Chrome, silver, spare architecture and a steampunk sensibility make the Harley Davidson Sportster 883 "Opera" By South Garage a one of a kind ride for the hippest cats in town. If you\u2019re crazy for the feeling of the wind in your teeth and love the bygone caf\u00e9 racer scene, then this bike is calling to you. Or maybe you just want the damned thing, there\u2019s no reason to get mystical about it.\r\n\r\nBuilt on the foundation of the classic and powerful Harley 488, this bike isn\u2019t just a thing of beauty, it\u2019s also big, loud, heavy, and fast. A handmade campomaggi leather saddle is perched perilously over the long arm rear suspension. Copper accents, possibly superfluous copper pipettes and a ridiculously stylish frame bar spine running down the center of the top of the gas tank make this look like it came right out of a Will Smith movie that doesn\u2019t deserve a prop this nice.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe original bike is a regular on the dragstrip, built for speed and stability. Its engine is water-cooled, a fact that Harley did a good job hiding- but South Garage decided that it would make a great detail on their steampunk version. The V-twin mill has a lot more charm now that it\u2019s got a look that is meant to capitalize on the romance of fictive machines from an imaginary bygone time.\r\n\r\nThe one mismatch is that it\u2019s made to perform best at top speeds in straight lines, which means when it\u2019s performing at its peak, it is rather difficult to stare at it. But if you like looking at it, you can get to a comfy spot to sit down right damned fast.\r\nCheck it out\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nHave you subscribed to Man of Many? You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.