SportsterPaul's 1962 Sportster
My 62 Sportster is a lot like that
Cadillac in that country western song. It's been put together from
parts from many different years.
The swingarm and chaingaurd are K-model
pieces. The front end is from 1969. The tank is a 1964 piece. The
luggage rack is a big-bike part adapted with a torch and a big pry
bar. I ran a magneto until California required oxygenated gas. That
fall I was no longer able to start the bike in less then
thirty kicks. When I put on the coil I
added a battery up front rather then trash the classic wrap-around
oil tank. I also added an oil filter. The bike is not "correct"
but I love it just the same. It idles up better then any other
Sportster I own. Some guy at a poolroom offered me 8 grand for it.
I told him no.
The bike has factory spotlights and an aftermarket Bates-style headlamp bucket. I hate the "eyebrow" style since you can't hang your helmet over the headlamp when you are off the bike.
Here is a more recent shot of the bike after I fitted a valanced front fender and a 1959 tank. I also installed a beat-up set of Buco saddlebags.
I have since replaced the old Buco bags with a NOS (new old stock) pair I found on eBay. Also, I have gone back to that red "turtle" tank since this one sprang a leak after a few years use. I have found a straighter valenced fender and replaced this one.