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BOBBER FETT. Bandit9 Goes Sci-Fi On Harley’s Street 750

Posted on September 1, 2017 by Andrew in Bobber. 28 comments

Written by Marlon Slack.

After a one year hiatus the good folk at Bandit9 have returned to the custom scene with a bang. This time around they’re leading with this incredible Harley Davidson 750 Street, dubbed ‘The Dark Side’. First up, it’s not named after Star Wars – the team actually drew their inspiration from the dark side of the moon. But I can’t help but see more than a little Vader in the lines of this remarkable build.

Harley meets H.R. Giger

A long, long time ago in a workshop far, far away Bandit9 had a bit of momentum going. They were selling nine iterations of each custom they were producing, they were moving them on easily and getting plenty of coverage in the media. The decision to shut down temporarily due to personal reasons wasn’t an easy one. But starting up again was also difficult. ‘It was frightening and refreshing to start anew,’ Dylan, head of Bandit9, says. ‘I assembled a new team to up our craftsmanship and decided to focus on offering only 3 models.’

And those customs aren’t like typical custom builds offered by workshops, built to a spec laid out by clients. Their vision is entirely their own. ‘We always start from zero,’ Daryl explains, ‘This gives us the freedom to do what we want and the space to bend the rules.’ The second iteration of Bandit9 also has the shop shipping their finished products to clients around the world. And this time they’ve gone with a larger bike than they’ve tackled before – and their first Harley Davidson.

‘The Street 750 isn’t the most popular Harley Davidson,’ Daryl admits. ‘But what it does have is a superb engine and that’s what we wanted. I’ve personally ridden and owned a variety of Harleys, but the Revolution X engine is far more responsive and feels a lot quicker and more agile than the others.’

“What it does have is a superb engine and that’s what we wanted”.

But in stock trim the Street 750, with it’s exposed loom and patchy fit and finish looks nothing like this. And getting it to such a standard was quite the journey. The first step was redoing the frame. The neck was extended and angled forwards while at the rear the subframe was trimmed and the swingarm lengthened to accommodate a larger rear wheel. The ride height was lowered with the shocks, 16” rims and USD forks.

“How we do it is a bit of a secret but it is completely hammered by hand”.

But the real beauty is in the bodywork that ties the whole bike together. And that was also the hardest thing to do, as Daryl explains. ‘The trickiest part was the unibody that unifies the tank, seat, rear brake lights and signals into one form. And we had to find a way to get the bulbous front to taper smoothly into a square back. How we do it is a bit of a secret but it is completely hammered by hand.’ And It’s done impeccably – with the gloss black paint sure to show up any imperfections in the work.

Possibly the neatest part about the build is the slimline cowl, outfitted with a LED headlight that, although small, puts out a beam around 150% stronger than stock. The fenders are handmade as is the radiator cover and the Han-stitched Solo seat. Topping it off are Vance and Hines exhausts and a conversion to chain drive.

The team is understandably ecstatic with how The Dark Side turned out. ‘We love it’s presence,’ Daryl says. ‘It’s hard to put into words and hard to portray in photos. It’s understated but has charisma – and it’s intimidating at the same time.’

I’ve got a funny feeling that with Bandit9’s new business model they’ll be one to watch. They’ve always done an incredible job of turning smaller displacement bikes into rolling pieces of art but it’s great to see them tackle something with a larger displacement. If you get the chance there’s there’s also video of the bike in action below. At one point you can even see the rider shift all the way through the gearbox and use the fourth.

Plasm rifles sold separately

[ Bandit9FacebookInstagram | Photos by Jeremy Wong ]

  • nFa ZoMbiE

    wow!!that has a ‘street’ presence now. Nice video as well…I like this bike as much as I hate the stock 750 :p

    • Can we join that gang?

      • nFa ZoMbiE

        @Andrew : Go and lead the pack! 😀

  • guvnor67

    Woh!! This beats all the other Streets so far, Hans down! This would certainly be the (Death) Star of any Harley show! Seriously, this is sensational, and I’ll admit, at first I even thought it was a modded Boulevarde or something. Master Dylan has done an amazing job.

  • Jim In Solvang

    Yum: that’s one Bad, Black Licorice Bobber.

  • the watcher

    Not a favourite model with me, but a bloody good job has been done here. Funky wee vid, too.

  • Dark, fluid, dangerous looking. It is so good that I can barely make out that it’s a Street 750. Only a true artisan can hammer out metal like this. Fantastic.

    • Come to think of it, it’s really been a fine week for killer S.E. Asian metal skills. Hats off to you, goode sirs…

  • The Ogre

    It must be just me. The fat wall tires and spokes spoil it for me. And a hidden monoshock would also have cleaned up the look.

    • I guess Daryl’s plan to sell the bikes on order might limit the amount of major mods he can do to the bikes.

      • The Ogre

        Ah. That makes sense, actually. And it’s not as if I could afford another moto anyway, were it exactly to my taste.

  • Do Marlon and I win any prizes for that ‘Bobber Fett’ headline? Yes? No?

    • AB

      I had to look it up – German for fat. OK Urban dictionary had alternative definitions but I’m pretty sure you were not think of them!. Yeah I give you bonus points for the creative title – any time I learn something is good.

    • Andy Rappold

      Not really…its Fett Bobber and means greasy bobber, which is not a compliment in German.

    • Harold

      The Star Wars reference to Kylo Ren suits the bike better, especially the photo with rider using the plasma gun. “Bobber Ren” would have suited the title better, but it doesn’t have as nice a ring as Bobber Fett.

    • AJ

      I feel you’re being hard done to here. Never a bad thing to see a Rogue One (?) or two Star Wars puns make it into an article. Solid effort both, clearly not enough fans in the regular readership!

  • AB

    Some very nice work here – ugly duckling to a swan. The hacked off behind the seat look does not work to my eye, especially given the beautiful flowing lines ahead of the seat. It’s a current look though (the hack off behind the seat)- maybe done to death?

    Not about the bike but a general moan about motorcycle videos. Maybe I’m alone on this but I don’t want any darn music or silly voice overs – all I want to hear is the bike roar.

  • Andy Rappold

    mmmh…no…its as “Rad” as chewing gum. They really tried but there is no polishing a turd, even with great craftsmanship.

    • A little too harsh, maybe?

      • The Ogre

        Each to his own. I don’t think it’s nearly that bad. I just realized, looking at it, that it reminds me very much of the “Jaguar Nightshadow” ( which I actively dislike.

        • the watcher

          To me, it’s half V9, half M1800.

      • Andy Rappold

        Mmmh ..sounds harsher then it was mend to be 😉 Incredible work , nonetheless.

  • martin hodgson

    Sth East Asia is killing it in the custom scene right now, from old school done to perfection to this incredible futuristic ride. The level of craftsmanship on all these builds is taking the game to a whole new level.

    And it’s fitting Daryl is back as one of the first faces to put this part of the world on the map for their custom bikes. Nobody else consistently produces these incredible single piece bodies to such a high level!! And then the price of his bikes are practically a giveaway! Limited run companies in the “traditional” motorcycle markets are in trouble if they don’t step up their game, because right now THIS is at the front of the pack.

  • Zundap

    Notice that all but one photo is taken of the right side,and in that shot the license plate and bracket are missing. That’s because it’s ugly. Too bad, this is a nice bike.An amazing contrast to the stock 750, but placement of the plate and brake light is frosting on the cake. Slapping it on the side just doesn’t make.