Scott Alvarez's Evo Sportster


When Bike Week rolls through Daytona Beach every spring, Scott Alvarez rides down from his home in the Florida panhandle to sling ink on drunken frat boys and outlaw stockbrokers at Willie's Tropical Tattoo. Scott is the original owner of this '01 XL, and he and his friends did most of the motor and chassis mods personally. Scott is a motivated bikerider, and his rigid girl's bike is a shining example of today's popular no-frills DIY customs.

I bought my '01 XL883 Custom right off the truck in late 2000. It's gone through many phases from stock to flat black with struts to what you see now. By the time you read this it will probably look different. I get bored with stuff real easy. TV generation syndrome. My buddy Fred and I hopped up the motor about nine years ago and it still runs like a champ. I've ridden from Florida to Sturgis and back on this very same engine. Roadside Marty was a big help getting the bike to the point you see it now. He got Bob Bourdeaux at French Kiss Customs to do paint job for my birthday! I love this bike and I ride the hell out of it almost every day. It's small, light and has way too much engine. What's not to love?

I've been involved with motorcycles as long as I've been tattooing. Roughly 14 years. The two kind of go hand in hand. I used to tattoo in Sturgis every year until that place just got too lame. For the past few years I have been working at Willie's Tropical Tattoo in Daytona during Bike Week and Biketoberfest. Kind of a working vacation, if you will. I have a great time tattooing down there during the bike weeks and always come away with new friends. When I'm not tattooing I run an Internet outlaw blog with Roadside Marty called Flat Broke. It's got the same stuff as all the other ones: old bikes, old boobs, Conway Twitty, that sort of thing.



Year, make and model of motor: 2001 XL 883 beefed up with 1203cc Buell Thunderstorm heads, Wiseco 10:1 pistons, Buell X1 cams and a Mikuni 42mm carb

Year, make and model of frame: Paughco frame stock rake, no stretch. We had to straighten the rear legs. It must have been a "Friday" frame

Builders: Tommy Leonard did all the welding and fab work on the dirt floor of his country shop. He also did most of the final assembly and wiring. Roadside Marty provided lots of free parts such as both wheels and the Led Sled oil tank

Shop: Flat Broke choppers, Tommy's shack behind his double-wide in the boonies

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Commented on 4-20-2011 At 06:12 am

Scott's bike rules. Scott rules too. A real solid dude. His girl's bike and my girl's bike are the same age and they are friends. I'll see you in at the party in Birmingham Alvarez!

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 06:40 am

Scott's a good dude. Been lucky enough to become friends with him and we always have a good time hanging out in Daytona, shooting the breeze around Willie's dinner table, and cracking on the Bike Week hordes. His bike push starts like a fucking champ too!

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 07:15 am

Nice Scoot

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 07:22 am

ALvarez is one of the most righteous people I've had the pleasure to meet. His bike is bad ass and I'm proud to have some of his work on my arm. See ya at he round up dude!

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 08:47 am

nice bike. Good to see another stock harley become worth riding!

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 09:37 am

That paint is bad ass

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 09:54 am

Looks great!

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 10:15 am

balls cupped. another badass sporty. love those fucking bars!

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 11:09 am

Awesome Sporty!

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 01:01 pm

If Milwaukee still had some real vision and initiative they'd build a softail framed
version of a bike like this, with the 883 powerplant and call it a 55.
55in more-or-less being 883cc :-)

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 01:02 pm

..To kick it up a notch, like coming out with the XLX, or the first 883's.

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 05:23 pm

Thanks. guys. Good one Ian. How many builders does it take to push start a sporty? Ha, Ha.

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 08:13 pm

that thing is rad!!

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 08:22 pm

Nice, neat clean lines. Liking it a lot.

Commented on 4-20-2011 At 09:13 pm

I just noticed in the seventh pic you can see my solenoid cover is off from when I was trying to fix the starter.

Commented on 4-21-2011 At 04:56 am

Very solid bike!

Commented on 4-21-2011 At 01:54 pm

nice thing about this bike is its just a pretty in person...good stuff scott

Commented on 4-21-2011 At 03:16 pm

simple lines are good. i got a paughco hardtail with crooked hind legs, too... they're both crooked the same amount so it works, but it is weird...

Commented on 4-21-2011 At 04:19 pm

Lookin' nice

Commented on 8-19-2011 At 02:14 pm

That tank is beautiful!

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