Ryan Keenan's XL1200 Sportster


Ryan Keenan is the second of three ChopCult members from Lake Charles who agreed to meet us at a favorite watering hole near his Louisiana home. Ryan's late-model Sporty is a classic example of today's home-built custom, writ bold in all its hammered glory. We see dozens of bikes like Ryan's XL at blue-collar bike events, and their existence warms are heart. Guys like Ryan are keeping the dream alive, and that's why he and his XL deserve a place on our home page. Every one one of us regardless of riding pedigree has pulled a boner like Ryan describes below. Here's to being man enough to own it, brother.

One time me and some friends were on a run and we stopped for gas. Pulling into the gas pump my bike started bucking a little, then she stalled. I was thinking, "Oh shit—two hours to go and I just blew the motor." So at this point everyone's trouble shooting my bike while I'm searching for a quart of oil. I added a full quart just knowing my engine was toast. I tried turning it over, but it bucked something fierce. I figured I'd try to start her one more time, so I pushed in the foot clutch and viola!—she ran perfect. Down the road I figured out what happened: I never put it in neutral when I parked next to the pump. Nobody in my crew knows about that brain fart 'til now.



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Commented on 8-6-2012 At 08:29 am

Sweet sporto!!

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 08:48 am

Looks great! Hope you guys make it back to the Dixie Roundup 3 next year!

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 12:12 pm

"Wot no tech on this one, what gives?"

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 02:50 pm

Any more info?!?!

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 04:21 pm

nice looking bike

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 05:33 pm

nice work! what's the spec sheet on it?

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 07:04 pm

sick frame, that chain belt cover is pretty clever too. where did you get that headlight from???

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 07:33 pm

Good looking bike, I have the same, "turner dynamic" microphone, I was going to use it for my taillight, but decided to use a old TCME light instead, you did a really good job making it look clean man!

Commented on 8-6-2012 At 07:34 pm

frame is a paughcho stock geometry except it has a tiny bit of rake idk how much.

headlight is one of those cheap 30 dollhair jobs with an old school tribar cover and hood orniment from my old 66 lincoln

wideglide front off an old shovel from a friend of mine

21'' front wheel and 18''x5,5" rear

motor was a 93 883 with 1200 conv.

Commented on 8-8-2012 At 01:13 pm

who makes the foot controls?

Commented on 8-8-2012 At 06:22 pm

HD forward controls with some knurled footpegs powder coated black.

Commented on 8-8-2012 At 06:26 pm

I take some of that back. The actual shift arm was off a big dog or something like that. But we made a bushing on the lathe to fit the HD control.

Commented on 8-8-2012 At 07:36 pm

cool. thanks but i still want to see a spec sheet on this bike

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