Sportster – CB750 Choppers http://cb750choppers.com/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 09:46:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://cb750choppers.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/icon-3-120x120.png Sportster – CB750 Choppers http://cb750choppers.com/ 32 32 5 reasons we love the Harley-Davidson Sportster S (5 reasons we’d rather drive the Nightster) https://cb750choppers.com/5-reasons-we-love-the-harley-davidson-sportster-s-5-reasons-wed-rather-drive-the-nightster/ Sun, 29 May 2022 16:30:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/5-reasons-we-love-the-harley-davidson-sportster-s-5-reasons-wed-rather-drive-the-nightster/ During the last years, Harley-Davidson has been on a roll, they’ve just launched their second LiveWire bike, and shortly after bringing us the Sportster S, they’ve now launched its sibling; the Nightster. If industry rumors are to be believed, this could be a sign that they will go ahead with the Bronx naked bike after […]]]>

During the last years, Harley-Davidson has been on a roll, they’ve just launched their second LiveWire bike, and shortly after bringing us the Sportster S, they’ve now launched its sibling; the Nightster.

If industry rumors are to be believed, this could be a sign that they will go ahead with the Bronx naked bike after all. Not everyone wants the Bronx, but not everyone wanted Pan America either, but look how it turned out…sometimes it’s worth giving in to market pressure.

In many ways that’s what happened with the Nightster, fans want a bike that feels more like the old Sportster so that’s what they got. Not only that, but it comes with the smaller Revolution Max, which as far as we can tell is an absolute peach of a motor.

ten Sportster S: Modern design

Without a doubt, the Sportster S is a polarizing motorcycle, although it looks like a Harley, it certainly doesn’t look much like a cruiser. It won’t sound like any of the longtime fans either.

It has a more comfortable upright riding position and moves away from the usual forward controls essential to the cruiser, it has the same modern engine as the Pan America which produces heaps of torque but is both dynamic and aesthetically completely different from the older engines push button.

9 Nightster: Traditional Harley

In an almost comical twist of fate, the Nightster looks much more like a Sportster. We wonder if they were somehow reversed at birth…

Either way, the addition of the Nightster will appease most fans crying foul when the Sportster S came out looking like a whole new line of motorcycles, which it technically is. It still gets a modern engine, so it might not convince everyone, but for those looking for an Iron 883, the used market is beckoning.

Related: These are the coolest mods for your Harley-Davidson Sportster

8 Sportster S: Improved ergonomics

Like it or not, the ergonomics are far better than any Sportster that came before it, unless of course you have incredibly long arms and short legs, the new Sportster S will feel almost certainly more comfortable.

Like any motorcycle, it is not perfect, the low seat height will indeed make it a bit cramped for tall people. Overall it’s just better.

seven Nightster: Improved weight distribution

As far as egos go, what they did with the Nightster was change the aesthetics to meet market demand, which made it technically less comfortable.

What they achieved, in large part because of the lighter engine, is to achieve even weight distribution, so the bike will feel much more nimble. The return to a larger cruiseresque front wheel will also help make the front end much lighter.

Related: LiveWire S2 Del Mar is Harley-Davidson’s second attempt at an electric revolution

6 Sportster S: performance

With 120 horsepower and face-melting torque, you won’t be short on power with the latest Sportster, but that might also be its most limiting feature.

Sportsters have traditionally been more accessible, and this bike is anything but accessible. It has a deceptively low seat height, but any bike that produces over 100 horsepower and weighs over 500 horsepower can never be considered accessible.


5 Nightster: available

With a more reasonable 90 horsepower and slightly less weight to haul, the Nightster is altogether more accessible.

It would be a stretch to call the thing suitable for beginners, but if you look through the current Harley lineup, it’s arguably the most accessible if you don’t include the recently released LiveWire Del Mar.

Related: A Closer Look At Harley-Davidson’s First Water-Cooled Engine In The Entry-Level Nightster

4 Sportster S: Aftermarket

Between the huge selection of in-house and aftermarket options, you really are spoiled for choice and can get just about anything for the bike, even if it’s a fairly new model.

You won’t get this level of customization with the Nightster, it’s just too new, all the Harley-approved stuff will be there, but it will take some time for the aftermarket to wake up.

3 Nightster: Simplicity

Don’t take anything away from the new Sportster S with its ride modes and weird round LCD screen, but the Nightster gets all the tech you need on a bike like this for a whole lot less.

The riding modes are great on a sportbike, but ultimately the Nightster just doesn’t need them. It needs ABS, it needs traction control and you need that modern engine.

Related: 10 Reasons We Love The Harley-Davidson Nightster


2 Sportster S: Comfort

In all honesty, if you’re looking for a comfortable commuter or tourer, you wouldn’t be looking at any of these machines, but when you’re comparing apples to apples, it’s always going to be more comfortable.

The slightly controversial ergonomics pay off in making this bike one of the most comfortable Harley-Davidson Sportster bikes ever made (which doesn’t say much for other bikes, but hey).

1 Nightster: Affordability

With the Nightster, the comfort might be a bit better than the average cruiser, but with the aesthetics comes the sacrifice. Comfort is that sacrifice…

But when you walk through the door, you’ll be reassured knowing you’re paying $2,000 less for an equally capable bike.


