Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Installing forced induction on a XL back in 1972

Unlike my relationship history, dredging up Hot Bike's past is actually a good idea. We do it every issue to remind ourselves (and yourselves) just how far the industry has come (or hasn't, in some cases) since we launched in 1971. Back then, Hot Bike was the performance arm of the one-two punch comprised of both itself and Street Chopper. If a part or a how-to made a bike go faster or ride smoother, chances are we ran the story on it in Hot Bike.

Dain Gingerelli's tech piece Turbocharging the Sportster was one of those stories. Here he talks about the needed mods to mount a turbocharger to an Ironhead, including what you need to do to the carb, and lots more. Rather than spew a glorified book report on the story for you, we've scanned the original article so you can read it for yourself...

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Original Story by Dain Gingerelli

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Original Story by Dain Gingerelli

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Original Story by Dain Gingerelli

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Original Story by Dain Gingerelli

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Turbo Charging a Sportster | Hot Bike Archives

Original Story by Dain Gingerelli