The first time I saw this bike drop on Instagram, I knew I needed to feature it here. I consider myself lucky when everything falls in place, and the owner is super chill to work with. Add in the perk that they enjoy snapping photos, and it was the cherry on top. I hope you enjoy Sea-Foam Sporty as much as I do.
“Choppers are almost a blood trait in my family. My younger brother (Mark Greer) and I grew up looking at old pictures of my dad’s choppers from back in the day, and we were always exposed to the two-wheel life ever since we could remember. My brother got into bikes before I did; I was more into the car scene. I remember him always asking me, “When are you going to get a bike?”. It was always in the back of my mind to get one, and I started noticing how much fun my brother and my buddies were having riding and working on their chops, and that’s when I started to notice that the car scene wasn’t like that anymore. I’m a mechanic for a living, so I always enjoyed ripping stuff apart, improving things, changing things around, and making things work/fit that shouldn’t, and the car scene was starting to lack those sort of like-minded people. Kids were paying shops to do all their work and then show up to a meet acting like they were better than everyone, but they couldn’t begin to breakdown or understand the specs of their own, so-called “build.” At that point, I decided the two-wheel lifestyle was more my speed, and I wasn’t wrong. I bought my bike as a basketcase project, and from the day I bought it, to how it sits now, has been nothing short of enjoyable, and I’ve had great people alongside me always willing to lend a helping hand and share their knowledge.” -Mike.
Owner name, location: Mike Greer, North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Chop Cult Member profile: ChopGreer
Bike name: Sea-Foam Sporty
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1200 Evolution, 1988 Sportster. 883 to 1200 conversion, carb re-jet, electronic ignition.
Frame: Stock Harley Sportster frame (but chopped up, of course)
Fork: 14” Forks from Forking By Frank
Chassis mods: Up 7” and out 1”, 47-degree rake with a custom-built single downtube. Custom hidden seat and oil tank mounts, custom hidden rear brake stay. TC Bros. hardtail.
Tire/wheel size and style: 21” spokes up front and 16” spokes rear.
Favorite thing about this bike: That’s a hard one to choose because so much thought and time went into making it what I envisioned in my head that I couldn’t pick just one thing. But I can say the one thing that was visually pleasing to me while I was building it was the contrast between the AMF style stripes and the seafoam blue on the tank.
The next modification will be: I’d like to find a set of Invader wheels. Also, I have been tossing around the idea of running the exhaust up past the sissy bar. I always say that I’m going to leave it alone over the winter or only do minor modifications, and it always ends up snowballing into something bigger.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: Cut sprocket cover, Paughco Captain America sissy bar, six bend pullbacks from Zombie Performance, front master cylinder set up from a Ducati street bike, coil relocation, rear brake caliper from 2000 Sportster, dual headlights, custom battery box for anti-gravity battery that bolts to the back of the oil tank which is hidden by custom cut fins, and some hidden seat mount brackets.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: I got the bike on the road for the first time in June of 2019, and with only a few test rides and minimal street riding experience, I made the 150 mile journey to the Lowbrow Getdown and I couldn’t think of a better way to enter the chopper community. That’s an experience I’ll never forget.
Thanks to Kaitlyn Tirpak, Zack Conway at DNR Cycles (@dnr_cycles), Jessie McNeil, Mark Greer, Mom & Dad, Jake Smantana, Shaun Kostek, Travis Knox, Matt “Chooch” Conway, Kyle Lopes, Udder Scum (@udderscum), Lowbrow Customs, Paughco, TC Bros., IC Light, Bill’s Chrome, Dylan’s Coatings
Big thanks to Mike for allowing me to feature his bike and capturing these awesome photos. You rule! Check out Mike's website and give him a follow on Facebook & Instagram: @top_greer & @udderscum.