Urban Scrambler

It looks like the definition of a bike’s style never stops mutating from it’s original meaning. It’s particularity true for the categories Chopper, Bobber and Scrambler. The Scrambler was originallu created for outdoor fun and in the mind of manufacturers evolved most of the time into a dual-purpose bike. Country and City?

 Julian, owner of shop One Way Machine. is always on the lookout for original Harley Softtail models built in the early 2000, and of course with very low milage. . As a matter of fact, until now, his custom fabrication only used a Softail chassis. But you are looking at his first customized Sportster! It happened because Julian came across a Sportster model from 2004 with German first delivery, only 822 mileage in a perfect condition. The price? Im Europe, during a long time, a used Sportster was resold discounted because of its unjustified reputation among some as of being a lady’s bike.

After 3 years keeping his Sportster in the back of his mind and shop, Julian decided that 2017 (Sportstser’s 60th years anniversary of being produced continuously) was the year to get started on this project. Because every bike Julian spotted in the streets kept the original Sportster wheel base and the small factory wheel sizes, he decided right away to increase the wheel base by extending the factory swingarm, and in the front by installing a raked triple-tree to create a brand new chassis geometry. He also traded the wheels for a 21″ front and a 19″ rear.

After the geometry issue was resolved, the 2004 Sportster was disassembled and thoroughly cleaned to receive a new sheet metal bodywork. The gas tank is an original Triumph one from the 50s. A lot of work had to be done in this one, from rebuilding a tunnel, to a petcock flange, to new frame mounts and welding a new gas cap bung. Then came the time to form a rear fender, to fabricate new fork covers, a new engine mount and a box cover to hide all alectricals. Other parts mentioned below. So, is it both a Ccity and Country Scrambler or only an Urban Scrambler to challenge the city jungle? One Way Machine.

Other Parts:

Risers, Shift and Brakepeg – Rough Crafts (official One Way Machine Sponsor)
Male/Female peg – RSoland Sands Design
Seat – CCE
Passenger Seat – Easyriders Japan
Rockerboxes – EMD
Exhaust – DS
Grips – CCE
Tank – Triumph
Handcontrols – Beringer
Mirror – SD
Speedo – Motogadget

14 Responses to “Urban Scrambler”


  1. 1 Boomer Apr 9th, 2018 at 8:44 am

    It’s a nice build. While it’s true some folks have referred to Sporty’s as a lady’s bike; more often I’ve heard the term ‘dirt bike’ which would apply in this case. The truth is it could be either or both along with a man’s street bike. The ole’ Sportster has never been given the true credit it’s due IMHO. I’ve had 3 over the years including the first one I built from a basket. Where’s the headlight?

  2. 2 Chief Waldo Apr 9th, 2018 at 12:05 pm

    Is that a horn in front, or a mass of LEDs pointing to the moon?

  3. 3 Xenu Apr 9th, 2018 at 5:34 pm

    A showerhead aimed high or the builder fancies Dobros.

  4. 4 wheel time Apr 9th, 2018 at 5:39 pm

    nice looking build… but is the headlight only used in emergency to signal batman?

  5. 5 rebel Apr 9th, 2018 at 6:17 pm

    that headlight(?) would turn off a hooker

  6. 6 Furious Fred Apr 10th, 2018 at 8:14 am

    Nice design, but to be a true Urban/country bike, those pipes got to go. Too Load

  7. 7 Furious Fred Apr 10th, 2018 at 8:15 am

    Nice design,but to be a true Urban/country bike, those pipes got to go, TOO LOUD!

  8. 8 Sharkey Apr 10th, 2018 at 8:23 am

    Lots of beautiful craftsmanship here. Attention to detail, too…I like the mini-ham can.
    I’d probably prefer a slightly less aggressive dual sport tread for urban use
    The ’04 is the first year rubber mount too; smoother and heavier
    Sporties didn’t become “chick bikes” until so many males invaded the sport to buy an image.
    I never heard them referred to as such in the 60’s

  9. 9 Beringer Brakes US Apr 10th, 2018 at 8:44 am

    Nice bike and styling is out of the ordinary for once. Pipes might have baffles inside them.. Who knows..?

  10. 10 Hadley Apr 10th, 2018 at 8:48 am

    Kool bike

  11. 11 Jeff Duval Apr 10th, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Smart scoot that is… Smarter still with neat headlight, less unsuitable tyres, and with that rear sprocket cover shaved to look like Ole Dukes crankcases… Yes, I know, my advice wasn’t sought 🙂 !!!

  12. 12 Boomer Apr 10th, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Wait! Are you guys saying that thing with all the holes in it pointing in all directions where the headlight normally goes IS the headlight? I’ve seen some small LED lights but nothing that small that could function as a headlight to see at night. For oncoming traffic to see the bike, yes, but not enough to light up the road at night.

  13. 13 cyclereckr Apr 11th, 2018 at 7:14 am

    Knobby tires, useless !

  14. 14 Julian Apr 15th, 2018 at 2:52 am

    Keep cool guys. It´s my build and I love to confuse people. The real headlight ist behind this headlight mask, it´s a strong power Baja light and it´s more powerfull than all OEM lights from Harley and perfekt for the dark. And no it don´t shine to the moon! hahahahah

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