Sebastian's OIF Sportster


Sebastian sent photos of his bike late last year. At the time he was running a big Triumph logo on the tank. That got my attention in a WTF? kind of way. Then I noticed the lack of an oil bag and the extra cap popping out of backbone. "Whoa, it's an oil-in-frame Sportster," I thought to myself. We met Sebastian the week before Christmas and got his whole story. The Triumph sticker was a comic attempt to blend in at an all-British event, and it wasn't the only clever trick this guy has up his sleeve.

What's really cool is that this Sportster isSebastian's first bike, and he proved himself enough to the guys at Garage Company that they let him help build it under the patient guidance of Kiyo. In the process Sebastian learned to weld, use the lathe and myriad other skills. The opportunity to learn from such a talented artisan is not something Sebastian has taken for granted, and in the end he has a unique bike he can be proud of and Garage Company has gained a motivated helper in the shop.


Details from Sebastian: 2006 XL1200R was 100% stock when I bought it. Kiyo and I took it all apart and rebuilt it into the bike you see trying to keep as much original parts as possible just modified. The gas tank is stock but we shortened it and narrowed it an inch. All pegs are stock, just cut down about an inch each and then welded back on the nubs and and slid back on the rubber. 

Kiyo did all the technical stuff like welding together the hardtail, which he heated and shaped all himself. To make the oil in frame section we had to cut off the top tube and weld in caps in the top and bottom. Kiyo also made pipes, fender mounts, sissy bar, all electrical, aligned back wheel and set up the back brake. I did the easier stuff like machining fittings and tabs. I also shaved the forks, made bars, shorted pegs, ran oil lines, ran brake and clutch cables on handle bars, and  painted everything (except frame, that was powder coated).  Over all is was defiantly a team effort.

Engine was kept totally stock. I also wanted to keep it rubber mounted so I machined special sleeves to fit inside the rubber mounts to keep it from ripping out of the castings.

Also, just as a tip, make sure the alarm modual is turned off when rewiring a evo sportster. That was such a pain in the ass because kiyo thought he was wiring it wrong when it was wiring perfect the first time but we didnt think about the activated alarm.

Frame: Stock with hard tail and oil in frame mods.

Fork: Stock

Chassis mods: Noted above

Tire/wheel size and style: Stock mag wheels. 16 rear and 19 front.

Favorite thing about this bike:  It was relatively cheap. Its loud, fast and cuts through LA traffic like butter. Even though its a hard tail, the engine has workable rubber mounts.

Next modification will be: None, this thing is done!

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: S&S super E carb. old pm front brake control. I think I already covered the exciting stuff. 

Thanks to: I'd like to thank Yoshi. I would also like to give extra thanks to Kiyo for putting up with me for the last 8 months and taking the time to teach me everything I learned... which is pretty much everything I know about bikes. Check out the Garage Co. blog

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Commented on 1-17-2011 At 10:34 am

awesome bike...i saw it while back going through the photodump and was hoping i would come across some more information about it....the whole no oil bag defiantly caught my eyes...

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 11:19 am

This is probably the finest modern example of chopping a bike. A young eager cat taking initiative to personalize his scoot, bucking trends to truly make it his own, enlisting the assistance of a talented friend, that said friend bending over backwards to help. It's all a beautiful thing and the bike is a reflection of all of that.

In short, this is what it is all about.


Commented on 1-17-2011 At 12:38 pm

mad chillah bike man!

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 12:40 pm

This is not going to be the only bike like this that GarageCo builds, I'd bet.
Just the beginning, We haven't seen the end of this style yet..

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 12:57 pm

Take notes on this one.

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 12:58 pm

Really diggin this bike. Great work!

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 02:01 pm

WOW! Nice scoot. I wondered what the ol' HD would look like with out a bag under the seat and I must say not bad at all!!!!
Awesome ride.

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 02:06 pm

bad ass. love the OIF, fvcken trick!

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 05:40 pm

Great Job!!

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 05:59 pm

Really dig this moto, take a rubber mount and make it look so simple and so good... Wow! My favorite part is the oil cooler/cradle set up. Want to see it in person.

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 06:13 pm

This bike rules. Very much want.

Commented on 1-17-2011 At 06:32 pm

Sweet bike, nice job ! Built a bike at garage co and now sounds like you have a job too lucky MF'er ....

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 12:01 am

Dig that oil cooler setup as well as the baby footpegs

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 12:53 am

Bitchen bike man good job

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 01:08 am

very nice ride with awesome features!
you lucky bastard!!! :)

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Commented on 1-18-2011 At 10:27 am

Bike's awesome! Those Garage Co. guys sound like cool cats

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 11:55 am

Bad ass bike!

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 12:00 pm

These bikes are as common as dirt and will be for decades to come,
if motorcycles aren't outlawed. Doing what Sebastian has done is the
future of this craft/sport/hobby.

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 02:05 pm

Pretty cool sporty kid

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 09:27 pm

Very nicely done. Modified factory parts are my favorites.

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 10:24 pm

black on black on black !

Commented on 1-18-2011 At 11:02 pm

nice murdered mobile!

Commented on 1-20-2011 At 11:24 am

Love the blue grips on the murdered out ride!

Commented on 1-25-2011 At 07:55 pm

Dang thats an effing sweet sportster. Speechless almost.

Commented on 3-22-2011 At 12:55 pm

Dang that's awesome. How much oil does it hold?

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