Lord Drake Kustoms’ 2010 Sportster Scrambler Hits The World Stage

The shop’s scramblerized Urban Tracker was a hit at the 2018 AMD World Championships

Lord Drake Kustoms Sportster

Lord Drake Kustoms helps spread the Sportster scrambler phenomenon worldwide with its entry in the Modified Harley class at the 2018 AMD show.

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Giving Harley’s iconic streetbike off-road chops is a thing, and a good one in our book. The movement even reached the world stage at the AMD World Championships this year when Francisco Manen of Lord Drake Kustoms (LDK) entered this dirt-minded Sportster, called “Urban Tracker,” in the Modified Harley class.

Sportster Xl883R

There’s a Sportster Xl883R lurking under this offroad-ready custom.

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Lord Drake Kustoms started with a 2010 Sportster XL883R and made it off-road capable by ditching the stock suspension for a WP inverted fork and sturdy set of Öhlins piggybacks on the rear. The longer Öhlins shocks not only provide more travel, they also free up space between the tidy steel tailsection and back tire. While we generally consider rippin’ around back roads on a Sportster a solitary experience, Urban Tracker’s tailsection includes a small pillion pad if you want to share the insanity with a friend. The bike’s fold-out passenger pegs are even still in place!

handmade side number plates

Race-inspired, but not slavishly so. The handmade side number plates add extra pop to a normally dull section of the bike.

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While the motorcycle started out with 883cc of displacement, it now delivers an even bigger 1,200cc punch. Custom pipes are routed nice and high and bellow with SuperTrapp’s bass-filled exhaust note. That cutout tank will come in handy for leg placement when it’s time to stand up on the mid-controls during adventures in the dirt. An ever-so-brief steel fender, fabbed in-house, should deflect some of the debris kicked up by the front 19-inch Metzeler Karoo 3 tire. The slick front number plate that serves as a housing for the twin offset headlights was also made in-house. The bike even has an LED strip doing turn signal duty and brake lights beneath the tailsection. And, yes, that’s a license plate mount back there too. Slap on a set of mirrors and you could ride to your favorite fire road without fear of getting pulled over by the local constabulary. Then it’d be time to test the tackiness of the Karoo 3s.

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custom-built 69 front headlight fairing

What you looking at? That custom-built front headlight fairing houses Lord Drake Kustom’s Francisco Manen’s racing number as well as two offset headlights within the numerals.

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Several clues on the bike hint at Manen’s personality. The popular saying, “Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul,” is painted on the sides of the gas tank. On the bottom panel of the tailsection is another popular quote, with a twist—“Although I walk through the valley of death, I will never fear evil. Because you are with me and I also have a good horse.” Then there’s his race number, 69, which needs no further elucidation. Seems like Manen is quite the character.

handmade motorcycle saddle

The saddle is handmade too, of course, and even has a pillion section. Looks like it’d be comfy—if you’re riding on the street.

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While scramblin’ Sportsters have been a thing for a while here in the States, it seems like the international scene is getting word how much fun it is to rip off road on a properly dialed V-twin.

quote down under the tailsection of Urban Tracker

Manen tucked this cheeky quote down under the tailsection of Urban Tracker. Let’s get dirty!

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