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Kim Boyle's 2000 Sportster

 

"Economy of line" is what they call it in the art world, and the term refers to how much a designer can say with as little effort as possible. In the art of prose, "economy of word" describes brevity of a similarly expressive nature. In the culture of custom motorcycles, this fine Sportster embodies what we like to call "economy of chop."

Kim Boyle of Bench*Mark in Carlsbad, CA, has created another stunner without resorting to tacked-on trinkets or needless decoration, once again proving that less is more when it comes to making motorcycles with style.

 

 

Kim Boyle
Carlsbad,Ca
Engine, year and make, model, modifications:
2000 Harley Davidson XL1200 Sportster. 
Stock.
Frame:
Stock
Fork:
Stock, lowered 2", shaved & polished
Chassis mods:
Cut the fender struts, goofy lock tab, pipe hanger & chain guard bracket.
Tire/wheel size and style:
Front: 21" powder coated stock rim, stainless spokes & nipples wrapped in an Avon speedmaster.
Rear: 16" HD wheel swap meet find, powder coated black, stainless spokes & nipples Shinko classic 240 tire
Favorite thing about this bike:
The whole package. It all came together & turned out to be a super fun rider. But if I had to pick one thing I'd say the tail light. It had been a while since Pat and I worked together on anything, we had fun doing it & were both really pleased with the finished part.
Next modification will be: 
An Old Gold Garage cast aluminum domed top for the CV carb & make up a stash box for the paper work
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc:
Front to back: Front Street Cycles stainless bars, nice small front brake reservoir and clutch lever from Hide Moto Japan, Biltwell grips, Slim fab modded sporty tank, Duane Ballard seat, Burley shocks, chain conversion, braided stainless brake lines & a Front Street Cycles heavy duty fender. I used our Bench*Mark breather bolts, Ombligo air cleaner and cleaned up a discarded ignition cover that got half eaten by the mill. I ended up using a lot of scrap stainless that we had laying around for the front brake line guide, switch bracket, the heat shield on the pipe, the plate mount, keychain, oil drain plug and the rear fender tip. I built the pipe out of scraps of Biltwell pipe kit from the past and a half done rolled megaphone I found at the swap a couple of years ago. I also cut down the cam cover, sprocket case, the ridiculously large brake pedal, stripped and cleaned up the brake calipers and modified the upper motor mount/horn bracket to accept the coil. 
The tail light is a bits of round stainless, aluminum & red acrylic rod that's been threaded, hogged out and breathed on to fit a 1" led cluster then welded to a stainless bracket that attaches to the shock mount.  Topping it off with Sonny Mouneu's paint skills which brought the whole bike together.
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include:
I seriously put the finishing touches on this bike a few minuets before we pulled out for the Slab City Riot and within the first hour on the road I was in love with it, she rode great!  I'm going to have to part with it soon we can't keep them all.
Thanks to: (you may include links to websites here) 
Big thanks to my day to day guys: Pat McCormack, Chris Collins, Tim Conroy, the missed but new Brooklyn resident Matt Landman &
my go to, what now guy Rob Rouser Galan.
Also the goods & services of some real stand up dudes.
Craig @ Front Street Cycles, www.frontstcycle.blogspot.com
Slim: slimsfab.blogspot.com
Sonnyboy paint: sonnyboypaint.blogspot.com
Duane Ballard: www.dbcustomleather.com
Biltwell: www.biltwellinc.com

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: Stock 2000 Harley-Davidson XL1200 Sportster 

Frame: Stock 

Fork: Stock, lowered 2", shaved & polished 

Chassis mods: Cut the fender struts, lower lock tab, pipe hanger & chain guard bracket

Tire/wheel size and style: Front: 21" powder coated stock rim, stainless spokes & nipples wrapped in an Avon speedmaster; rear: 16" H-D swap meet find, powder coated black, stainless spokes & nipples, Shinko classic 240 tire

Favorite thing about this bike: The whole package. It all came together and turned out to be a super fun rider. But if I had to pick one thing I'd say the taillight. It had been a while since Pat and I worked together on anything, we had fun doing it and are both really pleased with the finished part

Next modification will be: An Old Gold Garage cast aluminum domed top for the CV carb; fab a stash box for the paperwork

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc.: Front to back: Front Street Cycles stainless bars; nice small front brake reservoir and clutch lever from Hide Moto Japan; Biltwell grips; Slim fab modded Sporty tank; Duane Ballard seat; Burley shocks; chain conversion; braided stainless brake lines and a Front Street Cycles heavy-duty fender. I used our Bench*Mark breather bolts, Ombligo air cleaner and cleaned up a discarded ignition cover that got half eaten by the mill. I ended up using a lot of scrap stainless that we had laying around for the front brake line guide, switch bracket, the heat shield on the pipe, the plate mount, keychain, oil drain plug and the rear fender tip. I built the pipe out of scraps of Biltwell pipe kit from the past and a half finished rolled megaphone I found at the swap a couple of years ago. I also cut down the cam cover, sprocket case, the ridiculously large brake pedal, stripped and cleaned up the brake calipers and modified the upper motor mount/horn bracket to accept the coil. The taillight is bits of round stainless, aluminum & red acrylic rod that's been threaded, hogged out and breathed on to fit a 1" LED cluster, then welded to a stainless bracket that attaches to the shock mount. After all of that, Sonny Mouneu's paint skills brought the whole bike together

