Bel Air Bike
Words & Photos: John Gunnell
If it looks like a ’57 Chevy Bel Air and “barks” like a ’57 Chevy Bel Air, it must be a ’57 Chevy Bel Air, right? Not exactly. It just could be a 2008 Harley-Davidson Dyna Street Bob customized with ’57 Chevy Bel Air styling features.
That might be the H-D Bel Air created by master bike builder LUPO Racing (www.luporacing.com) of France. And it is no backyard project bike. About 3,000 hours of labor went into the bike’s transformation from a stock Dyna to a red custom with the flair of Chevrolet’s iconic ’57 Bel Air.
The 96-cid electronically fuel-injected twin cam engine features a custom Arlen Ness engine cover and OMP (IT) air filter. The exhaust is a custom system by Vance & Hines and France’s Techinox.
LUPO Racing itself is responsible for the frame, the swing-arm system, the front and rear hydraulic systems, the floorboards, the electricals and the bright red paint.
The rear fender and Bel Air parts came from Danchuk, a nationally-known supplier of 1955-1857 Chevy car parts. Artistic Silver Platin took care of the brightwork. The front fender, bumper and fairing were handmade items.
Renegade Monterey 18- and 19-in. wheels are mounted and Hawg Halters supplied the front brakes, as wheel as the fork and the triple trees. 360-degree rear brakes are fitted. The air shocks came from Pan Cruise-Fournales in France.
A stretched Harley Dyna fuel tank is used. Alloy Art supplied the bar clamp. Italian-made Rebuffini hand controls are used and Dakota Digital took care of the gauges. Minute Sellerie of France turned out the leather parts and France’s Odyssey Motorcycles did the pinstriping and logos.