Sportster Redux: 2010

Been a while since I caressed the sporty with a wrench - here’s where we left off.


Nice, but there is always room for improvement. She was a bit of an ass kicker on long rides, and not having any place to strap camping gear to was less than ideal. Plus there were a whole bunch of “to-do’s” I didn’t get to when we tangoed in the shop the last time. Wonderful - time for round 2.


Let’s start with some drawwwwwingz. I know some guys who can grab a piece of steel and a cutting wheel and without an idea, sketch or template churn out picture perfect parts - they just know and go. I am not one of them. I need visuals, I need to stare at the bike, I need photographic inspiration - sometimes I need to look at things 50 times before the obvious solution whacks me in the face. It is what it is; at this point I embrace it. I did about 50 sketches like this - these are 2 of my favorites, which should give you a general idea of where I’m going with the bike.


Time to play in the real world - grabs some parts, some cardboard and start mocking up. Tank is off a CB175 - I thought it was going to be a mock up piece, but it fit so well I’m going to move forward with it. Just needs a bunch of love to make it fit the backbone. The tailpiece is just for mockup to help visualize the lines - not sold on this approach yet, I’d have to loose my current seat, which I dig a whole bunch. Need to make a fender out of cardboard closer to the sketches and see how that feels. I have to go get my hands on a bunch of 16ga to play with and we’re off to the races. If anyone has a set of jap bike hand controls they want to get rid of cheap, let me know. A R1/R6 Nissin MC and matched clutch perch would be right up my alley, or a set of grimeca or magura controls would be sweet tits, but I’m on a budget.

Whole bunch of other stuff I’ve got planned and will get to, like rewiring, new lights all around, finally getting around to the cam cover chop. But that’s where I’m at for now. With any luck I’ll be able to get back to the shop sometime this week to play around with a few other things.

4 Responses to “Sportster Redux: 2010”

  1. Mad River Motor Company says:

    Love it - you’ve got taste my friend, you’ve got taste

  2. sledmotorsrule says:

    sky cycles in fitchburge, ma. they have what you’re looking for and the prices are usually good. talk to ryan, he is a good shit.

  3. nicky says:

    Hi Grail….your dedication to improve your ride is very noticable…..go for it if your swapping from bratstyle to road tracker…Best of luck dude !

  4. Kevin "Bulldawg" Cothron says:

    I saw this bike on the internet and I gotta have that exhaust set-up. I like the cafe racer style but the exhaust is exactly what I have been looking for. Is there any way I can find this exhaust or is it 1 of a kind. If so I’d like some info on who built it so I can have a set fabbed myself.


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