Sportster Build-Off Produces Four Epic Rides

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Amateur Harley builders prove just how easy it is to turn an ordinary Sportster into a unique custom!

Round up a bunch of people who don’t know each other or have much (if any) experience building bikes and give them two days to build a kickass custom. Sounds pretty much impossible, right? Well, the Sportster Brewtown Throwdown was exactly that. And yet, the four teams participating in the Sportster build-off managed to turn out four unique, amazing customs regardless of the daunting challenge.


Several of the participants, who gathered from all over the world, had never even worked on a Harley before. The models they would be wrenching on, the Forty-Eight Special and Iron 1200, had just been introduced to the world the day before the contest. With only 48 hours to build something truly unique, this seems nearly impossible on the surface. But the fact that all four teams prevailed is a true testament as to how easy it is to modify the Sportster platform.

Each team assembled their creations at a different Milwaukee-area Harley dealership. The tight deadline wasn’t by any means flexible, as the bikes had to be ready for their unveiling at Flat Out Friday, an indoor flat track racing event kicking off that very weekend. Despite the many challenges, we have to give all four teams major props for their amazing creations.


From a nitrous-fed Sportster bobber to a cafe racer Iron 1200, the builds exemplify just how diverse the Sportster really is. No matter which model you choose, the legendary platform offers true blank canvas potential. And even though the video above doesn’t clarify who won the contest, we’d say they’re all winners in our book. Not to mention a fabulous marketing technique that proves anyone can build the bike of their dreams, especially if they have more than two days to do it!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts.

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