another sportster conversion

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

  1. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Check Peter and Kay Forwood's website at forwood-mytrip.shtml. They are the couple who have visited every country in the world on their '94 ElectraGlide Classic, over about 550 000km They seem to get about 50 000km out of a belt.
    But they run the belt very slack, to the point where it may actually slip when clogged with mud or sand. There is also an interesting observation onremoving the belt guard!
    May not be a good idea, it seems. Might be a better idea the toally enclose it sa BMW have (nearly) done.
    Rob
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  2. JohnG.

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    Not a Harley fan,but like that...:clap
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  3. theKite

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    Yeah! Called the Buell Ulysses! Oh wait....
    Shouldnt have started...
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  4. Cerk26

    Cerk26 ADV Wannabe

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    Mushman would be proud. Well done!:clap
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  5. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    thekite,I have been running my belt drive a little on the slack side since I snapped the first belt with no trouble yet.I still are going to switch to a chain ' cause if it breaks again it might not be in as a faverable spot as last time.
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  6. theKite

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    I think I agree. I can remember some long lonely walks home after break downs.
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  7. DJ1

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    Hey XLCC, great looking bike. I'm in the process of doing something similar and was sent this way by another inmate. Can you pass along any info on your 18" rear wheel.

    After riding in Montana and punching a belt years ago I converted all our sportys over to chain. I was lucky and never broke one. The conversion is pretty straight forward, if you want any info about it let me know.
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  8. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    I bought my rear wheel from The Motorcycle Superstore.I also Picked up my tires from them.Fast reliable servicemistake,I got my rear wheel from KC International Motorcycle Supply
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  9. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I with you on this. chains are a mess, but dependable and easy to repair and get to a place to have a new one put on:deal

    I converted mine to chain and hope it works out good, I'm not sure of the rear sprocket life, all I could find was aluminum. We'll see
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  10. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    I broke another belt from running it too slack.My throttle hand is a bit on the heavy side and when giving 'er hard on pavement one morning the wheel takes a jolt trying to catch up to the engine and the next thing I know my belt is laying on the road.
    If you want a reliable setup for the gravell and loose shit or a little mud I strongly recomend a chain drive to anyone interested in converting a Sportster into a scrambler of some sort.
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  11. mhevezi

    mhevezi Adventurer

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    Nice work on making an adventure bike out of what you got, but...

    How does that swing arm not snap? :confused I think my toothbrush has more torsional strength!
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  12. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    I use my ride mostly on highway and secondary roads which are gravell,unless it rains then the road surface can get pretty greasey so the swingarm dose'nt get stressed a whole lot like off road rideing or jumps.The bike definetly has its limitations but it sure is a blast to ride.
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  13. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    I finally got around to converting to a chain drive.I went with a 51 tooth rear and a 22 tooth on the tranny.now this setup should prove reliable.
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  14. mojave

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    Hello xlcc,


    I went to KC and they have a couple choices.

    Tell me about the wheels you got from them - are the rims alloy or steel?. How are they holding up?

    I have a 2003 883R with 1200cc engine. I'm using the Showa 1200S shocks and emulators in the forks. The stock wheels are really heavy, do you think your new rear is lighter?
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  15. xlcc

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    the wheel I replaced is 3.5"x18" steel.I can use tubeless tires on it as it is sealed with some kind of silicon strip.I really like the setup,very well made and good value for the money.The bead is made for tubeless tires,as a matter of fact I used a tube and shreaded the tube beacuse the valve stem moved and it still held air to ride a couple tanks of gas then I put a tubeless valve stem in on a tube tire and away I went.No leaks.An aluminum wheel would be nice front and back.I don't think the wheel is any lighter than stock.It is a heavy duty setup
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    Interesting, agree that for the adv application the weight is not so important as the sturdiness. And tubeless? That's a major advantage.

    The Sportster I have now I can't bring myself to chop into an adventure bike, it's just too nice. With the mods it handles OK, but the stock wheels! Heavy as sin, you just know the handling would be much sweeter with 10-15 pounds less at each end. But I just will not spend thousands for lighter wheels/brakes. I've never built a wheel but that's an option and wouldn't be too expensive...

    I think if a cheap enough 883 fell into my hands I might see about adventurizing it. If that worked out then maybe a basic 9.5 to 1 1200cc conversion. After my drag racing phase I kind of regret going the 10.5 to 1 level three build. Under 3,000 rpm isn't all that accessible.

    My Sportster I think nothing of taking down dirt roads etc. As has been pointed out it works well in loose conditions.
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  17. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    I bought mine on ebay for 4 grand and it looked like new but I like to make things to fit my fancy and don't really care what others may think what I should have done.One day I'll turn it into an 88" torque monster and open a few more eyes.Good luck with yours!
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  18. greer

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    xlcc--

    That'd be my Harley, if only I had the talent to build it. Can we see some more pictures?

    Sarah
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  19. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    thanks for the comment,that bike seems to draw a lot of attention where ever I go
    I have more pictures showing some wear and tear but I don't know this computer stuff on how to post them.My son did it for me and he is on his own now.But there are some more posted by somebody else from a trail ride I showed up at called "the big B.C. trail ride"on the Canada regional forum.It was the only Harley there.
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  20. greer

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    OK, thanks again. Enjoy that bike!

    Sarah
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