adv Sportster 2nd time around

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by johnwesley, Apr 2, 2013.

  1. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    Cool light, I like the dual light.


    I have a new set of bars in. May just leave them wrapped until I get the bike ready to ride again.

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  2. k-moe

    k-moe Long timer

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    Be sure to keep the decal on that rack. I find that confusing onlookers is half of the fun (seriously).
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  3. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I have thought about changing it to XLR1200GS
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  4. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    So the numbers on the first page are not right. Not sure how I messed it up so bad but I did. the swingarm angles are off. After looking at it again to do I found that a shock with 14.250 length and 5.250 stroke would put the swing arm in the middle of its swing at 10* angle and 20* of swing. Add in rider sag and i set at 6* angle at ride height.

    Now the chances of finding a shock with those dimensions is slim. So as in life I will most likely have to compromise the ideal set up. But I do have a goal to shoot at.


    I have mocked up a rear under fender for the rack. I did not like the hoop I built and then the chances of it adding stress from only one mount on each side is high. Looks to me like when loaded it would want to pivot around that mount point.

    So I will mount it all to sheet metal. here is my poster board test piece.
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  5. voyagerrider

    voyagerrider Been here awhile

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    John,
    I discovered this thread a few days ago and have signed on to follow this. Glad to see you are building another Adventure Sportster.
    Marty
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  6. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    thanks hope it turns out better than last time and i loved it last time. :D

    I was going until i put the yz forks on before I put the handlebars on. I just couldn't wait.

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    I'm going to go back with the HDB hand guards they are just to clean not to. It integrates guards blinker and mirrors all in one piece.

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    so all the H-D mirrors and blinkers are going bye bye
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  7. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    got some work done today. Have the tail section made and bolted on. I like the look and the panniers will fit well.

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    I also made a couple of brackets to mount the gauges and the headlight.
    I am digging the look of the sportster head light on the dirt bike forks

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    one day I will be blessed with a mill :deal

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    dosen't look like much but it took a while to get it all done. the hack saw and file work takes the most time :D
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  8. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    I think that you and I have the same tool assortment. :lol3
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  9. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    What size of rear rim did you use? I think you said it was 17" but is it 3.00 or 3.50 or 2.85? I am about ready to do the wheel this week but couldn't decide on wide size.
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  10. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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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
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  11. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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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.

    Edit:Duh me! There is no 2.85 for rear.. I was thinking 1.85 and got it mixed up- oops!
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  12. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    If you use 2.50 I would suggest you go for a 18 incher
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  13. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    In!
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  14. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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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 :D

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  15. panhead_pete

    panhead_pete Gone riding

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    Hi John

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

    Thanks
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  16. voyagerrider

    voyagerrider Been here awhile

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    John,

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

    Marty
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  17. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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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. :1drink
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  18. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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  19. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello John,
    looking good so far! I do like it ...
    Kind regards, Bambi
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  20. CruisingRam

    CruisingRam Frankenbike builder

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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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