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If you check the J&P Cycles on-line catalog, you’ll be reminded that the Harley-Davidson Sportster is customizable in a thousand ways. Bars, tanks, pipes, chain guards, wheels, fenders plus lots of tuning parts lets riders make a Sportster their own. Of course the beauty of most Harleys and especially the Sportster is that year to year there’s interchangeability, especially back with the 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s models.

So personalization and general Sportster bad-ass-ness are probably what attracted Jessica Evans, aka Goth Girl, to the bike. You can see she left little stock, even went after a professional smoky flame paint job by the late Mike Lavallee of KILLERPAINT, featured on OVERHAULIN’, with billet flame design alloy wheels. The long graceful tank takes over where the pull-back bars end bringing grace to the machine. Short shocks lower the Corbin seat height, but also add to the visual flow. Forward foot controls are a personal rider feel thing.

Jessica  Evans and her best friend T-Rexxx formed an all women’s San Francisco motorcycle club, the Devil Dolls MC in 1999. Her spirit for riding with men or women started when she was 13. Over the years she published calendars featuring women riders and Jessica was a cover girl on Thunder Press magazine. Goth Girl was one of five women featured in the 2002 MSNBC one hour feature, Motorcycle Women. Jessica and four other women rode from Denver to San Francisco with a camera crew en route. Jessica was a graduate of the Berklee College of Music and was an accomplished pianist. She also toured with the American Motordrome Wall of Death where she entertained the crowd with her piano playing before they watched the show.

Jessica  says there’s nothing like riding with the girls. “We are like sisters. We would do anything for one another, and it feels great riding down the road with people you care so much about.”

Jessica’s father Barry Evans donated Jessica’s Sportster to the National Motorcycle Museum in 2018 in her memory. Along with the bike came Jessica’s Devil Dolls MC jacket, helmet and gloves along with some of her calendars, on display for your next visit to the Museum.

Specifications:

    • Engine: 45 Degree Overhead Valve V-Twin
    • Displacement: 73.2 Cubic Inches / 1200 cc’s
    • Bore & Stroke: 3.5” x 3.8” / 89mm x 97mm
    • Carburetor: Stock, Air Cleaner
    • Lubrication: Dry Sump
    • Ignition: CDI
    • Compression Ratio: 9.0:1
    • Horsepower: 65HP
    • Primary: Triplex Chain
    • Clutch: Wet, Multi-disk
    • Transmission: 5-Speed, Foot Shift
    • Final Drive: Belt
    • Frame: Steel, Double Down Tube
    • Suspension: Telescopic Fork, Swingarm / Dual Shocks
    • Brakes: 292mm Disks, Front and Rear
    • Wheels/Tires: 100/90 x 19 / 130/90 x 16
    • Wheelbase: 58.5″
    • Weight: 515 Pounds

1 reply
  1. Andrew Mellor
    Andrew Mellor says:

    Beautiful bike conceived by an obviously beautiful spirit. So glad the Museum can preserve part of her artistic legacy.

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