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Sportster Street Hooligan

Sideburn reader Mark Loughlin, sent details of his recently finished street-legal hooligan.

I'm kinda new to this bike building stuff, other than some tinkering on my GN250 brat (see below at the Malle Mile), this is my first attempt at a build.

I met Charlie Stockwell at Lydden Hill Bike Shed Festival last year and loved the look of his hooligans. After a follow-up chat with him at Warrs London in November I decided to build one myself. I didn't even have a donor bike at that point. So bought myself a '96 Sportster 1200 custom and a service manual one week later then got to work.

  • Sportster stripped

  • 2 x 19in original dyna wheels, refurbished and painted in Speedline gold

  • Maxxis DTR1 fitted front & rear

  • 2006 R6 front forks, calipers and machined insert on bottom yoke to fit original Harley Stem

  • Pair of Hayabusa 310mm discs drilled to fit Dyna hub PCD

  • CNC billet top yoke, Rox risers and builtwell flat track bars

  • Took an age to measure up and design 15 bespoke spacers, and then had them machined by Charlie Hagan to fit the 19” Dyna to the fork setup, including hub width increase, hub and front axle spacers to fit R6 bearings and front axle O/D’s. Caliper spacers made to fit the Hayabusa discs, and spacers to get the CNC billet top yoke to fit the original Harley Stem

  • New HEL custom brake lines

  • Top end of engine stripped, new piston rings, new gasket kit, re-build and paint. Gear case cover chopped and painted, sprocket cover chopped and painted. Primary cover off and painted. New CV carb and dynokit jets, Vance and Hines hi-flo air cleaner, and new throttle cables.

  • Ditched the belt drive and did a chain conversion 48/21T

  • 2017 Sportster rear caliper and disc fitted

  • Another 8 bespoke machined spacers to fit the 19” Front Dyna to the rear, including HUB width increase to fit swingarm, new disc position and rear sprocket, new axle spacers, and new caliper spacer.

  • YSS 350mm adjustable RR shocks.

  • Frame chopped, Saddlemen eliminator seat unit fabricated to fit ’96 frame.

  • Death Spray Custom inspired design, tank and tail section painted onyx black, lightning bolt laser cut on decal film then I  applied each one individually. Then a two-pack clear coat and polish to finish.

  • S&S hooligan exhaust and heatshield. 115 was my race number at Lydden Hill.

  • Mblaze pin indicators front and rear, Motorkay square headlight and necessary electrics and load reducers fitted for LED

  • Number boards and motocross foot pegs to add to the tracker look

Sort of sounds like I know what I'm talking about, but I'm a complete amateur and couldn't have done it without YouTube and eBay by my side every step of the way.

I'd like to thank Charlie Stockwell for advice and sourcing the S&S exhaust, Charlie Hagan for his machining skills, and Craig Colgan for access to the cheese house, his help and many lunches.

Marky Loughlin


Read Leah Tokelove's comparison of Indian Scout Hooligan and FTR 1200 hooligan in Sideburn 40


May 13, 2020

Nice work on that Hooligan build, Marky!


May 13, 2020

Nice work on that Hooligan build, Marky!

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