Shaun's Formula


Evo Sportsters are a plentiful and practical foundation for any home-built custom motorcycle. Their abundance and relative low cost have helped first-time bike builders pepper the planet with XL's of every style imaginable. As easy as these bikes are to modify, it's just as easy to make one look downright silly. Trendy bolt-ons, flake-of-the-month paint and a poor sense of style can send even the most carefully crafted Sportster down the road to Fuglytown. Fortunately, ChopCult member Shaun Jackieshan has avoided the temptation to gussy up his Sportster with unnecesssary geegaws, and the result is a garage-built bike that looks great.

Shaun's '98 XL is a bike that catches your eye because of everything it's not: not over-decorated, not over-detailed, and not falling apart. Subtlety and restraint reward the eye with clean lines and no superfluous nonsense. Take the seat. A simple flat seat slammed on the frame rails beats a sprung seat on a swingarm bike every time. Stock hand controls cleaned up on a grinder and spray bombed flat black just blend in and look like they came that way. Minimal wiring and a few simple switches keeps the rat's nest under control. Pipes and bars? All business: short, functional and ready to split lanes. Chain conversion, flat-bottomed tank, aftermarket headlight, blacked-out stock mags and passenger pegs for foot controls are all easy mods that individually aren't a big deal, but add up to a clean overall package. Hear what the man who built the bike has to say about his machine.

I bought the bike a couple years ago thinking I was going to throw the engine into a Sucker Punch sporty frame. Long story short, the economy took a dump and my pay was cut in half, so I ruled out the new kit. I felt super lame riding around this basically stock Harley with a million chrome and gold eagles all over it, but I didn’t have the funds to put much into it. So little by little I started chopping stuff off. Over the winter I took the motor out and shaved everything off the frame and forks that I didn’t think it needed. I studied the wiring diagram and cut out about 50 pounds of wires. I ended up purchasing a few things like the tank, headlight, tires, shocks, chain kit, a few wires, some switches and a cat face taillight. And of course I concocted up a few things too, like the seat/bracket, license plate bracket, and coil mount. Sure the bike isn’t how I envisioned it at first, but now, it’s exactly how I want it. Thanks go out to Jay at Special ‘79 for my bars and shaving my fork legs, to my pops for getting me into bikes, to Big T for putting up with all my crap in the garage, and to Rouser Rob and Kim Boyle for inspiration.

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Commented on 6-4-2010 At 06:26 am

Super clean bike! Great job and also some good photog work there.

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 08:08 am

Long live sporties!

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 08:47 am

Very Very nice.

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 08:49 am

One of these days I wanna get me one of these, reliable EVO's, hahaha. Great looking ride!!

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 10:12 am

I can totally relate, Shaun. These sporties have the most excessive wiring I've ever seen, but they lend themselves to so much creativity and they're a BLAST to ride. Love yer skoot, bro!

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 10:12 am

bravo, bravo, (close your eyes and hear the golf clap). well done shaun! see you in califas?

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 12:36 pm

heyyy, my web browser won't show me the pix! what gives!

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 12:59 pm

This bike was a huge inspiration when I started working on my 91 XL. Shaun was also very helpful when I contacted him about tire questions. He's also got a pretty cool blog called Skinny Moto that I read once in a while.... Nice job

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 01:02 pm

great looking bike! clean and the way a sporty should look like. Working on getting mine to that stage.

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 01:22 pm

Well done! and now rîde the hell out of that bike...

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 02:43 pm

that is sharp, good one bud

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 03:03 pm

Nice one. Sporty Nation!! I have been a Sporty owner now for about 6 months and I love this thing. Fast, low, skinny and loud. Got a killer deal on a used Roadster and have been busy stripping all of the excess crap the previous owner put on it since then. Hopefully I can integrate some of the styling cues from Shaun's bike.

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 03:36 pm

well played sir, well played.

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 04:28 pm

Excellent job. I went to points ignition on my evo sporty using Bluestreaks and now my wiring harness is made up of maybe 5 wires. :)

Commented on 6-4-2010 At 07:03 pm

Quad Cam's rule!!! Sweet bike

Commented on 6-5-2010 At 01:07 am

I've been riding my rigid Sporty for about 6 years. I built it myself and wouldn't give it up for anything. I recently bought a new Dyna Street Bob, then my hours got cut and I'm struggling to pay for it. I'll give it back before I sell my Sporty to make the payments on the Dyna. I can always get another Dyna, I can't repalce the first bike I ever built...

Commented on 6-5-2010 At 04:13 am

Fantastic! CTFS!

Commented on 6-5-2010 At 07:40 am

Yeah man, payments suk. No matter what u ride its way cooler when its paid 4. Live free RIDE WHAT U CAN PAY FOR. especially if u built it...
I love those blockhead sporties and still kick myself in the arse for passing on a mint sporty sport 4 plug for 5500 back in the day. She was a beuty. I kept a picture of her for a reminder to never pass a deal. I have yeat to find another one. They must have been rare. You know the ones that had reservior piggyback shocks and 4 spark plugs??? Dual disc fronts?

Commented on 6-5-2010 At 07:09 pm

love seein springs on the back of that thing.looks good man.ride the shit out of it.just dropped a few shoots of a 97 that i just finished worty takin a peek at...

Commented on 6-6-2010 At 09:07 am

Someone once told me that I have to hard tail my Ironhead and there is no cool looking swing-arm Sporty out there. Well...

Commented on 6-6-2010 At 01:51 pm

ultra mega super rad ass bitchin sporty

Commented on 6-7-2010 At 03:49 am

Real clean buddy. You must be pretty handy with the grinder now

Commented on 6-14-2010 At 08:20 am

nice work. love the swingarm.

Commented on 2-18-2011 At 03:28 am

I like the speed wire on the fuel tank bolt

Commented on 9-17-2011 At 04:05 pm

Be a "simple" man. It's righteous.

Commented on 1-24-2012 At 09:59 pm

dig it. love the lock wire here and there.

Commented on 11-20-2012 At 01:18 pm

I dig this bike. Its almost exactly how i want to do mine, love the chopped rear fender

Commented on 8-28-2015 At 09:47 pm

You did well man. That is a ride of which to be very proud. Very well done indeed!

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