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.