Mikey Arnold

Led Sled Customs' 1996 Harley-Davidson Sportster

The ultimate I-love-you gift

What motivates any of us to do anything? After spending most of my adult life trying to find this answer, my best guess would be that what motivates us to wake up in the morning and why we live and breathe is for love—love our family, love for our friends, and love for these two-wheel gas-drinking and fire-breathing objects we call custom motorcycles.

It’s that feeling you get in your heart when you know a connection is made that makes life a worthwhile toil. It is an addiction. A labor of love.

Led Sled Customs Harley-Davidson Sportster

Led Sled Customs owner Pat Patterson's wife Jen on her specially built 1996 Harley-Davidson Sportster.

Mikey Arnold

Take for instance this bike you see before you. This handmade frame and springer fork wrapped around a 1996 Harley-Davidson Sportster motor was made by Led Sled Customs’ owner Pat Patterson for his wife Jen. I have known the Patterson family for years and recognize the love they have for each other and for any and all things motorcycle. This bare-metal machine is not just another bike rolling out of Led Sled Customs in Dayton, Ohio. It is a testament to what can be done when two people love and trust each other enough to quit their day jobs to put long hours in doing something they both truly adore.

Led Sled Customs Harley-Davidson Sportster

Love inspired this bike build. And if love is truly in the details, you need to take a look at this amazing handmade springer fork.

Mikey Arnold

Jen is the backbone of Led Sled, and Pat is the hype man and lead fabricator. Without Pat and Jen’s yin and yang relationship, Led Sled would have been just another shop closing its doors a decade ago. But instead, Led Sled has been banging out some of the most inventively styled bikes and parts one could ever imagine.

Led Sled Customs Harley-Davidson Sportster

This bare-metal machine is loaded with the fine details that spell "I love you" in an alphabet of inventive style and parts.

Mikey Arnold

We all know that personal and professional relationships are both hard to balance, but can you imagine compounding both of those factors by combining both of them and working with a loved one in close confinement? Somehow Jen and Pat have made it work and have been successful both with business and family life. And let’s not forget about the love part of it.

Led Sled Customs Harley-Davidson Sportster

Plating, polishing, powdercoating, and fabricating—talk about a labor of love.

Mikey Arnold

Led Sled Customs Harley-Davidson Sportster

A handmade frame cradles that customized Sportster 883 motor.

Mikey Arnold

Specifications

General
Owner Jen Patterson
Shop Led Sled Customs
Website ledsledcustoms.com
Year/Make/Model 1996/Led Sled Customs/Sportster
Fabrication Led Sled Customs
Build Time 2 months
Engine
Year/Type/Size 1996/Harley-Davidson/883ci
Builder Led Sled Customs
Cases H-D
Cylinders H-D
Heads H-D
Rocker Boxes Led Sled Customs
Cams Andrews
Carburetor CV
Air Cleaner Led Sled Customs
Exhaust Led Sled Customs
Transmission
Year/Type Baker/6-speed
Gears Baker
Clutch H-D
Primary Drive Chain
Frame
Year/Type 2017/Led Sled Customs
Rake/Stretch 35º/2 up, 2 out
Suspension
Front End Led Sled Customs
Length 4 under
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Led Sled Customs/18 x 3.50
Tire/Size Firestone/18 x 5.00
Calipers Mid-USA
Rotors Mid-USA
Rear
Builder/Size Led Sled Customs/18 x 3.50
Tire/Size Firestone/18 x 5.00
Caliper Mid-USA
Rotor Mid-USA
Sprocket Led Sled Customs
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer None
Colors Bare metal
Paint None
Graphics Liquid Illusions
Plating Led Sled Customs
Polishing Led Sled Customs
Powdercoating Led Sled Customs
Accessories
Rear Fender Led Sled Customs
Gas Tank Led Sled Customs
Handlebars Led Sled Customs
Grips Led Sled Customs
Foot Controls Led Sled Customs
Pegs Led Sled Customs
Headlight Led Sled Customs
Taillight Led Sled Customs
License Mount Led Sled Customs
Seat Led Sled Customs