Sweet Lou's Evo Chop


I bought this bike as a hammered roller with the trans in a box from my friend Joel. I rode beside Joel while he flogged this machine through mainland Mexico and up the entire Baja peninsula. He knew it inside and out and I knew it was fast, because that's the only way Joel rides. When he was struggling to sell it I convinced myself it would be an easy flip project and documented the process in a thread on ChopCult about it.

Well, life as they say got in the way and this project dragged on for almost two years to the day. I didn't want to spend a fortune, just do the basics; powdercoat the frame, new tank, paint, seat, sissy bar, some bolt-ons and a bunch of maintenance. I'd work on it in spits and spurts but would always hit some little stumbling block and it'd get pushed into the corner.

Finally when my friend Lou showed some interest in a trade/cash deal I put it into overdrive and got it whipped into shape. What I mean is, I gave up and went to Rico at Hi-Bond Modified in Pamona. We'd worked on it together before but at this point it was still a bitch to start, though it ran great once she was running. Not wanting to deliver Lou something that was going to break him off, I built a battery box and we swapped out the mag for an electronic ignition.

Now mags are the holy grail of cool and I dug the reduced wiring, but screw it, this thing starts easily now and should be a great first big twin for Sweet Lou. I've always preferred a short chop, but hand-jammin' this machine around for a couple weeks before sending it off to Ohio has me thinking maybe it's time for a similar laid back project in the near future. Have fun with it, Lou!



Owner: Sweet Lou; Columbus, Ohio

Engine: Rev Tech 88"

Frame: Paughco

Fork: 35mm Wide Glide, CCE trees

Chassis mods: Various mounts and what-not

Tire/wheel size and style: 16"/21"

Favorite thing about this bike: Laid back style is fun to ride

Next modification will be: Install the leather battery box cover that Fredo at Star Leather made for it and throw it on a trailer

Other mods, accessories, cool parts, etc: PM calipers; Biltwell Sanderson pegs, Apes and Thunder riser; Afterhours titmouse tail light and shift knob; Lowbrow Alien gas tank; handmade sissy bar, battery box, oil tank mounts, gas tank mounts, switch plate and headlight mount

Thanks to: Rico at Hi-Bond Modified for helping me get it dialed; Duane Ballard for covering the seat; Jimi at Ma Deuce for the paint; Fredo for the battery cover


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Commented on 2-27-2012 At 06:53 am

Sweet ride luv the video lazy guy

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 07:06 am

Cool bike and pics and story..

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 07:43 am

very cool bike

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 10:22 am

Nice job Bill! I have to say though I can never look at a photograph that you have taken without looking for a gay reflection!

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 10:57 am

turned out sick...makes me wanna ditch my panhead for an evo chop sometimes

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 11:16 am

My knees and I do NOT miss the mag fired shovel. Hurray for electronic ignition.

Real cool video, Bill.

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 11:37 am

I've been there but I've not find you! amazing bike

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 01:47 pm

Nice mini article

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 02:49 pm

Fully Erect

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 04:54 pm

That is a righteous looking ride. Lou should enjoy the hell out of it and the shifting is the Tits.

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 05:43 pm

Eric you would know about gay reflections!

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 06:13 pm

Mini article? Not sure what you mean.

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 07:51 pm

Enjoyed the bike, the article and the video. Great job Bill.

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 08:42 pm

Very cool, man that tank paint just pulls you in! nice details on the bike for sure...dam I can't wait to finish mine!!!!!

Commented on 2-27-2012 At 09:55 pm

that thing is perfect!

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 01:53 am

Awesome bike!

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 04:04 am

i fucking love this bike, i want to put my dick in it.

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 05:09 am

It would be nice if you would kill that damn music, so we could hear the bike!!!!!! Oh, by the way, sweet ride................

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 08:08 am

I plan on "Riding the Wild Thunder" Thanks Bill

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 02:03 pm

I jizzed my pants watching this video I WANT THIS BIKE!!!!!!!

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 04:40 pm

What a bike! I want one!

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 05:14 pm

I like this bike - allot!

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 06:33 pm

Sweet bike, and glad it's going to a righteous person. Lou was one of the many awesome people I met on EDR this year. Which brings up his XS? You still got it?

Commented on 2-28-2012 At 08:11 pm

Tony, Lou still has the XS.

Commented on 2-29-2012 At 08:40 am

I'll always have the XS. It's like night and day.

Commented on 3-3-2012 At 09:32 am

I fully aprove of this message

Commented on 3-26-2012 At 08:20 am

I cannot stop watchin this video.

Commented on 11-13-2012 At 05:29 pm

This bikes gettin ridden right to my house, cant wait to ride it when i get home! haha Thats old town Murrieta California baby!

Commented on 11-13-2012 At 05:29 pm

This bikes gettin ridden right to my house, cant wait to ride it when i get home! haha Thats old town Murrieta California baby!

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