Pretty much all companies in the industries mentioned above use the stuff in their products, so we're kind of used to seeing it go in the cars we drive and the bikes we ride. It's not necessarily a top choice for custom builders, though, who mostly prefer fiberglass and carbon for the projects they come out with.
With that in mind, coming across a custom Harley-Davidson heavily reshaped by means of this metal is a sort of rare moment. One we thought it would be best to share with you.
Enter the Full Billet Jacket, a Softail FXDR of unspecified model year transformed over in Germany at the hands of a local crew going by the name No Limit Custom (NLC).
The bike does not necessarily stand out through some insane design take, but thanks to the fact it uses a lot of aluminum. So much, in fact, that despite it being generally cheap it really blows the price of this project sky high.
Everywhere you look you can see the metal on this bike, left in unpainted form for the ultimate visual effect. The side panels fitted from place to place are made from the stuff, the impressive rear fender likewise, and so is the spoiler fitted between the front wheel and the bike's frame. The fuel tank, looking like no other such element on a stock FXDR, is made of the same material.
All of the above elements, sculpted for the purposes of this build, are worth a combined $9,700, which is about two-thirds of how much you're expected to pay on a stock, unmodified, and used FXDR.
The above-mentioned amount is about half of how much all the parts used for the Full Billet Jacket are worth, close to $21,000. The price grows rapidly to that total thanks to the inclusion of a swingarm kit, front fender, controls, and a set of custom wheels that look like they're also made in aluminum.
Add to all that the price of the stock bike, the man hours, and most likely a host of other modifications that we're told nothing about, and you're probably left with an aluminum-heavy Harley worth in excess of $50,000.