With so many cookie cutter hard tailed evo Sportsters on the road these days its nice to see one done up as a Café bike. I’ve always had affection for this style of ride and I have often wondered why so few take this approach with the Sporty platform.
I think one of the issues for many has been has been very little support from the aftermarket. That’s where Burly Brand comes in. While at first it may seem like a departure a company known for its ape hanger kits and slammer shocks. Once you meet David Zelma the brand manager for this innovative company it all makes sense. He and his team love all things motorcycle and he rides everything from vintage Honda’s to the well-known Plaidster a Burly Sportster with apes.
Burly Brand was one of the first to come aboard as a Greasy Dozen sponsor supporting Randy Horseman with parts for this tight little package below. I heard from Randy that David and the Burly guys were a great support by phone and email and Burly Brand provided the tail section, a signature piece to create Randy’s build in the Café category.
I saw the bike first hand at shoot at the Snake Hole Chopper loft in NYC and it wasn’t long before Randy was doing wheelies up and down the alley. The bike just screamed of something that wanted to be bashed through intercity traffic and even seemed to have a bit of BMX style to it. Randy really pulled off the build with class and a stylish take on an American Café Racer.
I hope Randy’s efforts and the Burly Brands tail section inspire more of you to mix it up and try the Café Racer style on a build. I can say first hand the aggressive riding style of a Café Racer sure is a great way to burn of some stress at the end of the day. I figure everyone needs a chopper and a Café bike in the garage… a different tool for different moods. Here’s to tearing it up.
Owner and Location: Randy Horseman, Baltimore, MD.
Engine, year and make, model, modifications: 1992 1200 Sportster
Frame: Stock Frame, Hacked fender struts
Fork: Burly 2" Lowering Springs
Tire/wheel size and style: Stock 16, 19 Mags, Firestone Tires
Favorite thing about this bike: Super Fun to Rip on, can’t hurt it.
Next modification will be: It changes a lot.
Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: Burly Seat, Shocks, Bars, Pegs. TCBros Risers, Biltwell Throttle, Custom Exhaust and Rewire
Any building or riding story or info you'd like to include: Can’t beat a sportster for a cool looking, reliable Daily Rider. Almost 4000 miles on this build since it was completed in June.
Thanks to: BURLY Brand! Old Bike Barn, The Greasy Dozen, TCBros, Biltwell, Lowbrow, Lowside Mag,
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Second, anyone who as ever really built a bike from the ground up knows that there is always much more than meets the eye to every build, this bike is not a "Catalog Whore" like some people are suggesting. Randy puts his heart and soul into everything he touches, this bike no exception. Give it the once over in person and your mind will be changed to represent an actual opinion of the bike not just an internet tough guy quick discounted view.
Lastly, let's see the show winning builds you big mouths have under your belts. Show us the hand fabricated masterpiece you've painstakingly created on your own. I'll not hold my breat for the pictures, I'm not a fan of turning blue. Grow up assholes and learn to be supportive the way it seems your Mommy has not been to you.
"First and foremost, there's a little button on your screen that allows you to navigate away from "Bolt-on Cult" anytime you feel the need.....
Lastly, let's see the show winning builds you big mouths have under your belts. Show us the hand fabricated masterpiece you've painstakingly created on your own. I'll not hold my breat for the pictures, I'm not a fan of turning blue. Grow up assholes and learn to be supportive the way it seems your Mommy has not been to you."
I believe I said "NOTHING AGAINST THE BIKE OR OWNER", before I posted my opinion on it being a feature. Defending the build, or telling everyone how many tools you have is irrelevant. I've got a TIG, a bunch of tools, and parts I've made from scratch too...so do a million other people on this site....who cares? Nobody said, "this bike sucks, I've built much better".
Feel free to jizz all over the thing if you want, but don't get all bent out of shape when someone has an opinion different than yours. It's a cool bike, I just thought it was a weird choice for a FEATURE on a site called CHOP CULT (another opinion before you cry about it).
But you still didn't show us anything to make your nasty opinion valid. My point is that you'd be psyched to see whatever you build as a feature, so why not give the dude his moment and just be happy that it isn't a feature on a stock ass factory built bike, etc. and also, that bike has been "Chopped" on, might not be a "Chopper", but this isn't "Chopper Cult" is it?
Sorry, it was just an opinion. If you're posting something up where a million people can see it, you gotta figure not EVERYONE is going to like it. I've already said now that the bike is cool, this being the second time. Nobody was raggin' on the owner, demanding he go take a welding class, or asking him to prove that he can fab like a pro. Maybe he does have mad skillz, but that's not even remotely the point. I simply thought it was a weird choice for a feature. You generally see a bit more "love" put into a lot of the other feature bikes on here. The whole "validation" thing is a pretty weak argument dude. I never once implied that I could one-up the guy, nor would I ever care to. If you're so bent over it, I've got my own work up on here. Search away, or don't. Not gonna post it all over this feature just because you demand validation for every meaningless comment posted on the internet.
In closing... It's a cool bike Randy. In real life I would stop and look at it if I passed it on the street. If you were standing next to it, I would give you a high-five. I still think it's a surprising feature, and next time I'll be sure to add a positive with any negatives when I post, for the sensitive types out there (which oddly enough was someone other than you). Sheesh.
Pretty sure randy can out ride most without a front brake. Also flat trackers don't have front brakes and they rip pretty hard"
Yes, On dirt tracks. And with a front Randy would be faster than he is without it. Anywhere else BESIDES a dirt track.
While i sincerely like the MSR bottle as a color accent (I do).. I've got another suggestion for increased fuel capacity on small tank Sporties: An O.I.F. kit plus
1 gal. reserve tank to replace the oilbag. Obviously some real R&D would be involved, but it seems to me that there's potential to sell a lot of kits…I'd sure as hell buy one BEFORE i bought something like a 48. Or built one.
So everybody else doesn't HAVE to re-invent the wheel, even if they have the ability-and facility- to do so.