another sportster conversion

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

  1. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Nice build and something I could do. I certainly don't have the talent to do what RTW Doug or others have done. You've shown it could be done simple and with lower cost.
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  2. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    cutting the gas tank in half length way and adding about 4" or so was tricky because of the compound curves.I welded it with a 000 tip on my oxy-acetalene torch.Someday i'll try to get a couple of pictures of the rack and box mounts so you can see how tough it is.One friend says it looks like a mini roll cage.
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  3. mojave

    mojave Been here awhile

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    Here are some pics of my bike. I use Photobucket as a image host, simple to add pics - after uploading pics into your Photobucket account, click on the image link button and paste into the Adv post edit window. These days there are probably other options besides PB.

    I went through a drag racing phase - Inyokern airport at the time was the oldest operating strip in the world I think (?). Anyway, there was a small group racing Sportsters and bigtwins. These guys were racers, not group riders etc. The Man was Earl Burley who owned (and still does) a business (Burley Performance) of building race engines and doing general mod work on Harleys. He was racing ProStreet bikes in Sportster and Bigtwin - street legal bikes running low to mid 9's! He built my engine as a mild street engine with the bones to go further. In my brief attempts (8 runs total) I got it into the mid 12's before the FAA shut the strip down in 06. I think with a racing gas tune, power shifting, and a few more runs I would have gotten into the 11's. Despite a motocross upbringing I never could bring myself to do clutchless shifts, Earl never understood that. BTW, the Force Winder doesn't knock your knee but it wouldn't be the set-up for an adventure bike!

    As you can see, I live in the desert, second valley from death, edge of the middle of nowhere. That's my wife with her Wolfie.

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  4. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    I like your Sport and those nice dry mountains .I wrote more but somehow they tell me I never logged in and lost all
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  5. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    Just figured it out that it's a little over 5 gallons, nice! The custom tank is already larger than the peanut, so you had a good starting point. Nope, I can't weld, I'd have to farm that out. Interested in the pictures of the rack as well.
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  6. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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    v-twin,nice that you are interested in building your own ride.When I sealed the inside of the tank with Keem, I drained the wash solution and it filled a 20 liter oil pail to the brim.This weekend I'll try and get some pictures taken.
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  7. xlcc

    xlcc Been here awhile

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  8. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    That is a nice and stout looking rack.:thumb
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  9. WhicheverAnyWayCan

    WhicheverAnyWayCan Deaf Biker

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    Thanks for posting pic of your rack.. I am on the fence between three saddlebags- Wolfman Expedition/Mosko/Nelson Rigg but most likely going with Nelson Rigg so I can save up for my trip more quickly. I need to get a loan for new heat pump this coming winter so I can rent my house. :eek1 :cry

    Anyway, from the look of your rack, I think it is brilliant because you provided three braces to support your ammo box (I know it is heavy because my buddy has two on his rat bike) I wonder what size of tube did you use and how much do your rack weight if you have any idea?

    Thanks!!
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