2003 HD XL1200

Originally commissioned to work on a Suzuki GS for Nik Sayasak, plans changed when he brought us his 2003 HD XL1200 Sportster. He wanted a tight, cafe style build that would suit a shorter rider and passenger.

The rear subframe was cut and 1.5” tubing was bent by Coffey Fabrication to create the rear hoop, which was custom gusseted to fit the stock frame. A cafe style seat upholstered by Street Sounds was carefully designed to look short, but still have room for Nik’s wife. An offset Prism Supply Co. Tail light is mounted in the rear, and a custom battery cover was designed and cut with the help of Sideshow Sign Co.

The front fender was shortened, painted black along with the stock wind scoop. The stock exhaust was traded for a tightly wrapped two-into-one megaphone exhaust by Screamin’ Eagle. 14.5” Progressive shocks were used in the rear to level this beast, while mid controls and 39mm clip ons finished the balanced stance.

After replacing both front and rear wheel bearings, Bridgestone Raised White Lettering Spitfire Tires were mounted on the newly powdercoated stock sportster rims. The speedometer was mounted off the lower front cylinder head bolt and custom cloth braided spark plug lines were installed. The final touch, double gloss black pinstripes lay on the matte black tank painted by J Ryan of JRY Chops, (@jrychops).

Photos by Emilia Pare', @emiliapare