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Vincent inspired Sportster at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering

When the story of a build starts with "Well we wanted to see if we could..." it's usually going to be a good one. If it's based around a Sportster, with enough time and skill you can turn it into pretty much anything you want. When Richard Jones started on this project, their goal was to make a Sportster as close to a vintage Vincent as they could. From copper lines to the custom Indian style girder, they did one hell of a job.

We caught up with Richard and his son out at the Quail Motorcycle Gathering in Carmel-by-the-Sea to talk to them a little bit about this wicked build.

vincent sportster
Vincester by RHJ Retro NationMorgan Gales

Starting with a 2000 Harley-Davidson Sportster, the world really is your oyster. One of the main goals of this bike was to show people how much you can change the stock Sporty up, while maintaining the rideability and performance that has made them so popular. You'll notice the only hard change to the bike was the chopped fender struts in the rear-- a common modification on these bikes. Aside from that, just about everything you see if bolted on.

One of the first things I noticed were the copper lines. Rigid lines are incredibly hard to work with, especially on a bike that vibrates as much as a H-D will, but these are incredibly clean. No sloppy solder marks, no oxidization from leaks, just good clean lines. The more trained eye will also notice that all of the electrical wires are cloth wrapped and tucked away about as neatly as possible. It's attention to detail like this that sets these clean and classy builds apart.

Vincent Sportster
Vincester by RHJ Retro NationMorgan Gales
Vincent Sportster
Vincester by RHJ Retro NationMorgan Gales

This bike was a little bit of a departure for Richard, who's builds tend to be a little more on the chopper side. Actually, the three bikes they brought out to the Quail were about as diverse as any three bikes we've seen from the same builder. A classic style Triumph chopper, a pretty far out performance-style big twin, and then this timeless and understated beauty.

the front end on the bike, replicated from 1946-48 Indian Motorcycles, is a piece that they produce in their shop in Thousand Oaks, CA and the one similarity you might notice on a couple of their builds.

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Vincent Sportster
Vincester by RHJ Retro NationMorgan Gales