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A Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Street Tracker https://cb750choppers.com/a-harley-davidson-sportster-1200-street-tracker/ Wed, 25 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/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, […]]]>

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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Remembering the 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Superlow https://cb750choppers.com/remembering-the-2012-harley-davidson-sportster-superlow/ Sun, 08 May 2022 17:59:50 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/remembering-the-2012-harley-davidson-sportster-superlow/ You’ll love the 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Superlow if you like low seats. According to Motorcycle, the saddle of the bike is 26.8 inches off the tarmac, making it one of the bikes with the lowest seats ever. Due to its low saddle height, it is best for short people. For example, no one wants a […]]]>

You’ll love the 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Superlow if you like low seats. According to Motorcycle, the saddle of the bike is 26.8 inches off the tarmac, making it one of the bikes with the lowest seats ever. Due to its low saddle height, it is best for short people. For example, no one wants a motorcycle that won’t let them walk on the ground. Walking on the ground is important because that’s how the rider stops the bike. Although its low seat height sets it apart, other useful features of this bike make it one of the best. Here are the specifications of the 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Superlow motorcycle.

Electric start

Before electric start, the only way to start motorcycles was with a kick start. Kick-starting involves starting a motorcycle by continuously depressing the ratchet lever with your foot. You need immense force to turn the lever. Eventually it was replaced with electric start due to the time it took to power the bike. In an electric start system, you start the motorcycle by pressing a button on the handlebars. The button is connected to that bike’s electrical system, which then spins the starter. So you don’t have to press the ratchet lever repeatedly. However, care should be taken when starting this motorcycle. According to It Still Runs, you need to hold it in a neutral position before you start it. If you don’t, you’ll suddenly tip over.

Dry sump lubrication

In this lubrication system, extra oil is stored in a reservoir near the engine rather than in the oil pan. There are two oil pumps in a dry sump; one that extracts oil from the crankcase and sends it to the reservoir and one that uses oil to lubricate the engine. Generally, the main role of this lubrication system is to ensure the presence of an oil reservoir. Therefore, this system is very advantageous. Since your engine is continuously pumped with oil, it will hardly suffer from oil starvation. As a result, your engine will hardly run out of oil, saving you endless trips to the gas station. In addition, the pumps are easy to replace because they are located outside the motorcycle. This means you won’t have to take the bike apart and replace an internal part. With an endless supply of oil, the engine stays lubricated. Therefore, the engine of this motorcycle will not experience any friction or stickiness. Friction and viscosity tend to slow a motorcycle down, which means you’ll have to use a lot of power to keep moving. Without friction or viscosity, this motorcycle can take off since it will develop high power.

Frame type

Have you ever seen a motorcycle with a twisted frame? If you did, its frame probably wasn’t steel. Fortunately, the frame of this motorcycle is made of steel; therefore, it can withstand any force. Steel is strong because it is an alloy of carbon and iron. So if you have a habit of dropping your bike, this is the bike you should consider using. In addition to its strength, it is also very resistant to rust. Most people hate rust because it makes the motorcycle look grotesque and old. However, rust does more damage than just making an object undesirable. This would gradually weaken the metal, and it would eventually crumble. Luckily, this bike’s frame can withstand the force and maintain its new look for years.

Cooling system

For a motor to keep running, it must be cooled. If not cooled, the motor will overheat and stop running. To prevent overheating, this motorcycle uses air to cool its motors. In order to trap air, the motorcycle has fins. They have a large surface area to trap as much air as possible. Since it relies only on air to cool the engine, maintenance or repair costs are less expensive as it involves few parts. According to How Stuff Works, an air-cooled engine doesn’t need a water pump, radiator, coolant, or hoses; unlike liquid-cooled engines. So you would mainly replace the fins. Since the motorcycle does not contain many parts, it is generally lighter than one that uses liquid-cooled engines. This means that the motorcycle will be light; therefore, you will be able to accelerate very quickly. In addition to speeding up, you will also be able to climb a hill with ease. If the bike was heavy, you would roll back.

Type of engine

This motorcycle uses a four-stroke engine. Such an engine cycles power through four processes. Since the engine consumes fuel in four stages, it is more advantageous than a two-stroke engine which only consumes fuel in two stages. For example, the four stroke engine is more fuel efficient since fuel is consumed every four strokes. Fuel is consumed after two strokes in a two-stroke engine, but there will still be fuel left. Rather than using the fuel, two-stroke engines release the remaining fuel into the atmosphere, resulting in wasted fuel. Two-stroke engines releasing fuel into the air are not only bad in terms of waste, but also in terms of environmental pollution. When they release waste fuel into the air, they also release carbon dioxide. Carbon dioxide causes the greenhouse effect. The phenomenon occurs when the gas absorbs heat from the sun’s rays and prevents the reflection of the rays. As a result, heat levels escalate.

Conclusion

What is the problem that most bikers face? You’d be right if you said their bikes don’t take off as fast as they’d like. First, it starts with the ignition process. In motorcycles that use kick start to start, they take too long before they can move. This means that some could start their motorcycle for almost five minutes before taking off. Also, a motorcycle may not take off due to low power. With low power, you will not be able to overtake another vehicle. Fortunately, this motorcycle delivers high power thanks to its lubrication system. So if you need a bike that won’t let you down in terms of speed or acceleration, the 2012 Harley-Davidson Sportster Superlow is the bike for you.

