1998 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200C

What was your intended objective when you started the build?

I wanted to build a simple but cool looking bike to be ridden.  And since it was my first, I did not go for show quality.  This was to be a learning experience.  I wanted a fun bike.

What motivated you to start your project?

I have wanted a hard tail chop since I was a kid.  I was in grade school when all the great choppers came out in the 60’s.  I have had several types of bikes over the years and life got in the way until recently.  I decided that if I was going to build one, I had better do it now!

What was the most unique and creative thing you did to the bike?

I learned how to weld several years ago just so I could build the bike I wanted.  Cutting the bike in half and welding on the hard tail, designing the fender and seat mounts, etc. were very rewarding.  There is more creativity and planning in building a bike than most realize.

What are you most proud of?

I am most proud of the fact that I did finish the bike, for the most part, and that it has the look I wanted and rides and handles very well. Knowing that I planned it out and built it is something you cannot buy.

I’m thinking about changing the riser/bar combination and possibly going with a springer front end.  I do like the large front turn signals and the way the lines taper down to the hardtail rear.  I plan to place Kellermann Atto Turn Signals in back

What do other people say about your motorcycle?

They think it looks cool.  They like the design and the color and that I built it myself.


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