Vantage Velocity: A Harley-Davidson Sportster Roadster by Rough Crafts

The Harley-Davidson Sportster Roadster broke cover just six years before The Motor Co. unceremoniously pulled the plug on the aging Evolution Sportster. Equipped with upside-down forks and an atypical (for Harley) 19F/18R wheel combo, its aesthetic fell somewhere between café racer and street tracker, without leaning either way confidently. Still, it was a handsome enough bike, and one of the bolder Sportster variations available towards the end of the V-twin’s life cycle.

Of course, none of this matters particularly much to Winston Yeh—the man behind the Taiwan powerhouse custom shop, Rough Crafts. That’s because when he and his assortment of trusted collaborators get their grubby paws on a Harley Sportster, most of the stock bike ends up in the bin. Thanks to Taiwanese regulations, Rough Crafts isn’t known for elaborate frame or engine mods—but they still manage to eke ridiculous amounts of style and swagger out of dead-ordinary Harley donors.

Rough Crafts’ latest release echoes this sentiment with confidence. Dubbed ‘Vantage Velocity,’ it’s based on a 2017-model Harley-Davidson Sportster Roadster. But you’d never be able to tell by looking at it, because every part that sets the Roadster apart from its stablemates is gone.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Vantage Velocity: A Harley-Davidson Sportster Roadster by Rough Crafts
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Published Date: Sat, 10 Feb 2024 20:43:32 +0000

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