Rob Jensen’s Harley-Davidson Sportster “XLHR 1200”

Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 cafe racer by Robert Jensen
Milwaukee reader Rob Jensen has sent in details of his daily driver, a just-completed Harley custom. It’s based on a 1990 XLH Sportster, the last of the rigid-mount 4-speeds.

The frame is stock, but the rest has been heavily modified with (mostly) Harley parts and a few that Rob has made up himself. “I was not a fan of the mid controls, or the buckhorn bars on the stock bike,” says Rob. “And when I set out to alter things I ended up making more than a few changes. I call it the XLHR 1200.”

The mods include a Sportster touring tank option from the 1960s, and modern disc hub wheels laced to 70s H-D aluminum rims. The rear fender is a 2007 Wide Glide part, chopped and narrowed for the Sportster frame. Rob’s documented the build on a website: maybe H-D top brass should take a look when they’re figuring out what to do with the XR1200.

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