Larry Lofgren's Rigid Sportster


We've said it before and we'll say it again: '86-'03 Evo Sportsters will be the shovelheads of 2025. These affordable, reliable and ubiquitous Harleys are fertile fodder for garage modification, especially among Gen X'ers who didn't growing up believing Sportsters are The Motor Company's "lady's bike."

Larry Lofgren from Amber, Pennsylvania, is a 20-something cycle fiend, and he was stoked when the opportunity to build this no-frills XL presented itself. As CC members are well aware, weld-on rigids are all the rage with today's working-class builder, and Larry's chopper is a classic example of the genre. Anyone with motivation, friends and hand tools can build a bike when they put their mind to it, and Larry and his machine are proof.

We met Larry on day two of last summer's Gypsy Run. Larry didn't stick around for the biker hijinx that evening, but he told us his story before packing his gear and hauling ass back to the Keystone State.

I'm a plumber, so i don't make tons of money. Hardhead Bill at Off the Wall Cycles let me work around his shop so I could pay my bill and learn some stuff in the process. When we were finished I got a cool bike and a lot of funny stories to go with it, like the time I was blamed for the dumpster fire behind the shop. Not my fault, man! Thanks to Hardhead Bill, my boys Daryl, Johnny and Joey, and all the cool people we meet on the road.


Builders: Larry, Hardhead Bill at Off The Wall Cycles

Year, make model of motor: Stock 2001 Sportster

Year, make model of frame: 2001 Sportster with a weld-on hardtail

Front wheel size and tire model: 19'' Avon Speedmaster

Rear wheel size and tire model: 16'' Maxxis

Custom fab stuff: 2-into-1 exhaust, the hardtail frame and some other simple bits and pieces

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Commented on 10-15-2010 At 06:11 am

Nice looking ride. I can't WAIT to build an Evo Sporty Chop. Good job!

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 09:48 am

Nice man...there is nothing like a sporty chop. I am on my third one and they just keep gettin' better.

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 12:05 pm

Met Larry and the rest of his crew the 2nd day of the GR10. Really good bunch of guys and some really cool bikes they're rolling around on.

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 02:35 pm

larry man, good to see your bikes got new paint man, gues you gots that nasty goo shit off there. met you at that shit bar in hatboro for the "bike show" then again at ride to skate. bike looks great dude!

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 03:44 pm

looks awesome! i love the short wheel base and the mid rise bars

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 04:41 pm

i totally agree with the "shovelhead of our generation" comment. Sportys are everywhere and no one wants em but us, ha!

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 05:56 pm

great seat!

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 06:06 pm

Sportsters... FUCK YEAH!

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 07:58 pm

really liking those sportster chops. got to keep focused on the xs and shovel. the stance on this is sooooo distracting

Commented on 10-15-2010 At 09:49 pm

well done!

Commented on 10-16-2010 At 04:55 am

Nice - I also really like the new forty-eight - it gives inspiration for a husquarley project like the one wrenchmonkees did a few years ago.

Commented on 10-16-2010 At 07:52 pm

that bitch is tight, the bars are awsome!

Commented on 10-17-2010 At 09:57 am

nice sporty

Commented on 10-17-2010 At 12:26 pm

Nice work, there is a lot to be admired on that bike. It seems to come together well for what it is. I say it like that because I don't like the style personally, but that has nothing to do with the quality or craftsmanship here.

Steffan says he likes the wheelbase and the bars, which is exactly what doesn't appeal to me. I would like to see a little longer wheel base in regard to the tail, and then kick out the rake a bit.

Of course that makes it a bit more (a lot more?) traditional and is going the wrong way in may senses.

That probably just makes me OLD.

Sportsters as a whole have always been screaming 'Chop Me!!!' right off the design table...

-Rev Mike

Commented on 10-17-2010 At 05:45 pm

That looks like a fun clean machine -

Commented on 10-17-2010 At 08:50 pm

Looks real good and fun to ride man!! Sportys' are hot rods!! Drag race 'em, canyon cruise 'em, or just lovem!!! It always seems to be the bagger dudes talkin' da smack, maybe cuz you can't take the whole house on the road with you!! Whatever!! Givem the finger as you blow by 'em in a wheelie!!!

Commented on 10-21-2010 At 11:33 am

good job ... look really good!

Commented on 10-24-2010 At 08:06 am

That's a bute Clark!

Commented on 11-26-2011 At 07:11 pm

that exhaust looks rad

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