Harley Davidson Ironhead Sportster 1985 | Brag Your Bike


This is a 1985 1000cc Ironhead Sportster called Tribute, a tribute to Indian Larry. Its not a replica, its merely my interpretation of the great mans work.

Indian Larry tribute bike Tribute in the garage

This bike has been a life long dream, could never afford to go to US to meet Indian Larry or have him build me a bike.

The original bike was purchased from Craig at Street Customs circa 4 years ago (I am the resident painter) . It sat in a storage container till mid summer 2022 when I finally decided I had time and enough parts that I had collected to build it.

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Unfortunately I was admitted to hospital and almost died. My rehabilitation from illness was to drag the bike into my dinning room and make a plan. Many months of slow work due to health restrictions saw the frame hardtailed , painted and ready for assembly.

Tank is hand dished ( old skool ) , no cutting or welding, all heated and hand hammered.

Bars fabricated and welded to top yolk of replics late 40’s springer front end.

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Motor has pan style cam chest and sprocket cover ( to try and replicate Larry’s passion for mixing motor styles, pan/ shovel ).

16 inch 80 spoke shovel star hub rear wheel, 21 in front with polished and chromed hub.
S&S Super e shorty carb , pan style kindney tool box ( to hid electrics) , hand made seatpan with bobby springs.

Simple electrical system to keep bike clean and simple, all brackets hand made to fit West Coast choppers oil tank.

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All planning/ fabrication/ painting / building by me. Electrics by Street Customs.

Charlie Russell

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