1998 Harley Davidson Sportster XLH 883

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I’ve been a Sportster fan since the early 80’s when I bought my first – a 76 ironhead. Since then I’ve had a few variations from stock to full blown Ness custom. This time I wanted to build something different with the accent on detail, modern tech with an old school look, and to do all the design, fabrication and wrenching myself.

What motivated you to start your project?

Motivation came from having a chronic back problem which limits my riding and fishing time. A project build allowed me to do as much or as little as I was able, with no time constraints.

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

The bike has many unique features including the sculptured rear fender which is rubber mounted to the upper shock bolts, lower fork legs which I shaved and grooved prior to powder coating, machined T6 dust caps, one off upper motor mount/ignition which is V shaped around the petcock. I made the CV carb support bracket and intake backplate from scratch to allow the use of an S&S Super B air cleaner, complimented by a stainless remote enricher bracket mounted to the rear rocker box cover.

What are you most proud of?

I’m really proud of the one piece curved bars I fabricated which give an awesome riding position. The clean bars are complimented by the micro switches I positioned in the clutch and brake perches along with consealed wiring. Attention to detail is everything from the perfectly aligned pipes to the angle of the raised coil, set to match the angle of the front cylinder.

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

All the comments I’ve had have been positive especially about the details with a close friend commenting “that looks like the kind of bike Steve McQueen would ride”. Hence the name!

 

2 Comments

  • Frank Kern says:

    Very nice job. Beautiful workmanship.

     
  • Eric M U says:

    I wouldn’t call this mild, this Sportster is sorted! Everything is so well aligned that each part of the bike makes the adjacent areas look better, it all flows together.

     

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2 Comments

  • Frank Kern says:

    Very nice job. Beautiful workmanship.

     
  • Eric M U says:

    I wouldn’t call this mild, this Sportster is sorted! Everything is so well aligned that each part of the bike makes the adjacent areas look better, it all flows together.

     

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