Matt Ross knew he wanted a Sportster for his first motorcycle and began the endless search to attain one. Months went by, he began to loose faith until his nightly trek on Craigslist produced a 1989 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200. It wasn't the prettiest Sportster he laid his eyes on but it was attainable. Matt's full time painting job keeps him pretty busy so wrenching on the bike would be an issue. So he turned to his buddy Ryan Mullion
, from The Tiger Shack, to help him modify the bike.
His budget was tight so they left the frame, forks and wheels alone. Ryan eliminated the "ugly ass" dual cap Mustang gas tank to a newer stock tank. He switched out the stock handlebars to Biltwell's Low Drag Bars and added their Kung Fu Grips. Ryan also tossed the speedo and fabbed new brackets and mounts for the turn signals. The only thing left for Ryan to accomplish was switching out the very worn seat to Biltwell's Black Diamond Banana seat. Matt painted the bike in record time as there was a deadline to meet. He had committed on riding to Phoenix, Az for the Love Cycles party with a few friends. They dialed in the bike, Matt rode it around the block a few times and proceeded to head to Phoenix. Most first time riders might of chosen to take it slow but not Matt. He accomplished the soaking wet ride with his buddies and logged over 800 miles in one weekend. The only upcoming change you can expect to see for now is new foot pegs from Biltwell.
Matt would like to thank Ryan for his help and friendship. Also big thanks to Biltwell Inc.
for their quality parts line.
If you would like to reach out to Matt for paint work, shoot him an email