Custom Harley-Davidson Sportster 21.

I love Harley-Davidson dealers with a true custom department. UK based Shaw Harley-Davidson is one of them with a division called Shaw Speed & Custom producing road legal custom motorcycles evidently based on recent Harley factory chassis. Dealer Principal & Sales Director Steve Willis was very proud to show me this new creation, a 2009 XL 883L turned into a hardtail and featuring a pair of 21″ wheels, enough to make it look really custom. The fellow who commissioned it is a 28 year old ex sport bike rider who was ready to cross over to the Harley world but wanted something different that a grey beard would probably not ride…

Hardtailing the rear fender rails, adopting the 21″ skinny tire size in front & rear, picking up some cool accessories, powdercoating a few parts and air brushing some simple graphics and stripes is something that many can afford. Proof that you don’t need to spend a fortune in fabrication labor to turn a factory Harley Sportster into something very desirable for our youth. Can the HD-1 Harley department propose something like that?   

Tech sheet : Gas tank and seat: XL1200X. Gas cap:  Chops 76. Handlebars and grips: Roland Sands Design Cafe Racer. Both wheels 21″: Performance Machine, model Judge, contrast cut.  Brake Rotors: Performance Machine, Judge model. Tires: Metzeler. Front end and triple tree: powder coated. Exhaust system: Vance and Hines Tracker. Air Breather , Shaw Speed & Custom. Rear end hard tailed fender rails Shaw Speed & Custom. Paint: Image Design Custom. Shaw Speed & Custom

23 Responses to “Custom Harley-Davidson Sportster 21.”

  1. 1 burnout Jun 15th, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I am a greybeard and I would ride it! peace

  2. 2 Isaac M Jun 15th, 2011 at 11:39 am

    That’s a nice clean bike. They must have lengthened the rear end to accept the 21″ wheel. I don’t know how this or any other custom bike can be street legal without mirrors or turning signals/lights. I thought Europe had more strict requirements than USA.Just wondering.

  3. 3 Brother T Jun 15th, 2011 at 11:48 am

    I like the look, but not the neon pinstriping.

  4. 4 Crag88 Jun 15th, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    If you look closely at the back end it has the stock swing arm and there are turn signals under the tail of the exhaust. I’m young, from the UK and mirrors are at your discretion. I think the fluorescent pin striking is nice touch and gives it more of a youth appeal. I generally ride sports bike but would definitely consider one of these as a second bike!!! Thumbs up!

  5. 5 Eric Maurer Jun 15th, 2011 at 12:42 pm

    it was only a matter of time before someone brought back the 80s Miami Vice pastels…. soon we’ll be seeing bubble gum scallops, tear away flames and the rebirth of that aweful IROQ Teal that was all over every GM auto from 86-94

    Nice sporty though…. as for the comments about signals, mirrors, etc. who cares. Its a custom, you want legal buy a stock bike.

  6. 6 SHOT Jun 15th, 2011 at 1:53 pm

    Turning lights are not a legal requirement in Texas

  7. 7 Isaac M Jun 15th, 2011 at 3:21 pm

    Cra88, Thanks for pointing out the lights. I totally missed both of them!! The eyes are the first to go!

    Eric, I only mentioned it because the article stated “road legal”, but Crag88 from UK says mrirrors are not required.

  8. 8 Seymour Jun 15th, 2011 at 4:29 pm

    See that would be fine in Florida, don’t even need a headlight.

  9. 9 fuji Jun 15th, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Crag88 you are right . Good for a second bike.

    Its a great looking bike, nice to be noticed aboard.

    From a sport bike to a hard tail ? With all the new ” exciting “naked bikes in Europe and the twisty roads. Interesting, To each his own,

  10. 10 Teetotaler Jun 15th, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Love it.

  11. 11 golfish Jun 15th, 2011 at 6:14 pm

    Just looking makes my back hurt..

    Very nice sporty.

  12. 12 Todd8080 Jun 15th, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    “The fellow who commissioned it is a 28 year old ex sport bike rider who was ready to cross over to the Harley world but wanted something different that a grey beard would probably not ride…”

    If he’s going from an ass-in-the-air sport bike to a hardtail, my guess is he won’t be putting a lot of miles on it, either.

  13. 13 George Jun 16th, 2011 at 1:04 am

    Shaw Speed and Custom make some very, very nice bikes, which is why i’ve asked them to build me a Softail. Can’t wait.

  14. 14 luSca custom design Jun 16th, 2011 at 2:12 am

    Shaw Speed and Custom sporty are very cool bikes!

  15. 15 Hungouver Jun 16th, 2011 at 4:55 am

    If i had a beard it wold be gray and i would ride that b*tch, ruptured spleen and back pain be damned! Very cool guys.

  16. 16 Wiz Jun 16th, 2011 at 5:28 am

    Shot, Years ago my ‘ol lady ‘an me were ridin’ from Austin,Texas to Sturgis on a custom Shovelhead trike [we were gone a month, put on about 3,000 miles, went all over hell] through Kansas. Hand signaled and were pullin’ off the interstate when this Super-Trooper hit his lights. Said “We didn’t signal our turn!” I told him “We used our hand! Turn signals aren’t required in Texas!” He assholy replied ” YOU AIN’T IN TEXAS NOW BOY!!!” I knew there was no line of cummunication available ‘an took the ticket. Wiz

  17. 17 js82 Jun 16th, 2011 at 5:41 am

    cheers for the post good and bad,nice to see what people think! Hey its got a full mot so fully road legal lol
    i love it, great to ride and i can hit roundabouts with no worrys
    in mmy eyes ss&c have proved to the world that for under 10k you can ride a custom bike and get as many looks and awards as a £60k custom bike!
    defo check out the lads down at shaws great lads and very welcome! and for paint go no were but image desgin custom cheers tom

  18. 18 Sportster Mike Jun 16th, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Saw this at the Battastini show in Bournemouth 2 or 3 weeks ago
    Very nice bike – makes me want to trick out my 883R…
    Yes, street legal in the UK but I would want rear suspension cos there are now lots of potholes due to all the snow last winter

  19. 19 industrial biker Jun 16th, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Sportster Mike. As a fellow Brit biker I agree with you on the state of the roads in Britain. Shocking condition. Even on a Dyna I take a beating.

  20. 20 Luis Jun 16th, 2011 at 9:11 am

    I don’t think I could ride a rigid w/ the seat from a 48. The 48 is hard enough on the spine as it is.

  21. 21 Michael Heinzen Jun 16th, 2011 at 9:47 am

    nice, clear line, give it to me now.
    Einfach eine geile Karre.

  22. 22 MXBIKERUK Jun 16th, 2011 at 3:40 pm

    Yes please!
    I have my MX bike, my VW van and my R6!
    But now I want my MX bike, VW van and a Shaw Speed & Custom Sporty!!
    This is so now!
    Swop the leathers for a pair of Rocker Jeans, Belstaff jacket, Open lid and a florescent pair of 6.0’s!
    I want this bike!

  23. 23 South Seas Cycle, Waipahu Jun 20th, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Sorry if that link didn’t work, here’s a video of Richard’s Sportster with 26″ rims front and back going down the freeway!

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