Custom 1972 Ironhead Sportster

Brock Bridges is a do-it-yourself kind of guy. As such, he recently custom-built a Sportster-style motorcycle utilizing a 1972 Ironhead engine and proceeded to hand-build everything surrounding it. Check out this sweet ride!

Sometimes, all a builder wants is to draw a little attention. It reaffirms the work put in and gives the motorcycle community something cool to look at. Brock Bridges is one of those guys who just wants to get people talking.

“I just wanted to do something different and throw people off,” Bridges told us, referring to his custom-built motorcycle.

The bike in question is a fully custom-built, 1972 Harley-Davidson Sportster, which Brock decided to flip the heads on a full 180-degrees. A lot of time and metal shavings went into the endeavor, along with a set of modified rocker boxes that were split in half to fit on top.

The Ironhead engine’s name isn’t very subtle, just like the rest of Harley-Davidson’s older V-twins. The particular engine was the first in the brand’s catalog to feature iron cylinder heads instead of aluminum ones, making a much more sturdy and reliable experience.

The 1,000cc engine is one thing, but the bike itself stands out mostly due to its bright-red paint job with white pinstripes. Like every other aspect of the build, the paint job was done in-house by Bridges in his home garage located in Springfield, IL.

The project started as just the Ironhead engine, with Bridges slowly building up everything else encompassing the full build. He even built and fabricated both of the wheels, along with the stainless-steel frame and hand-stitched seat.

With craftsmanship like this, we’re excited to see what Bridges builds next!

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