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Review / Harley’s revolution picks up speed with the fast new Sportster “Nightster” https://cb750choppers.com/review-harleys-revolution-picks-up-speed-with-the-fast-new-sportster-nightster/ Fri, 06 May 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/review-harleys-revolution-picks-up-speed-with-the-fast-new-sportster-nightster/ Hit the start button on Harley-Davidson’s new 2022 Sportster variant, the $13,499 Nightster, and things don’t go as planned. The Revolution Max 975T engine revs with no drama, chatter or much sound at all from the stock 2-into-1 exhaust. The handlebars don’t throb in your hands at idle and the shifter doesn’t clack when put […]]]>

Hit the start button on Harley-Davidson’s new 2022 Sportster variant, the $13,499 Nightster, and things don’t go as planned. The Revolution Max 975T engine revs with no drama, chatter or much sound at all from the stock 2-into-1 exhaust. The handlebars don’t throb in your hands at idle and the shifter doesn’t clack when put into gear, it just clicks. There are no potatoes to hear.

The one thing the new Revolution Max motor has in common with older V-Rod motors is that they are both 60-degree V-Twins. That’s all. Photo: Kevin Aile

The short-sleeved 60-degree V-twin patiently pulls away beneath you, and as I clutched the clutch with a group of cycling journalists during a switch on the winding Southern California Highway 33, it seemed that the Nightster was… waiting. Waiting for to go, do not show. I’m waiting to see if my riding skills are up to the challenge of this route, a favorite of local sports bikers. Waiting to load into turn after turn, not cross town to another club.

It may carry the somewhat sinister moniker “Nightster,” but Harley’s latest motorcycle built around the new Revolution Max modular powertrain is perhaps the Motor Company’s most mixed message to date: slow ego. It’s a middleweight ripper, just like the Sportster was meant to be when it was introduced in 1957 as a lighter, slimmer alternative to fat bikes. Now the Sportster is back in truly sporty form.

Our clutch of about a dozen riders seemed to fall into two groups: those who were content to take advantage of the seemingly endless supply of curves on the 33 at a fast but conservative clip, and those who scrambled to keep the taillight Prominent Harley’s Paul James as Director of Motorcycle Product Planning pushed his Nightster down the two-lane mountain highway at speeds that seemed to increase with altitude.

I rode a bit with the slower group as we started on the 33rd, but as I got a better feel for the Nightster it pushed me, and before Team James disappeared into the hills, I put it in Sport mode, shot the 90 horsepower mill towards its 9,500 rpm redline and clicked into the six-speed gearbox to catch up, an almost Ducati-esque howl rising in the mill inlet horn.

Despite the single front Brembo rotor, the front brake has solid power and feedback. Photo: Kevin Aile

Mile after mile, we increased cornering speed until I was lightly touching the center-mounted pegs on both sides of the bike to keep pace. Nothing major, except once I had the bike leaned over and the curb subsided slightly, compressing the suspension and sending a shower of sparks down the path of a rider behind me. But the Nightster stayed in line and even pushed hard, it rides with calm neutrality and to be honest, unexpected comfort thanks to the firm, well-shaped solo seat.

This all might sound like heroic riding on my part, but the truth is that besides the semi-mythical Buell XR1200 Sportster of over a decade ago, this is the fastest, lightest Harley motorcycle , the most agile and inspiring. Davidson has built in many moons. It has more horsepower than the XR while weighing 481 pounds wet, more than 100 pounds less than the old, air-oil-cooled, pushrod-operated five-speed machine.

Track day experience and decades of road riding certainly helped me explore the limits of the new Nightster, but suffice to say I had to push hard to grind those ankles and I never been close to finding its top speed, despite the fact that I saw triple digits staring at me. on the speedo more than once. This bike is going to put shame any Air-cooled Sportster – Roadsters included – as well as the majority of 1000cc class V-Twin competition except the Indian Scout machines it directly competes with. And it’s all according to plan.

No shiny bits, wet look paint or hang. The Nightster looks simple. This is not the case. Photo: Kevin Aile

To get the Sportster Nightster back into fighting shape, Harley reverted to the Revolution Max’s basic architecture of using the engine as a stressed member like on the Sportster S and Pan America, then bolted on the front and rear subframes. of Nightster-spec to hold the forks, a 19-inch front rim and a 16-inch on the swingarm. As noted, this engine is now 975cc, but it is still the same physical size and uses the same crankcases and gears as the Sportster S. However, it has lost one spark plug per head as well as variable engine timing. exhaust side valves while retaining it. the intake cam, which saves a little weight, reduces complexity and also saves a little cost. Otherwise, it runs and acts the same as the larger S, but with 90 ponies instead of 121 and 70 pound-feet of torque spread across the wide rev range.

