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74 Sportster Bobber project

Discussion in 'Modifications and Projects' started by crackajack, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. HI all.
    I've never been into Harley Davidsons until I started looking into old school retro bobbers and rat bikes. So I found a daggy old 74, cheap and registered and thought I'd give it a go myself.

    Here are a few pics



    More to come soon!!
  2. Already starting to look good. Some of the home grown HD forums might be a bit more helpful and supportive.
    Can't wait to see the finished project some of the ones I've seen done are downright amazing.
  3. would love to do a project like that, will need to look into it
  4. Way gone! She looked pretty cool to start off with, in my opinion, but she looks pretty damn cool now, too. Good work!

    Didn't the models from around that year (or nearby) tend to blow gear boxes? Produced too much power for the weaker gears or something.... I heard somewhere recently, can't remember where.... I guess you can just ignore their advice and, don't Pull the Trigger!"
  5. that rear tyre is wicked. good luck getting it all roadworthy
  6. Noice.

    Yeah I probably would've work from photo 2 up, but noice nonetheless.

    I've seen a few cheap iron sporties around, but always avoided them because of the reputation of the engine.

    Keep us posted
  7. Wow looking cool, this bike will be cooler than the blinged out $50,000 HD specials you see around. It may not be as reliable or shiny but stuff 'em Bobber Rock!
  8. Very nice. I like the period microphone coil cover particularly, and those megaphones. Also good that you ditched the "I really wanted a big twin but couldn't afford one" look that gets inflicted on a lot of Sporty's.

    Agree that roadworthiness and rego might be an issue. Hope you've got that covered.

    I buy The Horse regularly and I'm interested to see that the Seppos are quite keen on the Ironhead as a custom base, and some of them actually get ridden fairly hard over long distances. Check out the Long Road and the Stampede events. I suspect that much f the Ironhead's poor reputation is down to the fact that it was built at a time when US (and Euro, come to that) quality control was positively third-world, and the fact that it was, in the US, an entry level bike. Considering what learners can do to modern Jap 250s in terms of mechanical abuse and neglect, an old tech, maintenance intensive lump with iffy production quality would have, basically, no chance whatsoever of a long and happy life. A carefully put together example in caring and capable hands and with the right upgrades should be as practical and reliable as any other 30+ year old machine.
  9. Hi all,
    Thanks for the comments.
    I agree with PatB with the comment "Also good that you ditched the "I really wanted a big twin but couldn't afford one" look that gets inflicted on a lot of Sporty's.

    This bike is small! I shortened it by 1" and 2"under forks. The compact package makes the engine look bigger. I hate ape hangers so the clipons with the drag bars cut in half are the look for me.

    The iron heads are great if the are built by the right mechanic, and there aren't many believe me. Rhino Motorcycles in Geelong is a high recommendation. There is a knack to these motors. The bike is already registered in its previous form so I'll just ride it. It will have indicators and the 150 rear boot is RW. It is also pre 75 which is pre complience, so you can get away with a bit more.

    I have made my own theme and hand made alot of stuff for this bike. I have stayed well away from the tacky OCC style. I wanted a more Indian looking machine with a bit of a music touch to it.

    I'll get more pics up soon

  10. HI all,
    Here are a few pics of the levers I am using. I also made some indicators from copper sheet and a few LED's.


    I machined up some aluminum plugs and used some 3 position switches from an old amplifier for the headlight and indicator controls

  11. hmmmm levers look weird bud
  12. Great looking scoot

    Am sure finished will be very cool
  13. They're really old school dude. They used to put them old on BSA's and Nortons. The cables can run inside the bars. Not for everyone but I want to try something different..
  14. You sure you don't do this full time and your just looking for an ego stroke? :p
  15. Sweet Jesus this thing looks cool, really like that slammed-'n'-stretched look of these kind of bikes.

    Simple, cool, awesome.

    Keep it up - boingk
  16. No dude,
    This is my first build but hey I'll never say no to a stroke lol.
    I am a fabricator and clay modeler in the car design business so I maybe have a slight advantage. But it is my first one. I would love to do it a s a job though as I find cars a bit boring now.
  17. Love the look, have a soft spot for the Bobber style, for a first effort very impressed..

    p.s. love the garage.. tools .. model planes .. motorbikes .. and how clean is that floor
  18. That is a amazing. I'm also usually not a Harley Fan but a tastefully done and unique Bobber is to be admired.

    Chopper's aren't for me - but I would love to build a Triumph Bobber... white wall tyres, lots of matte black and drag bars. :D
  19. Actually where did you score them from? 'm looking for a set myself.

    the front indicators too.
  20. An excellent book wot I own, "The Vintage Motorcyclist's Workshop" has a section on making inverted levers from scratch. Or, at least, making patterns for the parts, getting them cast in brass or bronze and then machining/filing to final finish. I'm not entirely sure I'd trust a cast brass brake lever though. I'd be more inclined to hack a set out of the solid from something like 6061-T6.

    Alternatively, I wouldn't be surprised if one of the UK companies specialising in vintage (using the term correctly to denote pre-1930) bikes now produce such things for sale.