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Old 12-13-2011, 10:56 PM   #226
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Great work !!

Man, I think you did a great job on this real-world bike.
I love it.
Glad to read that it fared well on your big trip, even on the Big Dog ride. Wow.
Terrific job, and thanks for posting.
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Old 12-14-2011, 05:19 PM   #227
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Gotta admit, there's lots of curious builds in here, but this one is the most, um, different...
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Old 01-08-2012, 07:14 PM   #228
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he is a pic from the Big Dog ride. The sporty is playing dirty












been out in the shop today banging around on it some. I've taken the rear tank off and putting the stock rear fender back on so I can take a passenger with me if I choose. Shocks are off and being rebuilt so I have some time to play, besides I got a big touring bike to play with in the cold weather. Not that we have really had much of that this year
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Old 01-08-2012, 08:06 PM   #229
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That hill with the baby heads looks seriously steep and hard to navigate..... you have some big balls my friend!
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Old 01-09-2012, 06:27 AM   #230
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Thanks it is called radical hill just across from Red Cone, and Webster pass.

here is proof I really did ride it

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Old 01-09-2012, 07:28 AM   #231
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That hill with the baby heads looks seriously steep and hard to navigate..... you have some big balls my friend!
+1000 !
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Old 01-21-2012, 09:02 AM   #232
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waiting on the shocks to come back from a rebuild and revalve, so I have been playing around with the tail section. No real need for the 400 mile range I had since i don't have any plans to go back to Inuvik anytime soon. I have dumped about 20lbs off the bike now.

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Old 01-25-2012, 12:08 PM   #233
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I've been following yours and Jimmy's builds with much interest. I have a '97 XL1200S that I'm thinking of converting as well, not as radical as either of yours, more of a fire road runner like a Ulysses. That said the majority of work would consist of replaceing the 16" rear with an 18" hoop, the rear shocks would be replaced with 16" Works Performance but I'd keep the stock swingarm for now, and then replace the front forks with either the KTM's that Jimmy used or else a set of 2" overstock tubes with race-tech internals. I'd like to stay with the 19" wheel in front for street use, do you think I'd gain much in off road ability by going with a 21" front? Thanks again for sharing all your experience with us!
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Old 01-25-2012, 05:29 PM   #234
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for what you want to do the 19" would be fine. With the sport your already in the v-strom area of travel so you may just want to do the shocks first and see how you like it. For the rear rim I would go with the 17" especially with the 19" front hoop, your tire choices would be better matched. With a mild build sportster it would be a awesome back road/ gravel road burner. You will have a new appreciation of that off idle tq when your drifting through the corners.
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Old 01-26-2012, 12:47 PM   #235
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Thanks John, I'd noticed a lack of tires for 18" wheels but they're a stock Custom Chrome part. It'll be harder (and more expensive) to get my hands on the 17" wheel but still doable. I'm placing the order for the shocks first though, Works Pro piggybacks 15" long and a set of Works dual rate springs for 2" overstock tubes I'll drop in a set of Race Tech emulators while I'm at it. I'll ride it like that for a while until I figure out the tire/wheel situation.
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Old 01-27-2012, 04:08 AM   #236
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Fantastic stuf, and interesting read. I really think that this picture sums it all :-)
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Old 01-28-2012, 04:50 PM   #237
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Thanks John, I'd noticed a lack of tires for 18" wheels but they're a stock Custom Chrome part. It'll be harder (and more expensive) to get my hands on the 17" wheel but still doable. I'm placing the order for the shocks first though, Works Pro piggybacks 15" long and a set of Works dual rate springs for 2" overstock tubes I'll drop in a set of Race Tech emulators while I'm at it. I'll ride it like that for a while until I figure out the tire/wheel situation.
If you have a a sport then you have cartridge forks already and no need for emulators.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:11 AM   #238
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Hey John, your build is an inspiration, and the footage of your travels only drives me further to follow in your footsteps. I have been putting together my parts list and plans for the past two weeks, and am having a hard time figuring out a better way to go about assembling a front end. Would you be willing to share the drawings and dimensions you took to the machine shop to create the metric to sae adapter you used to attach your forks? Also, what specific forks did you use? I saw that they were yz, but I wasn't able to find anything more specific. Thanks man, I'll try to keep everybody updated once I get started on my build.
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Old 01-29-2012, 11:14 AM   #239
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If you have a a sport then you have cartridge forks already and no need for emulators.
Yeah but I'm already thinking of replacing the front end. I may just polish/clearcoat the Sport front end and put it on my FXRS and then put a KTM 525 front on the Sportster... That or 2" overstock tubes and emulators on the sportster. It actually looks like the KTM might end up cheaper by a few bucks and just as easily done. Plus the KTM would be stiffer and easier to spring and valve the way I'll want it.
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Old 01-29-2012, 01:42 PM   #240
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Nice machine!
Very well done!
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