What we ride - "Sputnik"

1990 HD Sportster 1200

Working on and building bikes at a community garage certainly has it's benefits. One of the best things I like about it is the constant stream of creative input from the community that surrounds you while working here. Some ideas good, some bad, but all ideas. Jackson's 1200 Sportster was definitely a child of such an environment.

Ready for liftoff.

Ready for liftoff.

The pipes were custom at the shop made from 1 3/4" stainless tubing. 

The pipes were custom at the shop made from 1 3/4" stainless tubing. 

The headlight was a chopper swapper find bates style headlight which we re-finished and powder coated to match the raw look of the tank and fender. 

The headlight was a chopper swapper find bates style headlight which we re-finished and powder coated to match the raw look of the tank and fender. 

The solo seat and p-pad are cheap eBay parts re-upholstered by Rogelio's Upholstery in Baldwin Park.

The solo seat and p-pad are cheap eBay parts re-upholstered by Rogelio's Upholstery in Baldwin Park.

The stainless taillight mounts integrate into the sissy bar. We wanted to do some fun curvy bends here and just played around with the bender until we got shapes we liked.

The stainless taillight mounts integrate into the sissy bar. We wanted to do some fun curvy bends here and just played around with the bender until we got shapes we liked.

The sissy bar was defnintely the most fun piece to make on this bike. The original idea was to just make a tall, classic bar with one bend. After putting the bend in it and holding it up to the bike, it twisted by accident, and we decided to run with that idea. Keeping everything in place while welding in the struts was a challenge but super fun. 

The sissy bar was defnintely the most fun piece to make on this bike. The original idea was to just make a tall, classic bar with one bend. After putting the bend in it and holding it up to the bike, it twisted by accident, and we decided to run with that idea. Keeping everything in place while welding in the struts was a challenge but super fun.