Lance Ainsworth's Ironhead


Last month we featured Lance Ainsworth's riding buddy Gabe Choate's sweet XL1200S on the old 33. This week Lone Star chopper freak and ChopCult member XLlance's sweet ironhead gets its day in the Texas sun.We photographed Lance's tidy Sportster in front of an old brick building that was a staff hostel and headquarters for one of Texas's oldest coal mining towns. That town is ancient history, I'm afraid, but Lance has made sure Millwaukee's answer to American motorcycling's British invasion of the '50s and '60s lives on.



Owner/builder: Lance Ainsworth

Hometown: Bryson TX

Motor: 1972 H-D ironhead bored 10 over; P-cams; CV carb

Frame: Original frame with a modified bolt-on hardtail. Didn't like the look of the bolt-on so I had some tubes bent to my liking and welded it all up. First time at attempting anything like that. It's about a 4'' stretch and 4'' drop

Fork: Harley 35mm trees modified to accept SWM trials bike legs. Gabe Choate had an axle machined for me to use the original drum. I used Showa springs. It handles poorly without a fork brace but we're working on that as we speak

Homebuilt bits: Front brake stay; front brake cable guide; modified H-D risers; chopped cam and sprocket cover; CV carb support bracket and oil tank mount (I hate the oil tank); seat, which is in the burn pile as of this writing (now I'm going with a sprung solo); fender strut/license plate bracket; fuel bottle holder made from an old generator housing; chain idler block from an old skateboard wheel; the battery box, pipes and a couple powdercoated things. It never ends, I'm always changing things

Best back story: I guess that would be my trip to the Twine Ball Run in 2010, and and the week after. Had a blast racing around the dirt track and then on to Denver to visit friends before heading back home. Nothing really outstanding, just time well spent with good people, kicking the bike I built down the road without a hitch—other than my fender cracking). Nothing better!

Thanks: Of course to my dad—it's his old scoot). To Saltytonk for the paint and much more; Jay Turner for the '36 Ford spare tire ring; Steffan at Zombie Performance for the Quarter Racer bars; my cousin Benjie for help rebuilding the motor, and to ChopCult for the daily inspiration. I sure wish 33 would've been around when I started this project—it would have saved me tons of work and money

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Commented on 8-20-2012 At 05:11 am

Sweet ride! Its been changed up quite a bit since this photo shoot. Good job buddy!

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 06:58 am

Nice scoot man! Clean lookin' Iron!

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 07:28 am

Hey, congrats on the feature, Lance! I had the chance to meet and ride with Lance and Gabe (SaltyTonk) back in May of this year. They are extraordinary gentlemen of fine character, and they ride groovy machines.

Plus, once, when I was low on funds, Lance hooked me up with a set of short chrome risers in exchange for a chicken sandwich. Now that's a good feller.

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 07:30 am

Hey Lance, this is way off topic but did you race BMX in Michigan in the 80s, with your sister Darcy?

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 08:41 am

I love your bike dude! thanks for the shout out and the business! congrats!

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 10:04 am

Those quarter racers do look right at home on there.

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 11:17 am

Hey Scott. Lance is in Hawaii on vacation I will field that question.
Nope. He's been in Texas since day 1 .....I believe..... but I know for sure he doesnt have a sister.

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 11:19 am

Hey Jason. Yeah Lance is a top notch feller. Always ready to help out a bro.

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 04:53 pm

thats one nice bike

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 04:58 pm

Nice and clean, I like it !

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 05:15 pm

Congrats, Lance! I'm glad to see some Texas boys getting some well deserved recognition! Your bike is awesome, and makes a great story for the front page of the 33.
It was a real pleasure to ride with y'all on the PMR2, and I'm looking forward to seeing y'all on the Road to Ruin.

Commented on 8-20-2012 At 08:34 pm

Damn nice bike man looks a lot different from when we rode on the twine ball run! And i finally get to see a pic of that damn fender.

Commented on 8-21-2012 At 02:32 pm

Jesus stole my exact thoughts. Did you put a bird deflector on the front of it?

Commented on 8-21-2012 At 10:06 pm

This machine is cool as hell!

Commented on 8-22-2012 At 03:47 pm

Nice job Lance, like the changes since we rode together!

Commented on 8-23-2012 At 09:25 pm

Had the honor of riding with Lance and Gabe and their fine machines on the Psycho de Mayo Run and they are much better looking in person(the bikes that is). Thanks for the headlight bracket Lance, i'm rockin the hell out of it. Hope to see you guy's at Road to Ruin.

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