Tim's 2009 Sportster


Tim's sportster isn't a Chopper. Despite how often the term is misused, it's no Bobber either; it's just a modified, late-model Sporty. It's what lately we've been calling a Modder. Like the bikes of many ChopCult members, Tim's was an attainable machine, but one he couldn't leave alone. Luckily for him, he's got some talented friends and he's not afraid to tear into a perfectly good motorcycle and make it his own, then ride the piss out of it.


Owner: Tim Park

Location: Lake Elsinore, CA

Bike name: I've never named her. Let's go with Dork Custom

Engine, year and make, model, modifications: Stock 2009 Harley-Davidson XL883N Sportster

Frame: Stock

Fork: Stock

Chassis mods: Chopped fender struts

Tire/wheel size and style: Front: stock 19" 13-spoke mags, stock Dunlop tire; rear: 16" 13-spoke mags, Metzeler ME 880 Whitewall tire

Favorite thing about this bike: The dependability. New technology equals to 50 lbs of wires amongst others, which makes it a pain to work on sometimes, but I like the fact that I never have to worry about the bike taking a crap while I'm on the road. Modification wise, I'd have to say my favorite thing is the 2-into-1 exhaust. My buddy Wompy built it up with the parts I acquired, after a red Semi drove through my old exhaust on the I-91.

Next modification will be: Tokico caliper and floating rotor for the rear; Brembo front brake reservoir and clutch lever; chain conversion; Rouser style Hella headlight; new rubbers minus the whitewalls; Garmin Edge 500 to get rid of stock speedo (Thanks Mike!); improved tank mount and NRHS 1250cc conversion  

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Biltwell Slimline risers, grips, and tracker handlebar; speedo & ECM relocated; Bench*Mark Ombligo air cleaner and breather bolts (not pictured); Front Street Cycles fender and Duane Ballard seat. Stuff from Wompy: 2-into-1 exhaust with baffle/end cap; adjustable fender mount; pull-start brass fingers; aluminum fork brace; front Tokico radial mounted caliper; adjustable LED taillight using Biltwell Trumpet exhaust tip and the license plate bracket

Thanks: Wompy for turning quality ideas into great hard products and putting up with my never-ending requests; Bill, McGoo, and Mike D. at Biltwell for their top-notch products and putting me to work when I'm low on cash; Temecula Terry for the tasty beers; Matt the welder from Corona; Duane Ballard and BCM; Front Street Cycle for their great work

Here's a step by step how-to for relocating the ECU:

1. Unplug battery and ECU

2. Chop the four mounting tabs off of the ECU

3. Remove the battery bracket (the one that mounts vertically and holds the battery in place) and toss it away. You won't be able to close the battery cover without doing so

4. Re-route the ECU cable between the battery and the oil bag. Plug in ECU and connect battery

5. Keep the ECU flushed against the battery and snap the battery cover back in its place. It might take some work the first time but you'll get it after a few curse words

6. Run a zip-tie or two through the hole on the frame and the hole on the battery cover. This will hold the battery, the cover, and the ECU in its place

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Commented on 1-3-2011 At 07:08 am

i really like the foot pegs and the shifter peg whoo made them?

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 07:40 am

Sweet bike...

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 07:54 am

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 08:35 am

Just cause I'm curious, how much in tickets did you get in all of 2010?

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 10:22 am

anybody know what mirror that is?

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 11:01 am

Great job...

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 11:11 am

Tattoo time! See you in Mex Tim!

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 11:17 am

Nice Tim.
A whole lot of Good stuff going on!

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 11:41 am

Great Bike and a Great Dude...good stuff!

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 12:01 pm

Bad-Ass! I dig it Bro!

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 12:59 pm

I'd be curious to see some number$$ for this build.

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 01:18 pm

I made his new pegs. Those brass ones went up for sale here and are gone...His new ones are aluminum & match the fork brace. Plus, we cut his stock brake pedal and put in matching shifter and brake pegs. Tim shows to prove that even with a rubber-mounted EFI running girl bike something cool can and will come out of it- just takes a little imagination, some beers with buds, and elbow grease.

