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    Dirtying up my 03 Anniversary....
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    My number 1 son decided a few months ago, it was time to start riding on the road. He is about to turn 21, works part time and goes to college. He did the riders course at the local HD store. We found a 1997 883 on Craigslist, he did all the phone and leg work on this bike. When it came time to make the deal, I told him to take as much money as he was willing to spend. Not one dollar more. We took the bike trailer with us, it was about 75 miles from the house. He looked it over, had a couple of issue I spotted. Nothing that would stop us from trying to buy the bike. After our little huddle to talk over his first offer, I let him know what I would be my top dollar on the bike. And stepped back and watched him work his first deal. We where at a used bike shop that repaired and sold used Harley's.
    So my son came at the guy really low, right off the bat. It shocked me, him being so bold but polite about it. The guy declined and came back at the same asking price. My son hit him again a bit higher, the guy didn't move. One more try and still no movement on the price. He knew we had came a long way and brought the trailer. He turned to me and asked ? are you going to help your son out here ? I said No. Another huddle and we decided to head home. My son had a budget of what he could spent to buy the bike then fix it up the way he wants it. And he wasn't moving on it. Now I have already bought him two cars already so he's tapped out with help from Dad. So as we pulled up to the exit of the place the salesmen called out for us to stop. Came to the truck window and asked if we had cash, yes we had cash. And he said since my son had been so polite. He would take our offer for the 1995 Sportster 883 with 15k a few accessouries, $1600.00 out the door.
    We brought it home and a couple of weeks and some parts changes. We used different tins on the bike. Still don't have the correct rear wheel on the bike yet. We tried the Fat Boy rear first, but he doesn't like it. So its getting paint like the front and then detailed. It will look better with matched wheels. A work in progress, he's riding it around with me. As I show and work with him all the stuff, you learn in the real world. There is not enough time to teach everything in 3 days of the course.

    Feels great to be riding around with my son. One more to go.

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    My "Anniversary" Sporty....
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    Love it man!! Looks awesome! Did you rivet that plate to the fork covers?

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    Good look'n bike 70pelle, and great story to go with it.

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    Updated picture with both stock wheels back on. I went with a 150/80/B16 Dunlop, It had been sitting around waiting to be used on something. No problems fitting it in place. I think it looks better without the Fat Boy rear wheel. Some bikes look good with them, just not this one.

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    Mine so far 95 1200. Click image for larger version. 

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    Default little more work .

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    S&S super E and Benchmark air cleaner ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by EXTRACREEPY View Post
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    S&S super E and Benchmark air cleaner ..

    This is a Bitchen Ironhead!!! Very Nice!
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    My 88 sporty
    shes got a 1250 Buell s1 engine in her

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    thank you ..

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    my sled

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    i think ive seen this bike in brooklyn

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    Just picked up this 83. Pretty much stock.
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    Wife took a pic of the bike at a stop light, the good looking young lad is me.


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    thanks man .. i just saw this

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    My ugly girl. Because why not chop up a perfectly good 2014 bike...

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    My 2000 Sporty, "Queen Anne's Revenge". It's named after my grandma who passed away this year. She had a life long love of Harleys, and even had a Harley room in her old farmhouse, though she never rode and always regretted she had never taken it up. Her and my grandfather were the first to ever take me to Daytona Bike Week, way back in 93' or so. She even had the Harley catalog sent to me every year without fail. She died as a result of dementia brought on as a complication from chemo treatments for cancer. In one of her last lucid moments before going, she left me just enough money with instructions to buy a "nice little Harley" after her death and to enjoy it as much as she wish she could have.

    Hence I hunted down this scoot and started getting to work on it. HD 3/4 fairing, home made 2 inch tank lift, knee pads, fender bra, number plates, and seat, original Model B fog lamp (I used to restore Model A's and other Fords with my grandfather, and still had this in my parts stash looking for a home), XR750 bars, IMZZ skid plate, vintage PIAA air horn, etc.

    Some of the work the previous owned had done, such as the Dyna shocks, Rough Crafts air cleaner, off-road tires, pipe and skid plate, and I finished up from there with the other details, the polishing work, bracket fab, and other stuff. It was pretty well corroded and grimy, as mid Florida has a habit of doing to bikes. The guy I got it from builds some of the coolest hard-tail Shovel chops I've seen in awhile, and actually built this Sporty to race at the Woodsman Cup.

    However, he no longer had room for it and thought it too nice to subject to the vigors of racing. He added taller Dyna shocks to the rear to jack it up a bit, as this bike was originally a Hugger model. As he told me, "who the hell off-roads a Harley anhow? It definitely gets cheers." But, alas he decided to sell. I myself rode it off-road several times until my exhaust bracket broke. It actually handled pretty darn well; like a big overgrown dirt bike, but a little front heavy so you had to keep the rear wheel spooled up. I wouldn't mind running it at the Woodsman myself, but I think running my KZ1000 MkII would be much more fun somehow.

    It came with two sets of tins, and that fairing which was not on it at the time. It has a matching pearl white and pinstriped tank and matching front and rear fenders. As well it also has two yellow fenders and the black tank, which I much prefer the black tank with the white tins. over the white tank even though the white tank is much prettier. A little too pretty. Right now, it's running straight piped because the bracket on the V&H SS2R broke and I don't have the capability at the house to weld aluminum.

    So, at the same time, I said screw it and strutted the rear end with 10 inch struts for now. I was kind of going for a late 60's drag bike type vibe, ala "Turnip Eater" with that move. Currently I also have an underslung 3 inch peep mirror on it, and I also have a different seat on the way to replace my hand made pan (which has to go back to my KZ400 "Suicide Machine"). It's gonna be rocking a used Sully's Customs 3/4 Brat seat off a wrecked bike I found on fleabay. I believe it's actually off of mtberbob's bike, because the donor looks identical to what he posted awhile back. After Biketoberfest, I'm getting to refining the paint to my liking, and a few more little things here and there. It's definitely a work in progress. Maybe I'll post some pics tomorrow of the strutted version it is now.

    Sorry for the long windedness and over enthusiasm, but out here in the sticks there's no one to even really mention any of this to. This is my first Sportster based "build" after years of building mainly Jap bikes because I was a broke bastard and they were almost always free; or nearly so most of the time. Yet, I've loved Sportsters (and Harleys) since I was a kid and then really fell in love with them when I was in high school. So it had to be a 1999-2003 model. Not to mention, rigid mount Evos just rock. Well, this is my first after lusting over them for so long; I'm a little stoked to say the least even though it's also bittersweet for me. I could of bought something more suited to my 6'5" frame, such as a used Dyna, FXR, or even a cheap Softail, but it had to be a Sportster in my mind. It just had to be.

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