Shaw Speed And Customs XL1200 Cross

cross1Cross3Cross4cross2For those living in the US, it’s quite surprising to learn that , the custom wing of UK based Shaw Harley-Davidson, has built over 80 modified Harley-Davidson bikes since opening its doors only five years ago. And I am not talking about fast “decorative bolt-on” jobs, but full customized Harleys requiring those factory bikes to be stripped down to bare frame. Creations always based on the donor Harley frame, engine and transmission, very often receiving geometry and performance enhancements. Because of tough EU regulations regarding customs, retaining a Harley title is extremely important for most clients, pushing many builders to center their business on modifying factory motorcycles. Hence, the number of european bike shows with a large “modified Harley” class.

Cross4-5Cross4-6The Shaw Speed crew in charge of customizing this used 2010 Sportster Forty Eight took inspiration from Steve McQueen’s 1964 Triumph TR6 motorcycle and 1971 Husqvarna 400 Cross. Creative lead was to produce a stylistic fusion of both models, not forgetting to “stamp” the result with a 278, McQueen’s racing number. The XL was stripped of all its parts and hardware, all welds and mounting points were shaved, unnecessary brackets cut off, then a caddy was fabricated to be installed under the engine to hold both ECM & regulator. A mockup of the electrical system was performed to know where to drill the frame for a full internal wiring system during final assembly.

Cross4terCross4bisThe drum brakes are a very appealing part of this off-road, retro style Sportster Cross. Shaw Speed & Custom used Honda  brakes, in front 1964 Honda 250 four race bike, and in the rear a drum brake from a 1967 Honda 500 Four. Aluminum wheels were laced with stainless spokes and dressed with 180 mm Continental Twinduro tires. Fine detailing include a speedo housed in an aluminum housing mounted to the steering stem bolt. The forks rotated 180 degrees to later accept the drum front brake. One-off engine guards. Vintage 7/8” motocross bars. Magura levers and original vintage grips.  RSD covers to match the timer and derby cover. Burley pegs. Ohlins rear shocks. Beehive style air breather. Gas tank is genuine Harley-Davidson on which sit a cool Italian made gas cap (brand unknown). Notice that to keep the bike competition like (at least on these pictures, before getting a more street dress),  there is no headlight or indicators, only a taillight. Paint job by Image Design Custom. Full tech sheet is below. .

Cross5Bike XL1200X Sportster 48 (Pre owned) 2010 model
Frame Stock HD
Forks Stock HD modified
Swingarm Stock HD
Engine Stock HD 1200cc
Transmission Stock HD
Drive converted chain and sprocket conversion
Fuel tank HD
Seat SS&C
Number boards and frame covers etc SS&C
Handlebars Aftermarket
Grips Aftermarket
Brake/clutch levers Magura
Brake Drums Honda
Rims Aluminium
Tyres Continental Twinduro
Rear fender SS&C
Front fender SS&C
Air Breather aftermarket
Sprocket cover RSD
Derby Cover RSD
Timer cover RSD
Rocker Covers Stock HD polished
Exhaust Zero exhaust systems
Fueler Scream Eagle HD
Cables SS&C
Rear Suspension Ohlins
Front Internals Aftermarket
Fuel Cap Rizoma
Custom Paint Image Design Custom UK
Frame Powder coated

19 Responses to “Shaw Speed And Customs XL1200 Cross”

  1. 1 Mr Dick Mar 10th, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Now this is cool. Brings back memories of my childhood reading Dirt Bike mag, drooling over the Huskys.

  2. 2 Russ Mar 10th, 2014 at 8:50 am

    Just Sick

  3. 3 Cantrell Mar 10th, 2014 at 9:13 am

    If I was just 45 years younger…..


  4. 4 Mar 10th, 2014 at 10:43 am

    I don’t get it? But it is a nice looking bike and original. Very nicely done. ..Z

  5. 5 Dezguy Mar 10th, 2014 at 10:59 am

    Super clean, They even got the “nut buster” tank mount like the old Husky,s. Just missing the rubber mud flap on the front fender. Looks super fun to ride.. Good job..

  6. 6 Tom Ryan Mar 10th, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I like the bike even though I’ve never really been into the knobby tire look. After checking out the Shaw Speed site I see they’ve made some very nice bikes. I especially love what they did to the V-Rod Bat Bike. Also, when I checked them out on Google Maps I see they have a great looking shop in a country setting that is located in a very green part of England. It would be a nice place to visit if you’re heading that way.

