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 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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