Zurich, Switzerland based photographer Lorenz Richard has a really great eye for style and design. Spend just a few minutes on his Instagram or website and you’ll understand what we mean. Combine this distinct aesthetic with a childhood growing up around Triumphs and BSAs, and the fact that he made this gorgeous Harley Davidson Witch comes as no surprise.
A long time motorcycle enthusiast, Lorenz hadn’t gotten his hands dirty until just about 4 years ago after he picked up a 1997 883 Harley Davidson Sportster from Germany. As Lorenz told HiConsumption, after experiencing some electrical problems with the bike, he stripped it down to the chassis and reworked the electronics with some help from the guys at Young Guns Speedshop. After that, he installed some progressive shocks for a stiffer ride, gave the carb a Dynajet tuning, and threw a Choker Tyre on the back and a Dunlop K70 in front.
The rest of the bike was put together bit by bit, adding on pieces like the seat he bought from eBay, and the rear fender picked up from a flea market. The final inspiration for the rugged style of the bike came from some Swiss military-issue leather bags that he found in his father’s garage and then strapped onto the bike. Lorenz told HiConsumption that after some unlucky circumstances getting the bike registered in Switzerland, and some trouble getting the bike to run well, “I was so over it [so] I called her ‘The Witch'”. As Lorenz tells it, ever since the day he dubbed the bike The Witch, she’s been running great.