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Old 12-03-2013, 04:13 AM   #1
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2003 XL883 to Ryca Motors Cafe project

Had the Cafe bike dream hanging in my brain for quite a few years now , and while doing some recent research and an offer on a low mileage old 76 Suzuki 360 really put this into motion. The Suzuki deal has been hanging in the shadows for a few months, and the seller just can't commit. So enough is enough, the search really took hold once i saw a Utube short on Ryca Motors and Jay Leno reviewing their Suzuki S40 conversion (www.rycamotors.com) . The search for a donor started. The Suzuki was nice but once I scrolled to the Sportster offer, I was sold on going the Harley Davidson route. SO I began the search. I was able to snap up this very clean 2003 (Ryca has a kit ava for 91-03) with low mileage and the right price (winter prices).





Seems to be a shame to tear it apart, but thats life. day one.



Those long frame rails will be getting cut off and shaved for fitment of mini LED tail signals. The wire loom will need to be shortened in the process.


The slash cut pipes come off next


Ordered my Kit and should have that in the next two weeks. I'll have plenty to do meantime.
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:35 AM   #2
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Great project bro. I'll be watching!
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Old 12-03-2013, 04:41 AM   #3
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I'm in! Thanks.

You can probably sell that 100 anniversary paint set for some decent change.
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Old 12-03-2013, 05:38 AM   #4
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Really can't wait to see how this turns out!
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Old 12-03-2013, 07:54 AM   #5
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I just subscribed, I'm looking forward to the build and end result.
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Old 12-03-2013, 08:11 AM   #6
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Very cool. I can't wait to see the process. I really like the underbody exhaust they have on their site.
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Old 12-03-2013, 09:32 AM   #7
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I'll be interested to see how this goes. One of the few bikes left on my list of possible projects is a Sportster powered "cafe racer".
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Old 12-03-2013, 10:14 AM   #8
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keeping a eye on this build
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Old 12-03-2013, 12:24 PM   #9
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I've been interested in these Ryca kits - keep up the good work and take a lot of pictures.

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Old 12-03-2013, 12:26 PM   #10
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I'm in for the build.
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Old 12-03-2013, 02:15 PM   #11
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Ive got an old Norton Commando that I tried to sell. Too many missing parts for a restoration. But I was able to hang an R1 front end on it and I'm looking for a donor sporty for the drive.

Real interested in whats going on here.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:01 PM   #12
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that would be a trick,to put a HD box behind the Norton engine,you have a 5-6 spd,or 4 and NEVER brake it.
had a 850 commando,3x thru the box in 33kmiles.
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:32 PM   #13
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ordered up some parts today. I've got the Oberon LED turn signals on order, custom made cnc'd black anodized , unique product, I like the fact that the LED's light both front and back for more safety along with high output for visibility, no lame dim LED's for me.
http://www.oberon-performance.com/ac...ndicators.html

for front duty mounting, going with the GSG cnc'd black anodized turn signal mounts
http://www.streetfightersinc.com/ima...BracketCNC.jpg

I have a 5 week wait on those parts due to the custom manufacturing from Jolly old England
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Old 12-03-2013, 03:47 PM   #14
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Oh, for those in waiting, just wanted to note that the Ryca Motors kit includes new shocks made by Burley Brand http://shop.rycamotors.com/assets/im...cer/shocks.jpg
these raise the seat height to a comfortable 31" height from the stock 28". I'll take some actual frame height measurements before i put on the new shocks
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Old 12-04-2013, 04:10 AM   #15
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Any plans to change the wheels?
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