Lots of interesting iron has rolled through the doors at Old Gold Garage in Ventura, CA over the years. From hot rod cars to crusty knuckleheads, Dan Collins' style always shines through. In the case of this Sporty, less is more; no wild frame built from scratch or insane examples of intricate fabrication to show off, just a few simple mods to clean things up and make it a little cooler.
Eli Hathaway, SFV, California
The Copper Killer
Engine, year and make, model, modifications:
1989 Sportster 883, carb re-jetted, drag pipe exhaust and intake mods, 4 speed trans, chain final drive
stock except for rear fender bracket tabs
Stock 39mm shaved legs
60's chromed and shortened sportster fender struts, relocated coil mount, shorty rear shocks
Tire/wheel size and style:
Front: Avon Speedmaster 21x3.00 chrome spoke 21"
Rear: stock HD 16" radial
Chrome spoke 16"
Favorite thing about this bike:
Minimalist controls and electrics, handles bitchin, paint color
Next modification will be:
Putting lots of miles on it...maybe a vintage Avon rear tire at some point
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc:
Rabbit ear bars, heavily modified vintage Yamaha front master cylinder, Anderson throttle with shortened grips, shortened rear fender, chrome 60s sporty taillight, Old Gold Garage Cobra King seat, relocated ignition and starter switches, knucklehead style air cleaner snoot, Old Gold Garage CV carb cover and brackets, Old Gold Garage Bullseye points cover, Frisco mounted low tunnel sportster tank, Barnett clutch and single throttle cable, panhead clutch lever, early HD petcock, chopped chain guard
built by Dan Collins at Old Gold Garage, thanks also to Gordon Chappel, My Garage, Barnett, The Shop in Ventura.