We’ve pointed out off road Sportsters before and this one looks ready for dirt duty complete with knobby tires and long travel suspension. Bob, one of our regular readers, was cruising the Interwebs and spotted this one in Japan. There are only a few photos and a walk around video with a couple of fellows speaking Japanese, but it looks capable of taking the road less traveled. The front end seems to be a straight swap from some flavor of dirt bike, a bit more work done in the rear for tire clearance, a set of high pipes and the result looks like it would do the job and be fun, too.
The second video shows Chris Palermo, a Hollywood stuntman, riding a Sportster for “A Day in the Dirt,” a California MX event that attracts stuntmen and various racers and celebrities. The Sportster holds its own on the course, maybe not like some factory dirt bike but certainly well enough to get you grinning. Chris mentions preparations for his bike include factory Harley Davidson modifications. Hmm, … do you think Harley has started thinking about using the Sportster for something other than cruising on the street? If so, it’s about time, they’ve certainly been off road before and a lot more owners are doing these mods on their own, if Harley doesn’t want to totally miss this they better get in gear.
UPDATE: More photos added below.
UPDATE: Just got photos in from a reader who has been interested in Sportster off road conversions for some time. Not sure where they all came from. Just shows the idea has been out there for a while.