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Old 07-30-2013, 06:33 AM   #31
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2.50 for dirt
3.50 for mixed use (honda transalp 700 africa twin, bmw 700GS)
4.25 for street (KTM990, BMW 800GS etc)

Given the weight of such a bike, I would lean towards the 3.50
My sportster had 16 x 3.00 rim on it and ran ok. I am leaning toward 2.50 but still undecided.

Edituh me! There is no 2.85 for rear.. I was thinking 1.85 and got it mixed up- oops!

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Old 08-02-2013, 12:01 PM   #32
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My sportster had 16 x 3.00 rim on it and ran ok. I am leaning toward 2.50 but still undecided.

Edituh me! There is no 2.85 for rear.. I was thinking 1.85 and got it mixed up- oops!
If you use 2.50 I would suggest you go for a 18 incher
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:46 AM   #33
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Old 08-13-2013, 06:41 PM   #34
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its been a while since I posted. I have been on the road for several months now. I'm having some issues finding a new wheel as my old hub was warped.

I have the rear bolted up. Pretty obvious I need my forks back on

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Old 08-14-2013, 04:28 PM   #35
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Hi John

Do you have a link to the original build? Really interested in your front end set up.

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Old 08-14-2013, 05:50 PM   #36
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its been a while since I posted. I have been on the road for several months now. I'm having some issues finding a new wheel as my old hub was warped.

I have the rear bolted up. Pretty obvious I need my forks back on

John,

Do you think you will have the "Dirtster" together by Colors, I look forward to seeing it?

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Old 08-15-2013, 06:43 AM   #37
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I might have it going. Just pulled the trigger on a new front wheel and then it's time to start putting the front end back together.
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Old 08-15-2013, 03:10 PM   #38
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Hi John

Do you have a link to the original build? Really interested in your front end set up.

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http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=875712
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Old 08-16-2013, 06:34 AM   #39
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Hello John,
looking good so far! I do like it ...
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:53 PM   #40
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wow- seeing these sportsters made into ADV bikes, well, inspired. Sportsters here are common and as cheap as any other bike.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:07 PM   #41
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My sportster had 16 x 3.00 rim on it and ran ok. I am leaning toward 2.50 but still undecided.

Edituh me! There is no 2.85 for rear.. I was thinking 1.85 and got it mixed up- oops!
I went with 3.5 inch rear wheel. That was what woody recommend from a bike weight stand point. You can run a 140 or 130 on it.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:35 PM   #42
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John - that's good to know a 3.5" rim works good on the Sportster. I currently have a 2.75" Sun rim but Im considering changing and having the option of an Excel 3.5" for more street biased and 2.5" for more dirt biased. Both will accept a 140/80 tire.

How did the 3.5" do in the dirt? I know you did plenty of off-road on your trips!
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:25 PM   #43
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It did very well for me. The rim took more abuse than a typical dirt width rim. I play in the rocks a lot and have a few nicks in the excel rim. Nothing bad but they are there. I am looking at a 17" front wheel for the canyon carving and hope to keep the same rear, at least for the time being. So that will put me with a 120 front and a 140 rear. Presently I have been using a 130 rear tire.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:40 PM   #44
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Those Harleys do seem to hook up and go on a good Mile track,I can see how a Sportster engine would do the same on a fireroad!

Nice build going on,I used to think my DR was big for dirt riding,maybe not so much now.
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