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    Default racer sporty

    This is another customer project, and my first Sportster build. Customer found a used, VERY low-mileage 2000 Sportster on Craigslist for a ridiculously low price, and began to put his own touches on it: blacked out front end, handlebars, wheels, and lowering shocks. He also removed all the switches from the handlebars for a much cleaner look. These mods alone really gave the bike some class, but he wanted to take this machine to full-blown custom. Naturally, I was pumped at the chance to work on my first Sportster. Here’s how it arrived:


    The factory wiring harness is HUGE. So many wires in there that we weren’t using anymore, so I got to choppin’. First up was clearing out the area above the front cylinder where the stock coil and keyswitch are mounted. It just looks entirely too busy with all that stuff there. I moved the coil to the top motor mount:


    …and fabricated a keyswitch mount on the battery tray. As usual, I eliminated the starter button and starter relay by using an automotive-style keyswitch. Just twist the key like a car to start.


    Now the area above the front cylinder is clean:


    I should’ve taken a ‘before’ pic of the monstrous wiring bundle along the backbone, but here’s how it looked after removing the unnecessary stuff and wrapping it up in nice braided sleeving:

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    To me, gas tanks are the centerpieces of a bike, and there’s no way I was gonna use the typical peanut Sportster tank for this build. A completely handmade tank was the only way to go, so I got to it. The result is the nicest tank that I’ve ever done, and it fits the bike’s style perfectly. You’ll also notice the chopped fender struts, too.







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    what other plans do you have for it?

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    Next up was the all-important tail section. This ain’t no wimpy, fiberglass, bolt-on tail! This is real deal steel!















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    what kind of handlebars are these ?...b.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beano View Post
    what kind of handlebars are these ?...b.
    Craig at Front St. Cycle made those.

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    I am loving the way this is looking

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    Looks killer!!

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    That tank is awesome, need to learn to build my own.

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    So far one of my favorite sportsters, and your just getting started.
    Last edited by bforbes; 01-11-2012 at 5:41 PM.

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    nice start, i dig this

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    this thing looks killer

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    Quote Originally Posted by beano View Post
    what kind of handlebars are these ?...b.
    very nice, thanks man...b.

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    killer fucking bike. nice job dude, tank and tail are the bullocks!

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    Killer. !

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    You're right - That is a REALLY nice tank.

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    This is one of the only bikes on XLforums that I was really watching. I love it. Can't wait to see more.

    Brian

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    Clean work, looks awesome...

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    Nice, Corey. Dig it!

    Glad to see you working with a Sporty. Apparently you got the memo that this winter is the "Season of the Sporty." There are tons of 'em going together in garages across the CC right now. Carry on, good sir!

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    This is definitely a clean looking sporty! Great job man! Something in me would like to see a frenched tail light set up in the rear section you made kind of trick and covert like, but maybe I'm just being silly cuz it looks like you've got it under control... Keep it comin!!

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