DIY dirt track conversion...
Paul Anderson 1992 Harley XLD1200 Dirtster
Paul Anderson is proof that you don’t need to throw a mountain of money at a bike to build something special.
Paul, from North Dakota, started with the XLH 883 Sportster that he already owned. He replaced the rear wheel with a 19in hoop shod with dirt track tyres, shortening and reshaping the stock rear mudguard and a front mudguard from a Honda minibike. The engine was fitted with a 1200 kit with the carbs re-jetted to suit. He already owned the two-intotwo stainless pipes and handlebars, the speedo comes from a bicycle and the skidplate is from an old fridge shelf. He did nearly everything himself, including painting and embossing the H-D emblem on the tank. Phil Little, a flat track racer from Minneapolis made the adapters for the 19in wheel and a local shop did the seat upholstery. Paul only spent £1000 on parts, saying: “I couldn’t spend the money, so I spent the time.” Q Send in details and pictures of your shed-built project to james.archibald@ motorcyclenews.com