Garage Workshop and Sportster 883-1212 Engine Conversion

Garage Workshop, Harley Sportster, Bobber ProjectIt’s not much. But it’ll get the job done. The bench the rolling chassis is on is just a wood workbench. I added some casters I picked up from Harbor Freight Tools so I can roll it around. I made the bench on the right to mount some necessary tools. A grinder, a table mount belt/disk sander and a drill press, all made by Craftsman. Another must have tool is a band saw. I picked up a Dewalt portable bandsaw and found this tablemount for it. The welder I have is a Lincoln Electric Home Depot special. I think it’s called the Weldpack HD 3200. It’s a MIG welder and I made sure it had a hookup for shielding gas. Those are the main tools aside from your standard hand tools. I’ll mention more along the way.

883 1212 Sportster Engine ConversionIn these photos I am finishing up the NRHS engine conversion on my donor bike I mentioned earlier. I had the cylinders powder coated with a black wrinkle finish after they were bored and honed. I like the contrast they have with the chrome push rod covers. I also had the rocker cover spacers powder coated black with a smooth finish.

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Bobber Rolling Chassis

Gooseneck sportster rolling chassisAfter cruising the custom motorcycle magazines for a style I liked. I was inspired by the pro builder and artist Shinya Kimura of Chabott Engineering formerly Zero Engineering. He is famous for his low rider gooseneck style bobbers.

I then contacted a popular builder specializing in Harley Davidson Sportster custom frames called Led Sled Customs. Pat Patterson and his crew knew exactly what I was looking for and put together this kick ass rolling chassis for me.

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Custom Sportster Bobber Build

Harley Davidson Sportster Donor BikeWhat’s up fellow motorcycle enthusiasts!
Welcome to my custom bobber build blog.

This is my first build so if you see some mistakes in the process feel free to comment fast before I screw something up!

After deciding to build a bike (thanks to Orange County Choppers and Biker Build Off). I did a little research as to what bike to build. I loved the look of the shovel head, knuckle and pan head motors but after doing the math I decided to go a cheaper route. A Harley Davidson Sportster engine is affordable and comes with a FREE TRANSMISSION ;). The best way to build an affordable custom bike is to chop up a donor bike. I already had a Suzuki Blvd M50, the bike that got me hooked on motorcycles. It was only a couple years old so I took it to a Harley dealer and traded it for a 2001 Sportster 883.

After having some fun riding the Sporty around I decided it was time to do some engine work. Some research on the web pointed me to to a company called Nallin Racing Head Service. After speaking to Dan (real nice guy) and telling him what I’d like to do and my budget I ordered my go fast goods!

  • 883 to 1212 conversion package
  • Stage II cylinder head work
  • Screaming Eagle .536 Camshafts
  • Daytona Twin Tec Ignition Module

Stay tuned for my rolling chassis post…

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