Club Style motorcycles have existed for about forty years with the appearance of FXR chassis at Harley-Davidson .
The denomination "Club Style" however, appeared only recently.
Basically, this type of preparation is carried out on Harleys (Dyna) in order to make them better able to ride harder, further and longer.
Like most preps, there's nothing superfluous about clubstyles . In theory, every modification should be rooted in something practical or performance-oriented ; therein lies the style of these motorcycles.
Here are the basic elements of the appearance of a Clubstyle motorcycle:
2 in 1 exhaust
high rear shock absorbers
front fairing (often used)
We will see this in detail later in the article.
DEFINITION AND ORIGIN OF CLUB STYLE
An aspect of biker culture and generally ignored by the general public, biker clubs have been around since the 1940s and have proven to be essential to the structure of motorcycling like rallies.
Image from the Son of Anarchy series
Most of the early motorcycle clubs were founded by veterans looking for the brotherhood and camaraderie left behind at the end of World War II.
Although every club is different, most require their members to do one thing: ride often, for long distances and above all, together, as a team.
While the clubs favorite style of motorcycle has changed over the years, the current version is referred to as " club style " or " rogue style ".
Essentially, they take stock American motorcycles and modify them with all the signature elements of Clubstyles . The idea behind these motorcycles is that they are meant to be fast, reliable, comfortable, slim, nimble and efficient in every definition of the word. These are “ready for anything” bikes .
Clubstyle preparation has become popular with the arrival of the Dyna chassis which has a sportier frame.
This style was popularized to the general public through the Son of Anarchy (SOA) series.
This drama series chronicles the life of a tight-knitmotorcycle outlaw club operating in Charming, a fictional town in Central Valley, California. It stars Charlie Hunnamas Jackson "Jax" Teller, vice -president of the club. He soon begins to question the club and himself. Brotherhood, loyalty, betrayal and redemption are constant themes. "
Here is an example of new mapping done for a Harley Nightster . The reprogramming associated with a performance air filter and free exhausts increases the power from 55 to 80 horsepower and the torque from 85 to 110 NM. The engine is finally released.
HIGH FLOW AIR FILTER
As part of stage 1, changing the air filter is required.
This makes it possible to increase the ground clearance and thus be able to take more angle in turns.
Along with increasing engine and chassis performance, it is important to increase braking performance .
For this, the installation of 4-piston calipers at the front and floating discs improves the braking performance of the motorcycle.
For example, the Harley Sportster does not have a good reputation when it comes to braking.
Below is a prototype support for 4-piston caliper that we will soon be offering.
It is not uncommon to see Sissy bars on clubstyles .
Whether the purpose is aesthetic or it is a support for luggage during long road trips , everyone finds their interest in this accessory.
With the popularization of this type of preparation, most followers are only oriented towards an aesthetic preparation. They like the clubstyle look and don't necessarily have the same goals as the pioneers.
Thus their budget will be devoted to the fairing, the saddle or the paint rather than the preparation of the engine or the brakes.
THE IDEAL MOTORCYCLE PREPARATION FOR RODEOS:
Add crashbars to your clubstyle and you can make it the perfect bike for stunt riding.
Here is a demonstrative video about it:
To be able to lift this type of motorcycle, it must be modified and optimized for this purpose.
Clubstyle owners with advanced preparation are burnout and wheelie enthusiasts. It's part of the Clubstyle spirit.
We can notice the different styles of Clubstyle in this video.
The Clubstyle preparation changes the philosophy of the bike and it becomes an easy and agile bike like any other.
THE BASICS FOR CREATING A CLUBSTYLE:
A purist will say that a clubstyle is done on a Harley-Davidson base. In this case, the emblematic base for achieving a clubstyle is the Dyna .
Otherwise, if you want to start from a new motorcycle:
For a high-performance clubstyle, it is necessary to move towards the Low-Rider S models with the 114ci. Otherwise the streetbob will meet your expectations.
Today this style is becoming more democratic and the bases of preparation are diversifying:
YAMAHA BOLT 950
This model is Yamaha 's custom proposal at an attractive price. The design of this motorcycle is traditional.
There are more and more parts for this model to transform it into a clubstyle.
Here is a beautiful creation in the Club Style spirit.
HONDA CMX 500 REBEL:
The new Rebel 500 (also available from 250 to 1000cc) is very popular with tuners, especially in Asia.
We are starting to see more and more clubstyle preparation on this machine.
This model is " pimped " with the addition of fairings, a skid plate and plain wheel.
The basic design of the CMX and the addition of these parts gives a futuristic clubstyle .
This model is also in the style of the K-Speed preparations on CMX500 .
And here is a model that responds more to the clubstyle standard: