Akrapovic’s Morsus Still Stings

Written by  By Peter LaFrance Photos by Jack “My Bite Is Worse Than My Bark” Cofano Friday, 09 May 2014 16:22
Published in Ultra Customs
   Most show/showcase aftermarket manufacturer bikes get a little long in the tooth almost as soon as they hit the show circuit and end up in the back of someone’s shop never to be seen again. Some, like the Akrapovic Morsus which was built a good three years ago to showcase Slovenia exhaust manufacturer Akrapovic’s entry into the world of Harley-Davidson after being world renowned for their race bike and sport bike exhausts, still look fresh today. Maybe it’s the big wheels, maybe it’s the timely smooth styling, or maybe it was just ahead of its time and the rest of us are catching up.

 

    Igor Akrapovic, obviously the head of the company bearing his name, decided to let the American V-twin world know there was a new kid in exhaust town. He did what any respectable aftermarket manufacturer would do and commissioned fellow Slovene, Tomaz “Capo” Capuder of Dreamachine Motorcycles, to build a futuristic custom that incorporated the carbon fiber, titanium, and stainless materials used to make Akrapovic exhausts. Stealing a quick glance at Dreamachine’s end result, it’s easy to see that Tomaz thinks outside of the box and why it’s still on the circuit today.

 

   The bike named Morsus, which means sting or bite depending on which translator you use, is a nod to Akrapovic’s company mascot of sorts, a scorpion. Taking a good look at the side view, you can see where Tomaz tried to give the feel of a scorpion on two wheels. It’s curvaceously smooth frame and bodywork mimics the sleek and kinda scary lines of a scorpion especially in the stainless steel rigid frame and carbon fiber bodywork. The way the Fox air shock suspended carbon fiber seat flips up has the feel of the scorpion’s venomous stinger tail while the minimalist no-downtube frame has an exoskeleton look just like predatory arthropod arachnid on which it’s based.

 

   The rather large and plain wheels are 26-inchers made of aluminum and carbon fiber discs wearing low profile 120/50x26 Vee Rubber that looks just a bit scary to ride with all the claimed 144 horses at full gallop from the S&S 113-inch engine. Naturally, there’s a one-off, Dreamachine-modified Akrapovic titanium exhaust snaking its way over, under, and around the engine until finally tightly exiting just aft of the rearset footpegs that have taillights neatly incorporated into them. Tomaz also modified an Akra muffler end cap into the air cleaner for just the right commercial touch. A beefy Showa inverted fork with Dreamachine’s smoothie 3D triple trees handles the action up front while a set of Nissin radial-mounted brakes grabs the wave-style rotors. Tomaz stealthily chose a hidden for all intents and purposes, Kustom Tech sprocket brake on the rear wheel which only makes the large disc wheel seem even discier. Nice stuff and futuristic as hell in a RoboCop/Terminator way.

 

    If you check the photo gallery, you can see what big event this bike is going to in case you gotta see Morsus up close. In the meantime, you can check out Akrapovic’s Harley-Davidson and other American V-twin exhausts at http://www.akrapovic.com. While you’re at it, you definitely should peruse through Dreamachine’s extreme customs at

http://www.dreamachine-motorcycles.com/. Who knew Slovenia would be such a custom contender?

 

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