Cohn Racers Harley Muscle R

Based on a 2012 Harley Davidson XR1200X, we had to get in touch with Cohn Racers to have a chat about their latest build. Having being featured a few times across our Instagram its proved a popular build. Check out what the guys over a Cohn Racers had to say about their latest build, titled the Muscle R..


Tell us about your shop?

We are currently just a 2 man shop although we get a lot of help from good friends   in the trade. Both of us love bikes since we were kids and the age gap between us gives us a nice combination of old school and new school style. We’ve been working on the design of the bikes for more than a year and finally have them at a point were we are confident they will make a statement on the market.  We just finished and delivered a Muscle R for a very prominent Miami client. We are looking for possible new investors so we can materialize all the great ideas we have, that should really put is on the map. In the meantime we have a couple new builds in the works.

What style of motorcycle is it?

This is a limited run series of 10 bikes which we call the Muscle R. Where did you find the motorbike? (50 words) These are not easy bikes to find specially the later 1200x with the black engine. We searched nationally for several weeks with very little luck and finally ended up finding a really clean one that had been traded in at a Suzuki dealership in Melbourne. So we drove up there and luckily it was every it was advertised as. 

What was your inspiration for the build?

We just knew we wanted a large American V-twin with big knobby tires.  We looked at the Dyna, Sportster then realized the XR was the way to go as it had that flat tracker vibe. One drive of the bike and the name was clear; Muscle R. On this particular bike we worked closely with the customer to come up with the leather theme on the tank reminiscent of race cars of the 50’s wiith the leather hood staps. Vintage racecars are always inspiring to our builds with  cues like their wire wheels, loud exhausts and headlight grills.

Can you run us through the build process?

We start with low mileage very clean bikes. Strip and cut the frame and weld our own subframe, we design a new seat pan and upholster it with the best leather we can find courtesy of our friends at Relicate Leather.  The bikes also gets a full front end conversion using Ohlins forks, Brembo brakes with 320mm rotors. For this we use a custom machined triple tree with custom clutch and Stainless brake lines. Off course new custom wire wheels (stock XR wheels suck) and knobby tires, slick tires or  vintage style firestones. To keep it reliable we leave the engine stock but will tune the DME for better engine response and smoothness. We also customize the  exhaust and coat it with our top secret coating. On the electrical front we use most of the stock harness but use our custom faced speedo, led turns and brake light integrated to the license plate frame. All other wear parts are serviced and/or replaced. 

What was the hardest part of the build?

Getting the money to buy the expensive parts is probably the hardest thing we’ve encountered. Getting the designs right to a point we were happy with them was also a long and complicated process. On the mechanical aspect I can’t say anything in particular was specially hard, but it was quite a learning curve. Dealing with providers, trying parts back and forth, and dealing with the painters has also been a huge headache. We are still trying out different painters but it’s really hard to find decent paint-shops in Miami. 

What do you like best about the finished motorbike?

It's smooth neutral balance. The bike flows very nicely and looks like something CVO at Harley could have built. The bike stands like a bull. Mean and lean. I really like the leather accents on the tank that blend perfectly with the seat and the black paint work. Everyone we talk to says how good the bike looks and even people who are not into bikes mention how special it looks and the fact that the attention to detail is so obvious. We do try not to be tacky or over the top with our builds as I’ve alway thought that that was what brought the chopper craze down. 

Let us know in the comments below what you think of the muscle R!