In my not so humble opinion, of all the myriad examples of rigid Sporty chops I've seen over the last twenty years it'd be a miracle if twenty percent of them actually ended up looking anything remotely like 'cool'. Sorry, but once you start seriously fucking with the balance and lines of the frame, the front end, swing arm, tank position, seat, pipes and wheel/tire selection . . . . you'd better have a really good idea of what the final vision will be or you and your one off, custom chopper/bobber/flopper are clubbed to death by the ugly stick. Bottom line is, so few guys have that innate sensibility to get it right, and those who don't never ask those who do for opinions, end result, shit on a stick.
Alright, enough of my ranting for now, to the scoot in the spotlight. The thing I love most about Johnny's Skirtster is that it tweeks my own skewed perceptions, notably regarding solids/mags/billet on bikes. As a rule I fucking detest them, reminds me of the plug ugly parts of the late eighties and early/mid nineties, all those puke stoopid water type flame job ripoffs, you know those hideous pinks and turquoise colours with big 'drips' hangin off them and all that poxy billet hardware . . . . yet the combo on this wickedly lithe and nimble lookin jigger is bloody brilliant, solid on the rear, sorta retro five spoke up front that almost makes the very useful front pick near invisble. Then there's the tank positioning, Frisco'd and right back on top of the frame. The fork shrouds add another touch of classy minimalism in cleaning up the frontend, the rake as well is just spot on, the short, chopped 2-into-1 is the dog's fucking bollocks and also allows a complete view of the no frills swingarm and shocks. I'm not a monster fan of the 'black bike' ideal either but I can't imagine this thing any other way . . . . yes indeedly, Johnny Wolf's swingarm Sporty chop is damned near perfect in my books, made all the moreso by the knowledge that when push comes to shove this piece of kit will handle its way out of or into anything, even with the fabulous non tires that the Deathmasters represent . . . . well, except wet grass at BF5 when dabbing the front stopper.
Visit Johnny at http://asphaltsquadron.blogspot.com.au/ . . . . photo by Johnny Wolf.