15 days to roadworthyness EX250

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by visionary, Apr 15, 2013.

  1. visionary

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    These are my sentiments exactly !!! "I didn't get a Sportster because I wanted a Harley....I got a Harley because I wanted a Sportster."

    I'm not sure why but I really like the sporty! Something about it just begs to be chopped into and cafe-ed! I think it's the loud big ass inefficient motor that does just enough to keep you interested
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  2. visionary

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    My friend Beth connected me to her buddy Jason who works at a machine shop.

    He turned out to be a great guy who did a bang up job with mounting my bar clamps onto the triple tree.

    Basically we enlarged the lower bolt hole from a threaded 6mm to a clearance 12mm

    Since the Bar clamp shaft is a 12mm to begin with, we (he) stuck a die on it and viola - Mounts with a lock washer and a M12 stainless steel nut.

    I like keeping everything metric on the bike so I don't need to carry random SAE tools

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  3. Randy

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    Yep, that big sexy engine definitely has an appeal to me.

    My interest began with my S1 that I picked up last year

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    This bike allowed me to see just how much I enjoyed the visceral entertainment that this engine provided. Definitely not the most powerful, efficient, or fastest lug out there, but it sure is fun to ride to me.

    Then once I had that in my head, despite my lifelong anti-HD sentiment, an unplanned stop at a HD shop one evening had me lusting after this one that my then GF, now wife, got me for Christmas. :D


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    I'm doing a few mods to this one now. Nothing radical. Just improving the brakes, suspension, etc. Custom seat and few other usual types of things.

    But it has me itching to buy another one used and do a build project. The Sportster has a lot of potential to turn it into something other than what it starts out as.

    Here's just a couple of decent builds that I've seen recently, and that got the ol' wheels spinning. :evil

    http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=25763

    http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=27564

    Now, back to work on that 250 tourer!

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  4. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Whoa! That is a ton of crap coming out of the tank! :eek1 How long was it sitting??
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  5. visionary

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    That isn't even half of what was in there. I cleaned the anode 4-5 times and let it run for a good 12 hrs.

    it looks like its off a Mid 90's bike so a few yrs for sure :|
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  6. visionary

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  7. Jimmy the Heater

    Jimmy the Heater Dirt Farmer

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    Still in awe. Good call on cleaning everything out of there!
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  8. Randy

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    Nah... I'm keeping the 48 fairly well as it came 'cept for longer suspension for better cornering clearance and better compliance. Front brake's already been upgraded to a four pot Nissin caliper, and I have a new, custom built brown leather seat, pipes, intake, etc... But as far as styling goes, I really like it as is. It's about the only cruiser I've ever felt that way about, but it is what it is. :D

    Once I recuperate financially though, I do want to do a Sporty based project. Both of those Burly builds are inspiration. Just not sure which way I'd rather go. Maybe one of each? :evil
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  9. visionary

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    rear-sets go a long way for ground clearance

    Also I would build the 1st one with street rubber and a longer bench seat for the good lass :)
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  10. Randy

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    Yeah, if I decide to do a sporty, Sporty it'll have rear-sets for sure. I already swapped out the stock forward controls for mids, but for this particular bike I don't think rear-sets are in the cards for now. But, even still, most rear-sets designed for Sporties aren't really much higher anyway, just more rearward.

    Not really sure yet if the wife will be interested in riding with me, but if she does I already have the GS which is pretty good for two-up. But, as far as your suggestion for a bench seat, street rubber and rear-sets, this one is at the top of my inspiration folder... I really love this one!

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    Geesh! Do I have room in the garage for three more bikes? :evil

    All of these are actually fairly straightforward builds. :wink:

    Sorry to highjack your build thread with all the completely off topic Sportster content...


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  11. JerryH

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    I would not use any kind of tank sealer. Kreem is and has always been garbage. POR-15 used to be ok, but it was discovered that it to will start coming apart if you use ethanol gas. It will dissolve in the gas, and plug up the carb jets solid. As far as I know, there is nothing available to seal a tank with that will hold up to ethanol.
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  12. k-moe

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    Interesting.
    From the Por-15 MSDS
    "Excellent chemical resistance to: 50% sulfuric acid, 10% hydrochloric acid, 55% chromate, 85% phosphoric acid, 10% sodium hydroxide, 98% methanol, 50% hydrofluoric acid. No problems shown in results from gasoline and oil testing"

    It seems to take long-term exposure to alcohols, at a much higher concentration than is commonly available at gasoline pumps (10%), before there is a problem.

    Most problems with coatings come down to user error and/or incomplete prep. Despite what the instructions might say it takes several days for a Novalac epoxy to fully cure and be useable for fuel containment. It would be worth looking in to in a controlled testing situation though.
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  13. visionary

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    The guys on www.ridersofvision.net have been using it for years and have seen no problems.

    Have you experienced this first hand?
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  14. Randy

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    Ethanol laced fuels have been around for quite a while now. This is the first I've heard of POR-15 not being compatible.

    Any links to reports or discussions of this issues? I'm curious as to the specifics of the failures.


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  15. visionary

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    I just got some bitter sweet news - The project I was scheduled to work on in Cali has been pushed back a month. The good news is that I get more time to prep the bike.

    Yesterday the new forks and triple tree I orderd came in so I could get some work done on the front end. I also scored some sweet DRZ400 supermoto bars locally off craigslist and they come with some carbon fiber finish handguards. They should help in keeping some of the wind off my hands

    Spent about 3 tall boys working on the bike and got the following done

    Pulled out the old bearing racer and installed new All balls tapered head bearings. A bent fork tube was the perfect tool to pound the new bearing onto the lower triple tree stem.

    Once the triples were mounted and torqued down, I cleaned and installed the new straight (thank the stars) forks, bar clamps and handguards to see how it looks and feels.

    The handguards do a little to balance out the bike visually once the tail plastics are all mounter. The lack of the fairing leaves the naked Ninja looking a bit tail heavy IMHO

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    This is a pretty sweet setup and should work brilliantly with the 7" round headlight and windshield.

    Let me know what you guys think !
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  16. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    Nah, you get more time to test the bike and fix the gremlins that appear. :)

    I like the naked bike look, so it gets my vote.


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  17. Dirigo

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    Naked look +1.
    Great job, keep it coming!
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  18. ramon

    ramon weezin' the juice!

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    I like the direction that you are taking the bike. Keep on going!
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  19. fastdadio

    fastdadio Still gettin faster

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    Just curious here. I've seen the electro-clean process before. So, why not just reverse the leads, use some copper tubing as a cathode, and copper plate the inside of the tank? Would it not fill micro pin holes and pitting? Maybe? Never seen it done before, but why not? Anyone care to chime in and splain why this is a bad idea?
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  20. visionary

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    Apparently people used to chrome plate the inside of gas tanks. I can see that becoming very very expensive...
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