Another DualSportster

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by madeouttaglass, Aug 12, 2010.

  1. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    I've envied some of the enduro Harleys I've seen online and always thought that I'd like to build one someday. Last week my buddy Dan emailed me a link to a cheap Sportster in PA. I had him go right out and buy it for me. (We've done these things to each other before.) A couple days ago I drove the 4 hours down to his house to pick up my new toy. In the meantime Dan had me pick up an old Kawasaki G4 that I found here in upstate NY. Much to his wife's delight, I brought that down for his kids. The exchange was made and I got my ass out of there before Myra got home from work.
    Two nights ago I picked up and old YZ490 chassis to steal parts off of. I've ordered a few nice orange and black plastic bits off ebay that I think will go nicely with the stock tank and rear fender. Unlike some of the more radical versions I've seen on ADVRider, mine will be more of a low budget build. If I can find a decent width 16 Knobbie I can keep the stock wheels and have this thing together in short order. Any suggestions? My goal is to have it out for some nice fall rides.
    Pics to follow shortly.
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  2. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    I would suggest looking around for spoke wheels and then re-lace them to a 21/18 pattern. 21" fronts are common, so no lacing required, but an 18" or even a 17" rear hoop will give you much better tire selections and don't require any re-engineering of the bike itself.

    Money, skill, tools, and imagination are your only limitations. :freaky
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  3. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    Here's a picture of the almost finished product:
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  4. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    Here's the other side:
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  5. WooPig

    WooPig Gravel Traveler

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    That's cool. How does it work?
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  6. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    This is just the alpha test. I'm going to register it in a week or so to feel it out. I've only ridden it on our acreage for about 2 miles total. I need to find a 14-15 tooth front sprocket. It has a 22T and I've only been able to find 21T. That won't cut it. I also need to build a kick stand and possibly lower the pegs a bunch. I'll have to fab up some sort of rearset shifter linkage to do that this winter.
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  7. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    In a nutshell- like a Harley (not too good.:D )
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  8. Big Mistake onWheels

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    Harley dual sports? Hear me roar? In the BACK COUNTRY? Dark Age deepens.
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  9. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    Here's the engine a few days ago. What a technological marvel! (for 1903)
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  10. AustinJake

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  11. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    That bike is one of two Sportsters that inspired me. I saw a picture of that one in Alaska. The other one has more suspension and is all orange. Both probably better bikes than mine currently is.
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  12. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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  13. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    No question. Too expensive for me though.
    I need to use his shifter link idea when I lower the pegs. Looks like good engineering.
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  14. Murf2

    Murf2 Been here awhile

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    MOG, What is that rear tire your using? Is it tubeless? Very cool bike!

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  15. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    The back tire is a Duro median. It is the ONLY semi off road or off road tire that I could find in a 16 inch diameter. I tore up our field with it pretty good last evening.
    It took me a week to find a supplier that actually had stock. Most are on indefinate back order.
    It said tube type, but I run sealer and it's held pressure for over a week.
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  16. bigdave-gs

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    I wouldn't think the HD Sportster would have a strong enough nor low enough tranny for anything serious off roading. If you put a bigger sprocket on the back it would kill the highway use of it and any fuel milage.
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  17. madeouttaglass

    madeouttaglass Awful Kanauphyl

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    Does this bike look serious for anything? If I wanted something serious it would be from Japan. As for road biking, my FJR1300 is plenty fast and gets 45+ MPG. The Harley is just a stupid toy.
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  18. RocketDog

    RocketDog Rocket Dog

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    Pretty cool, I am likin it except for the handlebars. I thinkin a set of Renthals or protapers would set it off!:evil
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  19. Murf2

    Murf2 Been here awhile

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    Yeah man, you should sell that Harley and get a 650 Vstrom. Ugly bikes are way more capable! :D

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  20. J. Thompson #5150

    J. Thompson #5150 300-pound Gorilla

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    I gotta say, I'm kind of intrigued by this little project. Looks like it'd be a blast to take out on country roads.
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