Loaf's ironhead chopper was one of several really clean and cool-looking Sportsters at last month's Dixie Roundup. Everyone who's ever answered a Craigslist ad can relate to Loaf's story about the day he took title on the donor bike for his dream machine.
I drove four hours to Thomaston, Alabama, with only a phone number to go by. No cell service—I had to use pay phones to meet up with the guy. Finally at a shady BP gas station just after dark I heard the familiar sound of an American V-twin coming down the hill. The bike was covered in barn filth; the air cleaner had a mouse nest in it, and it was leaking oil everywhere. I took it around the block and it shifted through all four gears no problem, so I gave him some cash and took my new pile home.
Bike name: Green Hell
Hometown: Montgomery, AL
Motor specs: 1982 XLH1000 Sportster; S&S Super E shorty carb; Paughco upswept gooseneck exhaust; Wiseco 10:1 pistons; Andrews Y cams; Manley high-lift valve springs; NOS stainless valves; Dyna S dual fire ignition; Cycle Electric generator; Barnett Scorpion billet clutch; stock flywheels and transmission. All engine work done by owner except head setup by Durbin’s in Prattville, AL
Frame Specs: Stock frame with a Road 6 Customs weld-on hardtail installed by MT Customs in Montgomery, AL; stock rake/2" stretch in the rear
Fork Specs: 35mm Showa forks, 4" over stock
Home built and custom bits: Chopped cam and sprocket covers, Fusc QCB hand-made footpegs and shifter; Old Sporty tank painted by Jordan Graham; Joker Machine hand controls, Miller 6V headlight converted to 12V, Death Science taillight, reworked Fab Kevin taillight/license bracket; Church of Choppers air cleaner; Paughco Buckhorn handlebars, ChopCult points cover; King and Queen seat of unknown origin from my Dad’s stash
Thanks: My brothers and sisters at Quad Cam Bastards for their inspiration and help. My wife for not kicking me out for being "obsessed.” My Dad for giving me the love of two wheels (RIP)