Hey guys, I am in the process of restoring a 1957 XL Sportster. When I bought the bike the frame had been chewed up pretty badly on the neck. The previous owner had cut it bad with a torch in an attempt to make the frame smooth....he filled it with body filler pretty thick so I had no idea when I bought it that the frame had this much damage. Anyway after sandblasting the frame I realized the neck had to be replaced, It was in really bad shape with deep pits from the torch, it was severely disfigured which would not allow me to mount the proper engine crash bars, or steering damper, besides it was just ugly. So I had a local motorcycle shop replace the neck...now the new neck has no casting numbers as it was made to be a replacement. The frame is strong now and looks a lot better.
My question is when I bring this bike to be judged will I get points off for no casting #'s on the neck? I could even bring the old neck with me to the judging....This was unavoidable, as the old neck was not repairable. The entire rest of the frame is correct, with casting #'s in all the right spots. I have spent a lot of time and money finding original parts for this restoration and everything else is A+. The absolute only concern of mine is this neck, but like I said there was no way around it, it had to be replaced.
Besides this, the bike will be without a doubt one of, if not The Best example of a 1957 XL Sportster in the country. I went to the 50th Anniversary in Lexington, Ohio this summer and saw a pair of good 1957 XL's but there were discrepencies that I noticed....anyhow I would appreciate any feedback regarding this issue. Thanks