Walking Dead: Sportster Forty-Eight from AfterCycles

Brawled out Mexican Sportster for the paved apocalypse

When the virus hits Central Mexico, they're not going to call on Classified Moto to build up a CB750 Nighthawk. Not Oscar and the guys at AfterCycles, anyway. No, they'll do what they always do: build up a wicked Harley-Davidson. While this Sportster may not be the dirt-slinging scrambler from the show, it's a mean little brawled out jammer is built for adventures more on the paved side of things. When the undead start hitting the streets of Queretaro, whoever's on this bad boy will be long gone.

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For starters, the stance on the Sportster Forty-Eight had to be adapted for a little more aggressive riding. Typically the forward controls and low-slung bars make for a relaxed, cruisey vibe with all your weight on your butt, but with the high mids on, your feet are right underneath you making it much easier to shift your weight around while on the road.

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High-mid foot controls on Walking Dead by AfterCyclesAfterCycles

The wheels remain the stock Sportster Forty-Eight wheels, which we're not mad at at all. The 16-inch wheels front and rear have been fitted with whitewall tires to help add even more to the vintage vibe that the forty-Eight is bred with from the start. The smaller wheel up front makes for nimble handling and an easy drop in when you hit the turns.

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Front wheel detail on Walking Dead by AfterCyclesAfterCycles
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Front headlight and handlebar detail on Walking Dead by AfterCyclesAfterCycles

All of the bulky stock gauges have been removed and replaced with a minimal multi-purpose electronic gauge that mounts to the front left fork. The headlight has been swapped out for a small yellow one which is covered by a small aesthetic guard. Adding to your luminous firepower is a strong little LED fog light located down at the bottom of the frame on the front of the bike. Brass accented taillights and blinkers mate with the Roland Sands Design components throughout the bike to add a nice little pop of color other than the black and the red.

Some people are bound to get a little confused looking at the heads on that engine. Sure, they make look a little Ironheady, but they're actually just the Rocker Box Covers from EMD, another rad little piece to add to the old school vibe.

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Digital gauge on Walking Dead by AfterCyclesAfterCycles
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Custom solo seat and bobbed out rear fender section on Walking Dead by AfterCyclesAfterCycles

After looking at the Classified bike that they use on the show and this one, I believe the apocalypse is going to happen a little differently south of the border. Maybe they'll only be have to run from Zombies on paved roads, but for long periods at a time-- this bike would be perfect! Despite how fit it may be for tacking the undead, the team at AfterCycles has put together a wicked Sportster using almost entirely parts out of the catalogues at their shop. If you wanted to build a bike just like this, you could order some parts and be well on your way.

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Walking Dead by AfterCyclesAfterCycles
AfterCycles walking dead
Walking Dead by AfterCyclesAfterCycles

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