January 10, 2014

Winter is Nature's way of telling you...

… to fiddle about with your bike. For the longest time I had this dream of owning an old school motorcycle, something along the line of a 60's or 70's scrambler/street tracker or a cafe racer. Money had been saved, designer websites been studied, catalogues dug through, and a custom bike shop been selected more than eighteen months ago.
My Sportster back in 2011 with accessories 
windscreen, engine guards, highway pegs, Sundowner seat, sissy bar, 
and front indicators attached to the forks.

But then the move from Canada to Germany came in life's way, and bearing in mind Germany's regulatory requirements for motorized vehicles, I took a raincheck on the realization of this dream, aside from small cosmetics.
My Sportster in 2013 - stripped naked
New accessories in 2012: custom seat, fly screen, hand guards, 
and 2013: lamps compliant with EU regulations.

When I found my new partner-in-crime Hawg Supply, the very team who helped Rover, my 2008 Harley Davidson Sportster 883 XL to become street-legal in Germany, it was set. They will help making my dream come true.

What I want you've got
And it might be hard to handle
What I've got's full stock of thoughts and dreams that scatter
Then you pull them all together
And how I can't explain
You make my dreams come true.
(Lyrics taken from 'You make my dreams come true' - Hall & Oats)

Rover is in the shop now, and farkles are being ordered is I type this (alas, some parts come with a lead-time). Please stay tuned for an update on the transformation coming up soon, and yes, of course it will all be compliant with German TÜV.


Winterzeit ist Bastelzeit
Ich bin ein großer Fan der Naked Bikes aus den 60ern und 70ern. Schon lange träume ich von einem Strambler / Street Tracker oder Café Racer. Vor einem Jahr hatte ich dann das nötige Kleingeld beisammen und mir auch schon eine Werkstatt ausgesucht, als wir uns entschieden, wieder nach Deutschland umzuziehen. Im Hinblick auf die Tücken des deutschen TÜVs habe ich den Umbau dann verschoben. Und das war gut so! Nun wird Hawg Supply, die Werkstatt, die mich schon bei der Zulassung meiner Sportster betreut hatte, die gewünschten Veränderungen vornehmen. Das Moped steht bereits dort und die Teile sind bestellt. Also bleibt neugierig. Es gibt bestimmt (abhängig von den Lieferzeiten) bald wieder Neuigkeiten zu meinem Projekt.


  1. Cool! Can't wait for the reveal!!

  2. Looking forward to seeing what you have planned!

  3. Ah yes, the tinkering on one's motorcycle....one of my favorite activities. Sometimes though, I forget the age old adage: If it ain't broke, don't fix it.


  4. May be hard to believe Sonja but I'm pretty excited for you!

    Can't wait to see.

  5. I think rover looks so much better after what you have done so far. Can't wait to see what other farkles bring to the mix.

  6. If you want 'Old School' a Sportster is a good place to start. The new ones are lightyears ahead of the original 1957 in terms of quality, durability and basic engineering, yet they look remarkably similar. An engineer I know who is an old Harley guy from WAY back told me that the Sporty is the best most reliable bike Harley makes by far. I can hardly wait to see what you come up with:)