Lucien Frelin Sportster custom

Harley-Davidson Sportster 883R custom motorcycle by Lucien Frelin
By guest writer Scott of Pipeburn. Lucien Frelin is a talented young bike builder, graphic designer and photographer from Norfolk, Virginia. Not only did he build this amazing looking 2003 Sportster 883R in his garage, but he also took this beautiful moody looking photograph of his pride and joy. Although he has used many stock parts from the original bike like the headlight, hand controls and brake lines, it’s the custom bits that make it special—as always. The frame is a drop-seat gooseneck from the guys at Detroit Bros, and the bike is running a 21”x3” front and 18”x180 rear wheel/tire combo. Frelin has converted the bike to chain drive, and the front end is from a 2001 Buell Cyclone with a dual caliper set-up. One of my favorite features is the gas tank, which is from a 1972 AMF-Harley Rapido 125cc dirt bike. That’s not something you see every day on a Sportster. I’m sure it won’t be to everyone’s taste, but I think he’s created something truly unique that has a great combination of modern and classic style. Lucien’s other hobby is building 1920s-style motorized cruiser bicycles which you can check out at Ghent Cruisers. To view more pics of his one of a kind Sportster custom, visit Lucien’s Flickr page. [Also check out Dylan Robb’s show-winning carbon fiber Harley Davidson Sportster.]