Sportster Forty-Eight custom: The Bomb Runner

Bomb Runner: Rough Crafts' Sportster Forty-Eight
One of the most popular Harley customs on Bike EXIF came out of left field in 2010: the Rough Crafts “Iron Guerilla” built by Winston Yeh. It was a remarkable achievement, because the regulations around custom motorcycle building in Yeh’s native Taiwan are extremely restrictive. Yeh has now created a sequel bike, Bomb Runner, and here’s a first look at it.

Bomb Runner: Rough Crafts' Sportster Forty-Eight
It’s the second in a planned series of “Guerilla” bikes, which will have Rough Crafts’ signature blacked-out look and components, but different build styles. The base bike is a 2011-model Sportster Forty-Eight 1200, but this time it has a different silhouette, a higher rear shock and tail section, a lightly modified frame, and a more aggressive lean-forward look.

“We’ve tried to enhance every part of the bike,” says Yeh, “without making anything stand out too much. I believe that every part should add to the whole bike, instead of having some parts that pop out too much.”

Bomb Runner: Rough Crafts' Sportster Forty-Eight
Roland Sands Design Black Ops wheels and Performance Machine black controls add a lot to the look and quality feel of the Sportster Forty-Eight, but most of the components are Rough Crafts’ own hard parts. That includes the tank and fenders, the triple trees, the rocker and clutch covers, the wasp-like raised tail section and that amazing 2-into-1 exhaust system.

Bomb Runner: Rough Crafts' Sportster Forty-Eight
“It’s a mix of a bobber, a cafe racer, and a street fighter,” says Yeh. “An urban street machine for you to ride around town on.” If you want to add a flavor of this machine to your own Harley Sportster, get in touch with Rough Crafts via their Facebook page.

Bomb Runner: Rough Crafts' Sportster Forty-Eight

Bomb Runner: Rough Crafts' Sportster Forty-Eight