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 01:23 pm

yup lots of good stuff on this one! nice pics

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 01:57 pm

Thanks for the kind words, guys. Speedkills, The mirrors are from Lick's. Allen, got all of the bullshit fix-it tickets signed off without fixing anything and got pulled over three times for speeding and trying to kick the bumper off of a minivan but was let go for being a veteran. All in all, $75 out of pocket for the fix it tickets in 2010 so I can't complain. See you and the tattoo gun in Mexico Rob!

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 04:47 pm

Things I've learned from Tim:
1. He's nuts for real
2. Him and his brother aint afraid of a lil' canine
3. U leave ur hand in his way long enuf, he will smash it with a hammer
4. He's a cougar hunter and has the pelts to prove it

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 05:26 pm

Very nice set up.

Can you give a little more detail on the pull-start brass fingers?

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 05:44 pm

looks good

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 06:21 pm

looks kick ass. see you on the road.

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 06:38 pm

Is that tank raised or just looks like it cuz the ecm was moved and the bars and risers were changed out? Awesome bike

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 07:01 pm

HAHAHA, funny Mike. I thought that you finger was a dog paw and the hammer was the meat tenderizer. MotoXL, check out for the pull starter, it has the story and you can purchase it there. It adds 5HP for only $65 so it's worth it. The tank is raised to hide the wires, it will be lowered to stock position.

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 07:11 pm

Love it...can't wait to get to work on mine. Wish had some useful friends here in Milwaukee to help along the way. Very dope bike!

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 07:13 pm

Sweet bike! Always been a fan of it.

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 08:38 pm

Nicely done! Everything flow's well. I'm really diggin' the starter.

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 08:58 pm

Looks awesome! why a garmin bicycle gps instead of an Acewell? The acewell glows at night, and runs off your battery.Its tiny, and has all the functions of your stock gauge.
Acewell 2853 I got for 180 shipped and its awesome! about the size of a cue ball

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 09:07 pm

Very tastefully done. I bet it looks great moving to!

Commented on 1-3-2011 At 10:08 pm

Sup Tim! Nice spread, the bikes looking better each time.

Commented on 1-4-2011 At 09:25 am

Why not us a Sigma bicycle speedo...I ran one on my "new Indian" when the speedo craped out...The BC 1609 is wireless and has a back light...they read up to 180 mph...

Commented on 1-4-2011 At 12:35 pm

That bike is fuckin awesome

Commented on 1-4-2011 At 02:47 pm

Sick. Really dig it

Commented on 1-4-2011 At 05:18 pm

hell yeah i have seen this bike take form. so rad tim.

Commented on 1-4-2011 At 06:23 pm

Very glad to hear you are gonna lower the tank back down - Cool bike

Commented on 1-4-2011 At 09:55 pm

Stocked to see a late model doing it's own thing!

Commented on 1-5-2011 At 07:11 pm

that thing is mean lookin

Commented on 1-7-2011 At 10:28 am

Very nice! Love the seat, reminds me of the one on the BCM Finger Tight pan. I think Duane did that one also. Great work.

Commented on 1-7-2011 At 08:47 pm

i like the brass

Commented on 1-9-2011 At 06:14 pm

Looks good Tim.

Commented on 1-12-2011 At 09:09 am

Nice! I really like that tail light & the flip up seat. And as far as dependability, I have an '09 1200C. Like a sore dick, can't beat it!!!

Commented on 1-13-2011 At 03:47 pm

Met you at a Biltwell happy hour... Nice talking to you. Seeing your bike made me wanna chop the fender struts off the Dyna. Bikes looking Tuff yo.

Commented on 1-15-2011 At 08:53 am


Commented on 2-10-2011 At 03:31 pm

Do you have to modify that Ombligo ac to work on an efi bike? I really like that look, I want to slap one onto my 2010 sporty.

Commented on 2-16-2011 At 12:25 pm

I grabbed one of those bags from the Rancho Army Navy store and I love it. Thanks for the idea. I love it on my Triumph! Nice bike dude.

Commented on 6-17-2011 At 12:02 pm

broman, is that your old front fender on the back there?

Commented on 8-24-2011 At 05:31 pm

Love this thing!

Commented on 12-31-2011 At 05:09 pm

The bike is sick! And I love that he changed the front brake set-up in the middle of a photo shoot... mad skills.

Commented on 7-2-2015 At 09:50 pm

Does anyone know the name or part number of the bag he has on the back left. Looking to get one and trying to make sure it fits. Thanks.

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