Sportster number two is a 2003 XLH 883. I bought this bike to be Bradley's first motorcycle once he is old enough to ride it. It is a nice and stock low mileage bike and I'm gonna keep it that way. This bike and my '74 are almost perfect just the way they are. This one needs to have the hypercharger removed and a proper HD air filter installed. I'm also on the look out for a 1200 custom seat to replace the badlander.
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Sportsters are, in my opinion, the best motorcycles Harley-Davidson builds. I have always liked them. I currently own 3 of them. My first one is a 2005 XLH 883. I bought it new, it was my first Harley. It's a 1200 now, been painted a couple times and has been there for me through thick and thin. If the shit hit the fan and I had to sell everything I owned this is the bike I would ride into the sunset with nothing but the clothes on my back.
The bike is currently rattle can Chevy orange with a bad flame job. I bought paint to redo it in the same design but better execution. It is going to be the same color orange as the General Lee with black pearl flames on the gas tank. The jolly roger paint job lasted a few years. It will get used again if I ever get my chopper done.
The bike is so close to stock I can't bring myself to modify it. The pipes are different, but I think they are very early Cycle Shack pipes. They have been on the bike since the 70's.
It has been repainted once with a larger king sporty tank installed. It is a couple shades darker maroon than the original color. I intend to bring the paint job back to stock with out repainting the tank. I'm just going to redo the fenders to match the old tank.
Right now the tank is enshrined above the television in the living room.