Behold The Revenant, a Custom Harley-Davidson XR1200X You’ll Probably Love to Bits

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Photo: Roberto Martin
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In its many different iterations, the Sportster platform from Harley will normally take to customization like a duck to water. Builders are constantly looking for new and more exciting ways to reinterpret The Motor Company’s best-seller, without straying too far from the already-established stylistic formulas for the most part. The project we’re about to examine comes from sunny Spain, being the work of Malaga-based Macco Motors.
Nicknamed The Revenant, it revolves around a Harley-Davidson XR1200X from the model-year 2010. The Macco duo of Jose Garcia and Miguel Porras were approached by a customer seeking scrambler looks and a teeny bit of modularity for practical reasons. He wanted two interchangeable setups for the motorcycle’s rear end, one being a seat and tail combo while the other had to be a larger saddle with room for two.

Aside from these requests, the client was happy to give Macco free reign over the transformation process. With the Sportster delivered to their garage, they dug straight in and took it apart bit by bit, subsequently narrowing their focus to the rear-end anatomy. Looking to tick one of the customer’s demands off the list right away, Jose and Miguel shortened the bike’s subframe before looping its southernmost portion.

This really tightened up the geometry at the back, all while leaving enough room for a gorgeous two-up seat above the tubing. The saddle is upholstered in brown Alcantara and stitched in a diamond pattern, but there’s a lot more going on in that same area. Jose and his teammate came up with a removable tracker-style tail unit to cover the rear section of the seat when it isn’t needed.

Attached to the subframe tubing a bit lower down is a bespoke tail tidy, bearing a full suite of LED lighting goodies. The standard pillion foot pegs from Harley are still present, and all this equipment is supported by premium Ohlins shocks with piggyback reservoirs and adjustable preload. On the other hand, the XR1200’s factory Showa forks have been kept in play at the front.

The Revenant
Photo: Roberto Martin
They were, however, anodized gold to match the Ohlins paraphernalia at the opposite end – a nice little touch demonstrating Macco Motors’ attention to detail. We still find the Sportster’s standard front fender in between the forks, but its stock fuel tank and side covers are also present. They’re all complemented by an angular aftermarket belly pan, which was sourced from Free Spirits Parts’ catalog.

Serrated off-roading foot pegs can be spotted a bit higher up on the flanks, and the chunky OEM exhaust silencers got taken out of the equation altogether. The standard headers are still there, yet the pipework was kept unmuffled to really let the V-twin engine announce its presence. Down in the unsprung sector, The Revenant comes with laced Harley hoops measuring 18 inches in diameter at both ends.

Their rims are shod in dual-purpose TKC 80 rubber from Continental, providing excellent grip both on and off the pavement. Some notable upgrades were carried out on the XR’s brakes, as well, with the front end gaining a pair of floating discs. At six o’clock, Miguel and Jose swapped the stock Nissin caliper with a four-piston Brembo substitute, ensuring plentiful stopping power.

The Revenant
Photo: Roberto Martin
Up in the cockpit area, most of the space is taken up by a fresh Biltwell handlebar adorned with Rizoma grips and underslung bar-end mirrors. Motogadget supplied the minimalistic switchgear and a Motoscope Tiny speedometer, which sits atop a custom bracket in front of the gas tank on the right. Oh, and the bar-end mirrors we’ve mentioned above also carry integrated LED turn signals, thus rounding out the XR1200’s updated lighting package.

In addition, all the electronics have been carefully rewired through a Motogadget controller. The Revenant was certainly starting to look like a million bucks with these mods performed, but Macco’s specialists still needed to take care of the paint job before calling it a day. For most of the bodywork components, they used a stunning hue called Hockenheim Silver as the base color.

It hails from BMW’s color palette for the M2 Competition, and it’s joined by tasty red and black detailing to bring about some extra visual depth. Along with the gold suspension hardware, the whole color scheme is one gorgeous sight to behold! We reckon it’s a fit conclusion for a custom project of this caliber, naturally drawing your attention to the most intriguing parts of the restyled XR.

Just as they had done on their previous builds, Jose Garcia and Miguel Porras knocked the ball straight out of the park without breaking too much of a sweat. The Revenant is a delightful mixture of scrambler and street tracker design cues, all wrapped up in a neo-retro aesthetic we can’t seem to get enough of. We look forward to seeing more specimens like it from Macco Motors and will be sure to keep an eye out in case anything pops up.
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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