El Viajero - 1993 Harley Sportster 883 Project / by Nicholas Acosta

Recently I picked up a 1993 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 as a new personal project. I’ve always loved the look of old Harleys and classic styled choppers, and I also need to challenge myself with new engine configurations that I can learn to hot rod out. I have a lot planned for this bike and build, and unfortunately also a lot to fix. A hairline crack in the head where the engine mount is, a mysterious leak I presume is coming from one of the oil tank lines, and horrendous front suspension, there’s plenty of work to be done before I can even think about cutting it up and making it into a hot rod chopper. Sportsters get a lot of flak, always considered a “Girls Bike” to much of the Harley crowd, in reality it’s probably their most successful model ever, and also their lightest, with the most reliable engine and a tight rake to match. Even though budget is always a concern, I’m excited to jump into the world of hardtails, and have this bike ready and riding by next season. If executed right, I know this is a machine I will be enjoying for years and years to come. Hopefully it’ll be ready for the January Supershow in Toronto, and if not it Definitely will be for the Oil and Ale Spring opener party in Kitchener Waterloo, as well as the Toronto Motorcycle Spring show. Fingers Crossed.

To better days and faster bikes, watch out for the “Left Turners”