Nick's Rigid Evo Sporty


Like cream separating from hot milk in a dirty bucket, good people always rise to the top, even at greasy chopper hoedowns in murky swamps. I met Nick Sicignano (SIZZ ig nano) and his boozy crew from Connecticut under an EZ-up at White Birch Campground in Laconia, NH. Nick was nursing a cocktail and cleaning the white sidewalls on this tidy hardtail Sportster.

Shooting the breeze with Nick and his Nutmeg State buddies reaffirmed what I've come to believe about motorcycle events and the people who attend them: the best ones are casual and uncomplicated. While I scurried around their camp site shooting these photos, Nick and his crew chatted me up about everything from the price of chopper parts—pretty fair, thanks to online retailers—to social media—buying and selling on ChopCult works.

When I asked Nick for the back story on his '02 Sporty, here's what he told me…

A while ago I built a sweet little 1980 ironhead chopper that I tried ridin’ the piss out of, but it didn’t like it. After wrenchin’ on that bike constantly I said ‘Fuck it’ and bought a bone stock ’02 Sportster. I rode that bike five times, then stripped it bare and sold all the old parts on ChopCult to fund the new build.

I got three-quarters finished with the project, then lost my job. My brother and friends came to the rescue to help me get it going—my brother did all the welding at J-Tech Fab in Seymour, CT, and my good friend Johnny wired everything up. I’ll never be finished with this bike, but I think it’s pretty sweet as she stands. Next on the list are some new pipes and a jockey shifter to make it more fun.


Owner: Nick Sicignano

Home: Seymour, CT

Donor bike: 2002 Sportster

Frame: Paughco rigid

Fork: Shaved and lowered Narrow Glide

Front wheel: Stock 21'' with cheapest tire I could find!

Rear wheel: H-D 16'' with another cheap tire and a Hawg Halters sprotor brake

Custom bits and other parts: I made the license plate bracket and coil mount; I found the really cool alumonum dogbone risers and gas tank in the ChopCult classifieds from Main Drive Cycle; the seat is a West Eagle from No School Choppers; Pat Kennedy internal throttle

Thanks: To my brother for doing all the welding and painting and helping with other shit; the the guys at J-Tech Fab for letting us use your equipment

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Commented on 8-22-2011 At 03:23 am


Commented on 8-22-2011 At 04:12 am

Such a clean Sporty.

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 05:43 am

Nicky. Fuckin chops

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 06:03 am

Very Nice...

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 08:48 am

super clean sporty. awesome bike man

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 09:57 am

I like seeing something built from an affordable modern donor.
Maybe CC could showcase a modern Jpn custom every once in awhile?

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 02:39 pm

Nice Job. simple n clean

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 05:02 pm

very nice lookin scoot i can't wait until i finnish mine

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 06:13 pm

wow! sick!

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 06:28 pm

really dig the tail section of that frame...very different

Commented on 8-22-2011 At 09:57 pm

Great story of how the bike came to be and the thing looks sick.

Commented on 8-23-2011 At 06:10 am

Nice ride Nick.

Commented on 8-23-2011 At 08:13 am

I don't want to be a dog in the manger, but the clamp that holds your handlebars breaks off of those risers. The clamp isn't machined as part of the riser body, it's held on there by a 1/4-20 countersunk bolt. The 1/4" bolt snaps off, and I know 7 people personally who've had these risers break, and I've seen numerous posts on other boards about these riser failures.

I doubt that Maindrive had any idea about these risers failing when they sold them to you. And, guess what? The guy who made those risers is nowhere to be found.......

Commented on 8-23-2011 At 08:49 am

usually not a huge whitewall fan, but this thing came out pretty clean

Commented on 8-23-2011 At 10:30 am

Very Nice!!!!!

Commented on 8-23-2011 At 10:56 am

thats a damn nice sporty!

Commented on 8-31-2011 At 01:46 pm

Nice looking sporty. I like the tight, all business look. Reminds me of a girl I know. Good info from Irishrich! The man is a Greybeard, been around this for a while and knows his shit.

Commented on 7-23-2013 At 04:33 pm

Nice and clean. This is the way Sporty's should look.

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