another sportster conversion

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by xlcc, Apr 17, 2011.

  1. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    here is my winter project,the building season,now the riding season.It started as an 02 custom that I picked up on ebay that I tore into with only 5200 miles on the clock.I call it my xlcc or cross country.It reicieved an 18 inch back wheel to go with the 21"front that I levered on a pair of metzeller Saharas,a set of Ricor valves and springs in the forks,some Olins shocks on the swingarm,lower gearing as well.I cut the sportster gas tank in half lengthways and added about 4",it holds 20 liters now.I should have added 6" in the front and tapered to 4" just to hold more gas. Some more changes,modified seat,now comfy,rear fender, tail light,rack,boxes,aluminum skid plate,handle bars,relocated coil, horn,ignition switch,exhaust pipes,foot pegs,etc.This bike gets used on gravell roads and highway.It is a blast to ride and apply all that torque. To me it feels like a small bike for my size.Keep the shiny side up and let the Harley bashing begin.

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  2. gkam

    gkam Adventurer

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    Nice and simple project!:clap:clap:clap
    I like amo paniers. Are they from steel?
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  3. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Cool looking bike ! I think we need a thread now on "Sporty's in Wild" - lets see what they can do and where they can go.

    Where did you get that skid plate ? Aftermarket or your own construction ?
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  4. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    yes,the boxes are made of steel.I don't even notice them while riding.they cost me 15$ each.
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  5. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    thanks ,the skid plate is 1/8" of my own fab.
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  6. Vial Style

    Vial Style PRO ANTI

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    Pine Beetle express!

    Killer bike.
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  7. Keith

    Keith Slabbing it

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    Awesome!

    Can we see more pics?
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  8. usgser

    usgser Long timer

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    Nice bike!
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  9. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    kieth,I'll get some more pics soon
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  10. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    hopefully I managed to get the pics listed here

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  11. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    try again

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  12. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    another pic

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  13. muskieken

    muskieken Been here awhile

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    nice job ,,, wish i had the talent do that.
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  14. nofate

    nofate what blackflies?

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    Nice work, I like the transformation. I see you have a drive belt rather than a chain. How does that hold up if a stone gets between the belt and sprocket?
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  15. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    nofate,I have'nt had any trouble with the belt.There has been gravell go through the belt drive setup that cause imperfections but it dose'nt seem to be an issue.I remove all the belt gaurds to let any debri bounce out instead of being forced to go around the pulleys.The system seems quite resiliant.
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  16. L.B.S.

    L.B.S. Long timer

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    Beauty:freaky

    To me, that's more of a "real" Harley than all the hideous multi thousand dollar choppers that get their own TV shows:rolleyes

    To each their own as far as choppers and the like go, but your XLCC is how I would imagine myself owning an HD.

    Great work:D
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  17. Crocker

    Crocker Just passing through

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    I like it a lot, my own personal taste would want to get rid of some more chrome but I'd still ride it with pride as is.
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  18. Jeff Watts

    Jeff Watts Adventurer

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    I agree. Mr. Davidson would look on this bike with pleasure.
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  19. Gbob

    Gbob Gone fishin

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    What a cool custom. You have given me some great ideas for my 89 XL1200. I live on a small rock and every ride here is an adventure so your version will be perfect! Good ting mon!
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  20. MOTO DUDE

    MOTO DUDE Rydin Dirty

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    Nice work! I dig it.........
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