The inherent beauty of a custom motorcycle is the fact that a little piece of the owner’s soul is inevitably embedded into the finished product.

That sentiment is taken to the next level when talking about Richie Finney and his amazing Dark Custom Forty-Eight, which plays on themes from his gentleman’s grooming product brand Captain Fawcett Ltd and throws in plenty of steampunk nods for good measure.

The latter is thanks to the creative mind of Linzi Mumford, a retired bike builder-turned furniture restorer, who harnessed her unique mix of bike-building and furniture restoration skills to create something truly original.

Captain Fawcett Ltd x Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight

Arguably the most eye catching feature is the set of bespoke Gladstone-style saddlebags, complete with drop down mechanism to reveal a host of Captain Fawcett products and pull out mirror, transforming the hog into a portable grooming station.

Linzi claims that old Wild West snake oil seller’s carts were floating around her imagination when coming up with the idea.

Beans Paints and Parts in Cambridgeshire provided the stunning paintjob, which uses an old-school swirling smoke effect that was common on tanks in the 60s and 70s.

It uses smoulder from an acetylene torch to produce the desired smoky appearance. A clear coat then seals it in before candy gold paint and translucent dye provide the finish.

The side panel artwork was created using custom cut stencils of Captain Fawcett’s logo and visuals with black paint and a continuation of the eyelet style from the mudguard on to the tank.

Renowned bike-builder Linzi retired from the scene in 2006 to pursue a career in furniture restoration, but a chance meeting with Captain Fawcett at the 2015 Frome Steampunk Extravaganza was enough to rekindle her passion for tinkering.

Captain Fawcett Ltd x Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight

Steampunk. Vintage barbering. Motorcycles. A match made in heaven, we think you’ll agree.