Lowbrow Spotlight: Andreas Jonsson's 1992 Harley-Davidson XLH1200 Sportster

Owner: Andreas Jonsson
Location: Stockholm, Sweden
Year/Make/Model: 1992 Sportster XLH1200
Build Time: 1000 hours, It took 1 year.

Year/Type/Size: 1992 V2, four-stroke, 1198.00 ccm (73.10 cubic inches)
Carburetor: CV Keihin carburetor
Exhaust: 2-1 from Paughco
Air Cleaner: Cycle Standard Chrome Mesh Air Cleaner for CV carb

Year/Type: The frame is a rigid frame welded from the original frame
Rake/Stretch: There is no rake

Front End
Type / Brand: Springer fork, taken from a 1988 Softail Springer


Front Size: Avon AM6 Speedmaster 3.00-21

Rear Size: Shinko 5.00-16


Front Fender: n/a

Rear Fender: Fender, British Style Ton-Up Smooth, steel width: 14 cm

Gas Tank: Bought at a swap meat. It´Its an old Triumph tank. Changed to fit the bike.

Handlebars: Custom made in 1” stainless steel. It's a copy of a 90s BMX handlebar. We needed to make it in a bigger scale to fit the bike. The classic BMX roll is a must:)

Grips: Biltwell Kung Fu Grips

Mirrors: Clamp-on mirror

Hand Controls: Kustom Tech Classic Brake & Clutch Levers in polished aluminum.

Foot Controls: Custom made to look like classic dirt bike controls.

Headlight: Mini 4-1/2" headlight

Taillight: Kellerman with integrated tail, brake and turn signals

License Mount: Custom made to give the bike a clean look as possible.

Seat: The leather seat is handmade by Sandqvist an old friend of mine. I also made a slick layer under the saddle from birch wood, stained with a grey shade, of course.

I'm a small towner who started skateboarding in the late 80's for the fun, creativity and freedom. I loved every aspect of skateboarding and the feelings it gave me. Motorcycles and the motor culture came into my life when I realized that it shared many of the same freedoms and aspects of skateboarding. It became an extension of that love for me. When I’m not working with Black Lanes I teach wood crafting at a school here in Sweden. I have always loved crafting and especially wood carving. This made me start to mix wood into some of our builds. The seat under the leather is made in birch. This is the third build I've designed as a builder.

I wanted the bike to look stylish and clean, a bit sexy… Shiny but not too shiny. The grey colors were something that I wanted to use from the start. I wanted a mix between shades of grey and different type of metal finishes. Polished aluminum worked well with the grey and the white walls to cut things off a little bit and give a hint of that classic look. The flames where also decided in the early process. I dig the classic flames, but here in a stylish tasteful mix with the two grey shades used all over the bike.

The glass blasted engine cuts the shine off and ends with the polished rockers. The end tip on the exhaust is custom made, glass blasted and turned in aluminum. I also was lookin for a handlebars that could fit the bike. The ideas come to me while sitting in my garage one day just hangin around, there she was, the old bmx! The idea of a BMX handlebar was born. I wanted it to look exactly like an old school BMX handlebar with even the foam roll.

Words by: Andreas Jonnson • Photos by: Johan Rydberg

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