Sportster Cafe Racer

The Sportster kit transforms the American legend into a modern custom
Cafe Racer.

Since it's introduction in 1957, the Sportster has become one of the longest continuously produced motorcycles in history and a platform for countless model series and custom builds. The classic V-twin has been re-discovered in recent years as a bike with infinite possibilities for customization and a blank canvas for the home builder. It's a solid, simple, and affordable bike with a vast array of available aftermarket parts including exhausts, seats, bars, and foot controls.

The Sportster Cafe Racer was brought to life in the tradition of the legendary XLCR sold in 1977 and 1978 (shown below). It's a modern interpretaion of a classic design, now available as a complete kit from RYCA.

1977 Harley Davidson XLCR

Sportster Cafe Racer Kit

Build your own custom motorcycle with a Sportster Cafe Racer Kit. The bolt-on parts are made in the USA and designed specifically for Harley Davidson Sportsters. Since no welding or fabrication is required, the project can be completed with basic tools and skills.

Fitment Guide

  • Fits Harley Sportster year models 1986-Present.
  • 883 and 1200 cc models are both acceptable for conversion.
  • Custom models (e.g. XL1200-C) with high rise handlebars are NOT recommended for this kit. 1200 "C" or "Custom" models not recommended due to the extended handlebar risers and 21" front wheel.

Base Kit Includes:

  • Cafe racer seat with mounting hardware. Available in two styles.
  • Custom exhaust designed by DP Customs and RYCA. Made by Bassani® in the USA. Optional can of black VHT high temp ceramic coating and header wrap (exhaust comes unfinished in raw steel).
  • Aluminum rear set foot controls with standard shift pattern. Features a high and low position. All mounting hardware included. Aluminum or black anodized finish. Optional upgraded rearsets available.
  • Burly Brand® Stilletto shocks.
  • Tail light and custom bracket.
  • Your choice of clip-ons OR clubman handlebars.
  • Your choice of fairing OR gauge & headlight lowering bracket.
  • All required hardware.

Cafe racer seat available in two styles.

Adjustable rearsets in aluminum or black anodized finish.

Custom Box Pipe exhaust made by Bassani® in the USA


Stilletto Shocks by Burley Brand®

Clubman bars available in black or chrome.

Clip Ons available in black or chrome.

Fairing with mounting hardware.

LED tail light with turn signals & brake light.

Optional fork brace available in black or chrome.

Optional air filter assembly by Joker Machine®.

Optional wheel set CNC machined from aluminum.

Click here to see the full list of parts, options, and upgrades.

Sportster Cafe Racer Gallery


Does the Sportster Cafe Racer Kit bolt on or do I have to weld?
The Sportster kit is 100% bolt-on with no welding required. Cuts to the stock fender supports are required, but easily accomplished with a Dremel tool or angle grinder.

Stainless number plates are available for '91-'03 Sportsters. Only about 1 1/2" of the fender supports is removed if you want to use the number plates (see below). Watch the installation video here.

What years/models of Harley Sportster will the kit work with?
The kit is designed to work with year models 1986 - Present. There are slight differences in the '86-'03 kit and the '04-Present kit due to the changes made when the new frame and rubber mounted engines were introduced in 2004.

Custom models (e.g. XL1200-C) with high rise handlebars are NOT recommended for this kit. 883 and 1200 cc models are both acceptable for conversion, but 1200 "C" or "Custom" models not recommended due to the extended handlebar risers and 21" front wheel.

Does the kit work for both 883 and 1200 cc engine models?

What options are available for the kit?
The Cafe Racer Seat is available in two styles (see below). Rearsets are available in aluminum or anodized black. Clubman bars are available in chrome or black. Optional fairing, headlight lowering bracket, clip-ons, number plates, air cleaners, etc are also available. Options and prices can be found at the RYCA Online Store.

What's the difference between the Version 1 and Version 2 Seat?
The Version 2 seat is a little smaller and low-profile than Version 1. Version 1 is made of fiberglass, with a gloss black gel coat finish. Version 2 is vacuum formed from ABS plastic. Painting is optional on the Version 1 fiberglass seat, but you will definitely want to paint Version 2. The LED tail light included with the kit works nicely with both styles.

Do I need to send you any parts off the bike like the other Ryca kits?
No, the Sportster kit is complete out of the box.

Is documentation included in the kit?
Yes. Build guides, videos, and tech support are provided. The build guides can be found in the Resources section of the website. Instructional videos are posted on our YouTube Channel. Please email for tech support.

Why can't I order my kit with the parts already painted?
1. The paint is easily damaged in shipping.  2. You'll want to do some test fitting of your unpainted kit parts before final assembly. It's much easier without worrying about scratching new paint.  3. You can have your parts painted locally for a better price than we could paint them for you.  4. Having your paint done locally allows you to see the actual color in person, color match your parts correctly, and have a custom paint job done to your specs. Check out the Customer Builds section of the website to get some ideas.

What is the seat height of the Sportster Cafe Racer?
The seat height is approximately 31 inches.

Does the price include shipping?
No. Please contact us for a shipping quote.

Can you ship internationally?
Yes. International customers are responsible for all shipping costs, duty/tariff fees, and import taxes. Please contact us for a shipping quote.

What tools do I need?
Other than a basic set of hand tools, an angle grinder is highly recommended for removal of the fender struts. A Dremel tool will also work, or even a hacksaw if you want to keep it super old school. But an angle grinder is ideal, allowing you to easily cut through the struts and smooth out the edges with a flapper disk afterwards. A basic motorcycle lift (shown below) is also recommended and can be used in the future for maintenance, etc.

Do you offer bulk/dealer discounts?
Yes, contact us for details.

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