Not exactly how it looked when it left the factory...
It's a tradition that began 60 years or so ago: People go off to wage war on our enemies, then discover motorcycle riding along the way, and come back to the U.S. and scratch the riding bug that bit them overseas by getting a motorcycle.
96 H-D Sportster | Karn's Kustoms
Depending on your perspective, this story starts with either a cream puff or a turd. It ends, however, with a really cool hardtail bobber, no matter who you are. We’ll talk more about the cream puff/turd controversy in a moment. For now, what you really need to know is that this bike was created by Adam Karns from a ’96 Harley Sportster. He’d wanted to cut a Sportster in half and make it a hardtail bobber for years. Adam just never had the opportunity to do so with the other Sportsters that have passed through Karns Kustoms over the years. He finally bought this one just for that reason.
An epic showdown of Harley-Davidson Sportsters showed up at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip during the 76th Sturgis Rally to battle for trophies, prizes and the ever important bragging rights. The variety of Sportsters were fantastically varied, from dual 26" wheeled low rider style machines to a XLCR that looked like it rolled out of a dealership time machine from 1978. Take a look at the photos and videos and you're bound to see something of the quad-cam variety that strikes your fancy.