swept-back window bars
  • One-off “fat fork shrouds” from Low Brow Customs
  • Shallow-profile 4.5” LED headlights
  • 1.45-gallon peanut tank
  • Motogadget Motoscope Mini digital display mounted vertically in the tank
  • EFI fuel pump
  • Custom saddle
  • Flared-up, shaved-down tail from a 1970s Harley Shovelhead
  • Suspension upgraded with progressive shocks
  • Rear-wheel disc insert
  • Vintage Firestone tractor-style tires
  • Chain final-drive conversion
  • S&S Cycles intake
  • RSD mid-controls
  • Micro-LED Kellerman Signals
  • Tracker-style exhaust (capped off with a reverse cone muffler) by Johnny Japan
  • Paint by Colourfuel

Build in three months

Budget: $30,000 (approx. 20,700 USD) including the motorcycle

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Custom Harley-Davidson Iron 883 the SJ2 made for Sailor Jerry

Custom Harley-Davidson Iron 883 the SJ2 made for Sailor Jerry

Photo credit:Rob Hamilton / @moto_feelz