mlferguso's 1976 Sportster hardtail bobber
This bike gets an incredible amount of attention when you ride. You will be stopped when gassing up for pictures, etc. There is nothing like kick-starting it at your local bike night. I even won a trophy with it.
This bike has a weld-on hardtail and uses a DNA Springer front fork (4.5 inches under stock) to both lower and stretch the bike 4 inches respectively. It sits low and mean and you really hug the ground with the forward controls. It sits 3 inches off the ground. The wheels and brakes are from a 2000 Road King and the oil tank is made from an old fire extinguisher. It has both kick and electric start on the rebuilt 1000 cc engine and trans. The bike uses a Dyna S electronic ignition system using a sealed Odyssey battery. I installed a new Cycle Electric generator with built in regulator. The stainless exhaust has baffles so it is loud, but nut obnoxious. This radical custom has a hand-tooled leather seat with a matching solo bag. The license plate bracket is from No School Choppers with an LED license holder.
The Paint mimics a Curtis P-40 Warhawk. and the attention to detail is phenomenal. There is even painted rust trailing from the rivets. The frame, wheels, front end and all small details and brackets are powder coated black. This bike does not have a speedometer or odometer so the exact mileage is unknown. I stripped and resealed the inside of the tank in 2010 and it's in perfect condition.
I had the Busted Knuckle in Columbus, Ohio do a complete top end rebuild and transmission blueprint.
The bike is a runner and I would not hesitate to take it anywhere. I just rode about 50 miles since I picked the bike up a month ago.
- Bored 2 over and honed
- New Pistons and rings
- New Valves, seats, guides, springs, etc
- Ported heads for better air flow
- Carb rebuild and re-jet
- New black heat wrap on the headers
- Complete strip and fresh powder coat on cylinders and valve covers (Pictures show what an incredible job they did)
- 2 new Avon Gangster tires with wide whitewalls ($expensive$)
- Transmission and Primary gone over to spec, no issues found