ChopCult member Cory Demery and I have been attending the same events for over a year. Every time I see his Sporty, I immediately forget about my tasks at hand and enjoy a few minutes of bliss. I don’t know if it’s the flawless paint, the stance, or the overall clean details going on with this bike. Whatever it is, I really dig it. I would like to thank Cory for his patience with this feature and I hope you like his bike as much as I do.
Photos by Chris Collins
Owner name, location: Cory Demery, San Diego
ChopCult profile: corydemery
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1999 Sportster 1200S
Fork: Fully adjustable front suspension with dual full floating disks
Chassis mods: Mini fairing, Cole Foster tank, Anything Goes 74 pill oil tank, garage made: rear fender/seat, battery box, ignition box, dual plug bracket, license plate bracket
Tire/wheel size and style: Dunlop, powder coated mags
Favorite thing about this bike: It performs as bad-ass as it looks!
Next modification will be: It’s done
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Arlen Ness hand controls, dual plug Dyna Ignition, Pangea Speed points cover
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:
When I decided that I wanted to have a bike of my own, I spent a ton of time typing “chopper”, “bobber”, and “Harley” into Craigslist. I have never had a garage and tools, much less the know how to build my own custom bike. I always envied those skilled enough to turn stock bikes into works of art with their own hands, imagination, and dedicated time.
Shortly after moving to San Diego, I was fortunate enough to meet a group of guys that got together often to ride around town or work in the garage on whosoever’s bike needed wrenching on. These guys would quickly become some of my best friends and partners in the building of this bike. I still don’t know anything about bikes or fabrication, but I have learned a ton and am excited every time I learn something new.
I picked up the frame on Craigslist from some tweaker who didn’t know much about it other than it would fit a Sportster motor. Now that I had the frame, I went back to Craigslist to find a donor bike. I lucked up and found a dude selling a 1200S that was in great condition, other than the fact that he couldn’t get it to run. The 1200S was the perfect donor for what I wanted to do. The fully adjustable suspension, dual floating disks, dual spark plug motor, and mag wheels made it perfect. The guy even did me a favor and already had the wheels and fork legs powder coated.
The next nine months would be spent in my buddy Ryan Flanders’ garage. Luckily, Ryan had a garage of tools and a wealth of knowledge to help my vision become a reality. The look that I had in mind was a cross between a café racer and a drag style chopper. I feel that we hit the nail on the head and couldn’t be happier with the way it turned out. The bike is a blast to ride and fast as hell!
Thanks to: Ryan Flanders for partnering with me on this bike, and Kristina Demery for understanding and acceptance of all those late nights in the garage.
Kindly follow Cory, @corydemery, and Chris, @70moto, on Instagram.