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Old 05-29-2009, 09:53 AM   #1
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The Harley Sportster they *should* build

This guy has a great website on his modified Sporty. Have always thought this is what I would do to a Sportster if I had one. He did a *very* nice job on it. If you browse to his main page he also has a write up on putting a 302 Ford into a 240Z, nice job on that too.

http://www.lainefamily.com/GB1200R.htm
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Old 05-29-2009, 09:59 AM   #2
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Very nice, but it needs an 18" rear wheel!
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:00 AM   #3
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This guy has a great website on his modified Sporty. Have always thought this is what I would do to a Sportster if I had one. He did a *very* nice job on it. If you browse to his main page he also has a write up on putting a 302 Ford into a 240Z, nice job on that too.

http://www.lainefamily.com/GB1200R.htm
It is a very nice conversion, but if I wanted a Triumph I would just get one. It doesn't really look any better than the Sportster he started out with.
He did a great job, though.
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Old 05-29-2009, 10:32 AM   #4
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I liked the fact that you ended up with more legroom. The stock Sporty's are so short. Does HD think everyone buying one is 5'9"? Maybe some rearsets and a flat bar? A Triumph with a 1200 v-twin, sounds good to me....
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:14 AM   #5
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I think I remember having seen an even BETTER kit done..., but NOT trying to be something that it wasn't!
That thing is waaaay too klunky looking.

I can do your basic Roadster (dual discs & tach') -BUT- with GOOD suspension components; add a Ventura Rack System, a decent little bikini fairing, maybe some heated grips & hand guards.... and RIDE!

Either you're on a Sporty or a Bonnie, I wouldn't want to be seen on that thing!
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Old 05-29-2009, 11:17 AM   #6
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The Goodman HDS 1200 was my favorite Sportster Cafe project:



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Old 05-29-2009, 11:25 AM   #7
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[quote=cccpull]It is a very nice conversion, but if I wanted a Triumph I would just get one.
+1 that is what I was thinking
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Old 05-29-2009, 12:46 PM   #8
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WOW! I need this one in my garage! The only thing this scoot needs is a major re-work of the pin striping, but that's just MHO ... where were these photos taken?

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Old 05-29-2009, 01:26 PM   #9
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This effort seems to be along similar lines (using an XR1200)

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Old 05-29-2009, 02:30 PM   #10
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Nice now it looks like a Triumph?



+1 for Triumph with a HD motor. The black and gold one looks ok. Guess I am in the crowd that goofs on sporties but just for shits I don't dis-like them that much. I like this one ^. Not my thing but I like the black one. Is there that big a segment to build it? How about a plane ass one for $5k as a platform to do what you want?
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Old 05-29-2009, 03:40 PM   #11
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WOW! I need this one in my garage! The only thing this scoot needs is a major re-work of the pin striping, but that's just MHO ... where were these photos taken?
Well keep your eyes open. They built about 17 of 'em in 1994. You may stumble across one someday...

That photo was taken at Barber's in Birmingham.

I used to work for the guy who built the bikes. That's his personal bike. He was from Tulsa. You'll notice the Oklahoma inspection sticker on the lower fork leg is still in place... He sold it to the museum in 2002...

Really cool project. Marzocchi M1R fork. Brembo brakes. Techno Magnesio wheels. Featherbed-style frame. Sportster Evo engine and electrics...

They tried to make it into a production bike but were presented with hurdles by HD and just couldn't build them economically... The MSRP was something like $18k fifteen years ago!!!
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This effort seems to be along similar lines (using an XR1200)


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Well keep your eyes open. They built about 17 of 'em in 1994. You may stumble across one someday...

That photo was taken at Barber's in Birmingham.

I used to work for the guy who built the bikes. That's his personal bike. He was from Tulsa. You'll notice the Oklahoma inspection sticker on the lower fork leg is still in place... He sold it to the museum in 2002...

Really cool project. Marzocchi M1R fork. Brembo brakes. Techno Magnesio wheels. Featherbed-style frame. Sportster Evo engine and electrics...

They tried to make it into a production bike but were presented with hurdles by HD and just couldn't build them economically... The MSRP was something like $18k fifteen years ago!!!
Funny, I thought the Goodman HDS was out of England, John Goodman, of Velocette family fame?? Harley stopped delivering engines to them, otherwise it might still be a concern.
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Funny, I thought the Goodman HDS was out of England, John Goodman, of Velocette family fame?? Harley stopped delivering engines to them, otherwise it might still be a concern.
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Yes. USA bikes were assembled in Tulsa...

HD withdrew support and told them to buy powertrains at retail through the dealer network...

They ended up buying used/salvage Sportsters to finish the short run they made here in '94...

Some of the bikes were "real" 1200s. Some were 883s and 1100s that were converted...

I'd really love to have one... A guy near me has one I'd like to get my hands on!!!
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Old 05-30-2009, 08:18 AM   #15
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This guy has a great website on his modified Sporty. Have always thought this is what I would do to a Sportster if I had one. He did a *very* nice job on it. If you browse to his main page he also has a write up on putting a 302 Ford into a 240Z, nice job on that too.

http://www.lainefamily.com/GB1200R.htm
Boy, they might sell three... Based on the GB500's rousing reception and just how many people ride bikes that look like that on the road.

It was a nice bike, but not what would sell. It's going to be interesting to see what happens with the XR1200... hopefully it will sell.
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