Dan Collins obviously has an eye for the aesthetic. This once pedestrian mid '90s Sporty has evolved into a lithe little canyon carver that is big on style and light on trinkets. One more prime example of the less-is-more approach to custom motorcycles, and that's just the way we and ChopCult readers seem to like it.
Owner: Dan Collins
Builder: Old Gold Garage Co. Ventura, CA
Bike name: The Virgin Killer
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1993 883 Sportster
Fork: HD/Showa (shaved)
Chassis mods: Modified rear fender strut mounts, 60's sportster rear fender struts, short rear shocks, fork lowering kit, remote front master cylinder under lower triple tree, frisco tank mounts.
Tire/wheel size and style: Front: 21" chrome wheel w/ polished hub, single disc, w/ Avon speedmaster
Rear: 16" stock mag w/ stock harley tire
Favorite thing about this bike: This bike has been the best bang for the buck of any of the bikes I've owned in 20 years. It hauls ass, handles great, sounds insane, and looks killer, and I'm into it for chump change
Next modifications: Stainless spokes for the front and a new rear wheel, ceramic coat the exhaust...gold leaf on the rear fender maybe to match the tank
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Dished Sporty tank by me, Frisco mounted; gold leaf by John "Waldo" Glaspey who used to letter funny cars for Cole Fosters dad Pat; shortened rear fender; 1960's sportster taillight; shaved lower legs; early Sporty handlebar risers that were extended in the '60s from an old Frisco ironhead; narrowed and split drag bars; panhead levers; Anderson grips and throttle (single cable); hidden front master cylinder from a Buell Blast rear disc; Cobra King pleated seat by Old Gold Garage Co.; domed CV carb top and Bullseye points by Old Gold Garage Co.; velocity stack; custom exhaust; cut-away drilled and sandblasted front sprocket cover; fork gators; vintage jeweled blue oil pressure light on headlight eyebrow; moved coil to left side of engine with custom made plug wires and Rajah terminals; eliminated all handlebar switches and wiring; gas cap and bung from Mooneyes; breather bolts from Benchmark
Favorite back story: I wanted a '60s Frisco club style bike that would handle and be reliable. I have pics of old club bikes that inspired me, and I had a lot of old parts lying around so it just fell into place. I added some of my own touches like the dished tank and exhaust, but to me it emulates that era even though it's a late-model bike. It's simple looking even though alot of work went into getting that effect. It's compact and splits lanes with the best of them. It's not a show bike!
Thanks to: John Glaspey, Gordon Chappel, my wife for letting me steal the gas tank I made for her triumph, Pat and Kim from Benchmark for the breather bolts
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