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VINTAGE VIBES: 2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster ‘Taranis’

Posted on October 9, 2019 by Scott in Bobber, Classic. No Comments

Written by Martin Hodgson

It’s not hard to imagine going to the Handbuilt Motorcycle Show in Austin and coming away inspired to build a custom bike of your own. But while most would be drawn to the endless number of incredible bikes crafted by the world’s best builders, it was inside the Wall of Death that the idea for the machine before you was born! Forged together from a 2002 Harley Sportster and a vintage Harley WL it’s the brainchild of Michael Alton, roaming the roads of Texas where it’s known as Taranis.

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OVRLANDR. Harley-Davidson Sportster by Combustion Industries.

Posted on July 8, 2019 by Scott in Scrambler, Tracker. No Comments

Written by Ian Lee.

As time goes on, the number of niche custom motorcycle categories increases. Flat tracker, becomes a street tracker, with a touch of café racer, and so on ad infinitum. One area that encapsulates a few areas, while maintaining its own unique identity is the post-apocalyptic style of build. From Icon 1000’s Dromedarri to El Solitario’s Petardo, these bikes have a flavour all of their own. They are visual sledgehammers, built to create conversation, and most of all to be functional. Combustion Industries has just rolled out their latest build, a 2008 Harley Sportster 1200R. Picked for function, as well as form, Michael Bates of Combustion Industries has utilised his experience and contacts in the bike industry to create one rugged bike that looks like it could survive the end of the world.

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DIRTY MIND. Fabtech’s Obsessive Harley Sportster Hooligan

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Hooligan racing is a hell of a lot of fun and when an Aussie caught a glimpse of the action he wanted in, bad. The machines are a mix of street tracker and dirt bike that rip it up on the flat track. For Australian metal fabricator Jamie Portelli of Fabtech Creations, a trip to the USA had him hooked…

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SUGAR RUSH. Moto Candy’s Sweet Sportster Sprint Racer

Posted on October 24, 2018 by Andrew in Racer. No Comments

They say too much sugar makes you do silly things. Running around like an idiot. Uncontrollable giggling. Boundless energy. Which, strangely enough, are pretty much the same symptoms one exhibits after a serious run on a fully worked sprint racer. Introducing Moto Candy’s Sportster-powered ‘Lolly Pop’…

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SPORTS STAR. Dan Moto’s Harley Sportster Racer

Posted on August 1, 2018 by Andrew in Café Racer, Racer. No Comments

Dan Moto have been building exhausts that please owners and piss off neighbours for the last ten years. And as their catalogue of bike parts expands quicker than a Harley owner’s waistline they’ve decided to showcase exactly what their team of fifty staff can do…

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WROUGHT IRON. GasBox’s Classic ‘72 Harley Ironhead

Posted on June 17, 2018 by Andrew in Bobber. No Comments

Cleveland’s GasBox seemingly threw this classic shop project ‘72 Harley Sportster together using spare bits and pieces. Oh, and their custom bike genius. But the best part is that they are pretty much giving the thing away at the 2018 Fuel Cleveland Show…

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HIGH FIBER DIET. LC Fabrication’s Carbon ‘SX1250’ Harley Sportster Enduro

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Andrew in Enduro, Scrambler. No Comments

Alright, I’ll say it. It’s impossible to hate Harleys. Because no matter what you’re into, someone out there has built a custom ride on a HD platform that’ll flick your switch. Exhibit A: the latest creation by LC Fabrications, an incredible dirt-oriented Sportster build they’ve dubbed the ‘SX1250’…

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MULE VARIATIONS. The ‘Ruppert’s Ride’ Harley 883 Tracker from Mule Motorcycles

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

San Diego’s Mule Motorcycles know exactly what they’re doing. They nearly exclusively produce performance trackers. And not just trumped-up backyard jobs. Every single one is a masterclass in proportion, style and, ultimately, performance. There’s lots of people trying to do what Richard Pollock produces and none can come close…

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RARELY LEGAL. Mule Motorcycles’ Track-Only Harley Super Hooligan

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Andrew in Tracker. No Comments

Custom bikes can come from almost anywhere. Brand new factory bikes or clapped-out junkers. Crash victims or botched restorations. But there’s one type of donor bike that always brings a smile to our faces, and that’s the parts bin specials. Like this Harley Sportster from California’s Mule Motorcycles…

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MIDNIGHT EXPRESS. Mule Motorcycles’ Mean Harley Sportster Street Tracker

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Andrew in Racer, Tracker. 54 comments

As always at this time of year, Harley have just wheeled out their 2018 models to the world’s eager press. Sure they look cool but all we can see is the big, fat hole where there isn’t a street tracker. C’mon Milwaukee! Just slap a light and some indicators on the XG750R and be done with it. No? Well, that’s cool because Mule Motorcycles’ Richard Pollock, a.k.a. California’s king of trackers, has just delivered us a Harley Sportster XL1200 street tracker that should keep all but the most unhinged of HD tracker fans happy for a millennia or three.

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