The old stereotype of a woman's Harley-Davidson is a Sportster emasculated to look like it belongs to Malibu Barbie. This Sportster, though, is more GI Joe than that. It's a 2010 H-D Sportster Forty-Eight that's been blacked out, stripped down, and given an aggressive look. The bike is also the property of Samantha (Sam) Jackson.
The story here started with Sam wanting a set of RSD mini-apes for her 2008 Sportster Custom. “It sounds wrong,” Shane Gatto, who did the work on this Forty-Eight for Samantha, told us, “but it really was all based around those bars.” In his opinion, her first bike just wouldn't look right with the bars she wanted. Builder and client volleyed back and forth over the best way to proceed. The 2010 Forty-Eight she bought from Performance Harley-Davidson in Syracuse, New York, was a perfect center point between her old Sporty and spending a cash mountain making it look “right” with those mini-apes. It was brand new, different enough, and had plenty of potential for turning it into a sweet little street rod with less effort.