We are huge fans of Harley-Davidson Sportster street tracker builds. Both the XL883 and XL1200 have become popular donors for these builds, as well as the earlier XLH and Ironhead Sportsters. The newer bikes are often converted to chain drive with a 19-inch rear wheel — de rigeur for flat track racing — and outfitted with a high-mount exhaust and front number plate with integrated lighting.
Here are a few of our favorite Sportster trackers that we have featured.
Beach Cruiser: Black Petrol’s 1200 Sportster - The Harley-Davidson Sportster has now been in production for more than 60 years, an air-cooled 45° V-twin machine that’s served as the company’s most performance-oriented offering for most of its run. In 1986, the Evolution […] “JSH Flat Track” 883 Street Tracker by Garasi 19 - The Harley-Davidson Sportster, introduced in 1957, has been in continuous production for over sixty years — one of the longest-running models in history. Available in 883cc and 1200cc versions, the bike continues to be powered […] Super Hooligan: 1275cc Tracker by Tucker Speed - A 1275cc Super Hooligan built for the 2020 season… Hooligan flat track racing has exploded in popularity in recent years. The “run what you brung” spirit of the racing recalls the early days of stock […] The OVRLANDR: 1200R Sportster by Combustion Industries - The Sportster is one of our favorite, most versatile platforms for customization. In production since 1957, the V-twin cruiser has been transformed into scrambler, tracker, cafe racer, and full-out adventure bike. However, few Sportsters seem […] Sultan of Sprint: Buell-Powered Hooligan Sportster! - “Good Riddance” — an XB12-powered Sultans of Sprint racer… The Harley-Davidson Sportster, which has been in continuous production since 1957, remains one of our favorite platforms for customization, readily lending itself to street/dirt tracker builds. […] Harley Street Tracker: XL1200 Sportster by Fastec Racing - For Sale: Fastec Sportster street tracker! By Mark Turner of Blacktop Media. Fastec Racing was established in 2010 and has been designing and manufacturing engineered parts for a variety of race, custom, and street bikes […] Fathers Day Special: BikeBound “Blitzen” Sportster - A Sportster from the father/son founders of BikeBound… From the editor, Taylor Brown: Today, I’m excited to feature one of our own personal bikes: my 1989 Harley-Davidson XLH1200 Sportster — “Blitzen” — which my father […] “DirtyXL” Sportster by Red Right Hand of Moto - “Street, dirt, ice… She does it all.” The Harley-Davidson Sportster, introduced in 1957, boasts one of the longest unbroken production runs in motorcycling history — more than six decades. One of the strengths of the […] Sportster Super Hooligan by Gunn Design - A Street-Legal Super Hooligan from the North Star State… The RSD Super Hooligan National Championship Series (SHNC) has exploded in popularity, pitting 750cc and up street bikes head-to-head on dirt tracks and TT courses across […] Hooligan Tracker Sportster by Jonesbilt - “A bike you could ride to the race, win, and ride home…” From our first interaction with Steve Jones of Jonesbilt, it was clear that the former diesel mechanic and fabricator invests his heart and […] Harley-Davidson Sportster by XTR Pepo - Pepo Rosell of XTR Pepo continues to turn out stunning customs at a rate that defies belief, each strikingly unique yet bearing the signature, race-inspired style of the “master constructor.” One thing we haven’t seen […] Turbo Sportster Street Tracker by Bryce Schmidt - “I figured if it was called a Sportster, I might as well make it a little more sporty.” Such were the words of 34 year-old machine/fabricator Bryce Schmidt, who does all of his own work […] Sportster 883 Street Tracker by Crazy Garage - A road-racing 883 street tracker… Crazy Garage of Busan, South Korea, has been turning out race-oriented builds for over a decade. Founder Chi-hyun Kim says most of their bikes are built for the “racing circuit […] Best Bikes for Street Tracker Builds - The modern motorcycle has many iterations: bobber, cafe racer, dual sport, cruiser, dirt bike, chopper, etc. But, one of the most fun to ride may well be the street tracker. A street tracker offers the […] Sportster Desert Sleds by El Solitario - Article by Rick Brown of BikeBound.com. Most people would not select Milwaukee iron as their first choice to tackle crossing the Sahara, but David Borras of El Solitario (The Lone Wolf) definitely travels to the […] Sportster Hooligan Tracker by BCKustoms - If there is one thing we love here at BikeBound, it’s flat trackers. It’s been thrilling to witness the resurgence of the sport, as well as the wealth of new street and flat trackers this […] “Super Sportster” Tracker by Rule Hard Cycles - Dick Chavez of Rule Hard Cycles built this Sportster street tracker to race at Mama Tried’s 2016 Flat Out Friday, an indoor flat track race that uses soda syrup for traction! There are an array […] Harley XR750-Style Street Tracker - The Harley-Davidson XR-750 is nothing short of a legend among motorcycles. The bike has more AMA wins that any bike in history, and it’s been called “the most successful race bike of all time.” Besides […] Harley-Davidson Sportster Dirt Bike - Make Sportsters Great Again. That’s the slogan we’ve been seeing from the likes of Sportster-builders like Rusty Butcher and TrackerDie. You might say Sportsters were always great — well, sure, but who wants to put […] Harley Nightster Tracker by SSC - That madman across the water, Steve Willis at Shaw Speed & Custom, has created another award-winning Sportster custom. The XLST3, a Sportster Tracker, won 1st place at the London International Bike Show AMD Championship. SSC […] Mert Lawwill Street Tracker by Shaw Speed & Custom - Shaw Speed & Custom, who pride themselves on building “Rideable Customs,” is one of our favorite builders–particularly when it comes to customized Harley-Davidson trackers. We recently ran across this Sportster Forty-Eight tracker, their Mert Lawwill […] Sportster Street Tracker by Wes Nobles - We’re digging hard on this 1989 Sportster street tracker by Wes Nobles of GoPro. The bike is running a Biltwell tank while the aluminum flat track tank is repaired. It’s sporting a Storz 2:2 exhaust […]