BIKE CHECK WITH SOPHIA ANTON
I have a 2001 HD SPO 883 XLH that I bought off a friend in 2017 for $2K after a couple of months from passing my riders course with HD. Since then, I’ve built the bike out to my liking, with the help of my awesome boyfriend who happens to be a mechanic. Thanks babe! My sportster performs great and can definitely boogie! I’ve been thinking about a conversion to a 1200, so that’s a possible project for over the coming Winter, but I also don’t want to open a can of worms when I have no issues with my engine as is and it’s overall performance. We’ll see!
Bassani Exhaust 2:1
Joker Machine Bridge Risers
Joker Machine Stem Nut
Lowbrow Customs Levers
Lowbrow Customs Brass Gas Cap
Powder Coated Mag Wheels
Custom Air Intake
Memphis Shades Fairing
Memphis Shades Hand-Guards
Roland Sands Handle Bar Grips
Lucky Dave Seat
Custom Design Timing/Derby Cover
Custom Sissy Bar
Chopped Rear Fender; No Front
LED Factory Mart Headlight
Sometimes finding parts that I really want for my bike and year can be tough.
Ex: Legend Suspension. Those awesome coil Revo shocks in black/gold aren’t made for my make/year and it makes me sad haha...
I chose a Harley Davidson over other motorcycle companies out there because of their history as a brand. They’re legendary, classic, and timeless and HD will always be a huge staple in the moto world. I love Sportsters because they’re easy to take apart and customize. They’re also extremely reliable and badass bikes. I’m in the market for a 2nd bike. My next project will be a Sportie chopper in the near future.
What is your favorite weekend ride back home in NJ?
I’d have to say Old Mine Road along the Delaware River. It’s a historic and scenic treasure. It’s a one day trip that will take you to historic sites, Revolutionary War and Civil War cemeteries, the ruins of old copper mines, and beautiful vistas of forested hills and farmlands. It’s even better to ride in the Fall once the foliage begins to peak.
What would you like to tell people visiting Sturgis for the first time to expect?
Well, first off, 2020 was my first year in attendance at Sturgis, and I can say it certainly won’t be my last! It’s a bike week to remember in a great and beautiful state. For a week, Sturgis becomes home base to hundreds of thousands of bikers as they enjoy motocross events, drag races, and scenic rides through the nearby Black Hills, or to Dakota landmarks like the Badlands or Mount Rushmore. There’s so much to see and ride! I had a blast! Expect having the time of your life. I’d like to thank the underrated state of South Dakota for an epic week of riding. The vast valleys, prairies, farmland, reservoirs, national parks, monuments, sunsets, and sweeping roads through the mountains alongside wildlife is unforgettable. Thank you Sturgis for some normalcy in the current state of insanity.
Everyone has their favorite road to ride in Sturgis, what is yours? Can you pick just one?
Honestly, no, haha I cannot just pick one but to name a few that became my favorite while out in South Dakota were:
NEEDLES HIGHWAY WITH IRON MOUNTAIN ROAD, SPEARFISH CANYON, CUSTER STATE PARK LOOP, BADLANDS, and so many more..
After a great ride through Custer State Park, we found a bar/restaurant called the Hitch Rail in Pringle, SD. BEST steak I’ve had in a while or possibly ever!
A road that really stuck with me that I couldn’t get enough of was in the Black Hills National Forest on 385 around Pactola Lake. Catching dusk around the reservoir was just priceless every time passing through. I’m a sucker for any beautiful sunset and South Dakota has them all.