JTH's HD 883 Dual Sport'ster conversion

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by JimmyTheHog, Feb 4, 2011.

  1. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    I probably at some point will look into more luggage capacity, but as you said, that's not what this bike is about. This is more of a dual sport hot rod, as I like to say. So for now, this is how it will be.

    For comparison, I currently have an 09 R12GSA, and have owned/ridden an 12GS, 1150GS, HP2, 950 AdvS, 950 SE, 990 Adv, 690ER, KLR, TE610, and XR650.

    Vibration: The SC3 is based on the hard mount 03 Sportster and yes, its vibey, but I have rubber dampers in the bar risers, so its not that bad. Compared to all the other bikes though, it still has the most vibration.

    Comfort: Based on short 100 miles rides - the SC3 is pretty similar to the big KTM's, and more comfortable than the smaller 690, 650, 610 bikes. The GS's are far more comfortable though, even with stock seats. Ergos are stretched out and has plenty of leg room with the new lower peg positions. Seat is a Corbin which initially feels hard, but after long miles, still feels pretty good.

    Off-Road: I think the SC3 fits somewhere between the 950's and the smaller 6XX's. Relatively nimble and agile for a big bike, but so far, I haven't pushed the limits like I used to on the 950/990's. Way more capable on techincal stuff than the GS's. The single pin crank on the Sportster has an interesting characteristic in that it feels much lighter when you ride it - not sure how to explain it, but I think it may have something to do with the flywheel mass, single pin, and firing order. Id like to hear others thoughts on this.

    At some point I'll get brave enough to let others ride the bike so to get un-biased opinions and input. To date, only two people have ridden it. My good friend Mark who I trust on it as hes a heck of rider, and David Edwards - who maybe will at some point write a blurb on what he thought.
  2. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Thanks, I'd be happy to license the patent pending design to them if they wanted :evil :deal
  3. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    I look forward to reading eventual other riders opinions, but that seemed very honest and unbiased. Thanks.
  4. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    I've owned a Buell Uly, put 40,000 miles on it all over the west. Took it places it didn't belong. That thing was terrible to ride under 3,000 rpm, but faster than that and it did feel lighter than it was. I've ridden most of the bikes on your list there and I find a bike that has an engine that rotates in the direction of travel is easier to ride and "feels" lighter than it really is. They may shake and what not, but they "feel" lighter than a boxer. Ducati, Buell, Strom, big KTM's...they all feel lighter than they are.

    My carb'd 1150GS is lighter than your Sportster, but I guarantee that my bike "rides" heavier.
  5. theKite

    theKite Ulyssean

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    Jim, I hope that are really not going to go trail riding with that beautiful tank!
    Several centuries ago, I had a brand new Yamaha TT500 with just such a beautiful aluminium tank.
    Dented it with my knee on the first ride. Don't know what caused me the greatest agony: the sore knee or the sight of my beautiful tank - with a dent....
    Rob
  6. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    I remember the TT500 - a great bike. I have mixed feelings on riding mine offroad, but after I photo document it in its current condition, im going to ride it offroad and I know eventually it will go down. Its a dual sport and I made it to ride it like that, so I'll hope for the best - but expect the worst. I don't look forward to posting "those" pictures some day :muutt
  7. MitchG

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    No Quail today?
  8. kellymac530

    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    As far as the tank ever getting dented....us Studebaker guys say "if someone built it once, we can build it again" It is only metal right?
  9. montesa_vr

    montesa_vr Legend in his own mind

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    Silver Hawks and Avantis forever!
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    kellymac530 motorcycle addict

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    C-cab trucks, GT Hawks and eraly Wagonaires for me.
    {I do not dislike Silvers and Avantis, many friends with them and one buddy with 4 Avantis...:eek1}
  11. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    Hey Jim,

    It was a pleasure meeting you yesterday in Davenport and seeing the SC3 in person. I'm not usually a fan of custom bikes - maybe because you don't see many of the off-road variety - but yours blew me away. Design, materials, colors, everything was perfect. Truly a stunning machine. Well Done!!!!!

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  12. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Thanks! Good meeting you too. That was a fun ride up the coast and even got off road a bit at pigeon pt and Artichoke road. Feels good to finally start getting it dirty :evil

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  13. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    I like how you call that getting dirty:lol3 How you Cali boys keep your bikes so clean is beyond me. If that bike spent an afternoon in West Virginia it would be covered in coal dust in every nook and cranny that never seems to come off...:puke1

    Lookin' good as always
  14. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Hey, its takes us a while to get dirty around here ! :lol3 I'll keep posting pictures as it gets dirtier. This may take a while... :wink:
  15. lvscrvs

    lvscrvs Been here awhile

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    how about some sierra's silt .... :rofl

    that sc3 is soooooo nice... i'd have a hard time taking anywhere but to a bike show .... :eek1

    <a href="http://s961.photobucket.com/user/heartbeat165/media/BurneyFallsOct2012086.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i961.photobucket.com/albums/ae99/heartbeat165/BurneyFallsOct2012086.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo BurneyFallsOct2012086.jpg"/></a>
  16. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    I mentioned before that I was having studio photos taken of the bike to document the "new" condition before I began riding it. Here is one of the pictures from that. The photographer is Neil Hanshaw and he does some amazing work. We'll start posting the rest on our website soon.

    http://neilhanshaw.com/

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  17. Kennon

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    Just Beautiful that is!
  18. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    I had a little run-in with the law today :evil ~ at the CHP open house in San Jose. Those guys can ride those big bikes !!!

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  19. BIG ED XT FAN

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    To bad h-d can`t make that bike!!!:lol3
  20. kellymac530

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    Jimmy, I had a question, I hope I did not just miss it while reading through this thread, but as far as I know Harleys all use 1" handlebars. Did you use some kind of 1" bars or how did you mount the 1" diameter controls/throttle/clutch/MC onto 7/8" bars?