Ground Up Build: My Sportster Chopper

by Paul Cowley
(Isle of Man, UK)

Sportster Chopper

Sportster Chopper

Hi everyone! Just thought you would like to see my lastest build I've been working on.

I've been chopping bikes since I was 18 and lovin' every minute of it. Its in the blood, I'm sure....

Anyhow, all the years I've been doing it, I never got round to building a chop from scratch, from the ground up, until now that is...

I basically started with a standard 1991 Sportster & tore the thing to pieces. I fabricated the new frame from some 1 1/4" dom tubing. Hope you all like it!

The bike's not quite finished at present. It's just needing to get my kick stand welded on and my oil bag mounted in place. Then it's time to strip her down and off to paint, build her back up, wire it up, and away we go.....

Keep on chopping everyone, Respect....

Paul Cowley

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Jun 04, 2011
Sweet Ride!
by: Bobby C.

I'm sure this bike's a head turner. Good looking frame. I like that you made it with the smaller diameter tubing like the original chops back in the 60's and 70's. And that the backbone is a straight line between the rear axle and neck. I never cared for the way most modern chopper frames and gas tanks dip down in front. Good job on this one!

Oct 07, 2009
Insuring a Bobber
by: JF

I love the sportster bobbers but how do you get insurance for these things, especially when you fabricate a frame? Don't you need a VIN to get insurance and I thought the VIN on the frame and the VIN on the engine had to at least be from the same year and preferably the same make and model?

Oct 04, 2007
by: Virago, Brian

Hi Paul
Your bike looks way cool. Sportys look good stock and even better when they are stripped down like yours. I like the I hope my Virago looks as good when it's done.

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