Here's some pics of my old Sportsters
I wanted a bike that I was able to take a girl on the back yet have some sporting capabilities. It did OK for both chores.
This 98 Sportster Sport 1200s was the only vehicle I have ever bought new. It was a nice bike but needed a lot of work for my tastes. I chose the "Sport" variant because it came with full cartridge suspension front and rear, and had two sparkplugs per cyl (the only HD to ever do that). It cost about $10,000 new and I sunk another $10,000 over the years. Like all Harleys, it only had 3 problems, the motor, the chassis and the electronics. I fixed all three, too many mods to mention them all but a lightened crank, head work and a high compression setup got me up and running. I went through various handlebars even clip-ons, strong aftermarket PM brakes were a must. Check out the rearsets.
I owned this bike for 14 yrs, here it is the the final form before I got rid of it
I even raced it for several years at LSR (Land Speed Racing) at Maxton NC. It's a 2 mile concrete straight that was originally built and used for Glider pilot training for the WWII invasion. One mile runup, break the lights, 1 mile slowdown.
this of a pic of me racing it the first year
I had a extra set of body work for racing eventually in this form.
I was doing pretty good and other people let me race their bikes too. All together I probably raced about 5 different bikes in 2001-2003. We had a loosely based internet team from Sportster.org and had sponsers that helped with parts and cash, it was a pretty good time.
I got my Sportster up to 149.254 mph several times but was never able to break 150 mph with it, despite setting several national records. I was spending about 8hrs each time to take it from street to track setup, then another 8hrs to get it back in street trim.
That's when I got serious. A club member ponied up the cash for a Zippers S+S 100 in motor and I pieced together a rolling chassis from begging, borrowing and actually buying what we needed for a serious Bonneville attempt. Every nut and bolt on that bike had a story. It was so strong, it made my teeth chatter.
Ended up setting a world record on it that lasted for several years with several different bikes trying to beat us.