J&P Customizes Four Bikes – Part II – Working on the Sportster 72

//J&P Customizes Four Bikes – Part II – Working on the Sportster 72

J&P Customizes Four Bikes – Part II – Working on the Sportster 72

Sportster completeEditor’s Note: Last month we introduced you to our most recent project of updating four bikes: a 2012 Sportster® XL1200V (72), a 2013 Softail® FLS (Slim), a 2012 FLHTCUTG Tri-Glide® and a 2012 Goldwing GL1800P, here. We have been busy in the last month! Here is a low down on the work done.

To characterize the work surrounding the projects as hectic would be like referring to LeBron James as a forward for the Miami Heat.  While true, it just doesn’t tell the whole story.

Progress has been incredible, especially when you consider there are four bikes in the process at the same time.  Not to mention Sean’s shop assistants, while appreciated by him, are basically shade-tree level when it comes to wrenching on bikes (not to mention available on a very limited basis; me being among them).  Oh – and Sean’s being recorded pretty much every step of the way in order to produce a new series of “How-To” videos from J&P Cycles.  J&P’s Videographer Scott Abing, is a master – with a master’s obsession for getting the best shot.  As you can imagine, a two-minute job can take an hour or better to gather up the best footage.  Yet Sean is pushing through with his usual aplomb.

So – where are we?  I’ll start with the XL1200V.

SportsterThe Sportster 72 has received a new Mustang seat.  This is a custom seat we ordered from Mustang and it’s very cool.  Mustang will be happy to set up with something similar if it’s to your liking.  You’ll get a glimpse of it in the video on how to change a seat.  Sean was particularly pleased with the opportunity to share some of his “redneck ingenuity” with the “zip-tie trick.”

The Sporty has been dropped with a Burly Slammer Kit (part number 702-384).  I was able to assist with changing out the front fork springs.  I learned a lot on that job.  The chief lesson being, guys like me can do this stuff.  Give me a couple of pointers, the service manual and be sure the instructions are within reach and suddenly, I’m getting something accomplished!

Some of the cosmetic upgrades thus far include some sweet chromed-out lens caps by Motor City Cycle (part number 354-091) and Wicked Image mirrors (part number 760-887).  Courtesy of V-Twin Manufacturing she’s now sporting a chrome swing arm (part number 702-056), chrome lower belt guard (part number 601-975) and chrome lower fork legs (part number 711-692).

Sportster air cleanerWe all know, “chrome don’t get you home.”  We haven’t forgotten that the bike has to perform.  To that end she’s now outfitted with Vance and Hines Short Shot Staggered pipes (part number 441-930), a Slot-Track Inverted Air Cleaner by Arlen Ness (part number 693-660) and brake calipers by Performance Machine; front (part number 241-007) and rear (part number 243-476)

That’s it for now.  I’ll bring you up to date on the Softail, Trike and Goldwing in future posts, which will occur a little more frequency – Scout’s honor!  Be sure to check out the new “How-To” videos I mentioned earlier, they look great and will come in very handy.  Remember, my blog isn’t following the projects real-time.  Meaning, I’ll be discussing them well after they’re completed.  In fact, you’ll be able to check out what’s been done so far at J&P Cycles’ Destination Daytona SuperStore during Daytona Bike Week.  There will still be a few goodies left to add after the event, but they’ll catch your eye nonetheless.

Sporster gripLet me close by saying, I read all of your comments.  Metric Cruiser and Victory owners brought up some very valid points on wanting their bikes represented.  We hear you, and have many more projects we intend to pursue in the future.  While the vast majority of our customers are on Harley-Davidsons we see plenty of cruisers parked in front of the store throughout the year and Victory is becoming more and more entrenched every year.  We’re paying attention.  Your voices are heard.  Stay tuned as always.

By |2015-04-14T12:28:37+00:00February 26th, 2013|Categories: Bike Builds|17 Comments

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  1. Henson August 17, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Alright, help me out here…I have this bike. Looking to do some apes. But really wanna go with black 16”. CAn’t find any photos to reference to though. Help me out at all with this?

    I think this dark red would go good with black, but I’d like to see before I buy.

  2. Rob Hardy July 28, 2016 at 9:49 am

    I was wondering which model Mustang seat did you use on the Sportster 72 customization ? It looks pretty good and doesn’t seem to alter the lines of the bike too much.

    • Joe Peek July 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      Unfortunately we cannot answer that question regarding this particular project. My apologies Rob!

  3. Matt January 22, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    What size ape hangers are those?

  4. Kelly December 20, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    Does J&P have any plans to offer a wide tire kit for the ’72 and can you recommend the correct kit to convert from belt to chain for an even better old school look?

  5. Robert Robb July 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm

    OK, last question I promise. JP Cycle web site doesn’t show those Performance Machine calipers fitting the 2013 Sportster 72 & I couldn’t find any video showing installation. Before I go shelling out almost $1,000.00 for chrome billet aluminum brake calipers front & rear just for looks, ( ok I know they’d work better than stock) I want to see you install them & show on your web site that they fit my bike. Thank You

  6. Robert Robb July 15, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    oops! forgot to ask. What FI ECM Tuner are you using on this bike with those pipes & intake?

  7. Robert Robb July 15, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    I bought my Sportster 72 about 1 month ago for going back & forth to work, (less than 40 mi a day). I’ve ordered & installed several items from JP Cycles already. #1; Mustang day tripper wide seat. It’s fine for that but not for riding for longer distances. #2; I got new hand grips. Had to trim off plastic on throttle control where it stuck inside housing & on other side because of the way housing fits but no big deal. #3; The foot pegs I ordered wouldn’t fit because H.D. made the female cleavis longer on top on newer models. No big deal. Got out my grinder & took off 1/8″ of metal off the top, & now they fit perfect. #4 Progressive 11″ shocks too lower back end. No Problems fit perfect. Had to set on highest setting. #5; 2″ gas tank lift kit, fit perfect. I got Screaming Eagle slip on mufflers at dealer so as not to void warranty & chrome side covers & belt guard on my credits. Some day I want to get a FI ECM tuner, Stage 2 air cleaner & extended front end, after warranty ends. I don’t understand why you’d lower the front end when Harley’s design idea was to mimmick the West Coast Frisco Style Sportster of the 70’s. Everyone who lived that era & location knows everyone who chopped their Sportsters put extended front ends on them,( usually springers ). Anyways, love your site & will continue to order stuff as needed

  8. Juice May 10, 2013 at 12:43 am

    Sick build. I have the same exact 72 with similar mods. What bars and cable kit did you run?

    • Brett Koranda May 10, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      What’s up, Juice? The bars are 16″ Vintage Ape Hangers by Roland Sands Design; J&P part number 502-124. The grips are Chrome Apex Renthal Wrapped by Performance Machine; J&P part number 534-400. The cable kit is by LA Choppers and chrome switches come from V-Twin Mfg.

  9. Jose Acosta May 9, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    i have this same exact bike,, 2013 xl1200v “72” in hard candy green i need to kno what handle bars these are!!! and what was required (cable wise/brands) to make this work it looks PERFECT!!!! i hate these little bars it has!! please help!

    • Brett Koranda May 10, 2013 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks for following the blog, Jose. Your answers lie in the response I just posted for Juice.

  10. lightninglen February 28, 2013 at 4:00 am

    very interesting 1 have a 70s SPORTY 16 over Interested in yer top end

    • jose acosta May 10, 2013 at 4:58 pm

      Oops! I didnt see that sorry! Do the factory controls go right on?

      • Brett Koranda May 13, 2013 at 8:30 am

        No problem, Jose! The factory controls will work for you.

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