Zombie Killer

00HDZombie1HDZombieWhen Harley-Davidson introduced the Street model, the company described it as a nimble urban machine with an aggressive and rebellious “Dark Custom™ attitude that youngsters would love for its low price. But the company never mentioned that the Street would be the perfect Zombie Killer machine… So, what was the zombie-inspired rationale for this 2016 Harley Street 750 project built by Anaheim Harley-Davidson?

6HDZombie4HDZombie5HDZombieThe dealership was among those competing in the contest “King Of Customs” organized by the mother factory. Each dealer was invited to customize a Street 750 with the public voting online for the most appealing. Very few constraints were imposed to each participant. Just a customization budget not to exceed, but almost complete freedom to use Harley and non-Harley custom parts. From the get go it was evident that the theme chosen would be very important in creating differentiation between each dealer projects. Café, Scrambler, Street Racer themes being so evident for a model like the Street, Los Angeles H-D decided to go in a completely different direction, one that other competitors would probably not think of. And it’s the way the dealer decided to turn the Street into a “Zombie Killer”

3HDZombieThis voodoo build started with a new set of wheels from Ride Wright (19” front, 18” rear) using the factory cush drive and dressed with Continental TKC80 tires able to offer great traction on remote terrains. You know, the ones where could be found a zombie infestation. For the same reason – and theme – geometry was reset with the Street being raised in the back a couple of inches via a set of 15” Progressive Suspension fully adjustable 970-series piggyback shocks. For the chase, the stock seat would not make it, so a long steel pan – Scrambler style – was fabricated and upholstered by ALL American. Regarding bodywork, gas tank remains stock, slightly lifted, and is now holding a small map rack. Steel fenders have both been trimmed and are now powder coated wrinkle back for a rugged look and to match the H-D engine treatment. The 750 cc Revolution X™ liquid-cooled is now breathing through a Screamin’ Eagle air cleaner.

77HDZombie99HDZombieThe warrior/tough/ready for action look is developed all over the bike. In the front, a mesh protected combo headlight/fog light, RENTAL ATV bend bars and an essential H-D tool bag. Was added a “useful” shovel mounted on the radiator guard. In the rear, a large rack as an extension to the seat is holding a gun and a Biltwell fuel cell for extra riding range. Fully functional taillight and turn signals keep the bike road legal to chase zombies by day or night. On the left side, a Sportster solo distressed leather bag is attached to the frame tubes. For good foot grip during the hunt pegs MX pegs were sourced at Burly Brand. No word about how many zombies were captured…Harley-Davidson Of Anaheim. (photography @ Sean Delshadi)

zkZombie Killer – Build Sheet

Make: 2015 Harley Davidson
Model: Street XG750
Exhaust: Screaming Eagle Buckshot Exhaust Shield and shortened muffler
Intake: Screaming Eagle Performance Air Cleaner Kit
Body Mods: Tank lift, Steel Fenders
Paint: Clear powder over raw steel
Frame Mods: Shortened and smoothed subframe. Extended kickstand.
Suspension: 15” Progressive Suspension 970 Series piggybacks, Progressive rate fork springs
Bars: Renthal ATV Bend
Seat: One-off steel pan, Upholstery by All American
Lighting: Bullet signals, Dual headlight/Fog light
Wheels: Ride Wright 19” front and 18” rear
Tires: Continental TKC80
Luggage: HD Distressed Leather single sided bag and tool
Other: Crossbow mount, Racks and radiator guard by TCI, Fuel cell by Biltwell, MX pegs by Burly Brand

25 Responses to “Zombie Killer”

  1. 1 Emmett Aug 15th, 2016 at 8:51 am

    No mention of gear ratio reduction, but that is an easy modification. I have long thought Sportys make good off road bikes and built one which is a gas!! This is even better and I would gladly lay down cash for one so equipped. Hey Motor Company, anyone listening????

  2. 2 J. Costello Aug 15th, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Different and pretty good although I am not in theme bikes.

  3. 3 P. Hamilton Aug 15th, 2016 at 9:29 am

    It’s a small bike for beginners. I guess theme bikes like this one may appeal to them.

