Stripped-back Deus Harley-Davidson Sportster

Published: 04 December 2009

The Sportster is already the most basic Harley-Davidson but Deus has found even more parts and kilograms to shed and create this café racer.

The Deus 1200 v-twin is based around a stock 1200 Sportster chassis and engine – the internals are untouched, the frame has only minor changes to suit the new parts and a good chunk of the chassis parts are stock too.

Simplicity is the key to this custom Harley-Davidson Sportster. The front and rear mudguards are cut down and drilled so you can barely notice they’re there, and the rear light and number plate are tucked right behind the bobber-style riders seat fitted in place of the standard double seat.

The tank looks similar to stock, but is actually a modified Yamaha SR400 item fitted with a classic-style leather strap running over its length. The standard headlight is retained and used to good effect in front of a set of clip-ons instead of the standard sit-up-and-beg bars. The standard indicators are even retained, and the instruments are OE Harley too.

15kg is the total weight saving off the 254kg standard fully-fuelled weight. New lower shocks are fitted for a sleeker profile, and new rims are laced on to the standard hubs to take grippier tyres.

A 2-1 exhaust with retuned injection is mostly an appearance and noise improvement, though it has been set up on a dyno to ensure the best is made of the engine. There’s a hefty price tag to pay for Deus’ design talent though – they’re selling for £15,500 in Australia!

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