Chris Wiggins’ Harley-Davidson Sportster Hooligan Race Bike | Hot Bike
Ed Subias

Chris Wiggins’ Harley-Davidson Sportster Hooligan Race Bike

Flat track racing on the cheap

4 years ago I went to catch some speedway racing and a few beers at Costa Mesa Speedway in Southern California. It just so happened to be “Harley Night” as well. I had been to Harley Night a few times before and it consisted of a group of dudes on softails with ape hangers crashing into each other and the track walls. It was side show entertainment at it’s finest. This night was about to be different though. It would end up being the catalyst for a whole movement in the V-Twin world.

I was 2 beers deep when the Harley’s came out for their segment of the night. My jaw dropped when I saw one bike in particular come out. It looked like it was ready to kick some ass. It was outfitted with full on flat track racing wheels, tires and some other go fast purpose-made parts. This bike was a nod to the AMA 883 Sportster Series of the 1990’s sans the professional rider behind the bars. Fast forward to the present day and both Harley-Davidson and Indian Motorcycle have direct factory involvement in Hooligan racing with official teams and sponsoring of events. I myself caught the Hooligan bug that night and soon after acquired a Sporty on the cheap and started racing.

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Chris Wiggins and " Trusty Rusty".

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Here’s what Chris Wiggins had to say about his Hooligan Sportster:

A friend of mine in my native home of Indiana owns a junk yard and came into possession of an impounded Harley-Davidson Sportster. When no one came to pick it up , he acquired the title and held onto it for me. My original idea was to buy it from him, clean it up and put on upgrade a few inexpensive parts on it. Of course I rode it. Then I raced it , then I crashed it. So I was keeping it now. I let Hunter Klee borrow the bike for an upcoming Harley night at Costa Mesa Speedway since I would be out of town and couldn’t race myself. Hunter transformed it a bit by throwing on longer rear shocks, 7/8” controls and converted my old 19” Dyna front wheel to go on the rear so the bike could use real flat track tires. It was all ready to dominate Harley Night. On it’s first outing it burned up the coil. It probably had something to do with him working on the bike nonstop for 48 hours preceding the race.

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Left: Not bad for bike acquired from a junk yard.
Right: Chris " backing it in" at Milestone Flat track.

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After that night, I got the bike properly registered and rode it on the street a bit and then took it out to Perris Raceway for some practice. A little while later I took it out the El Mirage dry lake bed in the Southern California high desert for a photo shoot with the Speed Merchant and slid it around some fancy bikes for some fancy cameras.

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Chris sliding "Trusty Rusty" at Milestone Flat track in Riverside, CA.

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Come the first Harley Night of 2014 more street trackers showed up to race. The Guardado brothers of Suicide Machine Co. started racing and having a blast. Soon after Mark Atkins of Rusty Butcher fame started racing with us and that is when the “Hooligan” thing really started to take off.

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Top: Chris Wiggins' bike was a catalyst for the "Hooligan" racing movement
Bottom: Loads of trick parts here.

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Hooligan bikes and racing is fun because it should not be.It’s like drinking alcohol before you are 21, or making out with the older girl when you are a teenager.You know it is wrong but that is why you want to do it. The bikes are heavy and the tracks are small. It’s just not right. None of us know what we are doing. Hooligan racing is the punk rock racing of the motorcycle world. The rules are loose and vague, the riders don’t fit in with the regular racing scene and the bikes are home brewed concoctions. When this whole thing started and I called tracks for us to ride and race at they really didn’t like us. It’s a bit different now.

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Chris battling at the recent American Flat Track finals at Perris Auto Speedway in California.

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I have been on this same bike for all my Hooligan racing and she has been reliable and acquired some rust and dents along the way. “Trusty Rusty” is what I call her.

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Top: Tank paint is reminiscent of the AMF Harley-Davison days.
Left: R6 forks and Ryde Shop Racing Apex wheel.
Right: Gears Shocks

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Top: Race Stuff.
Left: Brembo and Lyndall goodness.
Right: Good view of the cockpit and that Saddlemen /Speed Merchant seat.

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Specifications
General
Owner Chris Wiggins
Shop Home/ help from Brawny Built
Year/Make/Model 1994/ Harley Davidson / Sportster 1200
Engine H-D
Year/Type/Size 1994 / sportster 1200
Builder My dad, Brawny Built
Cases stock
Cylinders stock
Heads Mach Modified
Rocker Boxes stock
Cams Andrew's N2
Throttle jetted stock CV
Air Cleaner Vance and Hines Cage Fighter
Exhaust Vance and Hines Up-sweep 2 into 1
Transmission stock
Clutch stock
Suspension
Frontend R6 forks with RIAT internals
Triple Trees Speed Merchant wide trees for tire clearance and better handling
Swingarm Modified stock one to shorten the wheel base
Rear Shocks Gears Racing
Wheels, Tires, and Brakes
Front
Builder/Size Ryde Shop Racing “Apex” 19” wheel
Tire/Size Maxxis 7.0 CD3 flat track tire
Rear
Builder/Size Ryde Shop Racing “Apex” 19” wheel
Tire/Size Maxxis 7.5 CD5 flat track tire
Caliper Brembo w/ Lyndall crown cut rotor and Lyndall pads
Sprocket PBI 520 front and rear
Finish/Paint
Manufacturer Adler Moto Designs paint
Colors Black R/W/B strips and polished rear fender
Paint/Graphics Red/ White and Blue old AMF design
Plating/Polishing I polished did the rear fender
Powdercoating mostly rattle can
Accessories
Rear Fender Lowbrow Customs Tsunami fender, polished
Gas Tank 2.2 gal from Lowbrow Custom
Handlebars Protaper with ROX pull back risers
Grips ODI Rogue
Hand Controls stock YZF450 throttle, Works clutch and Barnett's cables
Foot Controls Speed Merchant sprocket cover
Seat Saddlemen / Speed Merchant

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