Got a note from John Collett, over in the UK about a Sportster Classified kit he has for sale. The kits were made by Dan Wilson of Carmel Valley, California with the purpose of transforming the Harley into a sort of Vincent look alike. They really were pretty nice but Dan only made 25 kits and never carried them forward so if you see one or have one, it's pretty unique.
I mentioned I saw a completed kit at Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid Ohio in 2007 and owner Michael Pandzik said he installed the kit on a 93 Sportster. His kit was #22 of the 25 produced.
The kit now for sale by John Collett is #15 and it's brand new, never used, so if you remember those kits and like them, this could be your chance to pick one up.
The idea of giving the Sportster a British look hasn't gone away, though, as noted when Walt Greenwood found this modification done by Brian Lane, using a Honda tank, a seat from a Hercules, British reproduction headlight and topped off with some British Racing Green paint. Looks kinda nice.
Modifications like this could be a nice alternative to buying a new bike. Some of you have said a new bike is not something you want to think about at the moment but adding on to the bike you already have could give you a new look, more performance or both, depending on what you do, and it doesn't cost an arm and a leg. Just for something different, you can turn your Sporty into an off road machine, too.
Think about all of the things you can do to stay involved in the motorcycle world without spending loads of money. Set up a nice home workshop, buy some carefully selected parts or maybe a kit, and get to work. Low cost enjoyment while you sharpen your mechanical skills, sounds like a winning combination.
Link: Sportster Classified Kit