This Harley-Davidson Sportster S is actually a Royal Enfield Classic 350!
The Harley-Davidson Sportster S has garnered a lot of attention around the world since its debut last year. However, not everyone can just break the bank to bring home this dear Harley, which is why people are using other means to channel their affection.
A good example of this comes from India, where a fan converted his Royal Enfield Classic 350 into a Sportster S with the help of GM Custom, channeling his love through imitation.
Royal Enfield Classic 350 converted to Harley-Davidson Sportster S
The Classic 350 and Sportster S are worlds apart, so the first order in business was to strip everything down. From there, GM Customs started by modifying the chassis and adding a suitable subframe to mount the Sportster-style rear section. Likewise, the swingarm also went under the knife as the OEM left-hand chain setup gave way to a right-mounted belt drive.
In its original avatar, the Classic 350 has a conventional suspension setup and that was the next place for action. The bike maker replaced the telescopic forks with USD forks from a KTM RC 390 while the new swingarm helped switch to a monoshock. Adding to these changes are alloy wheels, again from a KTM, wrapped in extra wide rubber to mimic the Sportster S.
What about the engine, you ask? Good, the bike still uses its 350cc single-cylinder engine under it all. The custom shop tried to make the mill “prettier” by hiding it under beefy V-Twin type panels, but that’s more or less all. Oh, and the dual exhaust is also a bluff, as you can clearly see a single pipe going into it.
Apart from all that, the key aspect here is the design, and it’s been done pretty well. Everything from the tank design to the flat tracker-like rear section mimics the Sportster S in a commendable way. Meanwhile, touches like the Harley-Davidson graphics, bar end mirrors, fuel cover section and swingarm-mounted license plate make it even more impressive. We’re also sure that if it overwhelms you, you’ll mistake its silhouette for the actual bike, at least at a quick glance.
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As much as we hate lookalikes, there’s no denying that it’s a job well done, and you have to give GM Customs credit for doing it. We also invite you to check them out on Instagram, where they presented several other projects, including a conversion from Benelli 600 to Suzuki Hayabusa.
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