The Harley Sportster has never been so popular. More owners mean more bikers discovering its sporty ability not only on the road but off the beaten path. If rightly modified (mainly higher ground clearance, new suspension, chain drive conversion and optionally GPS and adventure gear) it has already demonstrated its adventure abilities in the most remote parts of the world (reference Doug Wothke exploits on a 2003 modified Sportster) The custom Dual Sport SC3 Sportster featured here could have been a standard offering from Harley-Davidson or more precisely from Buell at the time Erik Buell was still working under the control of the Milwaukee manufacturer. But unfortunately it has never been.
As it often happens, it’s an individual “working his passion” who shows a bike maker the way to expand one of its factory models’ abilities. You are looking at the work of Jim Carducci, an engineer and long time dual sport motorcycle rider, who devoted 2 1/2 years of his life conceiving what is for him the perfect bike for all trails. The conversion on his 2003 Sportster model includes an additional 10″ for front suspension travel combined with an extra 8″ for rear travel, a 6-gallon custom gas tank, a lighter swingarm and controls out of aluminum, rubber mounted risers, a fly windshield, a skid plate, an engine upgrade (NRHS 1250 cc kit with Andrews cams) and a high exhaust system from Supertrapp. From the road to the trail and back. A proposition to attract many current Sportster lovers and youngsters. Carducci SC3 Dual Sport (photography Neil Hanshaw)