It is perhaps one of the custom Harley that has given more talk this year. This “Harley Agathizada” it has had its defenders and detractors, you may like it or not, but we can all agree on something: it is the most original modified motorcycle that you will have seen in a long time.
This union of concepts as different as joining the iconography of a designer as well-known and relevant as Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada with the world of motorcycles caught us all by surprise. And it works, in the end Fran Manen and his motorcycle modification workshop Lord Drake Kustoms got something that many people would never have bet on.
The conception in Miami
Fran tells us that everything came up in Miami at the beginning of last summer. It was there that he went to present two motorcycles customized by him and that were going to be auctioned at the charity gala that Antonio Banderas performs every year within the Miami Fashion Week for Nicklaus Children’s Hospital and the Foundation “Lágrimas y Favores”.
These motorcycles caused great admiration among all the personalities who attended the event, such as Emilio Estefan, Juanes, the organizer Antonio Banderas or Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada among others. It was with the latter with whom he had a pleasant conversation and then the spark arose. The famous designer was delighted with the idea and urged him to talk about the project in Madrid soon.
Shortly after returning to Spain, Fran received the call from the Agatha design team and traveled to meet them to shape the project. Among all the features that the motorcycle should have to adapt to the style of Agatha, there was one that caught Fran’s attention. The motorcycle should not contain any black! Something that was a great challenge in the world of motorcycle customization. The only place where they reached an agreement to use it was on the tires.
The making of this Harley
Fran quickly got down to work and devised a motorcycle from a Harley Davidson Sportster 1200. Many of the motorcycle’s components such as wiring, engine and other parts were colored. Other elements such as the rear fender, the front tire, the handlebar or the air filters were specially created for this motorcycle. And an almost incredible detail is that it created more than 300 hearts in the entire customization process.
“It is a Harley that breaks with all the traditional patterns of this world. Frequent elements such as black tones, skulls or eagles have been dispensed with, giving way to hearts, flowers or stars, all brimming with color. ”Fran Manen
He tells us how was the result of that transformation: “It is a Harley that breaks with all the traditional patterns of this world. Frequent elements such as black tones, skulls or eagles have been dispensed with, giving way to hearts, flowers or stars, all brimming with color.”
The presentation in Marbella
It was in another Charity Gala where the fashion designer and motorcycle customizer found the perfect place for their presentation. It was an act organized every year by the Spanish Association against Cancer (AECC) in Marbella (Málaga) to raise funds.
On this occasion, the gala was presented by two well-known people in Spanish society such as Ana Obregón and Boris Izaguirre. In addition, great personalities from the world of politics, culture or business were surprised with this peculiar Harley.
And now… what?
This will ask some lovers of the motorcycle world. Well, for now, this motorcycle is scheduled to be shown by Ágatha Ruiz de la Prada in its fashion shows around the world. In addition, we know that this collaboration does not end here and that there are other projects with the designer of which Fran Manen still does not want to reveal anything.
We do not know if this “Harley Agathizada” will have meant a before and after in the world of customization, what we do know is that it has opened many doors to ideas. It may be that in the future we will see new custom motorcycle models that surprise us.