When choosing bikes to go into the magazine, I go almost entirely by gut reaction. If my first instinct is 'yeah, I'd love that parked in my garage', then the bike's in.
But I'm human, and sometimes I'm swayed by who the builder is, or someone I respect urging me that the bike is cool... and occasionally I look back at old issues and the odd bike sticks out as being not quite 'GKM material'.
This Sportster, built by Jake in Seattle, isn't one of those 'maybe' bikes; I downright love it. And I hope you do too, because we'll be featuring it soon.