Many custom motorcycle lovers have this dilemma. How radical can they go with their new Harley-Davidson without voiding all factory warranties and keeping their bike serviceable at any official Harley dealership. Florida shop Lightning Rod Motorcycles brings an answer to this question when you intend to customize a Sportster. The “Trackster” featured here is still 100% Harley-Davidson regarding the frame, engine and transmission, all kept stock for reliability and serviceable by official HD dealers. A lot of money saved and a lot of troubles associated with some radical custom bikes are avoided. At the same time, with a few modifications and the choice of the right quality custom parts, the result looks and feels like an expensive radical custom when in fact the final price is quite reasonable.
In one operation, stretching the swingarm by 4″, shop owner Steve Carr already “moved” the Sportster from the stock to the radical custom status. It’s now 8 feet long from tip of tire to tip of tire. The high quality custom parts list include: a Paughco Springer front end 2″ under, Paughco Speedster bars on which Harley hand controls and mirrors were re-installed with the addition of a pair of vintage grips, a pair of 23″ wheels (26″ is also possible), a Led Sled rear fender, a Bltwell bobber solo kit and seat, a new wrapped exhaust (model Nightmarez) from Pipe Dreamz, a High Flow breather kit (Big Sucker) from Alen ness, Toxico calipers with brake mounts from Fab Kevin, a speedo relocation kit from Joker Machine. The Trackster keeps all D.O.T. required Lights, signals and Speedo. And of course a custom paint job by David in Panama City (gas tank is original factory). As is $16,995 or you can buy only the conversion kit for current Sportster owners. Lightning Rod Motorcycles will have a Harley Dyna version coming in June. (photography courtesy Steve Kelly Photo)