  4. 4 Joshua Aug 15th, 2016 at 9:31 am

    The best Street 750 I have seen is the orange one that Cyril published a few days ago by in “Postcards from Sturgis”

  5. 5 Ray Mansfield Aug 15th, 2016 at 9:33 am

    I would not say excellent, but good.

  6. 6 Jose Aug 15th, 2016 at 9:36 am

    Pretty little things. Both the bike and the girl.

  7. 7 Dan Martinez Aug 15th, 2016 at 9:39 am

    My son is 19. May be a Street for him.

  8. 8 JohnnySpeed Aug 15th, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Zombies are lame and just over done to the point of absurdity.

  9. 9 Mdkuder Aug 15th, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I described it as a Yamaha Bolt Rip Off!

  10. 10 loony Aug 15th, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    Mdkuder, and the “Bolt”was Yamaha’s answer to the Sportster. Around and Around we go

  11. 11 NoH2oh Aug 15th, 2016 at 3:44 pm

    Sorry, and only my opinion, but I don’t think I will ever embrace the Street as a Harley Davidson.
    No it is not the radiator. Or the lack of pushrods. Or the fake cooling fins.
    It is the cheap controls. The third world welds. The stamped and bended brake and shifter.

  12. 12 Sam Aug 15th, 2016 at 4:33 pm

    It does seem a silly exercise to me. Why is a dark, tattooed slutty looking model necessary.

  13. 13 BobS Aug 15th, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Because everything looks better when accompanied by a dark tatoo’ed slutty looking model.

  14. 14 Pat h Aug 15th, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    BobS is absolutely correct

  15. 15 Sheridan Aug 15th, 2016 at 10:33 pm

    That looks like Meredith Devine who is an outstanding photographer (and of motorcycles) in her own right

  16. 16 Septic the Sceptic Aug 15th, 2016 at 11:00 pm

    Yawn, been done before and better by the folks that supplied the Honda actually used in TWD.

  17. 17 coma Aug 16th, 2016 at 7:09 am

    As soon there’s a dark and slutty model you know they weren’t too sure about the bike’s merits.

  18. 18 Mark Aug 16th, 2016 at 7:47 am

    It’s a 45 cubic inch bike, not really a “small bike” as that’s the displacement of Class C dirt trackers like the XR750 and the new FTR Indian dirt tracker. What’s wrong with the base model STREET is it lacks the styling cues of a Harley and seems to borrow from many “standard” bikes from Japan. Harley has great, classic style but it just doesn’t show in the STREET model. The basic bike is just very generic. This is a fun exercise, but as many have mentioned in this column before, full knobby tires on a bike for street and dirt don’t work, will have you sliding across the pavement in your first aggressive turn. But I applaud HD for giving the STREET a try. Its engine seems a good platform for Class C racing.

  19. 19 Francesco Aug 16th, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    Ma foi,elle se tient bien a moto et elle aune tête a être tatouée!

  20. 20 Blackmax Aug 16th, 2016 at 5:34 pm

    Agree with Mdkuder !
    Just my opinion, but, it is an exercise in futility
    if you buy a bike at a price point, how and/or why are you going to afford to customise it ???
    Entry bike & except for exhaust & a decent air cleaner/filter, that’s all it is …

  21. 21 That Motorcycle Fellow Aug 17th, 2016 at 7:03 am

    I guess one of the key things about any custom design is that it appeals to some and not to others. To each his own. I for one laude every custom design because it means someone dared to go out and implement an idea. Whether or not it appeals to me, I think the effort itself is noteworthy.

  22. 22 clyde da glide Aug 17th, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    Hello, it is a custom bike, modified, and changed to reflect the individuals thoughts and feelings.
    Not for every one, as is every custom bike. Clyde da glide

  23. 23 Sam Aug 17th, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Bob, Pat, you have no class. Coma, I believe you are much more conscious than your handle might indicate.

  24. 24 nicker Aug 17th, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    Apparently some one liked it or it wouldn’t have been built.

    On the other issue, as rather “suggestively dressed” woman at a trade show once explained; “men like that trashy look”…. Apparently it works for some people (???).


  25. 25 Sam Aug 18th, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    speaking for a large group there nicker…all men do not like trashy women.

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