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Tue, 10 Feb 2015

Would you choose Guildford H-D as your 'Custom King'?

Guildford Harley-Davidson are also participating in the national dealership competition to build the best custom Harley-Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight. The winner is decided by you, the general public! If you believe that Guildford H-D are the true 'Kings of Custom' then please clicking here and vote Guildford!

Our 2015 Harley-Davidson XL1200X Forty-Eight dubbed the “SX1200” based on the 1970’s AMF Harley-Davidson/Aermacchi era and using a 1974 Harley-Davidson SX175 that we have here at the shop as inspiration.

The Sportster range in general lends itself to huge customization possibilities, especially the Forty-Eight. Its low down, stripped back look is a perfect base for an “old school” feel bike. Being the great base that it is also adding modern accessories such as custom wheels works very well with the Forty-Eight. To be honest that’s the best thing about Sportsters, the possibilities are endless.  

We wanted to build something fun, usable and a little nostalgic. Scramblers are rad and I personally love the Paint scheme on this bike. Simple, Effective. The Biltwell Speedway Seat and XR750 Style Rocker Covers give the bike a unique look to the past. Many small touches make to a massive change in style from the original bike.  

Probably the most challenging part of the bike was those Rocker covers, Dave had to Ratchet Strap the Engine down in the frame to slide them into place (thanks for the idea to strap the motor Mick)

We are really stoked on the way it’s come out and hope the general public like it to!

Custom Kings Project Bike by…

  • Michael Noble
  • Aaron Presley
  • David Presley


Specification – SX1200

H-D parts

  • Stock Sportster Forty-Eight Gas Tank finished in classic AMF Harley-Davidson Paint Scheme
  • Screamin' Eagle air filter
  • H-D Dark Custom air filter cover/insert
  • H-D Dark Custom Derby cover
  • H-D Dark Custom Timing Cover
  • H-D “Hollywood” Handle Bars
  • H-D Sports Wind Deflector
  • H-D Sparto Tail Light (From 2009 FXDB)
  • H-D 883N fork boots
  • H-D Left Side SAREE guard (Still waiting on right side from H-D)
  • H-D Two-Up 12” Rear Shocks

Non-H-D parts

  • Chopped and Shaved Cam Cover
  • Chopped and Shaved Drive Sprocket Cover
  • Biltwell Speedway Seat
  • Biltwell Mushman Foot Pegs
  • Biltwell Renegade Moto Grips
  • Avon Speedmaster MKII Tires
  • Kellerman Bar-End LED Indicators
  • Custom Chrome Round Mirrors (Black)
  • Freedom Performance 2-into-1 Tracker Exhaust
  • EMD “Killer Parts” XR750 Style Rocker Box Covers

If you're considering customising your current ride, why not talk to Aaron and his team in the parts department, they've got some great ideas to help make your exisiting ride even more awesome; or perhaps you fancy a fresh new ride with a totally bespoke look? If so, talk to Michael our very own Custom King. Call on 01483 207222 or call into the shop for more inspiration, we're just off the Portsmouth Road in Peasmarsh, Guildford, GU3 1NA.

Don't forget, before closing this page, help us out by clicking here to vote for Guildford H-D.