Kyle Malinky's Dirtster


If you've shopped at Lowbrow Customs in recent years, you've done business with Kyle Malinky. Tyler's workaholic big brother is the Operations Manager at Lowbrow, and he plays as hard as he works. Since most of Kyle's experience has been with hot rods and Triumphs, on this bike he set out to personalize a machine many Lowbrow customers and ChopCult readers are familiar with: Harley's venerable Evo Sporty.



Donor bike: It started out as a 100th anniversary 2003 1200cc Sportster XLC. The only changes made to the motor were swapping the CV for a Super E carb and the Kerker 2-into-1 exhaust 

Frame: Stock H-D 

Suspension: Progressive 970 piggyback shocks in the rear and a Progressive high rate spring kit up front 

Tire/wheel size and style: 16" Bridgestone TW40 dual sport tire in the rear, and a Bridgestone TW25 in the front. I ran the stock front rim and got rid of the ugly solid mag wheel in the rear for a stock style spoked rim

Favorite thing about this bike: It's just a blast to ride, and no one seems to know what it is until they really take a look at it. People seem to love or hate the bike, but I built exactly what I wanted. It did amazing on the freeway and was dependable as hell on the 1,500-mile trip to the Dixie Roundup, and it is really fun to rip around on the dirt and gravel roads around our shop

Next mods I have an S&S hot set-up kit with super stock heads on the way, and after riding to the Dixie Roundup and back I decided to paint a backup 3-gallon tank for longer trips

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: New tank; modified rear fat bob fender; dual titmouse tail lights; a bunch of cool Moon parts; Kerker exhaust, S&S Super E carb kit; a steering stabilizer for high speeds with the knobbies; Fork Co. heat shield; Bates style halogen headlight; chain conversion prototype kit; new suspension by Progressive all the way around; handmade stainless-steel luggage bar; skid plates; Biltwell Banana seat, Kung Fu grips, Moto bars, Sandserson pegs and Thunder risers

Thanks: Progressive Suspension; Biltwell; Jeremy at S&S for help sorting the carb out; Gabe at After Hours Choppers; Todd, Lowbrow's resident tech guru for laying some H-D knowledge on me; Tom at TNT Custom Paint. I have to thank Lowbrow since I stole so many parts right off the shelf!

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Commented on 6-28-2012 At 05:27 am

It definitely a different build for this site but as always lots of nice little details you dont notice until closer inspection. Looks like a fun toy.

Commented on 6-28-2012 At 07:40 am

Looks killer!!! I bet it's a ton of fun!!!

Commented on 6-28-2012 At 08:05 am

If that thing's not beggin for some Baxter Grips I don't know what is! ...looks fun on a dirt oval i bet. Good job Kyle!

Commented on 6-28-2012 At 08:24 am

The "brat style spring" has ended. Welcome to the "dirtster summer!"

Commented on 6-28-2012 At 09:32 am

Is that a skid plate? Hell yes it is a skid plate

Commented on 6-28-2012 At 12:04 pm

I run the same rear tire, your bike looks fun.

Commented on 6-28-2012 At 02:15 pm

BTW, Kyle just showed up at our joint after riding this little beast 2700 miles. Nice work, Malinky!

Commented on 6-28-2012 At 04:39 pm

that is definitely a pretty rad sportster.

Commented on 6-29-2012 At 04:48 pm

Worthy. I could also really see one of those Buell ZTL discs up front on it....

Commented on 6-29-2012 At 07:27 pm

I dig those tail lights.

Commented on 6-29-2012 At 07:51 pm

I want it.

Commented on 6-30-2012 At 11:39 am

rad get up. supper rad

Commented on 6-30-2012 At 11:55 am

Pretty Gnarly Ass Bike, I Like!

Commented on 6-30-2012 At 08:01 pm

love it, cool build

Commented on 7-4-2012 At 03:52 pm

Pretty cool , love to hear what she sounds like .

Commented on 7-16-2012 At 07:19 pm

looks good dirt tracktion when its krazy time

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