For Sale: The XL883 “Harley Hater Special” Street Scrambler…
The Sportster is the most versatile of Harley-Davidson’s air-cooled machines. While the bike may be marketed as an entry-level cruiser, when you strip down the machine to the bare essentials, the bike makes a great platform for a V-twin street scrambler or tracker.
Enter the Pereira brothers of Rock Solid Motorcycles, based in Leiria, Portugal. After spending several years working in the UK, the pair moved back to their home country of Portugal to open their workshop. Brother Hugo says they built this 883 Sportster street scrambler to catch the attention of “who don’t appreciate carrying chrome and tassels and can’t image the possibilities behind these models.”
The duo has certainly accomplished that, building one of the burliest, most beautiful Sportster scramblers we’ve ever seen. Below, we get the full story on the build.
883 Sportster Scrambler: Builder Interview
• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.
Started riding motorcycles at 14, started my apprenticeship when I was 19 at a Yamaha dealer in the mid 90s up to the early 2000s. Always been around motorcycles, although not always professionally, but moved from Portugal to the UK in 2008 to start working as a custom bike builder.
In 2012, me and my brother opened a very small workshop in Leiria, Portugal called Rock Solid Motorcycles. From then on, it’s been 6 years of fun and games building all sorts and styles of bikes, always trying not to lead, but not to follow either.
• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?
2005 carburetor Harley Davidson 883 Sportster.
• Why was this bike built?
Built with the purpose of catching the attention of all of those who don’t appreciate carrying chrome and tassels and can’t image the possibilities behind these models. Built for myself and also to spread the word and show our work.
• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?
The bike was built influenced by the first HD tracker I ever saw, back in 2009 at the Alexandra Palace, London Custom Bike Show where Shaw HD presented what was to me a revelation. Fell in love ever since.
• What custom work was done to the bike?
Custom work: The bike was completely rebuilt from scratch. Engine, gearbox, no bolt left untouched.
Completely new wheels 17 /19 and tyres, uprated front suspension with Progressive internals, Burly rear shocks, tracker bars, braided brake hoses.
Custom rear frame section with custom fender and longer jiffy stand. Hand made exhaust, electronic speedo, smaller indicators, led strip taillight, side mount illuminated number plate.
Peanut tank, Forty Eight seat.
• How would you classify this bike?
Classified as a street scrambler.
• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?
I’m proud of creating something totally different, elegant and clean, keeping the stock functionalities and controls so that anyone can ride it, expert or novice.