Pay Dirt: A Purpose Built Harley Sportster Scrambler

Harley-Davidson Sportster scrambler by Purpose Built Moto
Not all scramblers are created equal. Some wear high pipes and knobbly tires, but may never go off-road, while others are made to be punished. It’s builds like this that really get our hearts racing: Purpose Built Moto’s 1998 Harley-Davidson Sportster, a lean scrambler packing real dirt credentials.

The Queensland-based team know what they’re doing when it comes to throwing a Harley around off-road, as this is their second scrambler based on H-D’s perennial Sportster. Their first was featured in the must-see documentary, Wide of the Mark, smashing through the Tasmanian bush.

Harley-Davidson Sportster scrambler by Purpose Built Moto
And that’s how the latest Sportster project kicked off—while their first was still under construction. “During the build process for the first Sportster, the customer visited the shop,” says Tom Gilroy from PBM.…

Speed Read, December 12, 2021

The latest motorcycle news and customs
Ducati enters the adventure bike fray in spectacular fashion with the new DesertX. We also look at a custom Honda CT125 from Taiwan, a Honda CRF150RB from California, and a BMW Lego Technic set that’ll keep you busy for hours.

New Ducati DesertX adventure motorcycle
Ducati DesertX This is clearly the year of good-looking neo-retro adventure bikes. First it was the Husqvarna Norden 901, and then MV Agusta’s ‘Lucky Explorer’ project. Now it’s Ducati’s turn, with the highly anticipated DesertX dual sport.

The good news is that the production-ready DesertX looks almost identical to the concept that Ducati has been teasing for over two years now. And that makes us happy, because it’s absolutely bananas.

New Ducati DesertX adventure motorcycle
It clearly channels Dakar rally icons like the Yamaha Ténéré and the mighty Cagiva Elefant—but with a contemporary edge.…

Super trick: Cardsharper’s BMW K1100LT scrambler

BMW K1100LT scrambler by Cardsharper Customs
Back in the 90s, if you wanted a big touring motorcycle, the BMW K1100LT was probably on your shortlist. It was the first Beemer to displace more than a liter, with a fuel-injected engine and low-maintenance shaft drive.

Compared to the behemoths from Harley and Honda, the K1100 was a technological tour de force. And despite weighing around 580 pounds dry, it was agreeably spritely on the road.

BMW K1100LT scrambler by Cardsharper Customs
A lot of the weight of the K1100LT came from the bodywork—which included a huge fairing, panniers and a top box. Drop that lot, and you’ve got the makings of a much more nimble bike. First gear wheelies become even more of a breeze.

So we reckon this fresh-looking K (with a hint of Dakar in the graphics) will be a blast to ride.…

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