Marking fins to be shaved for clearance. 

Marking fins to be shaved for clearance. 

 A bit of a Franken-Sportster, this bike started life as a 1994 XLH 1200. The motor was trashed and Thomas supplied us with a donor, from a 1988 XLH 883, that had plenty of life left. 

First warm-up cycle

 The motor started with a call to our friends at Hammer Performance for a 1250cc big bore kit. Next Andrews V4 cams, S&S lifters, S&S quickie pushrods, and a TwinTec ignition were chosen to give it some pep.

 Utilizing the heads from the 1200 motor, we disassembled, stripped and rebuilt them, using Kibblewhite valves and Genuine James gaskets and seals.

 The bike was also converted to chain drive, as was stock on the '88 motor. The cam cover and sprocket cover were cut, for appearance sake, and sent off to be powder coated with the rocker box covers and a few other odds and ends.

 Once the motor was assembled and installed It was time for the warm up and break in procedure. A daunting and time consuming task that went off without a hitch!

 Thomas has about 500 miles on the rebuild and not even a hiccup. So what do you do when you want to tame the beast, gain control, and improve ride quality? Suspension. However, when your building a Franken-sportster, only the front end of a 2001 Buell X1 and the new Racingbros piggyback reservoir rear shocks, are gonna cut it.

Can't wait to take her out for the next shakedown. No doubt a set of custom pipes can be seen in the near future. Please visit us online to follow this build and others. 

Almost finished... 

Almost finished... 

Parts back from powder coat  

Parts back from powder coat  

Fashioned from some leftovers  

Fashioned from some leftovers  

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