The Harley-Davidson café racer genre is a little corner of the café racer world that I’ve grown very fond of, I love the history of the brand and although the modern offerings aren’t really my cup of tea, they are designed to be customised by their owners and their owners almost always oblige.
This particular bike started life as a 1995 Harley-Davidson Sportster 883, the current owner pulled it to pieces and carefully rebuilt it one element at a time. The straight pipes and high-flow air cleaner meant the carburettors needed to be re-jetted, all superfluous tabs and other parts were removed to keep weight down and a number of hand-made parts were added where needed.
Tossing away the stock Dunlops the bike was fitted with Avon Venom rubber, giving it a lot more potential lean angle as well as grip off the line should a drag race be called for. As it so often is.
She’s up on eBay right now with the bidding sitting at about $4,950 at the time of writing, you can check out the auction here and the seller invites personal inspections if you happen to live in or around Illinois.
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