You can get revs to display on the LCD as numbers, but an actual or digital dial style tachometer would be better. Photo: Kevin Aile

It also includes much of the same technology from the S model: three riding modes (rain, road, sport), constant hydraulic valve clearance adjustment, variable traction control, ABS, slipper clutch and a tidy LCD display in the round speedometer with throttle. gauge, GPI and data bits like RPM and idle range and a clock. This “platform” strategy saves Harley time in design and production, and it’s a safe bet we’ll see many more variations on the RevMax theme over time.

Harley may be offended by this statement, but they shouldn’t: the Nightster is not a pretty motorcycle. There isn’t a speck of chrome on it, and the stock exhaust looks and is probably heavy. You get three tank color options from the factory: base black is stock, or choose racy red or new gray (both +$350) as I call it, which I first dismissed as “shiny primer,” but it kind of grew on me overtime. The rest of the bike – the fenders, the frame, the round but largely ceremonial “air filter” – is black, except for the engine, which stands out in light gray. Up front, there’s a radiator, coolant reservoir, hoses and even the battery, all largely protected by plastic covers.

You can dress it up from the parts catalog, but the Nightster looks better left unadorned – or even more streamlined. Picture: Harley Davidson

The black seven-spoke wheels carry single Brembo disc brake rotors, and the “gas tank” doesn’t hold a drop of fuel, which is now contained in a 3.1-gallon tank under the seat. The fake tank, formed from metal, is actually a big airbox so the engine can breathe deeply, and moving the gas and battery down on the Nightster makes it even lighter than it already is. . A small glossy black bug screen reminiscent of the Low Rider S rises above the headlight. Dual emulsion shocks with preload in the rear, instead of a monoshock like on the Sportster S. Standard-style front forks are non-adjustable.

It may sound a bit complicated, but the fact is that it works. The “style” of the Nightster is that of a bicycle with goal, and it looks fast, not flashy. If buyers still want an air-cooled Sporty, the 883 Iron and 1200cc Forty-Eight models remain in the Cruiser class lineup. The Nightster sits with its Sportster S sibling in the new Sport category, which is definitely where it should be. I imagine he’ll get a little more company before long. Do you still want to meet him? HD offers a forward control package, leather saddlebags, styling cues, wind shields, passenger seat cushion, backrest, riser bars and even reinforced dirt bike style bars, but in my mind, if you go for those options, you’re kind of missing the point of the bike.

The Nightster has better ground clearance than older Sportsters, but could use a little more. Photo: Kevin Aile

The Nightster isn’t perfect. The shifter goes through an oddly shaped linkage that made shifting a bit vague for me, but I never ran out of gear or had a false dead spot, and it’s a great shifting experience smoother and lighter than the old five-speed. Rear shock travel is now three inches, down from two; a little more would be better with a little adjustment for the forks. And while the unique clock keeps the handlebars clean and includes a digital tachometer in the informative LCD screen, the Nightster deserves a proper rev display, digital or otherwise. Cruise control would also be a nice addition.

In remarks ahead of our release, James and VP of Style and Design Brad Richards had a very clear message about the Nightster’s target audience: new riders. Young riders. Women riders. Speed ​​merchants. What if the Harley Faithful cried “sacrilege!” About the new Nightster, James and Richards made it clear once again: we don’t care. It’s not for them. It is time to move on. Like the LiveWire e-bike, the Pan America adventure machine and the Sportster S, the Nightster again points to Harley’s dual-personality future: cool classic cruisers for those who love them, and modern, competitive high-performance bikes. for riders like me who want American-made options for twisty, dirt-covered roads.

Ninety horsepower goes to the rear wheel through a carbon belt drive. Photo: Kevin Aile

I think Harley-Davidson, under CEO and turnaround specialist Jochen Zeitz, has a really realistic overview of the motorcycle market in the United States and overseas, and they know the competition is fierce. outside of the cruise/tourism bubble where the brand thrived and then found itself imprisoned. Any true “new” Harley will have to match or exceed the expectations of riders outside of the loyalty crowd, even if few experts (myself included) initially thought it was going to be.

But it’s definitely doable. The Pan America is certainly capable and a hot seller. The fat-tire Sportster S is more of a niche power cruiser, but the Nightster shows that Harley can also build a powerful and maneuverable middleweight at a decent price. New bikes with even more sport capabilities built around the Revolution Max are likely in the works. Is the Bronx beefy naked bike really dead? Hard to say. How about a new VR1000, or a VR1250 or even a new V4 Nova to take on Ducati, Aprilia, Honda and the rest? With this new Revolution Max architecture and bolder bikes like the Nightster and Pan America, it seems like everything once thought impossible is now on the cards at the MoCo.

Do it that way, Jochen.

At a relaxed pace, the Nightster will cruise smoothly in sixth all day. Good seat too. Photo: Kevin Aile

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Check Out This 1200 Turbocharged Harley Sportster 1200 https://cb750choppers.com/check-out-this-1200-turbocharged-harley-sportster-1200/ Sun, 01 May 2022 21:35:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/check-out-this-1200-turbocharged-harley-sportster-1200/ Turbocharging is a magical setup that helps extract more performance from your vehicle’s engine, and it’s very common among cars. But the bikes stick to naturally aspirated setups, with the only current exception being the mighty Kawasaki Ninja H2 and its supercharged Bimota derivative. There have been several motorcycles with turbos in the past, as […]]]>

Turbocharging is a magical setup that helps extract more performance from your vehicle’s engine, and it’s very common among cars. But the bikes stick to naturally aspirated setups, with the only current exception being the mighty Kawasaki Ninja H2 and its supercharged Bimota derivative. There have been several motorcycles with turbos in the past, as well as a scooter from Peugeot! But there are no American specimens to fill the list of turbos.


