Schmidt Motos Turbo Sportster: Custom Bike Marvel

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Schmidt Motos Turbo Sportster: Custom Bike Marvel

Bryce Schmidt, a talented custom bike builder based in Salina, Kansas, operates Schmidt Motos LLC, crafting motorcycles that defy conventionality. Despite working from his modest home garage, Schmidt’s creations are nothing short of astounding, reflecting his dedication and meticulous workmanship.

With a passion for creativity and metal fabrication, Schmidt honed his skills from a young age, experimenting with various bikes and owning around 40 different models from different manufacturers. However, his most ambitious project to date is the turbocharged conversion of a 2005 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Roadster.

Schmidt Motos Turbo Sportster: Custom Bike Marvel

Inspired by cafe racer aesthetics, Schmidt’s project involved a complete teardown of the Sportster, replacing the subframe with a custom tubular alternative, and redesigning the rear end to accommodate a Kawasaki Ninja monoshock suspension.

The addition of forced induction, utilizing a custom turbo setup, transformed the Sportster into a high-performance machine.

The build also includes upgraded front forks with adjustable cartridge inserts, braided stainless-steel brake hoses, and premium accessories like billet aluminum foot pegs and a swingarm-mounted taillight.

Schmidt’s attention to detail is evident, with electronic components neatly tucked away in a handmade box beneath the tail, while a retro-style headlamp illuminates the path ahead.

While the paint scheme remains simple with a black finish, it allows Schmidt’s craftsmanship to shine. Although specific performance figures resulting from the forced induction aren’t provided, this turbocharged Sportster undoubtedly represents a remarkable fusion of classic design and modern performance enhancements.


By Jayson O'Neil

Jayson is a car-o-holic, and you will often find him writing about cars & bikes here at DaxStreet. You can reach out to him at [email protected]

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