About a week ago I went down while riding my Triumph around town. I’m fine, the bike is banged up and that’s about all I’m going to say about that until all insurance matters have been settled and signed off on. However, as a side effect of the whole thing I started entertaining the idea of swapping my modern Triumph (2003 America) - which serves as my daily rider / commuter - for a modern sporty. As I surfed the interwebs for information and inspiration, I saved a few pics of some of my favorite examples of modified Sportsters that kept their swing arms intact and I figured I’d share them with you. Why the swing arm? Why not an ironhead? This is a bike I would ride 90 miles round trip to work, I need it to get me their reliably and I don’t want to be constantly wrenching on it - I have plenty of other projects to be working on.
I also dig the challenge of making a swing arm bike look cool - it’s a lot harder to do than tossing the motor into a rigid frame. No surprise that many of the examples I’ve got come from Japan - those dudes got cool swing arm bikes down cold. But not to be outdone, there are a few QCB’s representing the states in there too.
I honestly haven’t made up my mind on if I’m going to jump into a sporty or keep the Trump, but the research has been fun. Check out the pics, and thanks to Bratstyle, Sparetime and the QCB’s for the inspiration.