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Old 04-19-2011, 02:37 PM   #16
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Beauty

To me, that's more of a "real" Harley than all the hideous multi thousand dollar choppers that get their own TV shows

To each their own as far as choppers and the like go, but your XLCC is how I would imagine myself owning an HD.

Great work
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:17 PM   #17
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I like it a lot, my own personal taste would want to get rid of some more chrome but I'd still ride it with pride as is.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:19 PM   #18
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Beauty

To me, that's more of a "real" Harley than all the hideous multi thousand dollar choppers that get their own TV shows

To each their own as far as choppers and the like go, but your XLCC is how I would imagine myself owning an HD.

Great work
I agree. Mr. Davidson would look on this bike with pleasure.
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:27 PM   #19
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What a cool custom. You have given me some great ideas for my 89 XL1200. I live on a small rock and every ride here is an adventure so your version will be perfect! Good ting mon!
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Old 04-19-2011, 07:35 PM   #20
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Nice work! I dig it.........
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:49 PM   #21
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another sportster conversion

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I like it a lot, my own personal taste would want to get rid of some more chrome but I'd still ride it with pride as is.
Crocker,I'd like to have no chrome too but this was a 1200 Custom when I bought it and it comes with all that shiny shit!You should see all the parts I peeled off.I guess it still is a custom but in a different way.thanks for all the nice comments!
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Old 04-20-2011, 06:50 AM   #22
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Xlcc, I am impressed , super impressed, but you knew that for over the last 25 years. Nothing would make me more proud to ride my 640 to Tete Jaune and go for a ride with you, or maybe ride the Dempster together.

You could also ride that back down here instead of the Victor and let it scratch some dirt/rocks at over 12.000 feet.

HOw about posting just for me a pic of you on that bike with that special helmet you know I love so much. I will post that pic in my garage as a special memory.

Great job on the bike, keep up your posting on this ADV, you now have a great following.

ride smart, gale
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:26 AM   #23
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Crocker,I'd like to have no chrome too but this was a 1200 Custom when I bought it and it comes with all that shiny shit!You should see all the parts I peeled off.I guess it still is a custom but in a different way.thanks for all the nice comments!

Take a wire brush or some lite grit sandpaper to the chrome, it'll dull it up.


It's a cool bike.
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Old 04-20-2011, 08:48 AM   #24
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Not to push this thread off on a tangent. But anybody have any idea way Harley doesn't have some type of scrambler version of the sportster. And I mean a real respectable dirt road, maybe light jeep trail type of scrambler. So many talented guys have managed to do it on their own, why doesn't Harley. Doesn't seem like it would be that much of a stretch.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:00 AM   #25
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Not to push this thread off on a tangent. But anybody have any idea way Harley doesn't have some type of scrambler version of the sportster. And I mean a real respectable dirt road, maybe light jeep trail type of scrambler. So many talented guys have managed to do it on their own, why doesn't Harley. Doesn't seem like it would be that much of a stretch.
I think it is the attitude of the buyers. Most Harley riders want chrome. Look at the aftermarket. If there wasn't demand then there would not be the aftermarket. Harley has done a good job measuring what buyers want and building a niche bike for each segment. My guess is that most Harley riders don't want to do this on their bike.



Until that happens there won't be a market and the bikes would sit and linger on the showroom floor. The other manufacturers face the same dilemma and that is why we see some really cool bikes in the European market but not here in the US.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:07 AM   #26
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I think it is the attitude of the buyers. Most Harley riders want chrome. Look at the aftermarket. If there wasn't demand then there would not be the aftermarket. Harley has done a good job measuring what buyers want and building a niche bike for each segment. My guess is that most Harley riders don't want to do this on their bike.



Until that happens there won't be a market and the bikes would sit and linger on the showroom floor. The other manufacturers face the same dilemma and that is why we see some really cool bikes in the European market but not here in the US.

Unfortunatly yes.

There is a market for it, but not enough. Buell was a very inovative design and high ability motorcycle that just didn't sell enough to justify the expense for HD. Their market base is pretty specific.

However, it would be nice to have a larger aftermarket program for transforming your sporty into a dual sport type bike like the Triumph Scrambler. It wouldn't take much really, different front end, better shocks, maybe a chain drive converstion, etc..

The low end torque of an HD is intoxicating, the Triumph Scrambler just doesn't have it. As much as I like the Scram, the lack of umph is a show stopper for me. If HD sold a version of the Scram, it would be a done deal.
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Old 04-20-2011, 10:28 AM   #27
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Anybody don't like that ,well they don't like motorcycles.
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Old 04-20-2011, 01:18 PM   #28
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I'm no Harley fan, but on the same token I'm not exactly a hater. Just really dissapointing that they are so non-progressive. But moving beyond that it sure seems the sportster is their most versatile model. You almost wonder if a company would be able to succeed by making and selling "conversion kits" for the sportster. Say some type of scrambler, a non factory XR, something like the dirttracker and so on. I honestly believe alot of the scorn thrown Harley's way is just because of the waste of opportunity they have.
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Old 04-20-2011, 02:42 PM   #29
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I'm no Harley fan, but on the same token I'm not exactly a hater. Just really dissapointing that they are so non-progressive. But moving beyond that it sure seems the sportster is their most versatile model. You almost wonder if a company would be able to succeed by making and selling "conversion kits" for the sportster. Say some type of scrambler, a non factory XR, something like the dirttracker and so on. I honestly believe alot of the scorn thrown Harley's way is just because of the waste of opportunity they have.
That's how buell got started.
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Old 04-20-2011, 03:29 PM   #30
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