Sportsters Of The 2017 Mooneyes Hot Rod Custom Show

Harley-Davidson Ironheads and Evos on display in Yokohama, Japan

Did you think we were going to ignore all of the Harley-Davidson Sportsters from this year’s Yokohama motopalooza? Of course not. There were lots of XL-based bikes in evidence at the Mooneyes event across the Pacific this year, and it would be a crime not to share ’em with you.

Harley-Davidson brought the Sportster into the world in 1957 as a midsize brother to the larger Big Twins. It was a reaction to increasing pressure from European imports after World War II. Since then, the bike has remained the longest-running production platform in The Motor Company’s history. Its lower price tag also makes it a good way to create a righteous custom scoot without murdering your bank account.

This year’s event in Japan packed an excellent cross section of the possibilities to be explored with Sportsters. Vintage restorations, dedicated racebikes, and choppers showed up in force, based on either Ironhead or Evolution motors. Take a look.

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Form and function working together to create one great-looking Sportster.

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Ironhead

Think of this Ironhead as a dirt chopper.

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Change Smile Cycles

Change Smile Cycles’ sweet Ironhead Sporty.

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Sun Motorcycles

Sun Motorcycles, putting the “sport” in “Sportster.”

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ironhead

When was the last time you saw an Ironhead with an inverted fork and fat front tire like this one?

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You can’t get much cleaner and leaner on a bike than no seat and no headlight.

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Freeflow Kustom Paint

A 1976 Ironhead chopper created by Beard Brothers Cycle Company. Freeflow Kustom Paint went to town on it.

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Asterisk Custom Works

In contrast, Asterisk Custom Works gave us this road ripper of a Sportster.

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Ironhead chopper

You could say this Ironhead chopper is long on style. See what I did there?

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Sportster

Hell no, they didn’t skimp on the shiny with this Sportster chopper!

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Dig the oil and gas tanks on this rigid.

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scrambler

Hot Bike’s Ed Subias would go to town on this scrambler.

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The zombie baby in front is almost as sick as the dual carburetor setup and oil tank on this Sportster. Almost.

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Wheels and Waves

Wheels and Waves’ vintage Ironhead.

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