Greg Hageman’s tasteful Sportster custom is both visually appetizing and technically masterful. Despite being renowned for customizing Yamahas, Hageman, a Harley-Davidson mechanic, gained fame for his XV920 Yamaha Virago reimaginations that redefined the undervalued OHV V-twin. Yamaha’s brand lesson gave Hageman a mid-2010s custom scene entry, though he’d been studying Harley mechanics since 1999, mastering the craft through 2011. He selected a 2004 solid engine mount Sportster for his off-road vision.
Inspired by the 1958 Harley-Davidson XLCH, Hageman’s build paid homage with a matching red and white paint scheme. He embraced the racer look, shortening fenders, installing enduro tires, and adding compact handlebars. The original XLCH’s formidable performance legacy, only rivaled by the 1977 XLCR, motivated Hageman’s design. His creation not only reflects the vintage aesthetic but also echoes the prowess of the classic XLCH, infusing it with contemporary custom brilliance.