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The Frijole 883: Biltwell’s heavyweight Harley race bike

The Frijole 883: Biltwell’s heavyweight Harley race bike

The Frijole 883: A Harley Sportster racer from Biltwell
Anyone who runs a modded Harley will know Biltwell Inc. The Californian company is a big player in the upgrade market, and its universal-fit items are even appropriated for new wave metric customs.

The guys who run Biltwell have petrol coursing through their veins, and the stable of daily riders in the Temecula parking lot is eclectic. It mostly leans toward Big Twins, but several of the crew have a dirt bike in their quiver. It’s often an XR400 or a TT500—or in the case of main man Bill Bryant, both.

The Frijole 883: A Harley Sportster racer from Biltwell
“My roots in off-road racing go pretty deep,” says Bill. “I’ve pitted or driven for desert teams since 1983. Last year, during a spectating adventure to the Baja 1000, I convinced some co-workers and friends to do the impossible: race the NORRA 1000 on a well-prepped but mostly bone-stock Harley-Davidson XL883 Sportster.”

To Bill’s amazement, everyone said, Hell yes!

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