To transform a cruiser into a café machine, some major surgery would have to take place. “The frame, the bike’s stance and the chassis had to be completely modified to achieve my goal,” said Ness. So, he reconstructed the rear of the bike by cutting the frame backbone right above the center of the engine’s Vee and then fabricating a new rear main frame and subframe from chrome-moly tubing. The rear of the fuel tank was raised 4 degrees to create a more level appearance. Next, Ness focused on making the hand-formed sheetmetal tailsection, which houses the battery, ECU, fuse box and Power Commander Auto Tuner, all easily accessed by undoing a few Dzus fasteners.