It's no secret I love Sportsters, specifically Evo Sportsters. They make great build platforms. Inexpensive parts, a wide range of possibilities, and good power-to-weight ratio all combine to make a great pallet for building the motorcycle of your choosing. So when Sick Boy Motorcycles said they wanted to give away a bike for their 20th anniversary and wanted to use a Sportster, we jumped at the chance to build the bike.

We started with a low-mile 2001 Harley Sportster that was as box stock as they come. Stylistically we could have gone a ton of different ways but Doug and I really wanted to keep it simple and clean, just a bad-ass bar hopper with some swagger. The idea was to slam the bike's stance but also to keep some suspension so we grabbed a set of 10 1/2" Burly Slammer Shocks to get it sitting low. Then we had o deal with the larger 3.3-gallon tank because it didn't fit our low-and-sleek style. We swapped it for a 2.2-gallon tank to slim it up and the bike looked noticeably smaller. For the bars we opted for a TC Bros Slant Z Bar to keep things narrow and a Ness Method Riser to hold them upright and capped the bar ends with a sweet set of Ness Fusion Grips. But with the small bars we needed to clean up the controls, so I ditched the switch housing, wired a small run/stop switch into the headlight brow and planted a small starter button out of the way under the seat.

The rear fender had to be slimmed down to look keep the lines of the lean and mean stance, so we chopped off the the stock fender and trimmed the fender struts to match. That meant we had to find a new solution for the rear lighting and plate holder. I didn't want to side mount the plate and light because we were trying to keep the bike slim. Biltwells Mako Taillight and Plate Holder provided the perfect solution with an old school look that perched the taillight and plate cleanly at the end of our newly chopped fender. A Roland Sands Designs Fork Brace gave us a tidy way to eliminate the front fender without shaving the legs and left us the option of putting the front fender back if we so desired. The air cleaner had to be cool but couldn't take up  too much space on the slimmed down Sporty.  A TC Bros Louvered Air Cleaner, Backing Plate and Breather Bolts were the perfect solution to keeping things hot rod. Cobra's El Diablo 2-into-1 was a solid choice for the exhaust because it flows with the slammed stance and provides more power.

The rest of the work was elbow grease. To keep the Sporty on the weight loss program I cut down the cam cover and slapped a TC Bro's sprocket cover behind it to keep things sexy and pulled the rest of the engine covers off and powdercoated it all black. The black powdercoated covers popped nice in comparison to the blond engine case. While we were powdercoating things we painted the stock mags gloss black to tie all the finishes together. Doug turned out a rad flame job on the tank to really put the build over the top.

The Sick Boy Sporty once again proved the Sportster is one of the best platforms for building a custom bike. You can morph them into any style you please and still have a reliable bike that is quick through a corner or from stoplight to stoplight. The best part about this can be yours for free! The bike will be traveling the event circuit and be on display with Sick Boy where you can sign up to win in celebration of their 20th anniversary!