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The Cheater: Rich Knight's Evo Sporty

 

Ownename, location: Rich Knight, Costa Mesa, CA 
Bike name: the Cheater 
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 
2003 "100 Anniversary" Sportster 883, now a 1200. No head or cam work done so that HP and torque remains at lower RPM. 
Frame: 
Paughco frame, 
Fork: 
Sporty fork cut way short. 
Chassis mods: 
Tire/wheel size and style: 
16" /19" ...Big Firestones... 
Favorite thing about this bike: 
It's low and fast, fun to late brake and skid to stops... 
Next modification will be: 
get fork to work a little better...railroad crossings at 60 mph have been "interesting"... 
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: 
custom fab'd bits are rear fender struts & fender, plate holder, oil tank, pipes, sectioned gas tank,air cover, brass riser covers, clip on bars, brass front hub cover, mod'd 10" front rotor & caliper. 
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: 
I bought this 'sickle with insurance money after being creamed by a car while on a bicycle. I have a gimp leg and back now so kick starting a real bike (Triumph, Shovelhead, Panhead) etc) is out of the question. So instead I end up getting this bike built...push button start, quiet lube-less belt drive, no oil leaks, reliable...I really feel like I'm cheating by riding it. My thanks go out to all those out there keeping the vintage bikes on the road! 
Thanks to: (you may include links to websites here) 
Brian Adams at Sub Culture Cycles 
Jeremiah at Love Cycles 
Rudy at Foundry Moto 
(all three collaborated to build the bike while working together at Foundry a couple years back) 
Ralph at Mesa Cycles in Costa Mesa 

What's a guy to do when he gets smashed by a car while riding along on his pedal bike, just minding his own business? Why, pour all that insurance money into a new motorcycle build, of course. That's exactly what Rich did, and with the help of some very worthy co-conspirators, he ended up with one badass Sporty.

 

The most telling thing about a custom motorcycle is always its "stance," and this one nailed it. With clip-ons, a tiny fender and no frivolous doo-dads, this all-business machine is as fast-looking and compact as can be.

 

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Owner name, location: Rich Knight, Costa Mesa, CA

 

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Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 2003 "100th Anniversary" Sportster 883, now a 1200. No head or cam work done so that HP and torque remains at lower RPM. 

Frame: Paughco frame

Fork: Sporty fork cut way short

Tire/wheel size and style: 16"/19" big Firestones

Favorite thing about this bike: It's low and fast, fun to late brake and skid to stops

Next modification will be: Get fork to work a little better... railroad crossings at 60 mph have been "interesting," to say the least

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Custom fabbed bits are rear fender struts & fender, plate holder, oil tank, pipes, sectioned gas tank, air cover, brass riser covers, clip-on bars, brass front hub cover, modded 10" front rotor & caliper

 

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Backstory: I bought this 'sickle with insurance money after being creamed by a car on a bicycle. I have a gimp leg and back now so kick starting a real bike (Triumph, Shovelhead, Panhead) etc) is out of the question. So instead I end up getting this bike built. With its push button start, quiet lube-less belt drive, no oil leaks and reliability, I really feel like I'm cheating by riding it. My thanks go out to all those out there keeping the vintage bikes on the road! 

 

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Thanks to: 

Brian Adams at Sub Culture Cycles; Jeremiah at Love Cycles; Rudy at Foundry Moto (all three collaborated to build the bike while working together at Foundry a couple years back) 

Ralph at Mesa Cycles in Costa Mesa, CA

 

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Photos: BFJosh

 

 


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Commented on 10-31-2009 At 10:39 pm
 

great lookin bike.

Commented on 10-31-2009 At 11:09 pm
 

very cool. you guys are right, the stance is perfect.

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 04:30 am
 

Very well done.

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 04:35 am
 

i like how the lower exhaust pipe follows the belt guard

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 05:50 am
 

In a word...perfect!

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 06:46 am
 

Wow, perfect machine!

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 07:18 am
 

If You cheatin... You ain't tryin...

