The Bomb Runner: Winston Yeh Strikes Again!

Rough Crafts Master Builder Winston Yeh Unveils The “Bomb Runner”

Updated August 8, 2018

Rough Crafts and Winston Yeh have done it again. It seems that he has a magical Midas touch when it comes to building Harley Davidson Sportster customs. This offering from Taiwan is aptly named the ‘The Bomb Runner’ and it’s as cool as they come. It’s subtle, sophisticated and will have design freaks from all over the world wetting themselves.

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Introducing The Legendary “Bomb Runner”

Before running through the specs, it’s worth mentioning that Winston Yeh’s creations are subtle for a reason; Taiwan enforces some obscure laws when it comes to anything over 250cc; after every five years of service, each bike needs to pass a stringent test and if it looks too different from the stock, it’s difficult to get a green light. The law may seem constricting but it’s allowed Rough Crafts to pursue a very different style of custom altogether. Subtlety is the keyword here.

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The donor bike here is a forty-eight Sportster from 2011, so it’s nearly test time! It follows Rough Crafts’ usual theme of an all-black finish and nothing too radical in terms of silhouette and frame changes. There are subtle nuances but there are no overpowering features that stand out or dwarf the others. Sure, it’s got a higher shock and tail section at the back and more aggressive riding position up front but apart from that, the real treat is the detailing.

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Most of Rough Crafts’ customs have a few imported and specialist parts, such as the Roland Sands Design Black Ops wheels and the sleek Performance Machine control systems but the vast majority of fabrication is done in house. From the fenders to the tank, the clutch covers and rockers, everything is made by Rough Crafts. If you’ve ever wanted any of these specialist pieces, they sell them all online and at reasonable prices. You might have to send a begging letter for the two to one exhaust and handmade tail section though!

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One of my favorite things about Winston Yeh and Rough Crafts is that it goes to show that you don’t have drastically alter a motorcycle to turn it into something unique and different. There’s little in the way of ‘chopping’ here – or at least of nothing that couldn’t be stuck on again later. With a few tools and the right parts, you could build your own café, bobber or street fighter. And if Winston Yeh can’t inspire you, then nothing can!


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