MANNI LUCA'S TUSCANY DEUCE
Manni Luca, age 48 of Grosseto, Tuscany Italy has been a motorcycle enthusiast since childhood. After years of saving his money he finally managed to buy the bike of his dreams! He also has mad a hobby of getting his custom chic Deuce published in various motorcycle magazines around the world. When Manni saw CrossroadsMotorcycleCrew.com Magazine he knew he had to have it featured with us as well.
In 2000, at the turn of the millennium, the factory in Milwaukee introduced the Deuce, an innovative model with a fabulous stretched gas-tank and rear fender. It also had a lower horizontal cut and lighthouse diamond cut with fully enlarged chromed forks and it was love at first sight!
He was planning to make a bike based upon futuristic motorcycles in the late '90s built by the Battistini brothers in England (Battistini is of Italian origin!). He had project bike of his dreams and went into collaboration with the Harley Davidson Viterbo.
They went with PM "Tempest" wheel rims with a 5.5" wide rear wheel. The brake-pulley from GMA (USA) was a nice touch and goes well with the custom swing arm. Manni went to the bike factory Rebuffini Cycles to build the one piece aluminum swing arm. Manny tells us the ride is fabulous!
The right side is completely free to view the rims while the left is dedicated to the brakes: GMA rear and 13” PM floating front with 6-piston calipers. (The disc was given to Manni by Ted Send in person!).
Manni’s feet rest on anodized black footpegs from Italian OMP, White Bros lowering suspension, original fairing with integrated headlight extension, LED front headlight and rear light. The saddle is by Badlender.
But now we come to the piece de resistance: the engine. Manni souped it up with a complete Screamin’ Eagle kit complete with 95” displacement forged pistons and CNC ported heads with 2” valves. Now add new camshafts, programmable ECU, a Mikuni flat slide 45 mm carburetor and Kuryakyn corsair air cleaner, drains V & H and PowerVent valves. Now the power output to pavement is about 115 HP and the bike revs in an awesome way!
After making all these changes, he has received international awards, been published in major magazines around the world including Russia, USA, Japan, Italy, France etc .. He says his greatest satisfaction was after the publication in the journal American Ironworks because the bike was noticed by Willie G. Davidson!!
Willie G. Davidson in person asked about him (via his secretary Miss Christine Eggert who contacted the director of the magazine, Miss Marilyn Stemp) asking Manni about all the changes and information. It was a very exciting time of his life and immense satisfaction for him!
Manni rides his Deuce almost daily and wants to be understood that his Deuce is definitely not a show bike! He wanted to make a nice bike, powerful, but you could always use! In Tuscany, there is some stunning scenery, with winding roads in the hills. His Deuce is aggressive and he says ride is tight, responsive and hits it with the best of the race bikes out there that he encounters!
In all that Manni did to the bike, he wanted to keep the look of the Deuce. A bike, that standard is not as pretty but that, in view of what he had in mind was just perfect!
Owner: Manni Luca
Location: Grosseto, Tuscany Italy
Year, Make & Model: 2000 Harley-Davidson Deuce
Designer, Fabrication, Assembly: Manni Luca and Harley Davidson Viterbo
ENGINE: SE 1550 HTCC big bore PRO(16546-99), HTTC CNC ported heads(16925-02A) with hi-compression forged pistons (22439-00A), MIKUNI flatside 45 SE Pro(28040-02), selectable map SE PRO ignitjon system(32704-01), SE-257 cams(25155-00), V&H exhausts ,reinforced clutch spring(37951-98), Kuryakyn intake, Doherty power vents.
PM "tempest" wheels, Rebuffini "moonline" swingarm, GMA brake-pulley, V&H ShortShot Staggered exhausts, Kuryakyn "corsair", and... more