The Harley Davidson Sportster will be the featured marque at Vintage Motorcycle Days at Mid Ohio Race Course, July 27-29, 2007. Every year one marque is selected and for next year, just one model, the Sportster, will be on display.
The Sportster takes a lot of criticism from many riders, it seems to get less than its full share of respect and yet it’s been around for 50 years. The bike is the basis for a great many customs and with a bit of racing heritage of its own it deserves to be taken seriously.
The newer models actually look pretty good to my eye, I never cared for the little peanut tank, though that was a trademark of the Sportster for a lot of years. It survived the AMF years at the Motor Company, was central to the Bronson TV series and still serves as the first Harley for many riders who can’t quite swing one of its bigger brothers.
The Sportster has the potential to bring more riders over to the Harley Davidson brand, especially if they bring out the XR1200 in the U.S. as well as Europe where it seems to be headed. It should be interesting to see the lineup next year at Vintage Days and might even boost its standing in the mind of a few.