Matt Ross knew he wanted a Sportster for his first motorcycle and began the endless search to attain one. Months went by, he began to loose faith until his nightly trek on Craigslist produced a 1989 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200. It wasn't the prettiest Sportster he laid his eyes on but it was attainable. Matt's full time painting job keeps him pretty busy so wrenching on the bike would be an issue. So he turned to his buddy Ryan Mullion
, from The Tiger Shack, to help him modify the bike.
His budget was tight so they left the frame, forks and wheels alone. Ryan eliminated the "ugly ass" dual cap Mustang gas tank to a newer stock tank. He switched out the stock handlebars to Biltwell's Low Drag Bars and added their Kung Fu Grips. Ryan also tossed the speedo and fabbed new brackets and mounts for the turn signals. The only thing left for Ryan to accomplish was switching out the very worn seat to Biltwell's Black Diamond Banana seat. Matt painted the bike in record time as there was a deadline to meet. He had committed on riding to Phoenix, Az for the Love Cycles party with a few friends. They dialed in the bike, Matt rode it around the block a few times and proceeded to head to Phoenix. Most first time riders might of chosen to take it slow but not Matt. He accomplished the soaking wet ride with his buddies and logged over 800 miles in one weekend. The only upcoming change you can expect to see for now is new foot pegs from Biltwell.
Matt would like to thank Ryan for his help and friendship. Also big thanks to Biltwell Inc.
for their quality parts line.
If you would like to reach out to Matt for paint work, shoot him an email
Do you even look through this forum? My bike is a pile of shit and its still better than that steaming turd.
Do yourself a favor, actually LOOK through the forum at some build threads. Look at the time in them. The hard work. The craftsmanship. It's obvious you don't know anything about motorcycles, so either reflect back on the old features or pass the articles off to someone else PLEASE.
I don't think every featured bike needs to be crazy awesome. In print media they are limited to space and will only accept the highest quality (most of the time) builds for that reason. I think a lot of us have become accustomed to that mentality and expect it everywhere. The Chop Cult is able to rotate the features much faster and with less financial involvment so accepting "lower level" bikes is a pretty cool thing. The guy built a pretty OK custom. I'd rather see that than another Dyna with "the punisher skull" on every cover so I welcome it. We should all embrace the possibility of nurturing people's skills and efforts instead of telling them their bike sucks. I'm not in disagreeance that isn't a rad custom chop with a ton of fab in it but the guy did what he could to make something better. I think it's a good example of entry level motorcycle wrenching and a stepping stone to bigger things. It's cleaner than my first custom bike. Hell, it's nicer than the bike I ride now. Maybe his next effort will get the cover of your favorite magazine. There's room in this scene for everybody and for all skill levels.
And I'll second the "stop bitching about free" comments - while a community-based site is def. the sum of its parts (i.e. the members), slagging people doesn't contribute or foster said community. How about some constructive criticism like SeaJay posted that the folks can think about?
So, sure it's not a radical chop but it's cooler than some of the so-called build threads around here, and a damn nice start. There've been plenty of bikes on here that y'all praised and raved about that started off worse than this.
Its all a process, and bike building is just that. You start out small by experimenting with new paint, swap out the tail light, bars, etc... Eventually you are able to stop just trying to emulate what you've seen and think for yourself. Its sort of a culmination of all the photos you've seen, threads you've poured over, and conversations you have. That is when the magic happens. To see in your minds eye the bike you want to build, and realize its never been built before.
I fully commend Matt on his efforts and his bike. It is a nice looking sportster for sure, and Im sure it will only improve with time as the ideas flow and he gains confidence with his hands. Its just that when I first found this site, Id always look forward to seeing the photo feature. There always seemed to be at least one part of the build that was something new or at least a new take on an old idea. And that is what I love about CC. There are so many sick threads on this forum of dudes building bikes in ways I never even thought about. Take the kiwi madness thread. Absolute genius. Or the turbo charged shovel thread. Its an amazing mix of new technology meets old. I don't want to rag on you Matt or you Lisa. Its just that there seems to be a lot more bikes deserving of the privilege of being the photo feature of CC.
As far s the bike goes, i dig the paint design but I am on the fence about the colors...one mans opinion. Tell ya what i would do to that bike...i would ride the shit out of it and not feel anything other than stoked
As for Lisa's features, I think that she's put up some great ones so far. Did you notice the previous feature on the FMW Trump...the one that was featured at the Mooneyes Yokohama (that's Japan) show as an invited builder entry? Still not cool or "chopper" enough for ya? Wow, high standards!
Keep it up, Lisa. Plenty of us enjoy the features every day, and there should be room enough in this community for a little of everything. It's not "PanCult" or "WickedLongFrontEndDiggerSkinnyTireBatesAvonCult" either.
The bike's a daily driver after all.
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The feature isn't classic McGoo, but what is I ask you, what is?
The guy who built this bike did something I have not and that is admirable. The story also touches on his spirit of motorcycling, riding long and wet and sacrificing to own one and make it his own. That is fucking motorcycling.
"That's the Nosewagon!"
At Born Free, I'm hosting a "The Internet is Real Booth". I'm gonna put two random dudes sitting across from each other and then I'll reveal pictures of their bike to the other dude.
If they are complimentary and docile, I'll whack them in the back of the head like a baby seal and replace them with new dudes until we get some steamy shit talk.
If no one talks shit, I'm flipping the switch on the whole internet.
I really don't get where the whole idea of Lisa's features being "shitty" comes from either.
Wish one of my sleds was featured, cool bike use all of this to build and go forward bro. Turds are Turds
Well done on your first bike. And to the editor, don't let these clowns bully you!
When I shot this bike, I thought it would be a perfect fit for The Daily. It was explained to me that daily features were used to promote the daily rider's motorcycle. Matt is new to the motorcycle world and bought his first bike seeking help from a friend. Numerous people ask for help in every forum on this site. Lets be honest, how many of you transformed your very first motorcycle without any help? How many of you painted your own bike? There are changes coming to this build but at the moment Matt is enjoying riding his bike.
To all that feel my features have been lacking, all I can say is I am trying my best. I stand behind each and every feature. When I took this position, I knew I had very big shoes to fill. I don't posses Bill or McGoo's expressive vocabulary that you have grown accustomed to. "31 comments and not one about the spelling and grammar faux pas that permeate these features." Flatironmike, your comment reminds me of every English teacher in my life. Dyslexia is a bitch and she's mine. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't kick myself in the ass for missing something. Please trust me when I say I'm doing my best and will continue to strive for excellence.
Instead of being the bully or slamming my work, please feel free to photograph a bike and write the feature. I will link, promote and thank you for your time. To say I don't get Chop Cult, it's members, or features is a damn lie. I've been in this "scene" a LONG time.
I appreciate your constructive criticism and candid remarks. We all have the right to express ourselves but the mean spirited comments need to end now. I for one am sick of the never ending negativity. You all say this is our scene but make your followers pick and choose sides according to your opinion. Think before you hate.
Matt and Ryan, thank you for your time.