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Old 02-21-2011, 09:56 AM   #46
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Old 02-21-2011, 10:01 AM   #47
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In the last pic the black ammo bags in the background are my saddle bags.
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:50 AM   #48
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In the last pic the black ammo bags in the background are my saddle bags.
Now youre talking !!! - I was wondering if a big plastic tank could be fitted - now I know. Looks great. Thanks for the idea. At this point, Im not sure what tank Im going to do, but this gives ideas.

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Old 02-21-2011, 11:57 AM   #49
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I am very interested in how your bike is going to turn out. I ride a sporty myself and have been thinking about change my forks and shocks for years. The biggest change i did to mine is to put on a 6.6 gallon tank. Now i only have to fill up once a week. I will be watching for yours to Johnwesley.
Same here - I have had a bunch of HD's over the years and have been waiting for HD or Buell to come out with a decent dual sport, but never happened ~ IMO. Finally bit the bullet and trying it myself. Not sure how it will turn out, but having fun in the process...

So far, everthing is bolt-on, except the rear fender supports will get cut off. New swingarm is the most challenging so far, but we plan to use the stock shock top mount on the frame, so that will minimize the costs & no frame mod required.
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Ok - Finally converging on the swingarm geometry. It will be a left side monoshock. Time to cut some metal !
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Old 02-26-2011, 06:58 AM   #52
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Maybe I missed it somewhere, but how much wheel travel will 5" of shock travel net you?
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:13 AM   #53
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Maybe I missed it somewhere, but how much wheel travel will 5" of shock travel net you?
Its ~8" travel at the rear wheel due to where the shock is located. The closer the shock is to the swingarm pivot, the less shock stroke required, but higher spring force required - leverage or moment.
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Old 02-27-2011, 07:16 AM   #54
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The swingarm design is getting closer. Just need some finishing touches, then cutting metal.....
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Old 02-27-2011, 08:41 AM   #56
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Wow, looks like a off road Sportster build off between you and RTWDoug. Good luck to the both of you.
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Old 02-27-2011, 05:21 PM   #57
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Wow, looks like a off road Sportster build off between you and RTWDoug. Good luck to the both of you.
Thanks. Theres a few of us right now including Johnwesley. Whats cool is that we all have our own twist on how we are doing it. Makes it interesting.
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Old 02-27-2011, 06:22 PM   #58
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Just wow!

The swingarm resembles the KTM Duke 690 swingarm with the exposed structure.
Strong I would guess and also hard to clean, accumulating crud.

Also the one thing I see is a lot of chain slack with the c/s sprocket so far from the swingarm pivot in Harley buildups.

Have a good solution there?

Fine work though!
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Old 02-28-2011, 07:03 AM   #59
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Just wow!

The swingarm resembles the KTM Duke 690 swingarm with the exposed structure.
Strong I would guess and also hard to clean, accumulating crud.

Also the one thing I see is a lot of chain slack with the c/s sprocket so far from the swingarm pivot in Harley buildups.

Have a good solution there?

Fine work though!
Yes - Its very strong. Stresses are low relative to the 7075 Aluminum material. Clean ? - This is a dual sport

I hear you on the chain slack. There is a lot when you try to get this much travel on a sportster. Im going to use a chain tensioner as shown in some of my drawings, but here is a picture of it....
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A new part just came in .....
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