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Sportster: A Chopper Profile

The Sportster has a 74-cubic-inch Harley-Davidson engine. See more chopper pictures.

The Sportster chopper has allowed people to think twice when they hear Mitchell, South Dakota. That's because Mitchell had really been known for its Corn Palace. But now that Klock Werks has set up shop, it is also known as being the "Sportster Capital" of the United States.

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Klock Werks primarily customizes Harley-Davidson Sportsters; a rare specialty, as most Harley customs start life as one of the company's larger Big Twins. For the Sportster, Klock Werks modified a 1998 Sportster, smoothing the welds in the frame and molding curves into the tubing joints.

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A new swingarm on the Sportster allowed use of a wide 180-mm rear tire and a fender from the Jesse James catalog, which also supplied the front fender. The fuel tank was stretched, and revised triple trees gave the forks an extra five degrees of rake. All this resulted in a bike that looks longer and lower than a stock Sportster.

Further touches on the Sportster include a set of Performance Machine wheels, a digital gauge cluster, and "chopper style" headlight and taillight. Topping it all off is a metallic blue paint job highlighted with tribal flames hiding ghosted skulls.

Klock Werks' Sportsters are well-known in South Dakota and are always a sight to behold. As an attraction in Mitchell, it appears the Corn Palace has some new competition.

Go to the next page for more photos and details of this Harley-Davidson-powered chopper, the Sportster.

For more information on custom choppers and motorcycles, see:

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The Klock Werk Sportster's stance sets it apart from other stock Sportsters.
The Klock Werk Sportster's stance sets it apart from other stock Sportsters.

The Sportster is a custom motorcycle with a 5-speed transmission and a 74-cubic-inch Harley-Davidson engine. Below are more pictures and detail of the Klock Werks chopper.

Due to their taller, shorter stance, stock Sportsters seem a bit ungainly next to their rangier Big Twin brethren. Not so a Klock Werks Sportster, as a stretched tank and raked forks lean the look.

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Custom details include a skull design.
Custom details include a skull design.

Custom touches abound on the Sportster, including chopper-style headlight and taillight, five-spoke wheels, and digital instrumentation.

Sportster design includes tribal flames.
Sportster design includes tribal flames.

The use of a dark blue base coat on the Sportster is set off by tribal flames engulfing a subtle skull motif.

For more information on custom choppers and motorcycles, see:

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