10 Best Custom Harley-Davidson Sportsters
The Sportster doesn't get a lot of love from big twin fans, but it is a capable platform and lends itself to a lot of different custom styles. Here's a sampling of 10 awesome Sporties from around the internet that we really like.
1. Lowrider Style
Real nice chromed out custom ride with ape hangers, spokes and sissy bar, but it's hard to believe that metal flake green paint job is actually factory on this Sportster 72. Definitely a show stopper, and really shows off how easy it is to make your own dream bike with just bolts-on parts and elbow grease.
2. Art Imitating Bike
The styling of this sportster is more akin to a work of art than a functional motorcycle. A total departure from the traditional looks, this bike by Art of Racer looks like it should be in a museum. More details on it can be found at Silodrome.
Let's grab those skis and hit the slopes with this custom built in snowy Slovakia. This totally modified Sportster based sleigh would help Santa a lot. Like a snow mobile and bike combined, the team at H-D Banska Bystrica modified a Timbersled kit meant for a dirt bike and fit it to this Roadster. You can see action pictures and get more details at Motorcycle Cruiser.
4. Sexy Lady
Elegant classy styling with a springer front end, retro drum brake, spoked wheels, curvy pipes and a stiff seat. Milan based South Garage took a modern 883 Sportster and built a bike that is a throwback to the brass age, dubbed the "Opera". All that custom detail work makes this a sexy ride.
5. Rough Rider
Crotch rocket style with high tail and cafe bars makes for a radical looking Sporty. Nice custom copper paint is just the final touch on this bikes all custom metal work. The sport bike spec brakes, suspension, wheels and tires means this is a sporty Sporty too. The builder is Asterisk Custom Cycles out of Japan, but Roland Sands did a nice English language write up on his blog.
6. Cafe Racer
Long ago the Sportster was known for having a reputation on the racetrack, both road courses and dirt ovals. This traditional road race styled bike uses top shelf parts to ensure it has as much go as it does show. If the Buell had looked like this they would still be selling them. Speaking of Roland Sands, this is one of his creations, and the details are all here.
Let's hit the trails and do some serious off road riding, Harley-Davidson style. Please include a few jumps on the track, but nothing too big. Sporty's can play with confidence on any playground, but even stripped down this enduro by Shaw Speed and Custom is no 200lb motocross bike. You can get the details and more pictures on BikeExif.
8. Cholo Style
Low bars, oversize 26" rims, custom headlight and pipes makes this one of my favorites. This softail looking bike I'm sure is fun to ride, stripped of pretty much every bit besides wheels motor and seat. The builder is Martin Rajman out of Arizona, and SMT Machining makes the wheels. YOu can see it in action in this video.
9. Outback Cruiser
Leather seat and pouch in the front to match, not to mention the leather wrapped batter box really gives this bike some class. That blue on blue paint combination with hand laid pinstripes looks really nice. Can't find much out about this bike except that it is from Australia, and the distressed leather and luggage rack makes it look as if it is ready to cruise the outback.
10. Retro Style
This 1995 Sportster has been transformed into a retro styled, mini version of an old FL touring bike. This is just another example of how versatile the Sportster family can be, and why it is so appealing to shorter riders and women. This may not be as comfortable a touring rig as an Electra Glide, but then what is? The leather bags and windscreen make this the perfect weekend getaway bike.
For help with service and maintenance on your Sporty or big bike, check the how to sections of HDforums.com