And maybe that’s why YouTube channel DoctorMotorcycle took on the task of supercharging an old-school American – the 1994 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 to be exact. This channel has featured some interesting builds including turbocharged ones so the video is a treat to watch with very peaceful viewing. The custom work and DIY bits are mesmerizing to look at, and the builder doesn’t leave out the aesthetic aspect as the end product looks radiant with the custom paint job and slimmed down design.

A turbocharged motorcycle is on our to-do to-do list, after seeing this stylishly “boosted” Harley-Davidson Sportster.


Donor’s Motorcycle: 1994 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200

The 1994 Harley Sportster 1200 was a rather simple motorcycle with only 50 hp and 55 lb-ft of torque. It was and still is a motorcycle that will do best on city roads with its attention-grabbing exhaust note. And if you wanted to get somewhere fast, better look elsewhere. So much for the “Sportster” in the name.

To give you an idea of ​​how Harley’s performance quotient has changed over the years, the current-generation Sporster S produces an impressive 121 hp and 94 lb-ft of torque. But yeah, if you want to rekindle the old-school vibe, then speed and power don’t matter. But this particular HD Sportster 1200 is getting a makeover.


Related: Turbocharged Motorcycles That Aren’t As Scary As They Look

Restoration and custom work in time lapse ASMR video

This custom work was undertaken by the YouTube channel – DoctorMotorcycle. And they made sick project bikes like a Suzuki GS400-based Scrambler, a Yamaha XS 650-based cafe racer, and a twin-turbocharged Moto Guzzi V50 3 cafe racer.

And that’s also why this turbocharged Harley build video is so peaceful and seems too easy. A lot of work went into the build, but their experience with previous turbocharged bikes makes for a pretty smooth approach.

Although this is a custom build, it is also a restoration, as the donor bike needed a breath of fresh air (pun intended!). The video begins with some cooing ASMR stuff with cleaning and scrubbing.

The first section is about basic TLC and replacing fork oil and adding a simpler, more information-focused dashboard. Next comes the most interesting part of the turbo integration. A lot of tinkering is done here, which almost gave us the confidence to go right out and put a turbo on a project bike.

Related: Watch a Modified Yamaha Banshee Pass Emelia Hartford’s C8 Twin-Turbo Corvette

Appearance matters for this Harley-Davidson Turbo

Besides supercharging the V-twin engine, DoctorMotorcycle also puts a lot of effort into making this rad project look the part. The seat is the first to detach and be taken apart, resculpted and stitched for a more compact design and has a snotty design. DoctorMotorcycle shows off her sewing skills here.

Then the rear fender is trimmed for a cleaner look that goes with the lightened seat. The tank is then removed and given a cool white gold custom paint job that pairs with the Ohlins remote tank setup in the rear. The complete construction is a cool representation of “cruiser” to “sporty” and looks radiant for sure.

Related: Ranking the fastest American motorcycles ever made

We want a turbocharged motorcycle now

DoctorMotorcycle makes this build too easy. While it’s true that it takes experience to put a turbo on a motorcycle, it’s impressive to see how far we’ve come in terms of technology accessibility. The right tips can help you create your turbocharged monster with the right garage setup and the right tools.

Sources: Youtube.com/Doctormotorcycle, Facebook.com/Doctormotorcycle, Nc700-forum.com, Rideapart.com


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2022 Harley-Davidson Sportster Nightster First Drive https://cb750choppers.com/2022-harley-davidson-sportster-nightster-first-drive/ Fri, 29 Apr 2022 18:00:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/2022-harley-davidson-sportster-nightster-first-drive/ Harley-Davidson introduced the Sportster S in the summer of 2021 amid the pandemic. The Sporty redux was the most radical reimagining of the 65-year-old design yet, and even the unleashed Delta variant couldn’t distract from its seismic impact on die-hard Harley fans. Blowhards might have been skeptical of the liquid-cooled 1250cc grinder sourced from Pan […]]]>

Harley-Davidson introduced the Sportster S in the summer of 2021 amid the pandemic. The Sporty redux was the most radical reimagining of the 65-year-old design yet, and even the unleashed Delta variant couldn’t distract from its seismic impact on die-hard Harley fans. Blowhards might have been skeptical of the liquid-cooled 1250cc grinder sourced from Pan America that replaced the older air-cooled 883cc and 1200cc bits, but that didn’t bother the Motor Company.

Alongside the new mill, Harley upped the ante with unorthodox moves like a pill-shaped LED headlight, a hidden rear monoshock that replaced conventional coilovers, and funky styling that left the Sportster trim, simple lines behind. Although it caused controversy, the new model posed a deeper question: do young buyers even covet the legacy enough to be put off by a modern Sportster?

