1975 Harley Davidson XLCH Sportster – 1000cc

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

To get a bike that would run and we could ride!  We did not have high expectations as the bike came in several boxes and was 90% disassembled and missing parts.  Just getting it to run was priority #1, but as we started to build the bike we realized that we needed to custom fabricate a number of parts which were missing and this allowed us to get very creative.

What motivated you to start your project?

It was a ‘father and son’ project.  My son (Justin) had an old Honda and was into bikes and after seeing some of the Harley’s that my friends rode we decided to buy an old basket case and create a custom bobber together.

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

Trying to stay true to the old style bobber theme – what you find in the garage is what you put on the bike.  We scrounged old parts from a motorcycle scrap yard such as pistons and connecting rods for turn signals, foot rests, and a kick stand.  Elsewhere we took rebar and fabricated rear brake brackets.  Too many unique and creative items went into the build to list here so look at the photos and see if you can find everything.

What are you most proud of?

We are most proud that we built a bike that runs and looks great and no one else will have one just like it.

It was a great learning experience with lots of trials and errors and it seemed that every time something failed we change the design and made an improvement.

Also, we took it to Sturgis this year and Won the Garage Build Bike Show in the V-Twin ‘Wild Class’!

 

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