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In the fall of 1999 I purchased a shiny new Harley Davidson Softail Standard (FXST). Before I’d even logged 1000 miles, I’d already started planning a custom motorcycle build project. The idea has never fully left me alone, and I’ve finally decided to turn that dream into action.


On a cold Saturday morning in the middle of May, I became the proud owner of a 1998 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 (XLH). With less than 12K miles, the bike is a perfect starting point for my first chopper.

I’ve decided to document the process as best I can.