Step into 2022, and the Nightster spin-off is pushing for further change with its significantly overhauled package. There’s a smaller engine—975cc versus 1,252cc—a lower MSRP ($13,499 versus $15,499 for the S) and a number of mechanical and styling tweaks to the Sportster S formula. Like the big Sporty, the Nightster’s Revolution Max motor acts like a stressed limb, allowing for a departure from the traditional hoop frame. But the smaller bike is also able to pack a narrower radiator, helping its visual proportions.

Speaking of looks, you could call the Nightster a two-sided tale: on the right, a sharp, punchy vision of an aluminum crankcase topped with magnesium cylinder caps. But looks can be deceiving, because what appears to be a fuel tank is actually a fake cover for the engine’s air box. The 3.1-gallon tank has been moved under the seat, which flips sideways to reveal a plastic filler cap. What the right side of the bike lacks in busy parts, the left more than makes up for with a mix of finicky cables, hoses and plastic covers. It’s almost as if so much effort has gone into making the right side presentable, that the left side has suffered the disturbing consequences of neglect. However, traditionalists will dig that the Nightster’s round headlight and exposed coilovers make it look more like the familiar old Sportster.

Saddle up on the 27.8-inch seat, and the Nightster presents a rather different view of the handlebars than the Sportster S. For beginners (pun intended), the start button is positioned at the top of the handlebars (at the Sportster S), requiring a clumsy movement of the index finger to bring the reduced engine to life. The switchgear is a little more sparse due to technological deconfinement, which leaves unsightly expanses of black plastic exposed. Just ahead is an analog speedometer that replaces the S’s 4-inch TFT, with a multi-function LCD screen integrated into the lower portion of the screen. At least all it takes is a tap to initiate the start-up procedure, which activates the dual downdraft throttle bodies to pump fuel and air into the 975T powertrain. The engine, bore and stroke reduced from 1250, is perfectly balanced but allows enough movement to produce a pleasing boost at idle.

The 481-pound Nightster – 21 pounds lighter than the Sportster S – doesn’t feel particularly heavy at rest, perhaps because the fuel is positioned low in the body and most of the mass is close to the ground. With a light clutch lever and a squeeze of the shifter, the Nightster pulls along with enough grunt to make it feel like a viable alternative to its bigger-engined sibling. The V-twin produces 90 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and 70 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 rpm, numbers that would have been unusual for the Motor Company not too long ago. If you start in the default “Road” mode, the throttle response is a bit lackluster at the peak but gains strength as the revs increase. Switch to ‘Sport’ via the button on the right-hand switchgear, and the extra sharpness brings a welcome snap to acceleration. Squeeze the shifter and the lever smoothly enters each gear. That chamfered action feels refined, though some might wish for a more positive “click” when swapping cogs on the six-speed gearbox.

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The Nightster’s larger 19-inch front tire manages to turn well, offering a little more agility than the Sportster S’s chunky 160mm 17-inch rubber. Handling is relatively easy with a dominant sense of stability, though the Nightster lands easier with maximum lean angles of 32 degrees, which is less than the Sportster S’s 34-degree maximums. don’t offer as much feel or response as the radially mounted units of the higher end model.

Chicanes aside, our test drive along Highway 33 north of Ojai, Calif., revealed that it’s possible to enjoy a modern Sportster on epic windy roads despite the off-road rear suspension. the Nightster’s coarser edge and tight lean angles. Our head-tracking group was constrained by an extremely modest pace, but racing solo for photos brought home the reality that spirited racers have to resign themselves to a bit of boot lift as the foot pegs drag and fold in tight turns.

Speaking of cornering, the Nightster’s ABS and traction control systems don’t account for lean angles, unlike the more advanced Sportster S setup, which is just as good in good weather, as the inherent grip and stability of the bike make it easy to manage. The engine will oblige with a healthy run to redline on demand, though it won’t quite produce the power as massively as the 1250-engined model. While the smooth roads of Santa Barbara County weren’t in able to confirm or deny whether the Nightster’s suspension damping is as jarring as the Sportster S’s, the heat expelled on our right leg despite mild ambient temperatures suggested that thermal discomfort could become an issue on hot days .

Ultimately, there’s almost no way not to judge the Harley-Davidson Nightster against the more expensive and more powerful Sportster S. The pricier model made major waves when it debuted in 2021, showcasing a design language and approach to performance that seemed foreign to how hardcore enthusiasts viewed the Milwaukee brand. Now that the Sportster doesn’t look so shocking, the Nightster looks more like a step back than just a slimmed down version of the top model. If you’re okay with less power, simpler suspension, less electronics and a more conventional look, the Nightster gets the job done. That said, the Sportster S’s just $2,000 premium unlocks a much more comprehensive package with a performance punch to match its controversial styling.

Ultimately, and with all due respect to the Nightster, it’s almost impossible not to want the flagship model, even if you’re unsure of its style. Not that the Nightster isn’t a solid, satisfying bike, it just isn’t quite as evolved as the Sportster S. Plus, if you’re adamant about that OG Sportster life, Harley is still building the old vibe, stripped down , air-cooled 883 and Forty-Eight models. How’s that to keep it real?

