Go Sportsters

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

  1. DJ1

    DJ1 Chopper Jockey

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    Here's my rigid.

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    Here's my Packmule bike, its been on quite a few long rides. It is currently under construction.

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    I see there are a few SCBs here, good deal!! :beer
  2. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    2000 1200s I look long and hard for a sport to pop up and this was the one

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    wasn't long till it went on the chopping block

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    then came a new chopping block

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    then life was breathed back into her

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    and she grew into an ADV style bike with plenty of travel

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    next we will be riding to AK on our next whirl wind adventure
  3. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    why did you wait for a sport to do all that?

    you should've rid the world of a junk sportster, not one of the good ones.
  4. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    easy answer, good motor :deal

    edit: I have all the parts and can return it to stock if I want to, and plan on keeping them, the only permanent mod is the swing arm and that is a common part if I didn't want it stretched
  5. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    isn't it just dual plugged and higher comp?

    still seems like it'd be cheaper to do the engine mods vs. the premium you probably paid for the sport.



    don't get me wrong, sure looks fun.
  6. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    I have been watching this build since its beginning and I have to say congrats!! :clap Have you weighed it yet? Also if you have gone off road , how's the weight once it gets "rough" ?

    I have been wanting to do something similar (ADV that is) but more like an old XLCH homage.
  7. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    It was accually cheaper than anything else I had been looking for. I was a kid that needed money and was trying to sell it in January. So I got a good deal.
    The sport had higher compression, W cams, single fire ignition, and SE air breather. So it was a little hotter I really like the w cams.
  8. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    That will be a fun build, I may give it a shot on the rubber sport. You are limited on rear travel with that one. It should make a great srambler vstrom type gravel rd bike. Let me know when you start I may have some pointers for you. I have learned alot on this last build.
  9. Aaron from Texas

    Aaron from Texas Been here awhile

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    WOW. Well done.
  10. USGunRunner

    USGunRunner Adventurer

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    DIG IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:clap
  11. MingRidesBikes

    MingRidesBikes Been here awhile

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    Your bike is sick! Loved it with the knobbies as well. :freaky
    I wanted to ask though, how is it your rear fender is lifted like that? Is it a custom fender, or do you have longer shocks in the back? Thanks!

    -Ming
  12. Dirt Road Cowboy

    Dirt Road Cowboy Sometimes I'm A Jerk

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    Do you already have the XLCH?

    I'm going to be converting my 73 to a DS. Nothing as radical as John, Jimmy or Doug.
    Maybe little increase in suspension travel, bigger fuel tank, ammo can panniers and some good tires.

    I've got the Wing for distances, so this will just be for 1 up in town and a bit of exploration.


    You guys sure have been inspirational! Thanks for the great builds! :clap
  13. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    No XLCH. I was thinking about making a modern replica of a 61 high pipe scrambler XLCH similar to this one:

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    I plan on doing the TAT in the next couple of years and want to build a bike for the trip. Seems like it might be fun to do it on something less "convenient" than typically used as well as made in the USA.
  14. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    I will definitely be picking your brain during the build. Are you saying that the rigid mounts have limited travel or the rubber? As long as I can squeeze around 6 inches out of the rear I would prefer to use a lighter weight pre 04' bike.


    Can't wait to read the RR of your trip!! :deal
  15. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    the rigid has more travel ability/ swingarm can drop further down.


    I think the XLCH was one sexy bike and the modern rep of that would do good on the TAT. Rummer is that a 13.5" shock is as long as one can run in the rubber mount frame. If you stretch the swing arm you can get the 6" of travel with the 13.5" shock.

    edit: On my rigid i extended the swing arm 4" and have 10" of travel so the 6" will be easy. matter of fact you cna use the same shock set up I have on a stock arm and get 6" of travel
  16. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    What is the TAT?
    Rob
  17. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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    it's kinda like a tit.
  18. zataomm

    zataomm Been here awhile

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  19. Aaron from Texas

    Aaron from Texas Been here awhile

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    I've seen 14.25" on a Rubbermount with a stock swingarm... Not sure how it rides though...
  20. Aaron from Texas

    Aaron from Texas Been here awhile

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    The fender is custom, with mounts to the back sides of the upper shock mounts and a support hidden under the seat. The shocks are taller than stock, but not really all that tall. 12.5".