Every machine that rolls out of the Kraus shop is designed with attention to personal detail, engineered to perform, and built with precision and excellence. Our philosophy: that a motorcycle can be one of life’s most exciting accessories, has us constantly pushing to enhance the bond between man and machine. Style, design, engineering and craftsmanship all come together to form what we like to call Machine Spirit. The past miles, the present as it speeds by, and the future journeys are what keep us inventing, creating, evolving and celebrating.
As a motorcycle rider one thing is sure, that once you've experienced a taste of performance and ability in a motorcycle it becomes more and more important. To be sure of a machines capabilities allows the world to open up. When you know you can get on a bike and ride 500 miles in a day and there are very few other machines on the road that compare is empowering. We exist and thrive in the custom world of machines and in this work there’s one consistent thread. Always improve. With this bike I chose to build a rocketship. We are running our Kraus Dynamoto Inverted Front End with Ohlins forks and Beringer Radial Brake Calipers. This bike doesn't only handle amazing but it goes fast, and stops with extreme quickness.
I knew the Dynamite motor needed to be something special so I called on my friend Dave Bozzie to work his expertise. With the help of Feuling Parts, S&S Cycles, and Delkron Dave set out to build a high revving snappy 107”. We Took almost 4 lbs out of the flywheel, polished, welded and balanced it. Keeping the stroke stock Dave added displacement with bigger cylinders and pistons. Feuling Parts provided one of their complete Bulletproof Geardrive Cam Chest kits, Beehive Valve springs and Titanium Keepers. The Heads had about a weeks worth of work in them. All the magic tricks! The motor revs to 8000rpm with a very smooth climbing torque curve. There’s a power band hit at 4,100 RPM than pulls your neck back. The motor was built to compliment the handling and overall geometry of this Dyna. The Carbon Fiber BST wheels make a huge difference with spin up and braking. They really make the bike feel and act very light. We machined a one off Billet Trellised swing arm out of 7075 aluminum that sits at a steeper angle and adds about 2 inches of height in the back of the bike. This increase gives a lot of ground clearance and steepens the neck angle to improve agility and corner ability. The fully adjustable Ohlins shocks suck up bumps and stabilize the rear end of this beast nicely. Of course up front we are running our Kraus Dynamoto Inverted Front End with Ohlins forks and Beringer Radial Brake Calipers. This bike doesn't only handle amazing but it goes fast, and stops with extreme quickness. I’ve done some big road trips on this bike already, usually making sure to find the windiest roads to travel on. It handles the big open highways like a big bike should but also pitches into the corners with ease and confidence. It tracks very well, I have not found any ill handling issues. The bike is tight and crisp and does not have any of the sloppy feeling of a harley. As far as I’m concerned the bike does everything it was intended to do with flying colors. Total success!
The raw metal bronze finish of the frame will change, darken and naturally patina with life. The raw aluminum sheet metal will take on different shades as it oxidizes and the owner re-cleans and re-polishes it. The weld joints in the stainless parts will change color with time. Dirt and oil will find its way in and live in those hard to clean places. Achuma was built with the intention that age would set in. That the battle scars of real road use would take their place and give spirit to the machine. Achuma will never be the same, always slightly changing. The key is that with these changes the owner holds an experience and memory. It is why someone has Kraus Motor Co. build them a machine like Achuma. Just for the experience.
A classic feeling, but aggressive and full of performance. Vintage styling but with modern engineering and high performance products. Light but solid and strong Achuma is ultra maneuverable, with a lot of suspension.
Everything starts with the chassis. From forward and rear weight distribution to suspension and braking behavior. The ridability of the motorcycle depends on the combination of the rigid members and the moving parts. The chassis takes the work of the drivetrain, suspension, and brakes and translates it to controllable forward movement. If this system is not adequately engineered then it will not perform the way it should or worse it will brake down. In contrast, when engineered properly, the chassis will supply the proper framework for a machine that can perform and be trusted by its pilot. The rear suspension on Bolide uses an uncommon design for an American v-twin drivetrain based bike. The mono shock swingarm is a well proven system but is not often used because of the configuration of the transmission, oil bag and swingarm pivot position
Designed in the spirit of Tourist Trophy. Engineered and built as a complete road ready and high performance machine. Bolide has a classic look, top of the line performance components, and a raw metal finish. It has everything you need and nothing you don’t.
Bronze coated frame, rocker rear suspension with 3 inches of travel using high performance air springs, performance built springer front end with 3 inches of travel and floating brembo brakes. Kraus Twist Brake and Hydraulic Twist Clutch, hidden master cylinder foot controls. Aluminum gas tank and rear mud guard. A drive train that screams raw performance through a 2 into 1 stainless exhaust.
This bike is 99% Organic, built using only the best materials with tooling made in the USA. This bike has no paint, the frame is coated in bronze, the sheet metal is brushed aluminum, and the aluminum wheels and gas cap are anodized with natural food coloring.
First thing to go was the front end which was replaced with a inverted sport bike model running big radial brakes. A set of aluminum spoke wheels and some oversize Ohlins shocks on the rear. The only frame modification was cutting short the rear fender struts and removing the oversize square box on the side of the bike that held all the electrical. We made aluminum belly panels to thin out the look of the center of the bike under the seat and an aluminum tail section to give a bit of a dirt bike feel. Dynamoto is a road eating machine, it can handle anything you throw at it.
There’s an amazing thing about the Johnson Special: the way the sitting position, bars and foot controls are placed, the bike is a perfect fit for anyone that sits on it, it almost feels as if it forms itself to the rider. We set the neck to 40 degrees and used one of our own triple tree-less BMX-rated front ends. This front end is so light and agile that it really translates to a nice ride. Also the unsprung weight is so minimal that any bumps in the road are smoothed out; up front at least. The bars are similar position to some medium height hangers. For Hand controls we’re running our Twist Brake on the right and our Hydraulic Twist Clutch on the left.
A beautifully simple custom with a little Kraus low rider styling.
An 80-inch kick start only Panhead sits in the small tight geometry of a one of a kind nickle metal sprayed frame with a rear suspension system that gives the clean look of a rigid, but has a full 2.5” of travel. Upfront, a steep raked, low neck carries a one-off triple-tree-less springer front end with stylized BMX handlebars that house the hidden proprietary Kraus Twist Brake, revolutionizing motorcycle hand controls and getting rid of traditional brake levers. The bikes many hand fabricated stainless steel details and innovative custom parts reflect a truly fully radical custom motorcycle showing the craftsmanship of Kraus Motor Co. A motorcycle of art; the whole composition captures your eye, mind and spirit.
The characterization of the bike is enhanced by the royal pearl paint and innovative polished nickel finish. Each of the five rings represents one of the samurai sword strategies: earth, water, fire, wind and void. These symbols embody the relationship between the rider and the environment.
The bike isn’t flashy or colorful but it looks clean and simple. Dynamoto has a supermoto style to it; this one would appeal to the Harley riders that want more. So thinking along the lines of minimalism and styling to the point, we stripped a stock 2000 FXDX down to the frame and motor. We threw out all the tins, the stock front end, bars and controls, wheels, brakes… all the crap that sucked. Basically everything except the frame motor and trany. We even scrapped the heavy closed wet primary. The only mods to the frame: cut off the battery box mounts, the electrics box on the left side and trim the rear fender horns down to less than half their stock length. Everything else we built custom, the way it’s supposed to be.
Nicks Dyna is all about function with good looks, a Harley the way we build them.