"Sportster Kit Bike"
By Dave Brackett
It was late 1971, and AEE needed to do a new "Kit Bike", to show our new AEE products, and again show what aftermarket parts could create, using a stock bike. We bought an XLH Sportster , disassembled it, including the motor, and sent the motor for chrome. I got a new, 10 degree raked, rigid frame for Sportster, from Brackett Chassis Company. Since this frame was new and heliarc welded, no molding was necessary. The frame, a peanut gas tank and new rolled rear fender were sent to "Molly" for paint. He used the new polyester based clear coat paint in yellows, with orange, blue and red trim.
When chromed and painted parts returned, assembly started. We were now selling performance parts, so this bike got extras, like a Weber carb and Joe Hunt magneto. Front end was a new AEE chromed square glide style, with small spool front brake. New wheels and tires were added, 5.00 x 16 rear and skinny up front.
The rear had a solo and buddy seat by Whitey Morgan and new style circle top sissy bar. The bike was trimmed with AEE custom windshield, rectangular headlights, and lean back handlebars on 8" risers. AEE chromed exhaust pipes mufflers and custom chromed foot pegs completed this Kit Bike.
This chopper was the third AEE built, to show what could be done with a "Kit" of AEE parts. After chrome and paint, it only took several days to finish assembly. "The Sportster Kit Bike" was continually used to showcase new products, even sporting a blower later on.
Once again, a neat, sleek new chopper was built completely with after market parts. This bike was quick to build, but I hope it showed people around the country what they could do at home, with only simple tools and no welding. What a classic chopper look.