Welcome to Framecrafters!

Framecrafters is a performance motorcycle fabrication shop located in northwest Illinois. Originally a design and fabrication shop for chassis only, Framecrafters has methodically expanded their focus to the entire motorcycle. While still specializing in frame and associated parts fabrication, Framecrafters also offers their expertise of building, converting, and restoring motorcycles for their customers. Randy, Justin, and Karsten are life long motorcycle enthusiasts who ride and race. Street, trail, track, each type is viewed by Framecrafters as an important part of motorcycling that should be fun and exhilarating. From building a ground up racer to resuscitating your old street bike, Framecrafters is proud to offer their services to help realize your vision.

Featured Projects

Buell XB DT

Framecrafters full-trellis race chassis for the Buell XB engine. Fabricated from 4130-CrMo and TIG welded, weight savings, increased rigidity and altered weight distribution is just a few of the benefits. Having changed hands a few times in the UK it is now under the capable guidance of Ian Hearn. Hearn will be racing select Hill-Climbs throughout the 2015 season in the UK. In addition to the frame and swing-arm FC fabricated the alloy fuel and oil tanks.

O'Hanlon-Voltron EvoII BMGP/4

Team O'Hanlon-Voltron Evo II from Australia contacted Framecrafters to design and fabricate a special frame for a super E-bike they were developing for the Australian electric superbike series "eFX". With strict parameters regarding the 135kw (180hp) motor sourced for the project, Framecrafters now had to find a way to package it and get the power to the ground. The solution was the FC BMGP\4 frame derived from the successful BMGP\2 kit. A traditional trellis style front section was fabricated and coupled to a billet rear section forming the basic frame. Specially engineered billet motor mount plates were machined to hold the pancake style motor in addition to allowing the output shaft to be tailored moving the motor in a similar fashion to an adjustable swingarm pivot. An aluminum front subframe was fabricated to hold the enormous battery pack as was a special aluminum rear subframe to hold the controllers. A Ducati swingarm is initially used in order to work with a split pivot design and horizontal mount shock in order to retain a reasonable wheel base and proper weight distribution. FC designed an adjustable linkage and rocker system providing for a wide variety of rear suspension travel and characteristic options. In its first race, June 2014 at Queensland in AU the team turned laps within a 1\2 second of the ebike track record. Congratulations Team O'Hanlon-Voltron ! Keep an eye out for more new and

Kawasaki KZ1000 Cafe'-Fighter

Starting life as a 1976 Kawasaki KZ1000, this machine underwent major updating and revisions. From the frame up every component has been modified to raise the performance standards while keeping the 70's era air-cooled muscle engine

What's New?

February

Team USA contender Brian Filo races his FC framed Yamaha XS750 at the Phillip Island Classic in Australia taking 5th overall.

Watch FC customer and Team USA captain , David Crussell race his Yamaha TZ750 at the 2015 Phillip Island Classic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liNKa-XMlkg

Framecrafters is focusing on frame repairs for the month of February. If interested in having your frame repaired and/or modified contact us ASAP New frame builds will begin again in March.

December
Team Ohanlon-Voltron Evo II take the Australian E-bike national championship with their Framecrafters BMGP/4 frame kit. Follow Team Ohanlon-Voltron II:

https://www.facebook.com/efxc2014

Team Fc tests the Apex 675 Triumph at Jennings GP, Florida.
November

Team FC finalizes its 2015 race schedule and sponsorship with Apex Mfg. 

http://framecrafters.net/racing/

A complete list of the 2015 Team FC sponsors soon to follow.

The Framecrafters Yamaha Moto3-250 is now up for sale. Please contact us for details.

http://framecrafters.net/bikes-for-sale/

http://framecrafters.net/show-project.php?id=95

October

Team FC takes 3 wins and races the new Apex Mfg. Triumph 675 at the 10th Annual Barber Vintage Festival.

While racing the Apex 675 rider Karsten Illg sets a new personal best lap record at Barber Motorsports Park.

Team FC finish 3rd nationally in the AHRMA Sound of Singles 2 class.