The Azzkikr Customs adventure started in 1984 in a 50 m² garage behind a home in British Columbia. Today, the business is located in Phoenix, Arizona, and employs a dozen specialists, each an expert in their field, defending excellence and quality for each of their bagger or chopper creations.
One of the most recent creations by Azzkikr Customs, revealed at the Daytona Bike Week, is the Indian Frontier 111, the work of Len Edmondson. It is a long way from the Springfield model it is based on. The design of this modern classic model is remarkable, with a sweeping clean line drawing inspiration from a period look that might make you think this machine is from the wrong era and that you’ve stepped back into past. Azzkikr has hit the mark by providing key ingredients such as the leaf-spring suspension equipped Springer-type front end, spoked wheels, saddlebags covered with two leather straps, a sanded 111 c.i. (1811 c.c.) engine block, a completely redesigned fuel tank with a painted vintage-look logo, right down to the manual gear shift.
Conflicting styles or somewhere on the frontier of styles, she is well-named. She also has a bold modern spirit. She is unquestionably a Bagger with a very low line and lateral bodywork extended with the bags matching the full wrap rear fender. Her very distinctive 26-inch front wheel makes her look more contemporary, with enclosed double disc brakes reproduce the effect of the period drum brake.
There are minimum hand-control switches on her “Longhorn” handlebars. The minimalist instrument panel with odometer and fuel gauge is positioned longitudinally in a mould on the tank, which is continued by the hand-tooled braided overstitched red leather seat. The housing of the headlight is reminiscent of the one used on the Victory and contains a triangular beam deflector. The 2 into 1 exhaust system was much simpler for the designers. With no silencer, the Frontier 111 sits on the edge of the tolerable decibels limit. Unable to find a place for the silencers, Azzkikr Customs chose a direct side exhaust outlet. The rear 16-inch wheel is completely invisible under the bodywork which also conceals the air suspension, allowing to set the rear end to a low or high position.