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Old 01-17-2013, 01:14 AM   #2056
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Here is my 2008 Sportsternightsterster. ster.
I made the luggage rack by welding up some basic mild steel from the hardware store. I can fit my top case and soft tail bag on top of it, good enough that I don't really need saddle bags.
The fog lights are mounted on a totally stylish piece of angle iron, which in turn is mounted to the forks with some even more stylish exhaust clamps.
I put some more foam in the seat to ease the butt pains, but it still kinda sucks.
Otherwise, it's just stock and is basically like new.
In the future, I will surely be changing out the rear shocks with something with more than 1" of travel, and some more ride height so I can actually go around turns without coming to a complete stop.
A better seat, slightly lower/narrower handlebars, and highway pegs would make it all right.



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Old 01-17-2013, 01:25 AM   #2057
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This is the CRD #21 from EXIF Bikes (http://www.bikeexif.com/harley-xl1200#more-14909). I don't normally like H-Ds (not enough seat height/ergo triangle space for me) but I REALLY like this custom. Wish more detail build info was available (like wheel source, rear shock length, rear frame mods, etc.).
Bike Exif is just a blog. Cafe Racer Dreams built the bike. Check with them if you want more info (I'm on a phone and lazy).
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Old 01-17-2013, 10:08 AM   #2058
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This is the CRD #21 from EXIF Bikes (http://www.bikeexif.com/harley-xl1200#more-14909). I don't normally like H-Ds (not enough seat height/ergo triangle space for me) but I REALLY like this custom. Wish more detail build info was available (like wheel source, rear shock length, rear frame mods, etc.).
Total cost would be nice as well.
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:08 PM   #2059
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That is as close to a good looking HD that I've seen. Even with low pipes, it would look good. Why isn't this the standard bike?
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:38 PM   #2060
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That is as close to a good looking HD that I've seen. Even with low pipes, it would look good. Why isn't this the standard bike?
Because every time they get remotely close to this with a production bike the sales numbers do not meet expectations. They will generally do a 3-4 year run then discontinue it.

People in mags and on forums say how they would buy if... Then they are nowhere to be found when it is produced.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:56 PM   #2061
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Because every time they get remotely close to this with a production bike the sales numbers do not meet expectations. They will generally do a 3-4 year run then discontinue it.

People in mags and on forums say how they would buy if... Then they are nowhere to be found when it is produced.
Oh, IDK...

I think that many people that say they would buy this bike would. Trouble is, we are still a very small minority when it comes to total sales figures for a company like the MoCo. While I LOVE it, it just doesn't have the mass market appeal in an industry that is steeped in "tradition" and fashion.

But, just looking at it, it doesn't appear to be something that would be too difficult to replicate.... Pick up a used Nightster, or similar... Chop off the fender struts and weld a frame loop on, add a fender, custom build a seat pan and get it upholstered, lace 17" aluminum rims to the stock hubs, longer shocks, rearsets, tank, and some misc. tidbits here and there. And judging from the angle of the lower frame rails I'd say they didn't do much, if anything to the front end other than the rim and fender. They even retained the stock brakes on this one. Be a nice winter project and I would think that a reasonable facsimile could be built for substantially less than it would sell for if the MoCo produced it.

Hmmmm.... those pics are going in my "inspiration folder" for sure!

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Old 01-17-2013, 07:08 PM   #2062
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I like it a lot as well. Have you seen this on? Not as classic but it looks like fun.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:08 PM   #2063
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Because every time they get remotely close to this with a production bike the sales numbers do not meet expectations. They will generally do a 3-4 year run then discontinue it.

People in mags and on forums say how they would buy if... Then they are nowhere to be found when it is produced.

I recall the latest XR1200 debacle but a pure standard base bike could be in the $8k range, not compete with 13k bikes. Eh, who am I kidding? Every one I wanted to like was just too heavy and expensive or cobbled together. The 883R was one I tried to like till I sat on it.

That looks like a great way for them to hit the true standard market.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:31 PM   #2064
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just looking at it, it doesn't appear to be something that would be too difficult to replicate.... Pick up a used Nightster, or similar... Chop off the fender struts and weld a frame loop on, add a fender, custom build a seat pan and get it upholstered, lace 17" aluminum rims to the stock hubs, longer shocks, rearsets, tank, and some misc. tidbits here and there. And judging from the angle of the lower frame rails I'd say they didn't do much, if anything to the front end other than the rim and fender. They even retained the stock brakes on this one. Be a nice winter project and I would think that a reasonable facsimile could be built for substantially less than it would sell for if the MoCo produced it.

Hmmmm.... those pics are going in my "inspiration folder" for sure!

The tank appears to be a 1990s vintage STORZ aluminum "road race" fuel tank.

I had one. Nice tank.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:14 PM   #2065
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The tank appears to be a 1990s vintage STORZ aluminum "road race" fuel tank.

I had one. Nice tank.


According to the CRD SITE, it is a Storz alloy tank.



Not sure if it's exactly the same or not, but there are several tank options available that could be used for a similar build.


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Old 01-17-2013, 11:08 PM   #2066
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I like it a lot as well. Have you seen this on? Not as classic but it looks like fun.
Ok, that is hot. What is it?
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Old 01-18-2013, 04:29 AM   #2067
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Ok, that is hot. What is it?

S&S Wedge motor on that one.
You can see it here on their site.
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Old 01-18-2013, 06:54 AM   #2068
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:02 AM   #2069
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Anyone have one of these Danny Gray BigButt seats? It has a built-in butt crack and looks pretty comfy. I need a big, comfy solo seat. Don't care how it looks.



https://www.denniskirk.com/danny-gra...prd/454385.sku
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:17 AM   #2070
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Anyone have one of these Danny Gray BigButt seats? It has a built-in butt crack and looks pretty comfy. I need a big, comfy solo seat. Don't care how it looks.



https://www.denniskirk.com/danny-gra...prd/454385.sku
Never tried one but from what I read, if you want comfort, and don't care quite so much about the looks, a Mustang seat is what you might want to look into.
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