In 2011 Dar Holdsworth is called on the stage of the AMD World Championship Of Bike Building to receive his trophy for winning First Place in the Production Manufacturer Class for the bike featured here today. This Cafe Racer is both a tribute to American Racer Robert “Bobby” Rahal, an International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America inductee, and also a salute to the American Soldier. This RLX Darwin Motorcycles cafe racer will be promoted both in the auto racing world and motorcycle world to be raffled with all proceeds to support our US troops through 2 military focused charities, Steel Anchor and Pros Vets.
As a matter of fact, Dar Holdsworth is himself a veteran of the Desert Storm operation, and since he started his custom motorcycle business, he tries each year to build one bike to benefit in one way or the other the brave men and women who fight for us, including their families. It’s in 2008 that Dar conceived and was ready to develop this custom American muscle bike, but the economy falling out he didn’t find at that time the vendors’ support he expected. Towards the end of 2010, although we are all still living in a very tight US economy, Dar eventually convinced some top part vendors of the necessity to continue to support our nation’s heroes returning from war and in exchange promised a top creation able to give their names and parts top media exposure.
Before being displayed and competing for the 1st time at the AMD World Championship, the Darwin RLX was presented as a Roller at Sema, then introduced to the Tahal Team during this year’s Indy 500. And this week in South Dakota, one of the strongest custom building trend being to incorporate many sport bikes attributes in bikes built from the ground up, the RLX got a lot of attention of both the public, media and show competitors.
The Darwin RLX tech sheet
S&S 132″ X-wedge. Baker FFP primary w/ Baker King Kong Clutch. Baker 6 Speed Transmission. 2 into 1 into 3 stainless exhaust built by Darwin Motorcycles (materials from D&D). Beringer Dual 4 piston front and single 4 piston rear brakes. Beringer hand controls. Brock’s Performance BST Carbon Fiber wheels 19″x120mm front, 19″x180mm rear. World Ceramic Bearings. Dunlap Sportmax tires. Ohlins Road/Track suspension. Racing Innovations Muscle Bike frame: 25 degrees rake. Autometer STACK race gauge. Braille carbon fiber battery. Vortex clip ons. Vortex sprocket. Vortex gas cap. Vortex/Darwin foot controls with reverse shifting (GP style 1 up – 5 down) Joker Machine bar end mirrors. Motion Pro cables & switches. MoFlo Air Cleaner. Alloy Art headlight. Hix Design custom seat. Escort / Passport radar detector (machined into top clamp) Cycle Electric Regulator & Stator. Darwin tag bracket. Darwin custom Top Clamp & rear brake hanger using Summit Machine. Custom body work by Darwin Motorcycles. Front Fender: Shark Skins. Paint: Manny’s Ink & Air. (photography copyright Frank Sanders & Onno “Berserk” Wieringa, courtesy to Cyril Huze)