For me, form follows function. I wanted something that performed well, but also had a little flare. I like clean, narrower bikes. Strip the non essential.
I’d recently Cafe Racered a Ducati Monster, and was always intrigued with the custom Harley scene. The Sportster platform is so widely accepted. They are inexpensive to find, and parts are readily available. I wanted something for a fall/ winter project that would keep me mentally engaged and challenged me. When I found a guy selling a sporty cheap in November, I figured lets jump in.
I think the most unique part isnt what I did, but what Rudi at Black Magin paint did with the paint job. Rudi was involved in a motorcycle accident a few years hitting a dear at 80mph. The accident left him with a ton of injuries, but the biggest was permanent nerve damage in his dominant arm. After the accident, he re-taught himself to paint with his non dominant hand. The only instruction I gave him was I like root beer brown, and let him run with the rest of it. He asked if he could put his wolf logo on the bike for good luck. A wolf wearing the dead dear now adorns the front of the frisco mounted tank.
I don’t have a long history of motorcycles. I didn’t grow up with dirt bikes, or working on cars. But I wanted to learn and I wanted to do it myself. With the exception of mounting tires on rims and the paint, I did it all myself.