bajaharley upgrades

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by jimjib, Oct 21, 2011.

  1. lesman

    lesman Live easy, Brake Hard

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    Just a few stupid questions. Oil tank, battery setup and swingarm. Can you explain your modifications?
    Your bike is beautiful.






    Les
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  2. Crashed Bad

    Crashed Bad Big man, little bike

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    Hey Jim, you passed by us today at Bloody Basin. 3 Super Enduros and a Transalp. Bike looks killer.
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  3. baldwithglasses

    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    Interesting bike!

    What fork are you doing, and how did you mount it up?

    What other frame mods did you do?

    Where'd you get that swingarm?
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  4. jimjib

    jimjib Long timer

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    The frame started life as a C and J flat track frame but has been heavily modified and re-modified over the years. If I were to do it again..I would just use the stock sportster frame or start from scratch.

    The oil is in the frame backbone tube and the battery is under the seat. Yz400 forks on the front....ktm shock on the rear. The swingarm came with the frame and looked a bit spindly so we beefed it up and changed the original shock location. The swingarm pivot was also changed (lowered) to solve some chain tension and shock ratio issues. That also had benifit of lowerer the bike some.
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  5. jimjib

    jimjib Long timer

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    "Hey Jim, you passed by us today at Bloody Basin. 3 Super Enduros and a Transalp. Bike looks killer."

    Yeah...I remember seeing you guys at the junction......how is it going?
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  6. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    Fixed. :D

    S.C.
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  7. jimjib

    jimjib Long timer

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    Yes...I have spent way to much on this thing but...I have had it for 17 years and it will never be sold in my lifetime so I figure why not.
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  8. soloyosh

    soloyosh Dad and husband

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    Hey Jim!

    Good to see this is still going.

    That's what the Uly should have been.

    I really think the Sporty motor has the potential to be a great adv-bike power plant.

    :thumb

    If you ever want to bring it out Havasu way I know of about 20 people similar to me that'd pay for a ride on that thing.:deal

    I'll have to point them to the new thread.

    Cheers
    Brett
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  9. scottcolbath

    scottcolbath Long timer

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    And there's nothing else out there like it. It is a cool machine.

    S.C.
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  10. kraven

    kraven Hegelian Scum

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    Very cool. :D
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  11. davesupreme

    davesupreme grand poobah

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    one of the things i really like on this forum is to check out all the different bikes. most other motorcycle forums are dedicated to one bike, and it gets boring.....

    your bike is one of the most well done ones i have seen here! i would have that in a minute.... i bet it's a great ride.....

    if i could ask?.... how much does it weigh?.....
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  12. jimjib

    jimjib Long timer

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    450 lbs with a half tank of fuel....that was with the small tank. Not light but about 100 lbs lighter than my old 1150gs
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  13. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    good to see ya updating the beast. your bike was inspiration for me on my build. I worked hard hunting down picture of your over a year ago. I like the shift and break set up on your bike got any close up pics of it?
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  14. jimjib

    jimjib Long timer

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    You did a great job on your rig and its nice to see that you are hitting some pretty tough trails with it.
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  15. bajadude53

    bajadude53 n00b

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    Very nice job. I know what it takes because I built and raced one in 1977. Sorry I ever let it go. A good friend of mine raced your sister frame in the Baja 1000 in 1986.
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  16. jimjib

    jimjib Long timer

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    Yep.....That was the bike that inspired me to build my rig.

    A small but growing group of us realize what a great power plant the sportster engine is for a adv bike. A simple..reliable. ..very low maintenance motor..... with the best low end torque in the business..........and the damn thing gets 40 to 50 mpg.....on a gravity fed....30 year old carburetor.
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