Your Motorcycles: A Wicked Sportster

Donna Hautz rides the yellow brick road on her Harley

By Donna Hautz, Hallieford, Virginia

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How did it all begin?
Well, it really was no miracle. What happened was just this:
The wind began to switch, the house pitch, and suddenly the hinges started to unhitch.
Just then the witch, to satisfy an itch, went flying on her broomstick, thumbing for a hitch.

your motorcycles a wicked sportster yellow brick road
Donna Hautz customized her Sportster in a Wizard of Oz theme. The front fender depicts Emerald City and the Yellow Brick Road, so no matter where Donna is going, shes always headed down the Yellow Brick Road. We thought wed give her an actual yellow brick road to ride on in this picture.

It all started when my youngest son, Matthew said he wanted to buy a motorcycle. I would never just say no without researching and gathering all the information I could to make a logical (unbiased) decision, which I was certain would be … no. However, the deeper I entered the world of all things motorcycle, I realized I wanted one too! I had just turned 50, retired, and what would be more perfect? Absolutely nothing!

After “trying on” many bikes for the right fit and feel, I bought what felt best, a brand new Harley-Davidson XL 883 Sportster. The color was White Gold Pearl, but what I really wanted was a horse of a different color. After all, buying a motorcycle is just the beginning. Next, was to make it mine.

your motorcycles a wicked sportster harley
Donnas customized Sportster, complete with big hard bags, floorboards, and luggage rack is ready for the long haul—all the way to the Emerald City.

My trip down the Yellow Brick Road began with the base color. I chose a custom color called Black Rainbow which was painted by my friend, retired police officer Mike Smithley, whom I affectionately call “The Tinman.” I hired Jon Wooten, who has painted the last three U.S. Olympic Luge Teams’ helmets, to paint what I thought would be the only airbrush work—the Wicked Witch of the West and a flying monkey.

your motorcycles a wicked sportster witch monkey
The Sportsters fuel tank features Jon Wootens airbrushed replicas of the Wizard of Ozs villains—the Wicked Witch of the West and one of her flying monkeys.

Like all projects, the image in my head continued to scream I wasn’t done yet. The fenders were all wrong! Searching the Internet, I found Sumax’s wonderfully long sweeper fenders (sweep/broom) that I knew would be absolutely perfect. But nothing is perfect; the stock seat wouldn’t fit or look right with the new fenders. So a Mustang seat was in order, but modifications still had to be made for the seat to fit with the fenders. The folks at Mustang were more than helpful. They sent free rubber stanchions to provide a perfect fit. Of course, a Harley-Davidson Tombstone brake light belonged on these fenders. Then, I added whitewall tires and the Fat 40 Twisted (twister) spoke wheels from Landmark and Harley-Davidson’s floating brake rotors.

She was starting to come to life now, but cackled for a set of full size saddlebags. No manufacturer had full size, big bike saddlebags that would fit on a Sportster. So there it was! I was not in Kansas anymore. I’ve never been afraid of doing anything myself. I told my husband what I wanted to do and he contacted his cousin who has a machine shop in his garage and we went to work on making brackets for my saddlebags.

your motorcycles a wicked sportster install
Donna isnt afraid to do her own wrenching. Working with tools her whole life, as well as five years in the U.S. Army, two years in the U.S. Navy, and 19 years in public utility maintenance proves she is no cowardly lion!

your motorcycles a wicked sportster saddlebag bracket
Finding nothing available from the aftermarket, Donna recruited her husbands cousin to fabricate these really cool saddlebag brackets from steel tubing.

your motorcycles a wicked sportster sumax saddlebag
Then they installed large Sumax saddlebags to the brackets and had the bags color-matched to the bike.

your motorcycles a wicked sportster kuryakyn floorboards
Once the brackets were finished and saddlebags mounted, the Sportster clearly needed floorboards! That was another issue — no one makes real floorboards for a Sportster. So Donna and her crew machined a chunk of stainless steel into an adapter bracket, attached it to where the footpeg was (the original peg is shown on the left), and then bolted a Küryakyn floorboard to the assembly (right). The adapter bracket even allows the floorboard to fold up if Donna leans to far.

your motorcycles a wicked sportster harley-davidson tour pak
Donna added a quick-detachable Harley-Davidson Tour Pak for more storage. It, too, was airbrushed by Jon Wooten to look like Dorothy’s basket with Toto peering out the back. Several people have been astonished to find out that it’s not actually a basket or a real dog!

your motorcycles a wicked sportster ruby slippers
The 1939 Ford LED tear drop lights inset into the back of the saddlebags work well into the airbrushed ruby slippers of the Wicked Witch of the East. The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939.

I added Harley-Davidson auxiliary lights and used the Harley-Davidson signal light relocation kit to place the signals under the aux lights. Then I added speakers from Cycle Sounds (which are shaped just like the Harley-Davidson turn signals) to the original turn signal location.

Riding the wicked Sportster, I’ve seen kids in passing cars hanging out the window to take pictures of me. Even their parents have taken pictures and many slow down to ride beside me while they get their photos. I have met dozens of people everywhere I go. From young to old, military members to Hells Angels MC members have given me thumbs up. And a lot of women just really love my license plate, which reads BRROOM. I only wish I hadn’t waited so long before getting a motorcycle. The feeling of riding can’t be described with words. The only people who understand this feeling are others who ride.

The Tin Man made me a witch’s hat—complete with a real helmet underneath—painted black with Green Pearl. Sometimes I wear it when I read to schoolchildren that sit around the bike during “Real Riders Read” functions.

I plan on upgrading the 53.8 cubic inch cylinders and pistons to 90 cubic inches, which will make it larger than a Sportster 1200. I’d like to add black powder coat to the jugs [engine cylinders] and diamond-cut the fins.

I’ve been trying to figure out where to add LED lights and how to add some fog … perhaps I should ask the Scarecrow.

Have you customized your motorcycle a little … or a lot? No matter what you did, we want to show off your bike on WRN.Find out how to submit your bike photos here.

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8 thoughts on Your Motorcycles: A Wicked Sportster

  1. Cool! I really like what you’ve done.

  2. Great ride! Glad we could help with making it a bagger! Ride safe.

  3. What an amazing bike! You did an awesome job but I wouldn’t expect any less from an amazing lady! Good job!

  4. Thanks everyone! I really appreciate everyone’s kind words. I’m so happy to be riding, so happy to meet so many brothers and sisters. I consider you all among the best. See you on the road someday.

  5. What a fantastic bike! I love all the details, but the ‘basket’ and license plate are the best. It’s wonderful to get such a great reaction from people when you ride too.

  6. Wow! I’ve wanted to customize my 883 ever since I got her two years ago. Now I no it IS possible! Very nice!

  7. Great realization of a very cool concept and the HAT KILLS! Way cooler than those silly half-beanie brain buckets!

  8. Wow Donna! I’d definitely say that you are not in Kansas anymore, at least not with that beauty! This is so incredibly well done. I don’t know what I like best: the basket with Toto or the witch’s legs on the bags. Either way, it’s a scream! Hope there’s enough room in those bags for the flying monkeys! Hope you have a zillion happy and safe miles on every road you ride! Thank you for sharing.

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