Last year, the Harley-Davidson Sportster turned 60. It’s an extraordinary milestone, with only the Royal Enfield Bullet having a longer unbroken model run.
Surprisingly, Harley didn’t make much noise about the Sportster’s 60th birthday. But the Spanish builder Efraón Triana decided to celebrate it in a most unusual fashion. With the blessing and support of Harley-Davidson España, he’s taken a 2016 model Sportster and reconfigured it to resemble a late 50s Ironhead (below).
Not an easy task, but Efraón had one factor in his favor: development of the Sportster has always been incremental.
Like Porsche, Milwaukee prefers evolution to revolution. Just as you can see the link between a 911 built in 1963 and one in the showroom today, there’s a clear lineage between a 1957 Sportster and the current model.…