Tag Archives: Harley Sportster

Harley Sportster 1200 custom: "Stellalpina"

Roberto Rossi is one of Italy’s best-known Harley-Davidson concessionarias. He’s also got petrol coursing through his veins. His dealership includes a museum: a showcase for a personal collection of classic motorcycles bolstered by an authentic Mille Miglia Alfa Romeo 1750 GS Zagato (once owned by Tazio Nuvolari) and vintage tractors. Rossi often turns his hand

Buchholz Custom's wild Buell X1 mashup

You don’t often see Buell-based customs, and when you do, they’re invariably of the streetfighter genre. So it’s good to see someone trying something different with a Buell-powered bike. This machine has just been finished by the German company Buchholz Custom, and it’s based on the Buell X1 engine—a 1200 cc unit originally destined for

Harley Sportster bobber by L.A. Motorcycles

A blog that’s caught my eye recently is GasCap, run by Spaniard Alex Ramon. Alex has now sent in details of his Sportster bobber, built by Lluís Ibañez Casabon of L.A. Motorcycles in Barcelona. I’d never have guessed, but this machine is based on a 2006-model Sportster 883 Low. The retro bobber flavor is helped

Honda Monkey

I get the occasional monkey or gorilla bike sent in for consideration. And to be honest, I’m never quite sure what to do with these machines. But this one is a cut above the rest, so I’ve included it here as a little light relief. It’s loosely based on Honda’s Z series platform, which apparently

Harley Sportster by Deus

The Australian custom motorcycle builder Deus is best known for its SR and W650 customs, but its occasional forays into Harley-Davidson territory have been equally successful. Here’s the latest, based on a 2007-model Harley Sportster. Dubbed the Bald Terrier—no, I don’t know why—it’s essentially a remake of Deus’ 2009 V Twin Cafe Racer. And that’s

Rough Crafts x Zero Harley Knucklehead

There’s a wonderfully gothic, Victorian vibe to the latest machine from Taiwan’s Rough Crafts. It’s built around an S&S Harley Knucklehead motor, using a kit from legendary ‘samurai chopper’ builders Zero Engineering. Rough Crafts’ Winston Yeh is a big fan of Zero. “The ‘Zero Style’ created by Mr. Shinya Kimura has always been amazing to

Harley Sportster by Robb Handcrafted Cycles

We rarely feature contemporary Harley customs, but when I saw these images by Australian photographer Michael Drabikowski, I had to make an exception. Because this Harley-Davidson Sportster isn’t your typical V-twin show bike; for starters, it’s an absolute featherweight. It tips the scales at a smidge under 360 lbs (162 kg), thanks to the liberal

Harley Sportster bobber

This bike grabbed my attention for two reasons. It’s a textbook modern Harley bobber, and it’s a textbook example of how to photograph a bike outdoors. Richard Dunn bought this Sportster as a basket case, “from a military kid who couldn’t ride it on the base.” It’s a 1975 model with a weld-on hardtail, and

Cro Customs BS1

Conrad Leach is one of the very few motorcycle artists worth following. So when I read that he was involved in the creation of a new custom motorcycle, I pricked up my metaphorical ears. Information was hard to come by, but finally, here are the images. The bike is called BS1 and it was built

Ducati Diavel

In 1964, Ducati dipped a toe into the large cruiser market with the mighty Apollo, a 1,256cc vee-four heavyweight designed to take on Harley-Davidson in the police market. The Apollo never made it into production, but 46 years later, its spiritual successor has appeared. First, the stats: the power output of the Ducati Diavel is

Boneshaker Choppers

The small but perfectly formed vintage v-twin scene in the UK has thrown up another gem. This time it’s the work of Benny Thomas, who runs Boneshaker Choppers in the Midlands. Benny built this bike to customer order; the understated, monochrome look is nicely set off by a handtooled leather seat and matching grips, and