When Doug wrote the other day about what Harley might develop to attract some younger riders, he thought a few Sportster based model variations would be a good place to start. In one of the comments, Todd pointed to some off road machines with Sportster power, sort of a "Dual-Sportster," probably not what most of us were thinking, but, do they look like fun? You betcha. Sometimes the best ideas are a little outside the box.
There's also this Baja Harley built a few years ago by Jim Stanton. Using a custom frame and YZ 400 forks, some pieces from an ATK and a Sportster V-Twin. It certainly looks the part and reports from Jim say it's a keeper.
A couple of years ago I wrote about the Sportrack LB12, a Supermotard with 1200 Sportster power and it looks interesting, too.
Harley Davidson hasn't been in the off road or dual sport market for quite a while and some guys might look at these Sportster derivatives and think how easy they could blow them away with the latest Honda or Kawasaki. Maybe so, but that's not what these are all about, these are a fun way to do something different, a creative way to exercise a little engineering skill and a sure way not to get lost in a sea of Japanese MX bikes. I like them, how about you?