Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Dirty Motor

Pulled the motor today. It needs some TLC. 2001 Evo Sporty 883 soon to be 1200cc's.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Home made oil tank

Dirty and well used. I might strip off the paint, get it chromed and run it again. What the hell, I made it during my spare time at my last job over two years ago.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Rock's Chops!

My new frame slugs, some cool stickers, and a coozy for keeping my favorite can of refreshments cool. Thanks Rock!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Matt T's swingarm XL frame

Matt T. from Arizona way. Matt's a talented chopper builder, Air Force vet, and all around good dude. He removed the hardtail and modified the swing arm on his Sporty. The mock up was bitchin. Can't wait to see it all painted up and put together. I stole this pic from the QCB forum and had to share it here.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

These stickers are SHARP!

Thanks to KB for the free stickers. Be sure to check out the Bench Mark blog for other cool one off chopper goodness!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wall Hanger

My first attempt at a home made 2 into 1 exhaust pipe. I'm planning on running a different exhaust so this one is going up on my wall for sentimental value.

CV Carb

A little carb cleaner and this thing will be good as new. Easy to work on. Easy to tune. What's not to like about the CV Carb? If you've got one you don't want send it to me, I'll be glad to take it off your hands.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Piece of Cake

I needed to disassemble the forks so I can have the fender mounts shaved off from the fork lowers. Boy, it needed it. New seal kit and fork oil required. Contrary to what I've read on other forums, it was a piece of cake disassembling the forks. All you need is a good vise with soft jaws,
a freind that knows, basic hand tools, and your done. Of course a service manual would have worked in place of a freind but what fun is that? Now to get the lowers shipped for a shave!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Brandon's Sporty

Took the family to my bro Brandon's house for his youngest son's birthday party and to watch the Chargers play. I snapped a couple pics of his bike an 02' XL. Nice subtle changes for a cool looking swing arm Sporty. 1200cc's. Scary fast.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Big Oscar's Shovel

Was over at Oscar's garage using his tools to pull my 39mm Showa forks apart for some leg shaving and seal replacement. I shot this pic of his new Shovel project. Foot clutch, Jockey shift, its a bitchin bike. The paint on the tins are outrageous.

Fredo's Shovel Dbl 16's

A cool Shovelhead built by Fredo in San Diego, CA. Lots of hand built parts and built to ride!

Friday, November 6, 2009

Jerry Branch on 883 to 1200cc conversion

I found this neat little tidbit of knowledge on This is for the Sporty rider with not a whole lot of money that wants to bump up his 883 motor. Advice from Jerry Branch of Branch Heads fame.

ONE LATE NIGHT TALK WITH JERRY BRANCH OF BRANCH late evening i made a phone call to a calif. shop... THINKING to leave MY return number ,,, was quite surprised that someone answered the phone..JERRY BRANCH was the answer..I told him what I had started to do with my 1995 883..wanting LOW end power and the best way to get it...I had already BOT wiseco 1200 cc pistons at 10.5/1 ratio HE SAID I couldn't use HIS heads with those pistons but since I was on a LOW budget and doing MY own work:::::HE suggested" " " " " " " "BUY new HD 1200 barrels using the wiseco pistons at 10.5/1use the stock 883 heads (give them a lap job)modify the carb with proper jets (.180 )??? and use a older model ?1200 sport needle..Use a good pair of slip-ons (scrm'n eagle)slap it together..... break it in @ 500 miles"THEN go find a POLE and climb it"--- call me back tell me what you thinkI then asked HIM what cams to use??HE SHOUTED his reply "there you guys go again ,,, wanting LOW-END power and torque ,,, then caming it all away...I followed his advice (other than the pole) REALLY HAD A HOT 1200 CC BIKE... BOY DID I surprise(my self included) a few of the guys I rode with...(in front of)THANKS to JERRY BRANCH for answering his phone one late night YEARS AGO.signed....BUBBIE

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Frame work

Picked up this stock rear frame half and the evo sporty motor mount jig from the QCB swap board. The tubes are cut and prepped. Just waiting on some slugs then I'm going to chop off the old hard tail and weld this stock frame half back on.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Jene Chopper

I really dig Shovelheads. This one is no exception. From Jene Chopper in Japan.

Brats Style Japan

Subtle, tasteful, but highly modified changes to Sportster make this one of my favorite swing arm bikes. The Japanese have a great eye for choppers and custom motorcycles.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

One piece at a time

Gas tank with cracked rear mount is off, seat with a crack near one of the seat spring bolts is off, rear fender and fender struts off. Its getting there.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tank Wilson's Swingarm Sporty

From the Jockey Journal. Tank Wilson's Sporty makeover. Showing that attention to detail can turn a stock swingarm Sportster into a cool chopper. Tastefully done.


I picked up a set of HD mags from my amigo Fredo. 19" front and 16" rear. The stock 21" spoked wheel is coming off and so is the solid Fatboy rear wheel that HD put on their "custom" Sportys.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Dirty Zees

I need a new headlight, the Z Bars I made are going up on the wall. The triple trees need to be polished or powdercoated but it all needs cleaned up.

Slippery Seat

For the makeover I need to do something with this seat. I'm thinking I just need to strip it down, add a little heat, and give it an lift towards the rear end. New cover and foam, the name Duane Ballard customs keeps popping into my dome...but I'm not that close yet.

Stock rear half

I got tired of the long hard tail. Time to hack it off and put this stock rear half back on! Getting the motor back in the frame in its stock location will help re align everything. Hmmm...a swing arm Sporty chop??

Jiggy with it!

This is my Sportster motor mount jig. Time to stop talking shit and get to chopping again.

My dog Feona

My house dog Feona an AKC Boxer. A friend at my last job gave her to me because his daughter was leaving for college and he didn't want her anymore. One of my best decisions was to bring her home. One of the best dogs I've ever owned.


Better to have it and not need it then to need it and not have it. You can never predict when trouble will come a calling, .40 cal manstoppers. Get the proper training, the proper permits, and know the law. Remember basic gun handling safety, never ever point a gun loaded or unloaded at anything you do not want to destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Ironhead Chopper

Another one from the Jockey Journal Sportster thread. Perfect Ironhead Chopper.

Ironhead Digger

Lifted from the Jockey Journal. A classic digger bike. Sportsters rule!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Evo Sporty hardtail by Elswick Cycles

Don't want title issues with an aftermarket frame for your Evo Sportster? Get yourself a weld on hardtail from Elswick Cycles in SoCal! Quality built with the garage builder in mind.

Friday, June 26, 2009


Bad ass Shovelhead chopper from Japan.

Indian Larry

The late great Indian Larry. Function and aesthetics. Riding at break neck speeds on light and fast bullet proof chopper. 32 degrees of rake, magnetos, rigid frames only, and skinny tires. A chopper Hero.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Johnny Wolf's Swinger Sporty

Johnny Wolf a forum member on the QCB modified his swing arm bike. I'm told he's ditching the white walls.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Frisco Pan

My idea of a perfect Panhead chopper. Lifted the pic from the Kemosabe & The Lodge blog.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

64 Impala

4Q Conditioning

Cool Triumph chopper built by Max Schaaf for one of his friends.


This my current daily rider. My friend Matthew and I built the hardtail. Its been a good reliable bike but now I want to rebuild it. I need to shorten the hardtail, the motor needs a good bath, new chrome on the bars, pipes and fork tubes, fresh powdercoat, different fender, and I have a set of Sportster mags I want to run.