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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 Harley XLCH Ironhead Sportster Bobber with Weld-on Hardtail

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!)"

1974 Sportster Bobber with 1000cc Harley Ironhead engine and weld on hardtail frame section

Patrick: "The weld on hardtail was ordered from V-Twin and they don't list a supplier."

Straight Bobber or Custom Bobber?

To us, any Bobber is either a Straight Bobber or a 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.

1974 Sportster Bobber with 1000cc Harley Ironhead engine and weld on hardtail frame section

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

1974 Harley Ironhead Sportster engine The XLCH version of the 1974 1000cc Harley Ironhead engine has kickstart only.

1974 Harley Sportster Ironhead engine

Oil tank of 1974 Harley Bobber

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...

1974 Harley XLCH Ironhead Sportster Hardtail Bobber That's it, a Bobbers tale: Maximum Rubber!!!


(April 2010)



1974 Sportster Bobber with 1000cc Harley Ironhead engine and weld on hardtail frame section




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