Super Sano Sporty

Article By: Otto von Blotto

Photos By: Lisa Ballard – www.dbcustomleather.com

Originally Published In The June 2011 Issue Of Cycle Source Magazine

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Everyone knows Sportsters are hot right now, some might say they’ve always been hot. Certain bike clubs used ‘em for years as their preferred mode of transportation because they were light, tough and most importantly, cheap! Kim Boyle had similar feelings about the entry level HD. After being hounded for some time by the Sportster crowd to turn out some Sporty parts under his Bench*Mark line, he decided to build a bike to help showcase those parts. That’s how this sexy, slinky scoot came to be. Bench*Mark consists of E Cycle Source June ‘11 21 dbcustomleather.com Kim Boyle and Pat McCormack. Pat handles all of the machine work and Kim controls all of the rest. Procured from a local contractor hit hard by California’s economic depression for a song, Kim and crew quickly got to work doing what they do. Seeing as how a couple of friends of his were building Sportsters at the same time as he was, this helped to keep Kim focused on setting his bike apart from the crowd. And by the looks of this ‘sickle, it’s safe say to say he’s done just that. Slim is what Kim envisioned his finished product to be. In order to accomplish that, he called on Slim’s Fabrication to narrow up the sexy Sporty tank while Kim himself took care of placing the mounts. In keeping with the sleek motif, Kim went to another Southern California friend at Front Street Cycle for a set of narrow stainless tracker bars and a tasteful rear fender. Kim has the ability to lean on some pretty heavy local talent for things not usually done in-house.

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So, he went ahead and had Sonny Boy lay down some crisp black paint with just the right amount of pinstriping to highlight the subtle details this bike is chock full of. A bike of this caliber wouldn’t be acceptable with just any old seat placed on it, so the hard workin’ Duane Ballard was enlisted to stitch up the cowhide for this scoot. Man, did he nail it! This pad is all class but it doesn’t draw the eye away from any of the other work and effort put into this machine. So what parts didn’t he outsource, you might be asking yourself?! Well for one thing, the one-off custom taillight came from Kim. A sexy jewel to say the least! Kim also had his way with the stock mids till they flowed like nothing the Factory ever sent anyone home with. And you see that nonchalant air cleaner that keeps this bike breathing real healthy? That’s a Bench*Mark product. What goes in must come out so ol’ Kim got busy with the TIG and made the sensual two-into-one pipe ya see here today, too. There’s a few more parts massaged by the man like the brake calipers and lower legs. At first glance they may appear stock but upon closer inspection, one quickly realizes HD just don’t roll ‘em out the door this sano, man. Just as Kim carefully placed thought-out aftermarket parts on the bike, like the Aris re-pop headlight, he also put a lot of thought into what he took off the bike. Parts like the speedo and other tidbits that tend to detract from the clean lines a Sportster has, but are usually too cluttered up by chromeplated plastic for the masses to enjoy were removed. Lots of love was put into this easily dismissed lower rung model of a bike that’s now gained a cultlike following for its reliability and affordability as well. But Kim and Bench*Mark have  helped the Sportster get some attention in the parking lot as well by beautifying a bike that isn’t particularly known for its sexiness. And that my friend is the Bench*Mark of a true ruler.

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Super Sano Sporty Tech Sheet

Owner: Brian Saunders

City: St. Louis, MO

Fabrication By: Kim Boyle

Year: 2000

Model: XL 1200 Sportster

Time: A Few Months On and Off

Value: Depends Who You Ask

EN GINE

Year: 2000

Model: XL 1200

Builder: Stock

Ignition: Mallory

Displacement: 1200cc

Pistons: Stock

Heads: Stock

Cam(s): Stock

Carb: CV

Air Cleaner: Bench*Mark

Exhaust: Handmade 2-into-1

Primary: Stock

TRANSMISSION

Year: 2000

Make: H-D

Shifting: 5-Speed

FRAME

Year: 2000

Make: HD

Rake: None

Stretch: None-Fender Struts Cut

FRONT END

Type: Showa

Builder: Kim Boyle

Extension: 2” Under

Triple Trees: Stock Shaved

WHEELS

Front Wheel: Stock Powdercoated

Size: 21”

Tire: Avon Speedmaster

Brakes: Shaved & Polished HD Caliper

Rear Wheel: FXR/Dyna Swap Meet

Size: 16”

Tire: Avon Speedmaster

Brakes: Stock Powdercoated

PAINT

Painter: SonnyBoy

Color: Black

Type:

Molding: SonnyBoy

Chroming:

ACCESSORIES

Bars: Front Street Cycles Stainless Trackers

Risers: Weld-Ons

Hand Controls: Magura Clutch-Grimeca Lever / MC

Gas Tank(s): Narrowed Sporty-Slim Fab

Front Fender: None

Rear Fender: Front Street Cycle

Seat: Duane Ballard

Foot Controls: Cut Down Stockers

Oil Tank: Stock

Mirrors: One-Shortened and Bent

Speedo: None

Taillight: Bench*Mark One-Off

Headlight: Repop Aris

Photographer: Lisa Ballard

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