The modern custom scene was built on a sturdy foundation of cafe racers, bobbers and trackers. But there’s a new wave emerging—modern customs that eschew tried and tested formulas.
Brothers Mike and Peter Müller of Federal’s Chicago outpost weren’t aiming for a particular style when they tore into the 2013-model Duke. Instead, they set out to trim it down drastically.
“The goal was to eliminate as much of the bulk—and plastic—as possible,” explains Federal director, Shaun Brandt, from his HQ in Canada.
“The entire build was fabricated to bolt on to factory mounts, allowing the owner to use stock options or aftermarket parts without interference.”
The Müller brothers ruthlessly removed the Duke’s plastics, subframe and anything else they could do without.…