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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    Crocker,I'd like to have no chrome too but this was a 1200 Custom when I bought it and it comes with all that shiny shit!You should see all the parts I peeled off.I guess it still is a custom but in a different way.thanks for all the nice comments!
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  2. Gale B.T.

    Gale B.T. Long timer

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    Xlcc, I am impressed , super impressed, but you knew that for over the last 25 years. Nothing would make me more proud to ride my 640 to Tete Jaune and go for a ride with you, or maybe ride the Dempster together.

    You could also ride that back down here instead of the Victor and let it scratch some dirt/rocks at over 12.000 feet.

    HOw about posting just for me a pic of you on that bike with that special helmet you know I love so much. I will post that pic in my garage as a special memory.

    Great job on the bike, keep up your posting on this ADV, you now have a great following.

    ride smart, gale
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  3. Matchanu

    Matchanu Been here awhile

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    Take a wire brush or some lite grit sandpaper to the chrome, it'll dull it up.


    It's a cool bike.
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  4. jdw4748

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    Not to push this thread off on a tangent. But anybody have any idea way Harley doesn't have some type of scrambler version of the sportster. And I mean a real respectable dirt road, maybe light jeep trail type of scrambler. So many talented guys have managed to do it on their own, why doesn't Harley. Doesn't seem like it would be that much of a stretch.
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  5. DirtDabber

    DirtDabber cultural illiterate

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    I think it is the attitude of the buyers. Most Harley riders want chrome. Look at the aftermarket. If there wasn't demand then there would not be the aftermarket. Harley has done a good job measuring what buyers want and building a niche bike for each segment. My guess is that most Harley riders don't want to do this on their bike.

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    Until that happens there won't be a market and the bikes would sit and linger on the showroom floor. The other manufacturers face the same dilemma and that is why we see some really cool bikes in the European market but not here in the US.
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  6. Matchanu

    Matchanu Been here awhile

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    Unfortunatly yes.

    There is a market for it, but not enough. Buell was a very inovative design and high ability motorcycle that just didn't sell enough to justify the expense for HD. Their market base is pretty specific.

    However, it would be nice to have a larger aftermarket program for transforming your sporty into a dual sport type bike like the Triumph Scrambler. It wouldn't take much really, different front end, better shocks, maybe a chain drive converstion, etc..

    The low end torque of an HD is intoxicating, the Triumph Scrambler just doesn't have it. As much as I like the Scram, the lack of umph is a show stopper for me. If HD sold a version of the Scram, it would be a done deal.
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  7. Chuck Pryce

    Chuck Pryce Been here awhile

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    Anybody don't like that ,well they don't like motorcycles.
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  8. jdw4748

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    I'm no Harley fan, but on the same token I'm not exactly a hater. Just really dissapointing that they are so non-progressive. But moving beyond that it sure seems the sportster is their most versatile model. You almost wonder if a company would be able to succeed by making and selling "conversion kits" for the sportster. Say some type of scrambler, a non factory XR, something like the dirttracker and so on. I honestly believe alot of the scorn thrown Harley's way is just because of the waste of opportunity they have.
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  9. Jeff Watts

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    That's how buell got started.
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  10. KHVol

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    The original concept Ulysses...
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  11. Tin Man 2

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    There are quite a few "conversion"kits by various manufacturers already on the market, and have been for years. Storz, Phil Little racing and Lawill racing are the 1st that come to mind. There is a whole industry supporting the Harley Flat Track racing culture.
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  12. thetroll

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    that is what I was thinking Tin Man. when I was learning to ride, Harley was king of the flat track scene. the Sprint H was a great bike and the Sportys rocked.

    the OP has built a great looking ride that reminded my of the old days
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  13. Matchanu

    Matchanu Been here awhile

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    True.

    I personaly like the "steel" and retro look, not to mention ease of roadside repairs.

    The Uly is an awsome bike, it's just a matter of personal taste.

    All bikes are as road or off road worthy as you want them to be.
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  14. xlcc

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    matchanu;I have to agree with you,sportsters are easy to work on and parts are available just about anywhere.You get out of it what you put in it.There are lots of neat bikes out there,be honest with yourself,decide what kind of riding you are going to do.these sporties are alotta fun on gravell and most of the guys i've ridden with on pavement fall back when pushed hard even though their tires are better suited than mine.
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    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Nicely done. :thumb If I had a Harley, it would look just like that.
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  16. LexLeroy

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    Me likey....
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    Viking44 Been here awhile

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    Plus you can get your hands on a used Sporty for next to nothing these days. For a song and a dance anyone can have a Scrambler/Flattracker Sporty. If I wasn't 6'6" I'd definitely have a Flattrack style Sporty in the garage.
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  18. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    thanks for all the nice comments you guys,I really do appreciate the input!
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  19. theKite

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    XLCC; YOU DA MAN! :clap
    What a great project. I have a 2004 Sporty converted to 1200, with SE bits, Progressive shocks and Intiminators in the front end.
    While not super interested in Adventure riding, I have noticed that the Sporty is happier on a gravel road than many acclaimed adventure bikes.
    And yes, I would be happier with more suspension travel. But I do ride slow as necessary.

    Harleys off road? Well, Peter and Kay Forwood are still circling the globe on their '94 ElectraGlide with 550 000km, having visited EVERY country in the world - the only vehicle of any kind to have done so.
    So maybe we will see an ElectraGlide GS?

    Before that we had Jack L Bowers and his mate Frank Smith travelling around Australia in 1929 on a Harley with a sidecar before there were any roads. They actually drew the map between Katherine and Darwin.

    Harley may have pursued a different marketing theme since then, but then, and now, they build a serious solidly engineered motorcycle. And I am proud to own one.

    Rob

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  20. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    I Have a job in Fort St. John B.C. for the time being and I have been ripping around here checking out some new country.It has been pissing out lately and the backroads turned to gumbo.My rear belt snapped when the pulleys got pluged with mud.this gumbo fills the fenders and my tires looked like slicks.My swingarm and front forks were caked as well.Interesting mud,it turns to a concrete like hardness when dry.I had an extra belt with me.It was a good wake up call but did piss me off 'cause it was getting dark as the sunset was starting to happen.Anyway I got myself going and will be converting to a chain when I get a chance.I'll try to post some pictures of my breakdown adventure when I get a chance.
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