Here’s how I turned my 2006 Harley-Davidson Sportster into a badass jammer



What could be better than saving for a motorcycle? Save up to to construct a. Okay, the word “build” might be a bit of an exaggeration here, but that’s exactly what I did. I bought own 2006 Harley-davidson sportster 1200 that you see in the video above and the photos below for around $ 3,400. I could have bought newer and spent more, but I landed on that amount because I wanted a sturdy motorcycle that I could use as a canvas to do some simple and fun cosmetic work.

Luckily I ended up with a solid bike for this price. Nothing mechanical needed my attention, so I started construction by removing parts. The wide factory seat and long rear fender were the first to disappear. Once I built brackets for an old CB750 tank and shortened the front fender, I welded a piece of flat bar to fit a custom seat and circled the frame.

At that point I was out of money, but the bike was running fine and looked good. My Sporty stayed half-built for about a year until I started working at a motorcycle store here in Boulder, Colorado called Sydney Moto Club. Once I had the tools and the funding I needed, the Sportster finally became a jammer.

A 19-inch front wheel, Pirelli MT60, and one Biltwell Motorcycle Bar turned the old helicopter into an old-fashioned, off-road threat. Dual sport tires transformed the way it handled dirt, though it’s still too heavy for serious trails. The best thing about this bike is its ability to go anywhere from freeways to dirt roads, and the fact that it shakes like an old school bike in idle.

I always use my car for long distances and on snowy days. That being said, I ride my Sportster almost every day. I have more fun with this jammer than with any other vehicle, period. The riding position is comfortable, the exhaust is iconic, and a twist of your wrist produces a wave of torque at any rpm.


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