So you cut your bike in half and welded up our 1982-2003 Sportster Hardtail to your frame but now at a loss, scratching your head thinking "What do I do now?".
Never fear we've got you covered. In this in depth tutorial Tyler walks you through some of the many different parts Lowbrow Customs and The Gasbox make that were used on my 2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster.
Video Overview on Building a Hardtailed Sportster Chopper
In the video above, we go from front to back, so you can get a really good idea on how to mount your gas tank, fender, battery box, sissy bar, oil bag and so much more on this Sportster build.
A little back story on this custom 2000 Harley Sportster build
I picked up this 2000 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster from a local couple here in our hometown of Brunswick, OH for $3400. The bike was super clean and had less than 5k miles on it.
While looking it over I discovered the jugs had a 1200 stamped in it and I asked about the conversion, who had done it. Apparently the women's brother owned it first and did all the changes to the stock bike but never rode it so sold it to her for a reasonable amount being they were family.
The women liked to ride on the back of her husbands bike more than ride her self hence why they were selling it. The only thing wrong with it they told me is it wouldn't keep a charge for longer then a week and they weren't sure why.
2000 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster Build Idea
After some further inspection when I brought the bike back to the shop and ran some tests, I found out the regulator had gone bad and just needed replaced.
I rode it for a little until one day Tyler came into my office and asked "Hey, can we use your new Sportster to make the very first Lowbrow Customs Sportster Hardtail?" What an opportunity, of course I said "Yes!"
2 years later and a slue of parts developed from my Sporty it finally came back under my care and about to get started on dialing in some tricky fab work before sending it off to powder coat, paint and polish.
My frame in a frame jig getting the very first hardtail mocked up at The Gasbox, made right here in Cleveland, OH!
A custom Sportster build and awesome motorcycle kits & parts
After the frame was made and the motor was put back in we thought it would be awesome to offer some options to make an all one kind of kit. Make a specific oil bag that goes well with the hardtail, a lower mounting tab that could house a battery box, brake components and more. Here are a few photos of the fabrication progress of this Sportster custom build.
Hardtail complete and the engine back in the custom 2000 Sportster
First stages of developing the Lowbrow Customs oil tank for the hardtail.
Top oil tank mounts tacked in place on the Sportster hardtail frame.
What the lower mounting tab looks like and how it was tacked to the frame of the custom 2000 Harley Sportster.
The lower bolt-on fender / battery box mount from Lowbrow Customs gives an excellent home for a Gasbox battery box.
How a battery and Gasbox battery box looks mounted with the Lowbrow Customs lower fender mounting plate.
Early stages of Sissy bar, exhaust, headlight brackets and handlebar mock ups. Also the gas tank mounts were located, fabricated and gas tank mounted.