D SEQUEL – SPORTSTER CUSTOMISATION
The Sportster range has always been a favourite for customisation as it’s generally a bike that most Harley-Davidson lovers start off with and, therefore, tend to make their own. Our first addition to the project was the Hollywood bars. Extended brake pipes, fork tubes, shocks and a set of appropriate supermoto tyres soon had the bike take shape. Supermoto footpegs, hand guards and foam handlebar cushion were then added. We found that the seat from a Forty-Eight fitted the look we desired and a headlight grille completed the cosmetics.
We took inspiration from Harley-Davidson’s approach to finding new, younger markets and saw an opportunity to fill a gap in the range with our redesigned Iron. Looking at our competitors and what was on offer, we came to the conclusion that a supermoto/grass tracker-style Harley-Davidson was an area of the market to enthuse the younger audience.
Genuine P&A: Headlight Grill black, 5 ¾in Daymaker LED headlamp , XL Derby and Timer covers, Hollywood handlebars. Additional components: bellypan and fairing, Vance & Hines Hi-Output Grenade mufflers, sissy bar, sideplates, Baja tyre, Fox 99gm footpegs, brush guards, seat assembly, side mount saddle bag.
“I first got into bikes at the age of 12 because my father rode bikes,” says Darren McEvoy, Tech at Waterford Harley-Davidson®. “The first-time feeling of freedom and the adrenaline rush that comes from riding a motorcycle never leaves.” Harley-Davidson motorcycles have since come into Darrens life and are now a passion that will also stay in place. “Harleys are special to me because they have character to them unlike any other bike and this to me is unrivalled in the bike industry.” Extending character by way of personalisation is something Darren knows all too well from having spent many years customising. This is something else that will never fade because, as he says, the challenge is to make a truly unique motorcycle.
To emulate and add to last year’s scrambler-esque design, which was hugely popular for Waterford and sold before the build was completed, was a challenge in itself. But then the design process and trying to agree on exactly which direction to take the build was apparently even more difficult. A Key requirement for the build was to produce a bike which would appeal to the widening spectrum of the biking fraternity.