At this point in our life together all that had been done to the Sporty were the pipes, bars, tires and the losing of about forty tons of horrid plastic, reflectors, belt guards and anything else that isn't required. It got flogged and flogged hard in the first two months, around 8,000 klms, and is now sitting on the 35,000 mark . . . . also with tuning 'Dynopakthingy', new rear shocks and front springs, the larger non custom 1200 tank and Von Pato's paintwork, Speed Merchant finned derby cover, removed output cover, de-blacked fork legs and brace and hand re-worked air cleaner . . . . it is what it is folks and no apologies, a ultra reliable, moderately cool everday tool, the '74 shovel is going to take me back to the '69 and '74 Trumpy ownership days of breakdowns, cursing, kickstarting, scraped knuckles and phone calls to mates with utes in the middle of the night from hundreds of kilometers away.
***** ALL THOSE WANTING TO SEE THE SPORTSTER CATEGORY TAKE THE LEAD IN CHOPPERDAVE'S POLL, GET OVER THERE QUICK SMART AND IN A HURRY AND PUT IN YOUR VOTE . . . . THOSE BLOODY SHOVELS ARE NEARLY HITTING THE FRONT !!! DON'T TELL ALLEN AT LADY HUMP . . . . HE'LL BE TRULY SUICIDAL . . . .