"Wild Kit Sportster"
By Dave Brackett
In early 1970, AEE was wanting to show what could be done with all bolt on AEE products. We got a stock Harley Sportster, electric start, and stripped it leaving only the frame, motor, tank, oil tank and battery. First, an AEE bolt-on hardtail was added and new 5.00 X 16" alloy rim and tire, laced to the stock hub and installed. Now for the front end.
I did cheat from our bolt on only scheme. We raked the neck about 9 to 10 degrees.You could also do the bike with no rake, but the neck would sit higher, and we wanted the longer, lower look. I installed a 20" over stock round AEE springer front end with a new 16" front wheel, tire and small custom brake assembly. An AEE adjustable kick stand was installed to correct for the new height.
Now on it's own wheels, we added rectangular Ciebie headlights using an AEE custom mounting bracket. I sent a new flat rear fender and stock gas tank out for paint, and removed some items for chrome plating. When those returned, we mounted the fender using a solo sissy bar, and reinstalled the tank. The paint scheme from Molly was in reds and golds, with stripped flames. An AEE solo seat and buddy pad were added, with a new tail light and license plate frame installed. New pull back handlebars were added with 8" risers.
Bolt-on AEE foot pegs dressed up front and rear. I got our custom exhaust pipes, mufflers and upsweep pipes from stock and installed those, then redid some wiring and hoses to clean up the look.
Except waiting for the paint and chrome to be finished, the project only took several days, and the new bike had a completely different look. Because we could sell parts to completely change a bike over to a chopper, we referred to it as a "Kit" for that type bike, hence the name "Wild Kit Sportster".
When advertising showed what could be done with after market parts, orders came rolling in. It was a simple project, and showed how easy one could build a chopper style motorcycle.