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1957 Harley Davidson Sportster – Picture Special

Lego Harley Davidson Sportster 1957

After the last few days’ weirdness we’re back to a more usual form of transportation. But what a beautiful form of transportation it is! This is a 1957 Harley Davidson Sportster XL motorbike, and it’s been recreated to near perfection by Maxime Cheng of Flickr.

Lego Harley Davidson Sportster 1957

Harley Davidson launched their Sportster line of motorcycles in 1957, making this version the very first, powered by a 40bhp 900cc V-Twin engine which was larger than many European car engines of the time, but in a smallish sporty frame.

It was a bit of a departure for Harley Davidson, whose customers typically favoured big, heavy lumbering beasts because, well, America. However the invasion of lighter, smaller, British motorcycles after World War 2 forced Harley to react, and although disliked by some of the brand’s hardcore fans at the time the Sportster was successful enough to merit a continuous production run since 1957, and the Sportster is still available in the Harley Davidson range today.

1957 Harley Davidson Sportster Lego Motorcycle

This gorgeous Model Team style recreation of the first of the Sportster line captures those early bikes brilliantly, and it’s been photographed beautifully too. There are lots more images to see at Maxime’s 1957 Harley Davidson Sportster XL album – click the link above to head over to Flickr to vie the complete set.

1957 Harley Davidson Sportster Lego Motorcycle

Live to Ride

Harley-Davidson 1200cc Sportster

Despite having an engine the same size as this writer’s first car, Harley-Davidsons are not fast bikes. But they do make a noise like a naval gun and that’s pretty cool, unless you’re trying to leave the house in the early hours of the morning, in which case your entire street will hate you. However, ride one during sociable hours and little else is cooler.

This top quality Model Team recreation of the Harley-Davidson 1200cc Sportster comes from Andre Pinto and it looks loud even in the pictures! There’s more to see on both Eurobricks and Flickr – click the links for all the images.

Lego Harley Davidson Motorbike