Old Gold Garage Co. Sportster


Dan Collins obviously has an eye for the aesthetic. This once pedestrian mid '90s Sporty has evolved into a lithe little canyon carver that is big on style and light on trinkets. One more prime example of the less-is-more approach to custom motorcycles, and that's just the way we and ChopCult readers seem to like it.

Owner: Dan Collins

Builder: Old Gold Garage Co. Ventura, CA

Bike name: The Virgin Killer

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1993 883 Sportster

Frame: H-D

Fork: HD/Showa (shaved)

Chassis mods: Modified rear fender strut mounts, 60's sportster rear fender struts, short rear shocks, fork lowering kit, remote front master cylinder under lower triple tree, frisco tank mounts.

Tire/wheel size and style: Front: 21" chrome wheel w/ polished hub, single disc, w/ Avon speedmaster

Rear: 16" stock mag w/ stock harley tire

Favorite thing about this bike: This bike has been the best bang for the buck of any of the bikes I've owned in 20 years. It hauls ass, handles great, sounds insane, and looks killer, and I'm into it for chump change

Next modifications: Stainless spokes for the front and a new rear wheel, ceramic coat the leaf on the rear fender maybe to match the tank

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Dished Sporty tank by me, Frisco mounted; gold leaf by John "Waldo" Glaspey who used to letter funny cars for Cole Fosters dad Pat; shortened rear fender; 1960's sportster taillight; shaved lower legs; early Sporty handlebar risers that were extended in the '60s from an old Frisco ironhead; narrowed and split drag bars; panhead levers; Anderson grips and throttle (single cable); hidden front master cylinder from a Buell Blast rear disc; Cobra King pleated seat by Old Gold Garage Co.; domed CV carb top and Bullseye points by Old Gold Garage Co.; velocity stack; custom exhaust; cut-away drilled and sandblasted front sprocket cover; fork gators; vintage jeweled blue oil pressure light on headlight eyebrow; moved coil to left side of engine with custom made plug wires and Rajah terminals; eliminated all handlebar switches and wiring; gas cap and bung from Mooneyes; breather bolts from Benchmark

Favorite back story: I wanted a '60s Frisco club style bike that would handle and be reliable. I have pics of old club bikes that inspired me, and I had a lot of old parts lying around so it just fell into place. I added some of my own touches like the dished tank and exhaust, but to me it emulates that era even though it's a late-model bike. It's simple looking even though alot of work went into getting that effect. It's compact and splits lanes with the best of them. It's not a show bike!

Thanks to: John Glaspey, Gordon Chappel, my wife for letting me steal the gas tank I made for her triumph, Pat and Kim from Benchmark for the breather bolts

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Commented on 11-26-2010 At 08:15 am

nice, very nice. goes to show that you can use gold leaf and killer paint without going overboard and looking like a jackass.

Commented on 11-26-2010 At 08:21 am

cool paint!

Commented on 11-26-2010 At 10:44 am

Really nice work coming out of my hometown! Hey is Gordon Chappel of "Gordon's Motorcycle Madness" fame? Those guys hooked me up when I was a youngster with a rigid pan back in the 80's!! Just keep that old gold comin', cuz we love it !!!

Commented on 11-26-2010 At 12:45 pm


Commented on 11-26-2010 At 02:01 pm

Love it! Seeing so many great bikes on this site makes me confused on which way to go with my 09.

Commented on 11-26-2010 At 02:22 pm

id love to see some more pics of how you mounted that exhaust...........

Commented on 11-26-2010 At 02:31 pm

Great bike, Dan's definitely got an eye for this, something that's hard to come by. They do some really nice leatherwork, as well, check out the seats that they're doing, great stuff.

Commented on 11-26-2010 At 10:50 pm

That's a Great Looking Bike. Clean and to the point.

Commented on 11-27-2010 At 03:09 am

That dished tank is awesome. Both this and the booby trap have exceptional attention to detail.

Commented on 11-27-2010 At 09:18 am

i like it! that tank turned out bitchin and the exhaust tips are really clean.

Commented on 11-27-2010 At 03:29 pm

The gas tank and the exhaust are wicked this bike is a great argument for the old sportsters are for girls bullshit. Sportsters are for us average shitty job having underpaid storage shed mechanics. Good job indeed dan!

Commented on 11-27-2010 At 04:37 pm

That is a nice bike

Commented on 11-27-2010 At 08:28 pm

The only virgin Catfish Collins ever killed was that 347-pound beauty in Tijuana...

Commented on 11-28-2010 At 07:23 pm

Another Old Gold Garage beauty.

Commented on 11-29-2010 At 09:50 am

Pretty slick, I'm digging. I would want the handlebars to be a bit longer though, but that's just my personal preference.

Commented on 11-29-2010 At 06:10 pm

Good lookin stock frame Sporty!

Commented on 11-30-2010 At 12:21 am

nice bike,I'm a big sportster fan as you can see by my avatar<<<

Commented on 12-2-2010 At 01:14 pm

ey, bro good to see ol paint skeem comeing back they say its one visicous circle (tm@)
look at my pics !!

Commented on 12-2-2010 At 01:14 pm

ey, bro good to see ol paint skeem comeing back they say its one visicous circle (tm@)
look at my pics !!

Commented on 12-4-2010 At 01:56 am

Very nice work, that seat and the exhaust system are rad.

Commented on 7-5-2011 At 11:14 am

was there a feature on this site with the chop in the background of picture one, i believe its a beull. oh yeah, nice bike man.

Commented on 9-20-2012 At 09:40 am

stealing that remote master cylinder idea...

Commented on 8-12-2013 At 08:57 pm

Absolute best I've ever seen one of the early Evo frames look. This is a long shot, but I'd love to see some pictures of the work that went into these fender strut modifications.

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