1981 Ironhead Sportster Bobber
Thank God There's Harleys . . .
Our friend "Boomer" from Clarkston, Michigan, United States made available these pictures of his awesome 1981 Sportster Bobber which has a 79 ci Stroker Ironhead engine in a Paughco hardtail frame.
Boomer: "I built this bike to take to Daytona. It rode great (it is fast as hell), got featured in a magazine and it was a lot of fun. But the plan always was to sell it when I got back home. I hadn't been in Daytona in a few years so I thought it would be a blast to build a little hotrod for this years trip.
It is based on a Paughco rigid frame. The engine is a built and stroked Ironhead (now is 79 cubic inches). I found a set of vintage mags (both front rims) and mounted some board track tires for a fat tire look. The rest of the bike is the bare minumum - only things that make it go or make it stop."
1981 Ironhead Sportster Bobber with Paughco hardtail frame
Straight Bobber or Custom Bobber?
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1981 Sportster Engine
Brian had the 1981 Ironhead engine of his 1981 Sportster Bobber stroked from 61ci to 79ci (1000cc to 1300cc).
Bobber Fuel Tank
Front Brakes Setup
Boomer: "I particularly like the front brake setup on this bike. I used a stock control mounted under the triple tree to run the twin front calipers. The control is linked to a brake lever on the handle bars via a cable. This allows for a very clean set of bars (sort of a BMX look) while maintaining the functionality of front hydraulic brakes.
This bike needs those brakes too!"
Paughco Hardtail Frame Details
Here's some pics showing the Paughco hardtail frame in a bit more detail.
The rigid Paughco frame has very clean oldschool looks.
Actually, this 1981 Ironhead Sportster Custom Bobber is currently for sale.
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