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harley-davidson iron sportster

From Lotus to Iron

Scott Stevens | Vancouver, WA

Here is a 2009 Harley Iron that I’ve had since it was new. It’s an 883 but soon to be punched out to 1200. It has a Big Breather Kit, Stage 2 computer upgrade, 1923 Ford Model T taillight, custom-made saddle leather spring seat, and a custom HID light kit.

I cut the rear frame off all the way up to the upper shock mount and exposed the entire rear tire and put the Model T taillight that says “STOP” in the glass when you brake. It also has a Vance & Hines Short Shot Exhaust.

I had a Lotus that I totaled in a pretty awful wreck two years ago that messed me up really bad physically and financially, so I started to focus on this bike and wanted to spend the time to make it look as good as I can. I think getting this bike to this point has been an accomplishment that has let me get over losing my Lotus.

harley-davidson dyna

Phoenix Dyna

Jeff Lisowski | San Diego, CA

I've had this bike for about three years. I had a spectacular high-speed crash on it on September 24, 2013. I spent 15 days in UCSD Burn Unit with multiple skin grafts done. Thankfully a full-face helmet likely saved my life. I literally just got this bike back on the road last Friday after essentially 17 months down. I had the whole bike redone, motor, suspension, powdercoat, etc. Sort of like the Phoenix, she rose from the ashes with a clean title and all. Yes, she's just another blacked-out Dyna, but this bike and I have been through hell. Photo is by John Bakes.

harley-davidson cross bones bobber

Old-School Cool

Don Frese | Levittown, NY

This is my 2008 Harley Cross Bones bobber. The cases, rocker box covers, and primary cover have been dulled with Scotch-Brite. The rear is from Shadetree Fabrications, as well as the tooled leather seat, brass floorboards, brake pedal, and shift pegs. I made and aged brass inserts for all the rear frame indents. The derby and points covers and horn are brass Maltese cross design. The exhaust is from Vance & Hines, air filter from Roland Sands, and taillight from a ’32 Ford. The bike looks old school and draws a lot of attention at bike events.

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