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Dutch Master: Pancake’s simple, sublime Sportster XLS

Dutch Master: Pancake’s simple, sublime Sportster XLS

Custom Harley Ironhead Sportster by Pancake Customs
Harley-Davidson’s new Softail range has set the interwebs alight, which has us thinking: isn’t it about time the Sportster got refreshed too? Our ideal Sporty has a sixth gear, a monoshock rear and a much lower curb weight.

But then we spot a delightful little four-speed Ironhead like this 1981 XLS Roadster, and don’t feel so bad. Sure, modern bikes are great and all—but until we have the cash to drop on a shiny new machine, a classic bob-chop like this do very nicely, thank you.

Custom Harley Ironhead Sportster by Pancake Customs
This Sportster belongs to former BMXer Boy Janssen of Pancake Customs of Rheden in The Netherlands. Boy’s been running Pancake as a full-time gig for the last two and half years, and has already wowed us with a couple of his builds.…

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