Old Gold Garage Sportster


Lots of interesting iron has rolled through the doors at Old Gold Garage in Ventura, CA over the years. From hot rod cars to crusty knuckleheads, Dan Collins' style always shines through. In the case of this Sporty, less is more; no wild frame built from scratch or insane examples of intricate fabrication to show off, just a few simple mods to clean things up and make it a little cooler.





Eli Hathaway, SFV, California




Bike name:

The Copper Killer




Engine, year and make, model, modifications:

1989 Sportster 883, carb re-jetted,  drag pipe exhaust and intake mods, 4 speed trans, chain final drive





stock except for rear fender bracket tabs





Stock 39mm shaved legs




Chassis mods:

60's chromed and shortened sportster fender struts, relocated coil mount, shorty rear shocks




Tire/wheel size and style:

Front: Avon Speedmaster 21x3.00 chrome spoke 21"

Rear: stock HD 16" radial

Chrome spoke 16"




Favorite thing about this bike:

Minimalist controls and electrics, handles bitchin, paint color




Next modification will be:

Putting lots of miles on it...maybe a vintage Avon rear tire at some point




Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc:

Rabbit ear bars, heavily modified vintage Yamaha front master cylinder, Anderson throttle with shortened grips, shortened rear fender, chrome 60s sporty taillight, Old Gold Garage Cobra King seat, relocated ignition and starter switches, knucklehead style air cleaner snoot, Old Gold Garage CV carb cover and brackets, Old Gold Garage Bullseye points cover, Frisco mounted low tunnel sportster tank, Barnett clutch and single throttle cable, panhead clutch lever, early HD petcock, chopped chain guard




Thanks to:

built by Dan Collins at Old Gold Garage, thanks also to Gordon Chappel, My Garage, Barnett, The Shop in Ventura.

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Commented on 11-8-2012 At 07:49 am

Always love a nice clean bike Sportster. Lots of small tasteful things that make a huge difference.

Commented on 11-8-2012 At 10:22 am

Was the stock wiring removed or what? Super clean bike......

Commented on 11-8-2012 At 10:45 am

aka "his daily driver"

Commented on 11-8-2012 At 10:53 am

Great looking daily rider!

Commented on 11-8-2012 At 11:29 am

Really loving the seat on this one. Looks like a nice shop with some interesting other projects going on.

Commented on 11-8-2012 At 02:44 pm

great spot to relocate the coil! i think i'm gonna do the same thing on my chop project. that is one smart lookin' sporty!!!

Commented on 11-8-2012 At 03:13 pm

Tried to go with a similar look on my Sporty. Keep it classic, clean and simple, that's how these bikes usually look best to me. A fine example!

Commented on 11-8-2012 At 03:37 pm

Nce bike. I relocated my coil the same way. The cool thing is that I used the original bracket and put it where the horn usually mounts... Quick & easy!

Commented on 11-9-2012 At 08:37 am

really nice bike. Get on and ride forever.

Commented on 11-10-2012 At 08:33 am

beautiful clean and classic!

Commented on 11-14-2012 At 12:24 pm

such a nice sporty! Its so simple and clean.

Commented on 11-20-2012 At 08:04 am

Cool air filter set up

Commented on 12-2-2012 At 10:35 am

Sick bike dudes, I just put the cobra seat in white on my 89!!

Commented on 2-18-2013 At 05:25 pm

anybody notice where the choke for the carb was?

Commented on 2-18-2013 At 05:26 pm

anybody notice where the choke for the carb was?

Commented on 4-9-2013 At 06:59 am

Rad as Fuck! If you still have it by next month I'm gonna snatch it from you!

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