The Harley Sportster has been an American motorcycling icon since 1957. Around 50,000 are built every year, taking up a fifth of the Milwaukee factory’s production capacity.
Not surprisingly, quite a few XLs have found their way into custom shops. They’ve been turned into choppers, bobbers, café racers and trackers. And although most Sportster owners use their bikes for cruising and bar hopping these days, there’s a solid racing history behind the name, grounded in the US dirt track scene.
Setting the choppers aside for the moment, our friends at Bike EXIF have picked out the best recent customs from well-established builders in the USA. See them all here.