A Harley Sportster gets chopped…

Brandon's Harley Sportster before the tail swap.

In keeping with the recent theme at the garage, member Brandon decided the time was right to modify the tail on his 1989 Custom Harley Sportster.  Little by little, Brandon has been chopping, lowering, massaging and beating this bad-boy bike into shape…

There have been some great improvements so far on this bike, and the changes keep on coming.  The latest change has been to remove the stock rear fender, for replacement by a much smaller, more stylish one.  Of course this meant modifying the wiring harness in the rear part of the bike as well.  And for good measure, a new seat will be installed, the solo variety, which should get this bike so much closer to what he envisions for it.

Harley Sportster Tail Chop

 

Stock wiring...snip, snip.

After cutting the rear of the bike, and straightening out the wiring, it was time to modify the fender he bought as a replacement.

Measurements for the cuts...

After a couple quick measurements, and then a first cut, the lines were not quite right.  So back to the cutting wheel for some perfecting…

The first cut...but the wrong one.

And eventually, the fender is cut to his liking.  Next up, get it on the bike to see how it looks.  Due to the way the fender sits on the rear of the bike, there will need to be some more modifications to the way it attached to the bike.  Brandon suggests it may need to have the angle lowered by about 15 degrees…

Fender placement...still needs some tweaking.

 

With the roughly placed seat...

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