PROJECT BIKE THREE
Life is better when you have good neighbours, and mine is Lisa who runs this 1994 Harley-davidson 883 Sportster which, in the hands of Hereford’s Shark Motorcycles, has undergone a gradual transformation with rideability and striking looks maintaining equal status. Firstly it got a moderately tuned 1996 1200cc engine, but being a 20th Century hog, it handled, well, like a hog and didn’t like stopping in a hurry. So Shark had the bright idea of fitting an entire front end from a Suzuki Bandit, the 1200 version, obviously, which holds exactly the same 16in wheel as sits at the back, making for a far better suspended, quicker steering and proper stopping bike, all nicely set off with a shorty front fender. New yokes had to be machined from solid billet while other custom items include a weatherproof Le Pera leather seat, a Supertrapp exhaust and re-jetted carb, a sharksfin taillight and oval halogen headlamp. The smaller front wheel and the small but comfy seat render the Harley ideal for someone of Lisa’s, ahem, trim stature and because she likes to ride further than the end of our street without filling up, her bike now has the 2.5 gallon ‘King’ tank that was in fact a Sportster option during the ’90s. Way to go, neighbour.
’94 Sportster: it’s all about striking looks and rideability