Sportster Owners: We Haven’t Forgotten About You

//Sportster Owners: We Haven’t Forgotten About You

Sportster Owners: We Haven’t Forgotten About You

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.

About the Author:

Patrick Garvin began his stint with J&P Cycles at the start of 2008 after doing some installs for us at Daytona and Sturgis for two years. Currently, Patrick splits his time between the eCommerce team and purchasing, finding new and exciting products for our website and catalog. When he’s not at his desk, he’s zigzagging across the country with J&P’s event crew. Patrick has an obsession with going fast on just about anything, a trait he shares with his 6-year-old son Race. You can usually find both of them wrenching in the garage or ripping through the fields on dirt bikes. Emma, his beautiful wife of 7-plus years, puts up with his antics and keeps his head screwed on because he certainly wouldn’t be able to find it without her.


  1. Dirk December 3, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    While I love the idea, the lines of the Jokers sprocket cover are too harse; too angular. Looks very goofy next to the rounded stock cam case cover, in my opinion.

    08 Sporty

  2. Jeff July 20, 2010 at 5:06 pm

    Every one forgets that the big bikes back in the day were 1200cc. Sportys are cool bikes,I don’t have one but always liked them. I do feel the pain with after market parts. I can’t find anything for my wide glide eaither. It seems everything is for softails

  3. Ken carnes July 20, 2010 at 8:30 am

    i own a 1979 ironhead sportster, lots of motor work done to it, 85 hp i wouldnt trade it for the world

  4. Stonebraker July 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I have 3 bikes. A 2010 Ultra classic, a 90 Heritage and a 72 Sportster XLCH. I bought the Sporty new and rode it all around our great country, it is some the same as the other two bikes but way different. Sportsters were the worlds fastast production motorcycles for a long time, only to be dethroned by the Kawasaki 3 cylinder 2 stroke bikes.

  5. Kenny July 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    I like my Ultra Classic but I love my 1200 Sportster

  6. Rusty July 16, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    I love my ’86 Sporty “Sally.” Have bought many parts from J & P including an S&S carb and an Accel supercoil. Even used Tech support which was outstanding! She’s definetly not “half a Harley!”

  7. John July 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    My 1st H-D was an 883 Sportster Custom and I loved it. Especially after my mechanic turned it into a 1200. It reminded me of the ’71 Triumph Bonneville I bought just after high school; no matter what gear it was in, twist the throttle and it was ‘color me gone.’ I too wondered why Sportys seemed to be ignored in reference to aftermarket accessories but then, the Sportster was amazing anyway. I traded for a newer Dyna that fits me better but I’ll always miss the Sportster and the Bonneville. Both superb machines.

  8. frank July 16, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    my brother had to retire because of a terminal lung disease docs gave him 3 years,he cashed in his ira went to his favorite bike shop and paid cash for a brand new 2003 1200s,he lived for EIGHT years. he would strap on his oxygen tank and ride.

  9. tim sebastian July 16, 2010 at 9:35 am

    i own a 2005 1200 sportster that i absolutely love. it’s also my first harley. i am presently getting ready to ride it out to sturgis from ohio and i dont plan on any problems from it. i have bought a bunch of parts to customize it from jp cycles and i love it when people compliment me on it. it fits me perfectly and runs the same. i would rather be ridiculed for riding this bike than trying to ride a larger harley i couldnt physically manage.

  10. Craig Williamson July 16, 2010 at 12:49 am

    Bought my first bike on Memorial Day weekend 2010. Its 98 piglet rain or shine I’m on it have put close to 3000 miles on since I got it.

  11. Tom Wirth July 15, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I have a 1979 sporty that i built out of boxes ( baket Case ) runs great . just wish i could find more aftermarket stuff for it. I tend to fab everything to fit it . PAIN IN THE BUTT sometimes. But you couldnt get me to part with it.

  12. coley hitt July 6, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    very cool, love my sportster. need more products. keep up the good work.

  13. Duncan July 6, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    The side mount speedo looks nice.

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