Harley Oldschool Bobber
Life's a bitch... Thank God there's Harleys...
A Harley Oldschool Bobber is not built in a factory. She's built in a shed or in a garage, next to the house. By ordinary people, like us.
This is the story of two guys who share a love for Harley Davidson motorcycles. They both own Harley Davidson Evolution motorcycles, which look great, run great, and sound great. But I guess "great" was just not enough...
After lots of get togethers, lots of talking shop, lots of checking out greasy V2 magazines, and after all the options to improve and personalize their Evo's had been taken out (and after just as many boxes of beer...) the decision was taken: They wanted something really awesome!
So the idea was born. They were going to create their own mean street machine. It had to be an Oldschool or a Bobber, or something in between. Like an Oldschool Bobber.
And the V-twin engine had to be the one with the roughest toughest jawbreakin' loudest and meanest sound of all:
So after some looking around, and with just a little help from their friends, in April 2008 L&T found right what they needed: an unrestored 1973 Harley XLH Ironhead Sportster, with the right frame, the right engine, in a reasonable state, at the right price, and ready for restoration and rebuilding.
Our Harley Ironhead Old School Bobber Project
Below you will find a brief report on the status and history of our HD restoration and conversion project. Check out the menu at the right for the detailed reports on the various stages of stripping, cleaning and rebuilding of our Harley Sportster Bobber motorcycle.
License Plate Holder and Rear Light - With Jack Daniels Storage Facilities...
16 February 2010:
100,000 VISITORS !!! (in the first 22 months!!!)
On February 16th, 2010 we had the pleasure to welcome our 100,000th visitor!
That's ONE HUNDRED THOUSAND people in the first twenty two months since we started this site. And we know that many of these bikers, wrenches, Harley fans and friends are returning visitors who follow our progress and return here on a regular basis.
Thank you all for checking us out!
And we are not ready yet, so please come back soon!
Fire Extinguisher Bobber Oiltank Arrived!
L&T's Own Oldschool Saddlebag Design
Not Much Going On?
To the contrary, a lot's been going on during the months of June thru August 2009! It's just that we've come into a phase where the type of work we've been doing on the bike takes a bit longer to finish or is not really suitable for showing on a webpage. Like the design development of the oil tank, for example.
Please don't worry, we'll show you new stuff as soon as we can!
Fire Extinguisher Oiltank Conversion
22 July 2009:
50,000 VISITORS !!! (in the first 15 months!!!)
While we reached 25,000 visitors on 15 March 2009, only four months later, on Wednesday 22 July 2009, we had the pleasure to welcome the 50,000th unique visitor to the Harley Oldschool Bobber website!
That's FIFTY THOUSAND bikers, wrenches, motor enthusiasts and friends in the first fifteen months since we started this site. And we know that many of you are returning visitors who check us out regularly!
This feels great. The Harley Oldschool Bobber Team would like to thank you all for looking at what we're doing!
Our Favourite Oldschool Classic Harley Tank Emblem
15 March 2009:
25,000 VISITORS !!! (in the first 11 months!!!)
On Sunday 15 March 2009, we had the pleasure to welcome the 25,000th unique visitor to the Harley Oldschool Bobber website!
Here's how the rear wheel looks with a tire. This may not be the final choice of tire, but gives a good impression.
L&T's family and friends are all keen to support the Harley Oldschool Bobber project. Here's L&T together with Mrs. Finet de Graaff-Versteegh, who sponsored the purchase of a super duper welding system. Finet is T's mother-in-law, and at 81 she's still very young at heart!
L's father-in-law Piet is our lacing specialist. Here the 81 years young man is showing the original 1973 HD Sportster brake hub laced into the new oldschool style 21" front wheel rim. And ain't that a wheel!
In November 2008 we had our Primary Cover powder coated in this classic blue-grey colour. To offset this oldschool colour, we replaced all nuts and bolts with the more pronounced chrome cap style nuts by Colony Machine.
On 16 April 2008 we started to strip our 1973 Harley XLH. Here you see it reduced to a rolling frame.
35 years old 1973 Harley XLH Sportster Ironhead prior to stripping, cleaning, overhauling, restoration and rebuilding.
Toys for Boys... This photo was taken in April 2008 when L&T had just bought their 1973 Harley Davidson XLH 1000cc Ironhead Sportster for their Oldschool Bobber project.