The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a bike that’s been torn down and rebuilt into just about every conceivable genre of the custom motorcycle spectrum that I can think of, some of them are designed to look good, some are designed to go faster and some are designed to do both of these things. Like this one.
This bike is a Harley-Davidson Sportster custom by Art of Racer, it’s based on a 1991 Sportster though the only parts of the original bike are the engine, transmission and carburettor. That rather unique looking frame, modified springer front-end, suicide clutch, saddle, handlebars, rear fender and fuel tank are all custom creations.
he Harley-Davidson Nightster has been a runaway success for Harley-Davidson since it was released in 2007, the bike offered people a custom look for under $9,000 USD and it was fitted with Harley’s famous 1200cc Sportster v-twin engine.
This bike was nicknamed “The American” by its creator, Michael Woolaway (aka Woolie), the head motorcycle man at Deus Ex Machina in California. The fundamental ethos behind The American was that is should be as American as possible with as few internationally sourced parts as could be managed.
When it comes to Harley customs, you’d be hard pressed to find more unique examples than those produced by DP Customs. Our regular readers will remember that we featured the work of DP just a couple of weeks ago with their beautiful Harley Cafe Racer…
This motorcycle was sent in through our Facebook Page by regular reader Carlos Vitelli, I’m going to make the fair assumption that it was taken in the late-70s by a man who was living the dream.
This is one of the newer customs from DP, it’s based on a Harley-Davidson 1200 Sportster but looks like a totally new animal. The front forks have been lowered then topped with RSD clip-on handlebars…
The Harley-Davidson Sportster is one of the more cafe-racer-conversion friendly motorcycles out there, they always have an eye-catching look to them and performance isn’t too shabby if the builder can get the weight down to sub-Sherman Tank levels.
This stunning Harley-Davidson XR750TT is one of only 10 made in 1972, Harley used the bikes to race and win on both sides of the Atlantic, in fact, Clay Rayborn used an XR750TT to win 3 out of 6 races in 1972′s Trans-Atlantic Match Races.
When the Portland based team at Icon set to work on a new motorcycle the results are always fascinating, unusual and sure to upset purists everywhere. Which I think is commendable.
The look of pure nonchalance on the faces of Leo Payne and his frame-holding friend in this photograph still makes me smile.
Fred Krugger is a talented man. We’ve featured his work before with the incredible Krugger Goodwood (seriously, click that link if you haven’t seen it, it’s excellent), Fred’s designs are so iconic you can usually tell a Krugger motorcycle at 30 paces, long before you can read the name on the fuel tank.