The Sportster is often looked upon as the red-headed stepchild of the Harley-Davidson lineup. As far as I’m concerned, it’s a vital staple in the lineup that rolls out of Milwaukee every year. In my eyes, the Sportster is probably the most well-rounded and best-performing bike that you can find in a Harley dealership.

When you take into consideration that the 1200cc motor puts out 55-60 hp and that the bike only weighs 550-600 pounds, it’s much quicker and more nimble than its 700-800 pound big-twin siblings producing 65-70 hp. The horsepower-to-weight ratio always leans in favor of the Sportster. The innovators at Joker Machine share my love for the Sportster and have developed some trick parts just for the Sportys.

The Speedo Side Mount Assembly is one of those, “Why the hell didn’t I think of that” products. But face it — even if you had thought of it you wouldn’t have done it this well. It relocates the Speedo to the left fork tube giving the bike the racy look that it deserves. It is fully CNC-machined from a solid bar (not cast) and the outer housing allows you to retain 100 percent of all your instrument lighting. It’s adjustable in virtually every direction and clears the gas tank easily.

Next up is the Sprocket Cover, also CNC-machined from 6061 billet. This item only adds to the race-bred background of the XL heritage by replacing the clunky overweight cover with a much lighter and stronger piece. Clear anodized and complete with CNC mounting hardware.

So ride that Sporty with pride, knowing full well that companies like Joker Machine recognize the potential in the XL family and continue to turn out new and innovative products with the Sportster faithful in mind.