Like most other Harleys, the Sportsters are favorites of the custom industry. Most of the time, shops go about modifying them with modern touches and high-tech hardware, but there are sweet exceptions to this rule. And the motorcycle we have here is part of that select group.
If you are a custom bike enthusiast, you might be familiar with the name Greg Hageman, including from our past coverages of his work. And you might also be aware of the fact he usually goes about modifying Yamahas.
From time to time, though, the man indulged in reshaping Harleys too, and this here 2004 Sportster is one of the two-wheelers that came out of Hageman’s shop. It was completed some time ago, and work was not focused on giving it an extreme appearance but rather be a nod to the XLCH.
That would be a variant of the Sportster born in 1958 and often seen on the tracks of various competitions. And it was exactly that image that the tuner wanted to convey with this here build.
He did this by going for the paint scheme of the 1958 XLCH, red with white applied on the fenders and fuel tank. To be reminiscent of the racing pedigree of its line, the wheels have been wrapped in enduro tires and fitted under shortened fenders. The handlebars were modified too to give the entire machine a racing appeal.&