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Old 03-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #2311
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I may have mentioned this bike earliewr in the thread. When I worked at Destination HD in Tacoma, Wa. (for 5 years) an attorney/biker bought a new XL883N Iron. He rode it for like 100 miles. Then he brought it back in and had our top tech build him a one-off rip snortin great stopping and dam good handling fire breathing big bore Sportster. He spent more on the forks than I paid for my used 2006 XL883. Ohlins inverted forks, Ohlins shocks, Storz rear sets, Brembo duaL front disk brakes, Brembo rears also. Machasini magnesium wheels, hand built exhaust using dual mufflers from some Suzuki sports bike as I recall, Top of the line sportsbike hand controls that adjust in multiple ways, chain rear drive., swingarm from an XR1200, nice low bars, etc. I am most certainly forgetting stuff here. He had two Ducati sports bikes, one that was also built to the hilt in the engine.

I loved this project. I did parts just for our in house shop as my job. Whereas most HD riders would come in and throw chrome all over their bike, or go for the "skull" motiff, this gentleman went for performance. Handling, stopping, and going.

Here (I hope) is a shot of the bike in our shop. I worked at a counter just behind the bike.

Oh yeah, the instruments and brackets are from an XR1200 also.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:15 AM   #2312
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Birdmove: How did the shop do the forks and the triple tree? For those of us considering customizing a Sportster, and trying to find forks like that, can you provide parts manufacturers names?
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Old 03-11-2013, 11:34 AM   #2313
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I recall the triple trees were also from an XR1200. The owner dropped big money into this project. I think the forks and shocks alone were something like $4000. The project was done before the XR1200 model came out with better forks available in a kit and on the later model XR1200s. Those forks would be much less than the Ohlins, but still very good forks.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
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Old 03-12-2013, 10:00 AM   #2314
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Birdmove: How did the shop do the forks and the triple tree? For those of us considering customizing a Sportster, and trying to find forks like that, can you provide parts manufacturers names?
Here ya go. Lotsa Go-Fast Sportster stuff.
http://www.storzperf.com/
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Old 03-12-2013, 11:41 AM   #2315
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I think the Swedish gent we talked to at Ohlins may have been named Stig.
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Old 03-12-2013, 12:58 PM   #2316
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Birdmove and Fastdadio: Thanks.
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Old 03-12-2013, 01:01 PM   #2317
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Here (I hope) is a shot of the bike in our shop. I worked at a counter just behind the bike.

Oh yeah, the instruments and brackets are from an XR1200 also.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
Mother of God, that's so cool.
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Old 03-14-2013, 08:08 PM   #2318
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I am the 2nd owner of this 08 Roadster; purchased 4 years ago in stock form with less than 400 miles. It now has several upgrades and a lot more miles.




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Old 03-14-2013, 09:23 PM   #2319
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I recall the triple trees were also from an XR1200. The owner dropped big money into this project. I think the forks and shocks alone were something like $4000. The project was done before the XR1200 model came out with better forks available in a kit and on the later model XR1200s. Those forks would be much less than the Ohlins, but still very good forks.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?f...type=1&theater
That bike does LOOK cool, and I'm sure it has plenty of power and handles great too. But with those rearsets and low bars, it would be unrideable for me.

Mazeppa, absolutely beautiful bike.
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Old 03-14-2013, 09:39 PM   #2320
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I am the 2nd owner of this 08 Roadster; purchased 4 years ago in stock form with less than 400 miles. It now has several upgrades and a lot more miles.]
God, I hope so! Nice sporty, and I don't like sporty's much.

The Dual-Sporty rocks though.

It's a damn shame so many HDs get ridden so little.

'Couse, you wouldn't have to "update" it so much if it was another brand. Regardless, go ride it some.
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Old 03-14-2013, 11:17 PM   #2321
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I am the 2nd owner of this 08 Roadster; purchased 4 years ago in stock form with less than 400 miles. It now has several upgrades and a lot more miles.




Very nice Sporty. I too have the 1/4 fairing on my 07 1200R. I see you have SS brake lines. What shocks are those?
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Old 03-15-2013, 01:52 AM   #2322
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Aside from how gorgeous it looks (love that blue) I notice that it has things that actually make it usable, like mid controls, standard bars, full seat, and a luggage rack. As nice as some of them look, I have no use for a pure track bike. I like to go for leisurely rides in the country, and a bike that has some low frequency vibration and a little rumble make it that much more enjoyable. I also like slow stable handling, not twitchy like a sport bike.

I noticed you have the sidestand on a 2x4. I'm assuming that's because of the longer shocks. How long are they? I am having trouble finding a Sportster that does not drag the ground in the back, and with my 220+ pounds, a bike like that would probably be unrideable. So I have come to the conclusion that I will have to replace the shocks to get what I want.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:34 AM   #2323
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Great looking bike!
It would be nice to see a full-length sheepskin seat cover though.
And the fairing looks good, I am thinking of replacing my National screen, does yours give a degree of wind deflection? It looks rather small.
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Old 03-15-2013, 02:42 AM   #2324
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Aside from how gorgeous it looks (love that blue) I notice that it has things that actually make it usable, like mid controls, standard bars, full seat, and a luggage rack. As nice as some of them look, I have no use for a pure track bike. I like to go for leisurely rides in the country, and a bike that has some low frequency vibration and a little rumble make it that much more enjoyable. I also like slow stable handling, not twitchy like a sport bike.
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Old 03-15-2013, 05:46 AM   #2325
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I've been on a road king for a little bit now, and love it. BUT every time I look at bikes, I look at Sportsters. I miss the 'rip around town' factor of the sportsters.

There is an iron 883 in my town. I'm going to see if I can get a little seat time on it.

Thanks for the pics, everybody.
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