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 07:25 am
 

Very very clean sporty, awesome whip

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 07:29 am
 

That bike is SWEET

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 08:16 am
 

All around good lookin XL, nice job

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 08:45 am
 

that bike is slick as shit, great job man

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 09:57 am
 

I have been seeing glimpses of this bike around the net. Glad to finally see it here on ChopCult. Really like that you did your own thing with what you wanted to ride. Awesome set up and like the paint too. What color is that?

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 10:27 am
 

One of my local favorites!

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 10:49 am
 

Very clean and great looking machine!

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 11:12 am
 

yup, met this guy at the cycle zombie event, super nice guy and rad bike,, good work, now if my xl wouldnt leak............

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 12:25 pm
 

i love this bike and i just messed myself!
awesome!

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 01:55 pm
 

A reliable, good running build, what a concept! I love it. Wingnuts!

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 04:39 pm
 

Nice stance, Nice bike.

Tim

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 10:20 pm
 

Fuck Ya !!!!!!!

Commented on 11-1-2009 At 10:28 pm
 

Now, thats how you chop a sporty! Clean bike.

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 12:07 am
 

This machine is Mean as. Evo's are growing on me.

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 01:56 am
 

awesome bike, I really like that king of machine.
where did you pick the mirror ?

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 06:52 am
 

Fuckin nailed it!
I love this bike.

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 08:04 am
 

This will go in my sporty archive as: builds to aspire to. Nice job!

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 08:27 am
 

I met Rich at my work a little over a year ago. Super nice guy and we got talking about motorcycles. Then he showed me the pic of this bike and I was floored by how great it looked.

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 08:27 am
 

by the way, anyone know what battery he is using on the bike?

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 08:57 am
 

This sporty is sick........looks mean and fast as hell just sat there.....love the clip ons....great build!!! x

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Commented on 11-2-2009 At 09:53 am
 

Fookin badass...

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 12:19 pm
 

Yeah, what these guys said. Bike looks tits man.

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 05:28 pm
 

i got my first sporty exactly the same way; nailed by somebody running stop sign while i was a boston bike courier... oh yeah, extremely nice job!

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 06:03 pm
 

Nice clean lines

Commented on 11-2-2009 At 09:00 pm
 

I love SPORTSTERS! So clean! nice build

Commented on 11-3-2009 At 01:47 am
 

Pure sex Fisters style.

Commented on 11-3-2009 At 01:18 pm
 

clean as a whistle. nice work.

Commented on 11-3-2009 At 07:46 pm
 

Really, really like everything EXCEPT that aircleaner.

Commented on 11-7-2009 At 08:24 pm
 

I really like the paint on this bike, meaning the great accent color on the tank, against that clean, black bike... man it just POPS out.

Commented on 11-9-2009 At 11:01 am
 

Motivation! I just got nailed last week by a Kia Sedona on my non-pedal bike. Luckily a broken femur is the worst thing on my injury list. Great use of the insurance money.

Commented on 12-9-2009 At 04:10 am
 

Very impressive ride mate, clean lines, no fuzz, skinny frame.
Love it!

Commented on 1-7-2010 At 12:08 am
 

fucking awesome. dig the tires

Commented on 1-16-2010 At 06:37 pm
 

this thing is sweeeet.

Commented on 2-13-2010 At 07:17 pm
 

Nice digger

Commented on 2-13-2010 At 07:17 pm
 

Nice digger

Commented on 2-13-2010 At 07:18 pm
 

Nice digger

Commented on 2-13-2010 At 11:10 pm
 

Love that gold tank! Is it a custom mix colour?

Commented on 2-14-2010 At 11:30 pm
 

bad ass little chop!

Commented on 5-5-2010 At 05:35 pm
 

Sick bike and great use of the insurance money

Commented on 5-10-2010 At 09:14 pm
 

Love this bike. This gives late model sporty owners like me some real inspiration. Late model sportys don't have to look stock or like every other bike at your local bike night. Well done!

Commented on 9-17-2010 At 02:04 pm
 

strong like thunda there captain. absolute beast. One can only aspire to this kind of thinking. Great inspration bro. "ten".

Commented on 1-15-2011 At 01:37 pm
 

Nice work!

Commented on 2-2-2011 At 07:54 pm
 

Sweet Sporty - An inspiration for sure!

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