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Mike Pierich of Harrisburg, PA recently completed a makeover of his 1992 Harley Sportster motorcycle. The "patch" sticker was done by an artist friend, and another friend did the pin striping. It's meant as a tribute to his father, Pfc. Rudolph J. Pierich who jumped over Normandy and was wounded, and who made his "final jump" on July 8, 2004.

The Sportster
basks in the sun and a hint of the tribute can be seen on the lower flare of the front fender.

Homing In
on the engine's perch begins to show off the tribute even more.  The engine is a V2, 1200 CC putting out 49 HP.

along with the combat jump wings earned in Normandy are a theme centerpiece

Pin Striping
along the gas tank adds some pizzazz to the bike's overall look

Seen From Left
the bike hints at two more theme pieces, one on the tank, the other on the battery case

Battery Case
bears a rendition of the 508th's famed Diablo emblem

Tank Top
shows from pin striping and the lower edge of an emblem

Closer View
reveals the 508th Diablo emblem

Another Angle
shows off the work on the gas tank

a close-up of the emblem with it's faithful reproduction of the coveted 508th Devil
Mike says," If there is sufficient interest in the stickers, I can get any size printed up (the several I have are 4-1/2" and 3", (I believe) and would cost about $6 apiece. I probably would need an order of 15 or 20 to break even."  Interested parties can e-mail Mike at michael@epix.net

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