Alp's Sporty: The Whip


Low, lean and mean, Alp Sungurtekin's raw Sportster is a fine example of creative, owner-built machinery. He calls this bike The Whip because the location and function of his shifter/clutch set-up is similar to that of a jockey's whip. Here's what Alp has to say about this chop in his own words.

I am an industrial designer specializing in transportation design, I used to  work for the naval industry but now I’m spending my time on motorcycles. I built this bike especially for Jalika, my girlfriend, who always wanted to have an old-school bobber. We both love the raw look of industrial components. I designed the Whip with the unusual jockey shifter and clutch set-up.

My goal was to achieve a clean look where all the components on the bike look smooth and balanced. I ran all the wires and brake lines inside the frame to achieve that clean look. For me the most important aspect is the stance: if there’s one thing most of my cars or bikes have in common, it’s that they’re slammed. The Whip is no exception.

One of the major features that contributed to the overall low-as-possible-stance is the pipes. I fabricated them with 2-inch OD stainless steel. I designed the oil tank so it surrounds the frame tube and fills the gap evenly between the rear fender and engine. I also used an aftermarket single-fire ignition system and eliminated the huge stock ignition module which couldn’t be fitted onto this bike.

The seat is forged out of one piece of metal connected with hairpin seat springs to the frame, which adds weight to the overall look;  the gas tank is a pre '80s Sportster peanut tank and the handlebars are custom fabricated and welded onto the top tree to keep them as low as possible. I am pretty happy with the outcome and pleasantly surprised to see the bike on blogs, forums, news sites etc. in different countries around the world. It’s a pretty cool way to end a build.


You can see more of Alp's world here:

Alp's website

Video of the Whip

Alp's blog

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Commented on 2-19-2010 At 05:54 am

that's one of the nicest Sportie's I've seen in a long time!!! So many things to love about it...hard to comment on just one!

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 06:09 am

awesome bike!!! love that whip shifter!

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 06:33 am

GREAT looking bike. Although, I'd be VERY weary of that style of shifter/clutch. In an emergency situation, I'd want both hands on the handlebars and my foot pushing down on the clutch. But it's a super looking bike, love how low it is.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 06:57 am

I dig it! I'm looking for a sportster for my first project and I'm glad to see all the sporty love of late.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 07:41 am

Great looking bike, but it's way too low for the shitty michigan roads.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 07:56 am

Nice! And glad he didn't use a DNA springer, the Harley re pops and originals are just soooo much better looking!

Commented on 2-21-2010 At 10:30 pm

I concur, my good sir.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 08:01 am

Really glad you decided to go with an original HD springer instead, there is no other in my opinion. (SDJose, got there a few minutes before me didnt see that)

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 08:09 am

The best looking sporty ever.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 08:42 am

Bike is awesome, very nice

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 08:55 am

Super nice bike!

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 10:03 am

I never was a DNA Springer fan, but I saw the bike when it had the DNA on it and I actually liked it. I agree there is nothing like an original one however

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 10:58 am

very nicely done. fab work is awesome

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 10:59 am

very nicely done. fab work is awesome

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 11:04 am

I'm with NH Mike on this one. The bike is beautiful. Just not sure about the hand shift and clutch being so far back..... especially if a tight situation arises....

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 02:48 pm

Wow, AWESOME build! Well thought out, beautiful fabrication. Keep us posted on how the clutch works in the long run. I say that only because I have always loved the way that looks, but have filed it away under the "other" category of ideas. Fab Kevin has some thoughts on this, too. But once again, just a great bike. Good on you.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 05:59 pm

nice! overall brilliant build.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 08:18 pm

This is the best looking industrial bike I've seen in a long time.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 10:02 pm

looks nice & clean.

Commented on 2-19-2010 At 10:42 pm

Is that fender secure? To me it looks as though it is flopping around a bit in your video.

Commented on 2-20-2010 At 01:15 am

Thanks to all of you,

Commented on 2-20-2010 At 01:21 am

yep,, it's totally secure , it has been ridden for about 3-4 months now with that set-up

Commented on 2-20-2010 At 01:25 am

it's awsome

Commented on 2-20-2010 At 07:46 am

Sweet bike, Springers on sportys is the shit. I will have 1 myself

Commented on 2-20-2010 At 09:12 am

sick bike!!

Commented on 2-21-2010 At 04:10 pm

super sporty

Commented on 2-22-2010 At 01:23 pm

that is one low sporty. i love it!

Commented on 2-22-2010 At 02:50 pm

slammed is the name of the game. Cool ride

Commented on 2-22-2010 At 02:50 pm

slammed is the name of the game. Cool ride

Commented on 3-1-2010 At 04:27 pm

Thats it! All about style mate! Great trans-gadget you got there...

Commented on 5-14-2011 At 05:58 am

thats sex on wheels!

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