Sportster 1200 Can Be a Good Harley Scrambler Platform

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Photo: Renard Speed Shop
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We’re stumbling upon Harley-based scramblers more and more often and this may hopefully help the MoCo understand that people are looking for more than fat overweight dressers and would gladly throw a leg over a bike which can switch from perfect highway asphalt to a fire road and back without any fuss. In fact, an “official HD scrambler” would even be a very cool model to be added to Milwaukee’s line-up, as we were writing yesterday. Still, until we get to see the real deal, we can only salute each new scrambler concept based on a Harley, and today it’s time for a Renard Speed Shop creation.
The Estonian custom workshop was commissioned for a “dirty” job by German H-D dealer Bertl’s and the result will definitely have people sighing when displayed. The nicest thing about this machine is probably the fact that the Sportster 1200 has not seen the hacksaw and welder, as all the upgrades arrived via the good-old bolt-on way.

Naturally, this is arguably the best-ever Harley scrambler, and some guys would even question some of the choices Renard have made. That may include the reshaped tank or the seat, but we should not forget that we’re dealing with authentic freedom here, so it’s a take it or leave it matter. Frankly, we’d take this beast for a ride in the mud right away…

Stock trim can look very good, too

Renard added a cool-looking Roland Sands exhaust system so we can vouch for the awesome tonal character of the bike. The shiny polished metal also contrasts beautifully with the matte black paint job and adds a dash of elegance to sobriety. Not sure how two people would get along in the saddle of this scrambler but honestly, we believe that this type of fun is more of a solo thing.

The chopped rear fender is flanked by two luggage racks on the sides and a top one. It looks good and adds functionality, allowing riders to carry some water and sandwiches for their trail adventures. The build also includes Rizoma turn signals, RSD pegs, blacked-out springs for the Ohlins dual rear shocks, Karoo dual-sport tires and a sturdy bash plate, plus custom-fabricated side covers to emphasize the retro scrambler number plates.

Considering this is all-stock as far as the frame goes, a true, official HD scrambler doesn’t seem such a far-fetched idea, does it? The Sportster 1200 may be a bit overkill as a platform, though…
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