1974 Sportster Bobber
Patrick from Cincinnati, Ohio, United States, sent us these pictures of his great looking 1974 Harley Ironhead Sportster Bobber which has a weld on hardtail frame extension by V-Twin.
Patrick: "I purchased this bike in June of 2009 as a basket case. It took ten months to get it all back together replacing and making custom parts as needed."
1974 Sportster Bobber
Patrick: "All of the tins on the bike are raw steel and protected with "Gibbs Brand". Great stuff if you want to keep your tins raw! (Google it!)"
Patrick: "The weld on hardtail was ordered from V-Twin and they don't list a supplier."
Straight Bobber or Custom Bobber?
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Ironhead Sportster Bobber Specifics
Patrick gave us the following specifics for his 1974 Ironhead Sportster Bobber:
• 1974 XLCH, kickstart only;
• 1000cc engine (numbers match frame);
• Dynatek ignition;
• 12" mini apes with 4" risers;
• Weld on hardtail;
• Model A duolamp tail light;
• Custom made rear fender;
• Custom made oil bag;
• Custom hand tooled leather seat, solo bag and battery box cover.
Patrick: "All of the custom hand tooled leather work was done by me. I decided to learn how to do it when I found out how much it cost to have a "One Off" custom seat made. So... lots of cows had to die! Because I'm a slow learner!"
1974 Harley XLCH Ironhead Sportster Engine
The XLCH version of the 1974 1000cc Harley Ironhead engine has kickstart only.
Patrick: "The story about the oil tank is 4 months long! Literally took 4 different tanks (and over US$400 dollars) to realize.
The tank for this bike hasn't been made yet! So... I modified the last one into what you see now, by cutting a channel into it to allow for chain slap, and changing the fittings from 1/8" NPT to 1/4" NPT - Thanks to my friend Sherman Martin and his crew of Expert Tig Welders."
A Bobber's Tail...
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