Go Sportsters

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    I have a 19'' front wheel and 18'' rear wheel on my sportster too.

    19'' fronts are easy to find in either spoke or mag, no problem here.

    Here is a tip for CHEAP rear 18'' wheels:

    1979-1981 sportsters had 16'' spoke, 16'' mag, 18'' spoke, or 18'' mag rear wheel options... AND they are disc brake wheels. They are a direct swap for all chain drive EVO Sportsters. To use them on a belt drive bike, you need to make some spacers, but its easy.

    Alternatively, buy a 1957-1981 OEM Sportster rear spoked wheel, take it apart, and lace the 18'' rim to your later model hub. The same old spokes will even work. These old 18'' spoked Ironhead wheels are cheap and easy to find at swap meets and on Ebay... it seems like the Harley guys want their fat 16''.

    From 1959-78, the 18'' and 19'' spoke wheels could come with optional ALUMINIUM rims. These look sweet, and are pretty light. Again, just take the old wheels apart, and lace then rims to our late model hubs, using the old original spokes. You're going to pay extra for the aluminium rims though, but still much cheaper than buying new Excel (or any brand) ones.
  2. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    Sidecar, the 18" spoke wheels I can handle... Just gotten lazy and want tubeless.:D I've seen 19" front mags on the rear of a sportster but the tire's too narrow in my opinion.

    We have two swap meets worth attending in Colorado... I go to a few smaller ones two but I've never seen the 18" rear mags at any of them.:cry

    My Bro' in law lives in Western PA and goes to swap meets all up and down the east coast and inland. I guess I'll need to have him put this on the list!
  3. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    I believe that the old HD brand 18'' mag wheels require tubes...

    I have an 18'' rear mag wheel on my 1978 XLH, and the original owners manual that came with the bike says that it requires a tube (both the wheel and manual are original to the bike). I have heard of people running tubeless tires on the old HD mags, but I have no personal experience with it and my 1978 owners manual explicitly says to use a tube... so I do.

    It was (and its) required that tubeless rims say "tubeless" on them somewhere... but the old HD mags do NOT.

    It wasn't until 1982 that the HD mags started to have the word "TUBELESS" cast into them... but by 1982 the MoCo was no longer making rear 18'' wheels.

    Maybe Gusanito has some advice on this. Gusanito, do you run a tube in your 18'' rear mag??
  4. gusanito

    gusanito Mindless Wonderer

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    Phil Little sells adapters that allow you to use the more common 19" nine spoke front in the rear. The problem is finding suitable rear street tires for it. The only 19" rear tires I found were for flat track racing and not street legal.




    No, I run it tubeless. Never had a problem.
    I don't care for tubes either.
  5. AlKay191

    AlKay191 Been here awhile

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    Good to know! I got one of them and it should be easy enough to find matching front.
  6. Randy

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    And while I have no idea how cost effective it may be, if someone wanted an 18" mag rear to match the factory 9 spoke front, but wanted one a little wider than the older narrow stock ones, there are companies like Kosman that can widen the rims, and most likely make the bead seat area more suitable for tubeless use.

    How's the tire selection for 18"x 2.5" rear rims? Been a few years since I've looked for 18" rears....
  7. gusanito

    gusanito Mindless Wonderer

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    Plenty of brand choices for 18" rear tires.
    Avon, Dunlop, Bridgestone, Pirelli, Shinko, Continental, Kenda, etc.
  8. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Amen to that, although I have to admit Bronson's looked OK with a 21" front.

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  9. Weldman

    Weldman Long timer

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    God that's gorgeous ...
  10. BadKarma

    BadKarma Long timer

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    Wow! Love that bike, hated the 2.2 gallon tank:deal
  11. Sidecar Jockey

    Sidecar Jockey Been here awhile

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    I'm pretty sure the Bronson bike had a 19'' front wheel. HD never made an aluminum rim 21''...

    It always 'bothered' me that the bike had a alloy rim on the front and a steel wheel on the back.

    The "Interconnected duals" exhaust is one of my favorites though, and they are getting really hard to find,
  12. gus

    gus Been here awhile

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    This one was built by Smokey Mt. HD in Maryville Tn.
  13. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    The wheels weren't stock. Here is a list of the mods from an issue of Motorcycle Classics:

    The original Bronson Bikes were modified 1969 XLH Sportsters. They were not radical customs and used standard engine components, but had a number of visual changes including: 21-inch alloy front wheel with ribbed tire • “Peanut” gas tank from the XLCH model • Special handlebars • Bobbed and chromed front fender • Bobbed rear fender • Slim custom seat • Chrome chain guard, voltage regulator and oil tank • British aftermarket tail light • Earlier small air cleaner • Chrome Bates headlight • Schwinn bicycle sissy bar • Special Bronson Red paint • “All Seeing Eye” tank logos

    Read more: http://www.motorcycleclassics.com/c...portster-then-came-bronson.aspx#ixzz2kCQvRjQD
  14. BigEasy

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    If and when you decide you need some space, pm me. That is THE Sporty I want (that I can afford, the CR in the flea market speaks to me but I can't swing the entry price). I'll be on a plane pronto.
  15. shupe

    shupe Been here awhile

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    Sorry if this has been posted. I just saw this in the Police section of H-D's web site. I like it. 883 Police model.

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  16. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    Finally got my XR1200 front brake mounted and good gord does it like to stop!! Should have done this a while ago!! I will post up pics when I get a chance. By the way, thanks Randy for pn and your original writeup. :freaky
  17. Randy

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    Yep, for a relatively inexpensive and straight forward mod, it makes for a pretty significant improvement in braking.

    Glad you like it! :thumb
  18. greer

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    Oh, yeah!!

    Sarah
  19. LPRoad

    LPRoad Curmudgeon

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    Nice. I like these scramblerfied Sportsters.
  20. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    I just picked up a pair of rear shocks from a fellow inmate...thanks Tom!

    I won't have time to mount them this weekend but they should give me more travel and ground clearance, I might need a new longer kickstand though.

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