2003 XL883 to Ryca Motors Cafe project

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by 1stiski, Dec 3, 2013.

  1. Dirigo

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    You Sir, have a very nice looking bike. Well done!!
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  2. rodteague

    rodteague Enjoying the ride

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    good on ya! very nice.

    Have you thought about putting a skate wheel below the belt to give a little tension at full rear extension? Might also consider a headlight/instrument lowering bracket from chainsickle.
  3. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    Nice build, now on to the next project. :huh
  4. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Got to finish up this project before i dive into another. This one has been 4 years in the process. IT HAS TO BE DONE,
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    Just finished painting this fall and now I'm wetsanding and buffing. THE bits and pieces have to put back on. The wife is being very patient with me .
  5. adventurebound9517

    adventurebound9517 Been here awhile

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    It doesn't have to be two wheeled to be a project. :freaky
  6. valvesprung

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    Looks fantastic! My only critique would be that the headlight, gauges, and fairing need to be lowered about 3" to bring the lines of the bike into a smooth flow. Certainly doens't look terrible as is, just think it'll balance things a bit :)

    Beautiful work!
  7. Randy

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    I might tend to agree, but... could it just be the angle of the pics?

    When I first saw Burly's original build that led to the kit from Ryca, I thought the lines were fine with the headlight and gauges in the original position.

    (Link to original build thread over on ChopCult)

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    But, yeah, it still might be better lower... and Ryca offers just such a thing HERE.

    Looks pretty damn wicked cool as it is though. :thumb
  8. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Guess I'll have to get this.
  9. Randy

    Randy Long timer

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    And you thought your project was DONE! :rofl
  10. Kennon

    Kennon Been here awhile

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    its missing a Ace Cafe decal, next time I do a run most probably in March I'll get one for your bike.
  11. Leystone

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    That is a AWESOME looking Sportster.

    Question for you or the crowd that's done these builds - does cutting off the rails basically mean you can't put a regular seat back on there? I'd love this bike even more if it could have the ability to flip to a 2up ride.
  12. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Its a don't look back cut. Once its done, its done. With the right know how and fab skills, I.m sure one could make something that would accomplish that.

    they do offer the number plate option, that way you don't have to cut the rear off.
  13. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Sweet.
  14. Randy

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    Yes, and no.

    In stock form the Sportster's seat is supported by the fender, and the fender is supported by the fender struts. So, a stock seat won't work...

    ... BUT, a custom two-up seat can be designed to work on a bike without fender struts, although you'd probably need a frame loop to support the rear. No biggie. There are tons of examples of custom Sportsters without struts and with two-up seats. So, with a little imagination and fabrication it shouldn't be too difficult to make interchangeable seats for both uses on the same bike. The bigger issue would be how to accommodate the rear pegs in conjunction with rearsets. It could be done, of course, but it would complicate things a little.

    Here's just one example of a Sportster without fender struts and with a two-up seat and rearsets.

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    You could easily replace that seat with a solo version if you wanted. And remove the rear fender as well, if you don't mind getting your back soaked and filthy when it rains... :huh
  15. rodteague

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    That is the Chainsickle lowering bracket. I know because I installed one on my build. :D It's also about $30 cheaper to buy directly from Shane at Chainsickle. The Ryca rear sets also appear to be made by CS.

    Still a very nice build.

    Regards

    Rod
  16. Randy

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    Yeah, I think I do remember that the rearsets are Chainsickle items. I've read many threads about Chainsickle's stuff and plan to use them myself if I ever get around to actually doing more than just dreaming about a Sportster build. I know that Ryca puts their kits together as "packages" to simplify things for the customer, and that many of the individual components are "sourced" elsewhere. I'm more of a do-it-yourselfer and rarely buy "kits", so I'd get the parts from the manufacturer whenever possible, and if it was more cost effective. Hell, I'm so cheap that I'll spend hours researching a part just to save fifty cents! :lol3

    I don't remember a mention of them using a gauge lowering bracket on the build thread, but of course that doesn't mean it didn't happen. :D But, looking at various angles of that bike, it appears to my eye that the speedo is in the stock location. Then again, I haven't compared it side-by-side with a stock bike either.

    Good tip on Shane's better pricing on the lowering bracket. :thumb
  17. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Was on the Chainsickle site, I like the fact I can order that headlight lowering kit and also have extra bucks to get one of their cool cafe T-Shirts.
  18. Brian Keith

    Brian Keith Been here awhile

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    Beautiful bike. Very well done. I like that you kept the anniversary paint.
  19. 1stiski

    1stiski Ride that nasty thing

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    Thanks. Yes, originally I was going to do the whole bike in black, but you know , that special anniversary color grew on me, the bits of chrome and the silver flake in the blue just comes together. I'm glad I went this direction, It actually looks like something that Harley would of sold off the floor. :thumbup
  20. Randy

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    Looks good, but I'm still waiting on that sound clip.. :ear

    I'm curious how the exhaust sounds. I know it's subjective, but how's the volume? Did it have any noticeable effects on overall power, powerband, jetting requirements, etc? I really like the way it cleans up the lines of the bike, and gets the exhaust out of the way of other things, but I'm curious about the flow/performance and volume levels....