A Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Street Tracker

This is a Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 street tracker, a custom bike that draws equal parts inspiration from the classic Harley XR750 flat tracker and the influential catalog of builds from Briton Charlie Stockwell.

Street trackers were originally developed to allow people to ride their flat track racers on the road, things like headlights, turn signals, front brakes and license plates are added to make them legal on the road, while keeping the minimalist nature of the flat tracker as intact as possible.

Quick Facts – A Sportster 1200 Street Tracker

  • The Harley-Davidson Sportster has always been a popular starting point for flat tracker and street tracker conversions. In fact, in the late 1960s, Harley based the all-new XR750 flat-track race bike on their production Sportster engine.
  • For the uninitiated, flat track racing is usually held on oval-shaped dirt tracks, with racers hitting high speeds and extreme bank angles as they battle for a win or top three.
  • Street trackers were developed to make flat track style bikes road legal, along with scramblers they have become one of the most popular forms of modern custom motorcycles.
  • The Sportster 1200 street tracker you see here was built between 2019 and 2020. It has a Yamaha R6 front end, 19-inch wheels, a chainstay conversion, an S&S Hooligan exhaust and a host of other additions to the total value approximately £8,000 or US$10,000.

The Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200

The Harley-Davidson Sportster is a series of motorcycles that have been in continuous production since 1957, making them the oldest family of motorcycles manufactured by Harley-Davidson.

Description of the imageThis bike has been race proven at the Lydden Hill Bike Shed Festival event in England.

The first Sportster was based on the old 1952 Model K, a motorcycle that many consider the first of the Sportster family, although the name was not used until five years later.

Harley had developed the Sportster specifically to cater to popular performance motorcycles sourced from Britain from companies like Norton, Triumph and BSA.

As the model name suggests, the Sportster was developed to be a sports bike by the standards of the day, with better performance than the larger, heavier bikes favored by some American manufacturers.

The 1200cc Sportster has been in production since 1988 when it was launched as an update to the 1100cc model. The 1200 remained in production as the top of the Sportster series until it was replaced by the new Sportster S in 2021, with an all-new engine.

The Sportster 1200 Street Tracker shown here

Due to the large number of Sportster 1200s that have been built over the years and their often affordable prices on the used market, they are a very popular starting point for many custom motorcycle builds.

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Description of the imageChain drive conversions are popular for Harley based street trackers. The original belt drive system is removed and new 19-inch wheels are usually fitted front and rear.

The simple, air-cooled 45º V-twin is famous for its good torque output and it responds well to modifications – modifications that are usually not too complex for owners to do themselves at home with simple hand tools.

This custom build started with a 1996 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200, it was completely stripped down and a full rebuild started in 2019.

The stock forks were removed and replaced with a pair of modified and rebuilt inverted forks from a Yamaha R6, combined with twin Suzuki Hayabusa 310mm brake rotors and stock R6 Gold Spot four-piston calipers.

Gold painted 19″ wheels were fitted front and rear, along with a chain drive conversion and a pair of Maxxis DTR1 medium tires to match the flat tracker. In the rear, two 350mm YSS adjustable shocks were added to better match the new forks, and a Saddlemen eliminator seat unit was modified to fit.

The bike was then finished with an S&S Hooligan exhaust and heat shield, and a top of the line rebuild that included new piston rings and gaskets.

The completed street tracker is now for sale in Essex UK on Collecting Cars in a live online auction. If you want to know more about it or register to bid, you can visit the listing here.

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Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Street Tracker

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