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Custom Eye Candy: a turbocharged Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 for the Banks https://cb750choppers.com/custom-eye-candy-a-turbocharged-harley-davidson-sportster-1200-for-the-banks/ Thu, 21 Apr 2022 13:39:06 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/custom-eye-candy-a-turbocharged-harley-davidson-sportster-1200-for-the-banks/ It’s no secret that at wBW we are about quality, not quantity. Still, when an OG motorcycle model blows the pants off its newer counterpart, we like to grab a popcorn sleeve and settle for the antics—and this newly-appeared build is itchy all the way. Everyone, meet the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 – a piece of […]]]>

It’s no secret that at wBW we are about quality, not quantity.

Still, when an OG motorcycle model blows the pants off its newer counterpart, we like to grab a popcorn sleeve and settle for the antics—and this newly-appeared build is itchy all the way.

Everyone, meet the Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 – a piece of the past from 1994 that previously only produced 50 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque (a far cry from the current model, which has 120 ponies and a claimed torque spec of 94 lb-ft).

Like RideApart States, “it was fine if you just wanted to make potato noises at a fairly low speed, but if you really wanted to romp around on it, you weren’t going anywhere particularly fast.”

Thanks to Doctor Motorcyclehowever, the 1200’s makeover included a pull-type turbocharger (and a kickass hater pipe) in a seemingly simple swap that gives me unhealthy thoughts about taking the plunge on my own Yammie beast.

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 - a 1994 piece of the past that previously only produced 50 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque

“The whole installation is a fabricated intake manifold and exhaust manifold, and the Turbo is suspended”, accept the report.

“From there it’s just a few minor taps for easier greasing, and an extra inlet for increased refueling under boost.”

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 - a 1994 piece of the past that previously only produced 50 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque

To be clear, this project is as much a restoration project as it is a custom job. There’s something so satisfying about the time-lapse ASMR workshop video that shows the conversion from old to new.

Here is the original donor bike, courtesy of The Doctor Motorcycle Facebook Page:

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 - a 1994 piece of the past that previously only produced 50 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque

“From ‘Crusier’ to ‘Sporty'”:

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 - a 1994 piece of the past that previously only produced 50 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque

The manufacturing process of the turbo:

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 - a 1994 piece of the past that previously only produced 50 horsepower and 55 lb-ft of torque

With a generic turbo adding over 60 horsepower to a bike build, we’ll fill in and say that this 1994 Sportster 1200 doesn’t quite beat the current Revolution Max horsepower of Harley’s current lineup.

Does it beat the Sportster S on pure style points? Absolutely.

Good luck with your spring cleaning projects, y’all – leave a comment below to let us know what you’re working on right now, we love to hear about your latest DIY toy.

Also be sure to subscribe to our newsletter for more stories like this, and as always – stay safe on the twisties.

*Media from Jalopnikand The Doctor Motorcycle Facebook Page*

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Watch a Custom Turbocharged Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Come to Life https://cb750choppers.com/watch-a-custom-turbocharged-harley-davidson-sportster-1200-come-to-life/ Tue, 19 Apr 2022 07:00:00 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/watch-a-custom-turbocharged-harley-davidson-sportster-1200-come-to-life/ If you’ve ever thought it might be nice to turbocharge your project bike, you might just want to check out the DoctorMotorcycle YouTube channel. While it’s far from the only thing the chain does, it’s certainly central to their builds, from a Suzuki GS400 Scrambler to a twin-turbocharged Moto Guzzi V50 III cafe racer. The […]]]>

If you’ve ever thought it might be nice to turbocharge your project bike, you might just want to check out the DoctorMotorcycle YouTube channel. While it’s far from the only thing the chain does, it’s certainly central to their builds, from a Suzuki GS400 Scrambler to a twin-turbocharged Moto Guzzi V50 III cafe racer.

The bike in this video is turbocharged, but it is neither of those bikes. Instead, it started life as a 1994 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200. Through a lot of time and effort (and some great time-lapse video editing from the ASMR workshop), it’s is transformed into the turbocharged custom that you now see in front of you.

It should be noted at this point that in the video just before this one, DoctorMotorcycle finally got his hands on a TIG welder, which he uses in this Sportster version. It’s just one of many things going on here – from simple and practical, like scrubbing and cleaning, to remodeling and reclaiming the seat so it works with its ultimate build vision.

The video begins with some fairly routine stuff. There’s a bit of external scrubbing and cleaning, then taking the forks apart to change some extremely dirty oil that clearly needed it. From there, the video starts to dive into things like the minimalistic, bolt-on digital display on the front. Then it gets into the fully DIY part of the build.

In this section there is turbo plumbing, some time spent with the TIG welder, and also some serious remodeling of the seat and rear fender. While all of these parts require wildly different skill sets, DoctorMotorcycle approaches them all with aplomb, and the end results come together admirably well.

The seat comes off and DoctorMotorcycle takes it all apart to better fit the build. The seat pan and foam are sculpted, then DoctorMotorcycle shows off his mad Singer sewing machine skills by creating a little tuck-and-roll texturing in the seat cover. Any excess in all parts of the seat is trimmed, leaving only the parts that fit the bill. The finished seat is visually much neater than how it started.

As for the fender, just like your hair when it gets too long, it’s time to cut it right. Once shortened, it is reinstalled on the bike and fits very well under the newly shaped saddle. The tank comes out last, getting an all-new paint job to better match the vibe of the project. The whole video is put together nicely – and so, it seems, it’s the bike.