  7. 7 jeff Mar 10th, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I do not understand. It is a 848 engine and a 1200 xl frame ?

  8. 8 takehikes Mar 10th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I plain don’t understand.
    HD and Husky Frankenstein bastard?
    Nicely done but…no.

  9. 9 Mar 10th, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    Too cool Love it……@ mr dick …dirt bike mag , read it cover to cover the huskies were badass,,Heikki Mikkola. The”Flying Finn” was wfo ! Miss those days , but my body doesn’t ha!

  10. 10 Sheridan Mar 10th, 2014 at 7:26 pm

    Awesome, I’d love to ride that!

  11. 11 James just another crazy Kiwi Mar 11th, 2014 at 1:36 am

    Remember when Desert Sleds were Kings ???

    Triumph TR6C Trophy’s and those P11 Norton’s running high compression and High pipes…..
    Cant speak for the riders though lol…

    They were the coolest of the cool

    I like that bike allot but would like it even better with high pipes….wonder if they thought about it.
    The guys that raced those bikes were not only brave but tough…380 lb’s in the desert going flat out with bugger all more suspension than the standard road bike…

  12. 12 Mar 11th, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Have seen this at Excel, loved the look. powdercoating was flawless, but its too damn heavy for me to even consider going on the dirt and dropping it…

  13. 13 RUB Mar 11th, 2014 at 7:04 am

    would look very Kool sitting outside the local watering hole . Not so kool trying to manhandle it through trails / jumps or over sand . Too heavy , drum breaks & a swingarm rear ? Why ???? I Love the bike , but just don’t understand why you wouldn’t up grade some of the key components for safety ?

  14. 14 SIGFREED Mar 11th, 2014 at 8:14 am

    I am desperate to be positive about this build and all the similar builds from SHAW – they are certainly a world class outfit (and have build some killer stuff in the past).

    This is a seriously cool looking piece of kit, but that is where it ends, everything else is wrong about it.

    The Sportster is and NEVER will be an ‘off-road’ machine – not even light off-road; IT IS JUST TOO HEAVY and the GEOMETRY IS ALL WRONG.

    You may as well try to make a track-day car out of a Jeep Wrangler…

    The “XL1200 Cross” must surely be a US$20k – 25k build (if not more to the final customer).


    Get a Honda XR600R on Craiglist. For <US$1500 you can get a solid running one. For $2k you get a good one. For $3k you get a brilliant fully refurbished/re-built one.

    So assume $3k for the bike and to get the engine, frame, etc. as new (if not better).

    For another $8k – $9k you can go absolutely bazooka with custom-/performance stuff – eg Ceriani forks (if you really obsessed you can even go WP or Ohlins), Bitubo rear shocks (or again Ohlins or so). Fabricate cool custom tank. Fit the best rubber on the market. Light weight wheels. Etc.

    All in all: a client can ride away on a top-notch bike for US$15k (or less) and the builder can easily clock around $3k – everybody scores..!

    In fact the client scores the most: viz a COOKING custom that will run circles around the "XL1200 Cross" and a few times A-CROSS it, while looking just as good…

    There is a place for the Sportster and its agrarian lump (a special place) – off-road is just not it (however much some wish otherwise)…

  15. 15 Mac miss Mar 11th, 2014 at 9:01 am

    If Evil was on dirt me would love it .I like the hub brake Mac Out

  16. 16 James just another crazy Kiwi Mar 11th, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    It is not a serious off roader, but is in essence very like the old desert sleds.
    You would flatten those pipes fairly quickly if you went hard out..
    It would be fine for back roads and poking around on, but not serious off road stuff but I’m sure it was never designed for that.

    Look at the Triumph Scrambler, same sort of thing and they do have a place.
    Yep I really like it !

  17. 17 Mar 11th, 2014 at 6:29 pm

    Very nice bike
    Good interpretive style

  18. 18 Tom Ryan Mar 12th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

    Owen and Deborah, if you live in merry ole England then you both probably know first hand in what’s going on over there. Doesn’t sound too good!

  19. 19 Mar 13th, 2014 at 2:55 am

    Why not just own an old Husky that you could ride and a XR1200 that you could ride.It would work out way better and cheaper.

    And you could actually ride the Husky on dirt.

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