A Custom Sportster Named “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner”!

11chicken22chicken33chicken“Winner Winner Chicken Dinner”! It may be the weirdest name ever given to a custom motorcycle. This saying is used (very rarely) when one is excited to have won something. The legend tells that years ago every casino in Las Vegas had a three-piece chicken dinner with a potato and a veggie for $1.79. A standard casino bet back then was $2, hence when you won a bet you had enough for a chicken dinner!” So, the call of glorious victory rang out like that: “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner”…

4Shawsportster5ShawsportsterUK Shaw Harley-Davidson custom division “Shaw Speed And Custom” is participating in the “The Custom Kings” contest where Harley-Davidson ask its dealers to get their hands dirty transforming a stock Sportster into a killer custom. And of course the shop expect to be called a winner in this match-up, although probably not with an announcement of the type “Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner”

4bisShawsportster7ShawsportsterSteven Willis, dealer principal at Shaw Harley-Davidson mentioned to me that too many custom projects cost the price of 2 or 3 factory bikes and that his objective was to demonstrate to his clients what can be achieved on an Iron Sportster 883 with a modest budget. The crew in charge of the project just tried to make the bike look different with very subtle changes. It was not about creating something never seen before, but more about bringing touches of several current popular trends like the retro movement, the street racer and brat styles. A custom bike that needs to be appreciated on thought, build quality, stance and ride ability rather than glitz and glamour.

8Shawsportster99ShawsportsterWe all know about the versatility of the Sportster line up. Each model has already be turned into so many different looks from Cafe Racers to Scramblers, from Street Racers to Trackers, from Bobbers, to Bar Hoppers to name a few. Steven Willis adding “ this project is about reaching out new people who are not yet into the Harley brand. Those youngsters who ride other brand models but who could be attracted by the Harley Sportster because of the many ways it can be customized to match their own personality”. Evidently, for all dealers participating in the contest, winning new young clients is even more important than getting the bragging rights associated with being called a “Custom King” by the mother factory. But getting both would be nice. After completing this project, Shaw Speed And Custom seems very confident. Shaw Speed And Custom (photography @ Shaw H-D for Cyril Huze)

10Shawsportster11ShawsportsterFront & rear wheels: 19”Tyre
Front & rear tire: Maxxis
Suspension Progressive 412 rear shocks
Harley-Davidson axle covers front and rear
Internal Throttle K-Tec
Shaw Speed & Custom rear fender
Shaw Speed & Custom seat
Shaw Speed & Custom rear frame fabrication
H-D chrome swivel kit
Custom Paint Image Design Custom
Front Forks Gold nitrading
Exhaust Roland Sands Design Slant Carbon
Screamin Eagle Race Tuner
Sreamin Eagle air filter
Specialist powder coating
Headlight Harley-Davidson
Handlebars Shaw Speed & Custom
Handlebar grips Harley-Davidson
Shaw Speed & Custom side mount license plate

14 Responses to “A Custom Sportster Named “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner”!”


  1. 1 Drake Apr 18th, 2016 at 8:08 am

    It’s pretty good. But don’t like the bike name!

  2. 2 Mack Apr 18th, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Great bike !

  3. 3 Sharkey Apr 18th, 2016 at 8:51 am

    Gorgeous! And could even be something in a showroom…

  4. 4 P. Hamilton Apr 18th, 2016 at 9:27 am

    Great Sporty job.

  5. 5 J. Costello Apr 18th, 2016 at 9:40 am

    Pretty machine. Youngsters welcome.

  6. 6 Chris Moss Apr 18th, 2016 at 9:42 am

    I like it because many garage builders could do it without breaking the bank.

  7. 7 mkviz Apr 18th, 2016 at 12:19 pm

    I hope those seam tanks dont become popular. Great bike.

  8. 8 SIGFREED Apr 18th, 2016 at 2:02 pm

    Looks tasty…

  9. 9 Woody's Apr 18th, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    Love it.

  10. 10 Blackmax Apr 18th, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    With J. Costello, nice bike
    Would not want to ride any distance

  11. 11 Randy L Hunt Apr 19th, 2016 at 6:32 am

    Sorry guys but that seat sucks ass. No pun intended

  12. 12 Randy L Hunt Apr 19th, 2016 at 6:33 am

    The peanut tank would look much better.

  13. 13 JohnnySpeed Apr 19th, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    I love that rear fender and paint job is killer.

  14. 14 burnout Apr 19th, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I appreciate the visual changes but, as always, I must ride it! peace

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