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Harley-Davidson unveils new Sportster ‘Nightster’ based on high-performance V-twin engine https://cb750choppers.com/harley-davidson-unveils-new-sportster-nightster-based-on-high-performance-v-twin-engine/ Mon, 18 Apr 2022 19:32:46 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/harley-davidson-unveils-new-sportster-nightster-based-on-high-performance-v-twin-engine/ The new Nightster is slimmer and much meaner than older models, with a new engine, sleek design … [+] and a focus on performance. Harley-Davidson The Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle first joined the line in 1957 as a lighter, faster, more nimble (and less expensive) alternative to the big heavy cruisers offered by the Milwaukee-based company. […]]]>

The Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle first joined the line in 1957 as a lighter, faster, more nimble (and less expensive) alternative to the big heavy cruisers offered by the Milwaukee-based company. It was immediately popular and has remained in the product line since those halcyon days after World War II.

But over time, the Sportster was eclipsed in performance and technology by the other bikes in the Harley line, and to some extent it became known as the “Beginner Harley”, a bike that Novice Harley buyers replaced after a while. . It also had a reputation as a “women’s motorcycle” due to its reduced size and lighter weight. But it was no longer fast, had a reputation for buzzing, and in order to keep costs down, it was routinely ignored for the technology and design upgrades that Harley’s “big thumb” bikes received over the years. It all just ended with the introduction of the Harley Sportster Nightster, or simply the Nightster, last week.

The new Nightster, which will start at $13,499, is the latest beneficiary of changes brought about by a refreshed and redesigned Harley lineup under CEO Jochen Zeitz, which seeks to revitalize the American motorcycle icon after years of slow decline. sales and market. share.

Now packing a short-sleeved 975cc version of the state-of-the-art, liquid-cooled Revolution Max V-Twin and producing around 90 horsepower – more than double the figure of the old Sportsters – the Nightster joins the recently introduced 125. horsepower $15,499 1,250 cc Sportster S halo machine in Harley’s new “Sport” class. Riders looking for old-school air-cooled Sportsters can still find two variants, the Iron 883 and 1200cc Forty-Eight models, in the Cruiser category.

The Nightster is a complete redesign of the Sportster, with the motor as the load-bearing central anchor around which the bike is built. The design simplifies construction, saves weight (the Nightster weighs 481 pounds according to HD) and, more importantly, opens up customization options for owners, which Harley-Davidson highlighted in a seven-chapter video (shown below). below) showing how the Nightster was designed and how custom bike builders around the world were able to modify it ahead of the big reveal.

Along with the powerful new engine, Harley has given the Nightster a comprehensive technology package, including ABS brakes, multiple riding modes, a 6-speed transmission, traction control and an LCD display in the speedometer. In order to keep the weight low in the frame, the gas is actually kept under the Nightster’s seat. The “gas tank” is an air box designed to improve engine performance. Factory color options include black, red, and gray.

The new Nightster and Sportster S bring the Sportster line back to its 1950s premise: a fast, fun and affordable entry into the world of Harley-Davidson. But unlike 1957, the Sportster now has plenty of competition, including from the resurrected Indian enemy and its popular Scout line of lightweight machines that mirror much of the Nightster’s technology and performance. Indian folded in 1953 before being relaunched on a large scale by Polaris in 2011.

The Sportster S is available now and the new Nightster is available for buyers to reserve but should be available this month, according to Harley-Davidson.

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Custom 1972 Ironhead Sportster Motorcycles & Powersports News https://cb750choppers.com/custom-1972-ironhead-sportster-motorcycles-powersports-news/ Fri, 15 Apr 2022 19:39:41 +0000 https://cb750choppers.com/custom-1972-ironhead-sportster-motorcycles-powersports-news/ Sometimes all a builder wants is a little attention. It reaffirms the work done and gives the biker community something cool to watch. Brock Bridges is one of those guys who just wants to get people talking. “I just wanted to do something different and throw people off,” Bridges told us, referencing his custom bike. […]]]>

Sometimes all a builder wants is a little attention. It reaffirms the work done and gives the biker community something cool to watch. Brock Bridges is one of those guys who just wants to get people talking.

“I just wanted to do something different and throw people off,” Bridges told us, referencing his custom bike.

The motorcycle in question is a completely custom-built 1972 Harley-Davidson Sportster, which Brock decided to flip its head 180 degrees. Lots of time and metal shavings went into the effort, along with a set of modified rocker boxes that were split in half to fit on top.

The name of the Ironhead engine is not very subtle, just like the rest of Harley-Davidson’s old V-twins. The particular engine was the first in the marque’s catalog to feature iron cylinder heads instead of aluminum ones, making for a much more robust and reliable experience.

The 1000cc engine is one thing, but the bike itself stands out mainly for its bright red paint job with white stripes. Like every other aspect of the build, the paint job was done in-house by Bridges at their garage located in Springfield, IL.

The project started with the Ironhead engine, Bridges slowly building everything else encompassing the full build. He even built and fabricated the two wheels, as well as the stainless steel frame and hand-sewn seat.

With craftsmanship like this, we’re excited to see what Bridges builds next!

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