Heroes can influence the way we dress, think, even act, and for some, Evel Knievel was one of those heroes. Some would even argue he was the best motorcycle stuntman ever. Yes, people have jumped farther and higher, but no one has ever done the same jumps he did with similar equipment. Geoff Giles of G-Spot Customs, located in Denver, Colorado, has looked up to Evel Knievel, and this bike is his second foray into a custom motorcycle paying homage to his hero.
The first bike Geoff did was the Evel G-Bob, a bike widely recognized as cutting edge at the time for the pairing of a Big Twin motorcycle with dirt bike components. This new bike was supposed to be something similar to the bobber, but in Sportster form. Geoff had picked up a '98 Sporty from a pawn shop and was just waiting for the right opportunity to get creative with it. He originally wanted it to be a bobber similar to his first Knievel tribute bike, but then the bobber craze hit and he decided to do something else with it. He received the Paughco frame he ordered (his platform for the bobbed Sporty), and began cutting, de-raking the neck so that it had a more aggressive supermoto feel to it. He had finally found the right way to utilize the Sporty.
Geoff's background was in racing, and his power-sports career began with motocross. He quickly learned he was good, but not good enough to be really competitive on the professional MX circuit. He got the idea to road race, and raced all over the country as privateer pro in the 600 class during the early '90s. While he was doing this it became apparent he was going to need to be able to fix his own equipment and fabricate anything that could save him money. He learned his fabrication and mechanic abilities out of necessity and put his work to the test. He was always developing ways to save weight and make bikes stop better and go faster, and has applied this philosophy to all the bikes he has built, whether they are race bikes or bikes for customers. Geoff has received a considerable amount of recognition for his ability to cut through the fluff of custom bikes and get down to business with functional, agile, stripped-down V-twins.