Before he created the custom bike building company West Coast Choppers, or had his own TV show, Jesse James worked for the famous Boyd Coddington, Hot Rods by Boyd, Inc. There Jesse created several custom and high performance Sportsters, this one commissioned by Iowan Jaey Sedlacek.
The story goes that Jesse James did a 300 foot burnout on the strip in Sturgis in 1990 riding a similar custom Harley-Davidson Sportster. Jaey Sedlacek was there and watching, liked the looks of the custom Sportster, and its performance. He tracked James down at the event. After some discussion James agreed to build Sedlacek a similar machine, also in Orange Pearl and Black. Hot Stuff is the custom that resulted, a good looking bike that is also a strong performer.
As we have seen, Harley Sportsters are a great starting point for everything from a “replica” XR750 dirt track racers to trim choppers, certainly street legal drag bikes. The engines respond to tuning, parts are widely available, the look and basic proportions are good and the result is always a machine that looks like it means business.
- Engine – OHV Sportster, Air-Cooled
- Displacement – 1200 Cubic Centimeters
- Pistons – C. R. Axtell
- Camshaft – Red Shift
- Carburetor – Rev Tech
- Heads – Jerry Branch
- Ignition – MC Power Arc
- Primary – Chain Driven
- Transmission – Four-Speed
- Clutch – Dry Multi-Plate Barnett
- Frame – Steel, Double Down Tube
- Suspension – Storz/Ceriani Inverted/Twin Shocks, Swingarm
- Wheels/Tires – 100/90 V 19, 160/60 V 18