Brougham. Best Modified Harley-Davidson At 2014 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building.

brougham1brougham2brougham3brougham4brougham5Many custom motorcycles have been inspired by automobiles. Very often the wrong way when the motorcycle ends up looking like a car. Occasionally the right way, when the car is inspirational for class, fluidity of lines or attitude. Julian Von Oheimb, owner of Germany custom shopremembers very well his first trip to the US with his father when they visited a friend who showed them his rare and very elegant 1958 hand-built Cadillac Eldorado 4-door coupe, one of the first cars with air suspension system, previously owned by actor Clark Gable. To build a custom motorcycle with as much class, without imitating it, became Von Oheimb’s new obsession.

brougham6“Brougham” is born from a 2001 Harley Deuce found on the show floor of an official Harley-Davidson dealer languishing with only 900 km (660 miles) on the speedo.  A “new” 2001 bike that few builders would have touched and modified without first putting serious miles on it. Didn’t matter to Von Oheimb that all parts were as shiny as when they left the Milwaukee factory. He stripped the Deuce to bare frame and swingarm, cleaned and polished the welds, cut off all the factory brackets he knew he would not use. Then he built a mockup of his project, using a very modified Dyna front end, a set of rims (21” front, 19” rear) from the H-D Smooth Series wrapped in vintage Firestone tires.

brougham7brougham8brougham9brougham10Regarding bodywork, the most interesting part is probably the 30’s DKW gas tank, a big contributor to the stylish, vintage look Oheimb was after. For a sleek look modifications (new tunnel with new brackets welded to the tank base) had to be performed to make it  sit low on the frame backbone.  An old car hood ornament (provenance unknown) adds a final classy/upscale touch. Rear fender is a spare modified aftermarket part attached to the swingarm via 2 thin steel rods.

brougham11brougham12The lamp mask was fabricated by Julian and the grille headlight housing was cnc machined after his own sketch. The pulled back bar is a brand new product design offered by One Way Machine and that you can order right now in chrome or black. Both the instruments and the front brakes are from Beringer. The rotor-brake is a product from SSC. The air filter and the ignition cover were sourced at Mooneyes USA. The horizontal dual pipes were hand made at the shop. Seat was ordered in the USA and set in position to follow the gas tank dropping line. With sober lines, few accessories and a dark robe, Brougham is probably one of the most classy modified Harley Softails I have seen this year.   (Photography copyright  for JeremySumpter)

Builder Name: One Way Machine
Owner’s Name: One Way Machine
Bike Name: Brougham
Year/Model: Softail – 2001/2014
Time to build: 500 Hours

Engine Make/Size: Twin Cam modified
Displacement: 1450ccm
Cylinder: Twin Cam
Top End: Twin Cam / Pan Style
Cams: Twin Cam
Carburator: CV
Exhaust system: One Way Machine

Transmission Type: Twin Cam
Gears: 5
Clutch: Twin Cam
Primary: Twin Cam / EMD

Frame Make/Type: HD Softail / One Way Machine
Rake: OEM
Front End: Dyna modified
Swingarm: HD Softail / One Way Machine
Shock absorbers: OEM / One Way Machine
Brake Discs Front: CCE
Brake Discs Rear: Rotorbrake
Caliper Front: Beringer
Calliper Rear: ISR
Front wheel: HD / One Way Machine 2,15” x 21”
Rear wheel: HD / One Way Machine 2,5” x 19”
Tire Front: Firestone / 3.00”-21″
Tire Rear: Firestone / 4.00″-19″

Risers: Roland Sands Design
Handlebar: One Way Machine
Rear fender: One Way Machine
Seat: Danny Grey
Forward controls: OEM / One Way Machine
Tank: DKW / One Way Machine
Oil tank: OEM / One Way Machine
Electrics: Michael Schmidt
Paint Idea: One Way Machine
Paint: BK-Lack GmbH / ACK2

20 Responses to “Brougham. Best Modified Harley-Davidson At 2014 AMD World Championship Of Bike Building.”

  1. 1 Johnyletgo Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Very nice. Will still look good in 20 years.

  2. 2 Coffeebeans Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:30 am


    Does kinda remind me of a Brough or maybe a 1920’s Rudge-Whitworth.

  3. 3 Jay Horton's Private Shop Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:33 am


    Gute Arbeit! Gute Gemacht! Later Jay

  4. 4 Greeko Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Gas tank is gorgeous.

  5. 5 Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Always enjoy a bike that makes me look twice. Couldn’t imagine the countless hours put into this bike.

  6. 6 Donnie Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:41 am

    Excellent work.

  7. 7 stsn Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Elegant lines and clean details. I could see a market for the Deek tank.

  8. 8 Rodent Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:49 am

    Beutiful bike, would look good in any museam

  9. 9 SIGFREED Dec 8th, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    I am not a fan of the Flintstone tires (aka Firestone), not sure the pipes will remain that shiny for long (ie discolour with heat), but the rest is gorgeous.

    High gloss black is a perennial favourite, but it is often ends up bland and not very interesting (typically over large flat surfaces), yet when it works it is absolutely beautiful.

    The gas tank takes center-stage though – as it should.

  10. 10 Dec 8th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Nice timeless look, I like the racing inspired details like drilled out brackets etc. The knock-off style hub fasteners are cool, I don’t remember seeing that before. . .

  11. 11 cafesportytc Dec 8th, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Fantastic looking bike. I’m speechless this bike looks just that good… holy cow

  12. 12 Dec 8th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Considering what it started as
    that’s one damn fine looking cycle !!!

  13. 13 Dave Blevins Dec 8th, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    Tastefully done. Very nice.

  14. 14 Rodent Dec 8th, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Nice exercise in design

  15. 15 nicker Dec 8th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

    Very tasty indeed….!


  16. 16 Zenaldo Dec 8th, 2014 at 11:15 pm

    A high class old school looking black bike… 2 very difficult tasks..impressive piece..

  17. 17 BCinSoCal Dec 9th, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Absolutely love it, the lines are perfect, it is a bike that looks like a motorcyclle not some outlandish cartoon or a bizarre space craft, has a 21 on the front not a huge heavy look rear tire up there, as some of the Europeans are wane to do. The tank is killer, this is maybe the best looking custom bike, for my taste, I’ve seen in a long time. Definitely a rider. Bravo!

  18. 18 Dec 9th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    Well done!

  19. 19 Dec 10th, 2014 at 8:04 am

    Nice primary cover

  20. 20 lia Dec 10th, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    A stunning example of marriage between vintage elegance and old school design. Done thoughtfully and tastefully. As it should be. Kudos.

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