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Power Trip: XTR Pepo tackles the Harley Sportster

Power Trip: XTR Pepo tackles the Harley Sportster

Harley Sportster 883 cafe racer with 1200 conversion kit by XTR Pepo
There aren’t many builders with a strike rate like Pepo Rosell. Since the early days of his Radical Ducati shop, he’s been turning out several sleek, lightweight cafe racers every year.

Pepo is not a Harley specialist, though: his favored platforms are more compact and sporty. But his Dyna from a couple of years ago made waves, and led to the commission of this extremely rapid Sportster.

Harley Sportster 883 cafe racer with 1200 conversion kit by XTR Pepo
“The call came in from a foreign client,” Pepo tells us, “after he saw my ‘Gabrielle’ Harley Dyna in Bike EXIF.” (Gabrielle made our 2016 Top Ten).

“This time, the idea was to make a Harley that’s more sporty, and more ‘European.’ With better brakes, less weight, more power and a ‘normal’ riding position.”

Harley Sportster 883 cafe racer with 1200 conversion kit by XTR Pepo
Although he’s French by birth, Pepo’s workshop is in Madrid.…

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