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2003 Sportster Springer Chopper

Ron from Blue Hill, Nebraska, United States made available to us these photographs of his gorgeous Harley Sportster Chopper which has a 2003 1200cc Sportster Evolution engine mounted in a Paughco hardtail frame. The Oldschool Design lines of this Harley Sportster Chopper are in fact determined by a beautiful chrome DNA Springer Fork and the Gas Tank by Cole Foster of Salinas Boys Customs.

Ron on the rebuild: "This is a 2008 Custom Harley-Davidson Oldschool Bobber built by Fred's Speed & Sport of Hastings, Nebraska. She was completed in the summer of 2008. The 2003 motor had 5000 miles on it went it was put in the bike. Everything else was brand new in the spring of 2008. Right now, the bike as a whole has around 1500 miles."

Photo of 2003 Harley Sportster Bobber Motorcycle with DNA Springer Fork and Cole Foster Tank by Ron. Ron: "As you can see by the pics this bike was built to have a clean look. She does not have a speedo or turn signals. The bike also has a internal throttle to clean up the bars."

Picture of 2003 Harley Sportster Bobber with 1200cc Evo Engine, DNA Chrome Springer Fork and Salinas Boys Cole Foster Tank. Ron keeps his Harley Oldschool Springer Chopper in like-new condition. Last Nebraska winter he actually kept her in the den so he could clean her up for a show without the water freezing on contact!

Ron: "She was a lot better looking than the couch anyway."

Photo of 2003 Harley Sportster Bobber Motorcycle with DNA Springer Fork and Cole Foster Custom Tank by Ron. DNA Chrome Springer, GMA Controls & Brakes, Headwinds Headlight...

Picture of 2003 Harley Sportster Bobber with 1200cc Evo Engine, DNA Chrome Springer Fork and Cole Foster Salinas Boys Customs Tank. Ron: "The tank is a trick little piece designed by Cole Foster of Salinas Brothers Customs. It features a small pop-up gas cap that gives the tank a smooth clean look."

Harley Sportster Evolution Engine

Image of 2003 Anniversary Edition 1200 Sportster Evolution engine. The motor is a 2003 Anniversary Edition 1200 Sportster Evolution engine.

This is a fairly small bike, and relatively light, and coupled with the 1200 Sporty motor she must be very quick!

Oldschool Bobber, Chopper or Eye Popper?

Picture of 2003 Harley Sportster Bobber with 1200cc Evo Engine, DNA Chrome Springer Fork and Salinas Boys Customs Cole Foster Tank. She sure is a very nice Bar Hopper!

Bobber or Chopper?

Mind you, we love Ron's bike and think she's a beautiful eye-popper. And if anybody wants to call her a Bobber, respect, please go ahead.

But just for clarity, here at Sportster Bobbers we would rather classify her as a "Chopper".

To determine whether a bike is a Chopper we generally assume the following rule:

Any stock bike or Bobber of which the front fork has been elongated considerably or of which the rake has been increased considerably, has thereby become a Chopper.

We like to follow this rule since in our mind a Bobber is created by removing parts of a stock bike. And in our mind, Choppers have raked and/or elongated front forks, and Bobbers do not.

(November 2009)