We've said it before and we'll say it again: '86-'03 Evo Sportsters will be the shovelheads of 2025. These affordable, reliable and ubiquitous Harleys are fertile fodder for garage modification, especially among Gen X'ers who didn't growing up believing Sportsters are The Motor Company's "lady's bike."
Larry Lofgren from Amber, Pennsylvania, is a 20-something cycle fiend, and he was stoked when the opportunity to build this no-frills XL presented itself. As CC members are well aware, weld-on rigids are all the rage with today's working-class builder, and Larry's chopper is a classic example of the genre. Anyone with motivation, friends and hand tools can build a bike when they put their mind to it, and Larry and his machine are proof.
We met Larry on day two of last summer's Gypsy Run. Larry didn't stick around for the biker hijinx that evening, but he told us his story before packing his gear and hauling ass back to the Keystone State.
I'm a plumber, so i don't make tons of money. Hardhead Bill at Off the Wall Cycles let me work around his shop so I could pay my bill and learn some stuff in the process. When we were finished I got a cool bike and a lot of funny stories to go with it, like the time I was blamed for the dumpster fire behind the shop. Not my fault, man! Thanks to Hardhead Bill, my boys Daryl, Johnny and Joey, and all the cool people we meet on the road.