Interesting back story: I seriously put the finishing touches on this bike a few minutes before we pulled out for the Slab City Riot, and within the first hour on the road I was in love with it,. She rides great! I'm going to have to part with it soon, though; we can't keep them all

Thanks: Big thanks to my day-to-day guys: Pat McCormack, Chris Collins, Tim Conroy, the missed but new Brooklyn resident Matt Landman and my go-to, what-now guy Rouser Rob Galan. Also the goods and services of some real stand-up dudes

www.frontstcycle.blogspot.com

slimsfab.blogspot.com

sonnyboypaint.blogspot.com

dbcustomleather.com

biltwellinc.com

Keep an eye out for an upcoming feature in Cycle Source magazine


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Commented on 11-17-2010 At 12:44 pm
 

Yet another kick ass bike by Mr. Boyle. Job very well done.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 01:00 pm
 

I wish my sporty looked half this good!

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 01:17 pm
 

'00 or '02? i'm confused.

well done, Kim

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 01:37 pm
 

Nice job Kim! Lots of details were attended too.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 01:51 pm
 

I'm not crazy about the headlight, but everything else is just amazing!! Diggin' the Pacman detail on the ignition cover, real cool.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 02:57 pm
 

Simply incredible.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 03:05 pm
 

Simply beautiful.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 03:41 pm
 

whered you get the taillight? custom?
sick clean bike!

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 04:06 pm
 

"The taillight is bits of round stainless, aluminum & red acrylic rod that's been threaded, hogged out and breathed on to fit a 1" LED cluster, then welded to a stainless bracket that attaches to the shock mount."

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 04:37 pm
 

that stem bolt is haunting me, the simplest thing has got me amazed. so rad!

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 04:37 pm
 

that stem bolt is haunting me, the simplest thing has got me amazed. so rad!

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 04:48 pm
 

Thanks for letting me admire it SCR2. Great job Kim

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 04:53 pm
 

Been following it since the beginning...f-n outstanding! Your's and mine would make beautiful babies.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 04:59 pm
 

This one is going away but i imagine that you'll be making more for customers..
btw, what would you want for it if it wasn't already sold?

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 05:07 pm
 

Superb! Kim must have some Italian in him?

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 06:41 pm
 

fucking awesome. simply

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 07:19 pm
 

Nice Sleek and Nimble looking, Great Clean Bike. Really diggin' the taillight.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 08:41 pm
 

License plate placement is fucking rad. Nice build.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 08:55 pm
 

Everything that Kim makes is nice. Clean and simple, not flashy but great attention to detail. I'd love to use some of these ideas on my sporty. Didn't know that he was affiliated with Benchmark. Thinking about buying one of those air cleaners now.

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 11:16 pm
 

Awesome style. So clean and simple. Nice job!

Commented on 11-17-2010 At 11:29 pm
 

Very well done Kim. I wish you would fab something shitty so I could poke fun at you.

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 12:16 am
 

bravo ! it is beautiful

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 12:48 am
 

I heart Kim & his handiwork.

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 01:31 am
 

i want to make babys with this bike

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 01:37 am
 

Unreal. Love everything about it.

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 05:13 am
 

Yeh - Thats a great bike, actually better than great!

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 05:42 am
 

Excellent!!!

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 04:03 pm
 

Man!
Thanks everyone.
I could've never imagined the response to this bike would be so good however, I've got to say this bike is more fun to ride than look at. I'm thinking the ride home from Slab City one of my best days on a bike.

Thanks Again

Kim




The 66 T120 is next.

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 09:27 pm
 

nice, clean, I want

Commented on 11-18-2010 At 11:25 pm
 

Awesome, love everything about it.

Commented on 11-19-2010 At 03:54 am
 

Stunner...I likes it.

Commented on 11-19-2010 At 05:52 pm
 

Master craftsman, Kim Boyle. Another stunner.

Commented on 12-2-2010 At 03:36 pm
 

Very nice bike. Great job!
Love the slim tank!

Commented on 3-5-2011 At 10:07 pm
 

It looks so easy going and fun to ride. Nice and laid back is how we like em.

Commented on 6-14-2011 At 10:33 pm
 

I can't stop staring at this thing. I love it.

Commented on 9-30-2011 At 02:45 pm
 

Very sweet 1200 Kim!!

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 05:16 am
 

Kim. Your bike turned out bad as. I'm workin on a 2000 sporty also but with an 883. Can I ask what sprocket sizes you used for the chain conversion and did you keep stock gearing? Thx

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 05:17 am
 

Kim. Your bike turned out bad as. I'm workin on a 2000 sporty also but with an 883. Can I ask what sprocket sizes you used for the chain conversion and did you keep stock gearing? Thx

Commented on 9-22-2014 At 10:03 am
 

Just read this. Love this man! Fantastic work.

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