the project that shouldn't be

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by johnwesley, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    rainy day today but I took the bike into work anyway. I have the shocks back and they have been revalved and seem to work allot better. The front and rear suspension fell balanced now and should make technical work easier. With in the next week or so I should be out playing at the local atv riding area for some test and tune on the suspension.

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    new exhaust works well and gives room for the panniers with out having to change out the mid pipe.
  2. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Is that a thunder header ? Ive had those on other Harleys and they work nicely. Sound great too, Looking good !
  3. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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  4. LucasLeader

    LucasLeader Been here awhile

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    Looks great. I had a Thunder Header on my Sportster Sport and loved it.
  5. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I have a dual spring set up ordered for the rear shocks. that should give me further tuning options and give a plusher ride over the high speed short stroke bumps. I have lightened the back of the bike considerably and as such the need for better spring rate tuning. With the dual spring set up I can still lock out the secondary spring when running in full touring kit.

    I have been looking through some pics of the Ak trip and thought I would share a few here. Maybe more later

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    always had a soft spot for Guzzis, he's on his way to dead horse.

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    Finally the real santa clause

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    well that all for now. hope ya enjoy. the reviewing of pics reminds me of how great my bike did.
  6. Kevan Garrett

    Kevan Garrett Been here awhile

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    I did. Great build/ride. Thanks.

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  7. JimmyTheHog

    JimmyTheHog Low Speed Adventurer

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    Great pic's - more please :D

    Impressive the Sporty made it to Prudhoe Bay and back !!! Ive heard thats a tough ride.
  8. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    it is a bit tough, the Guy I was with didn't make it back to the states on his bike. It was left in Ak. The worst was the trip to Inuvik. I saw more busted cars and bikes on that road than on any other the whole trip. The day before I road it a guy crashed and died there. The haul road is maintained better than the Dempster. The thing with out bikes are that 1 they have enought travel to keep the road shock isolated and the motors are very under-stressed and show no issues. Plus they run strong and have a great power pulse for dirt. Which is why they are hard to beat in dirt track. I think this is a great bike for those kind of trips. I love mine and am pleased with it.

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  9. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I have the dual spring setup on. It is very adjustable and I like that so I can set it up for light load trail riding, touring and two up riding. The ride is much better and the sag is with in reason. The chain is now off of the slider when riding so that is a plus too. So I have 3.25" total sag and that is about right for 10" of travel. I have to fine tune the damping a little bit and we will be on the money with the rear shock.

    A good thing to not is that I will never be loaded as heavy as I was for the Arctic trip and with the second spring locked out the main spring is fine for that. so I can go to over loaded to no load and be good with the springs I have.

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  10. kenaroo

    kenaroo I am because i ride

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    Nice build and adventure.

    what's next? Baja? would love to see that down there.
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    johnwesley wanta be

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    johnwesley wanta be

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    Shocks are valved about right, sending them off to get the adjustments in the middle of the range.

    Got the skid plate built, this afternoon Hope to get the mounts done. First of august I should be hitting Engineer, Imogene, and Black Bear Mountain pass and work up to Wyoming and run the Continental Divide and trails around there. I'm playing tour guide to a friend from South Africa.
  13. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    I have reworked an old skid plate to work on the sporty, my main concern was the exhaust front header. Under the engine on a HD is a oil pump and some wiring so this will cover those and keep my frame nice and round. You see in a vid that I will post that even with the tremendous ground clearance I have the frame still gets close to hitting in the big rocks.

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  14. WeazyBuddha

    WeazyBuddha Carbon-Based Humanoid

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    Wow, just wow! :thumb

    Fantastic skills. Doing anything more than an oil change and I'm stretching mine. :lol3
  15. Dorzok

    Dorzok Long timer

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    haha!! i just noticed you kept the hwy pegs. guess it wouldn't be a harley without them.
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    johnwesley wanta be

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    yea it had forwards on it when I got it. I left them on for the long hauls, lets me stretch my knees out. They also work well as crash bars as I have droped it a few times and they saved the bike. :deal
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    johnwesley wanta be

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    here is a video of some trail riding, we're just taking it easy but the camera man has some issues with terrian and keeping up.

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    johnwesley wanta be

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    hard to see from the angle, but its a nice down hill through some big rocks. I stoped just before going ove the largest ones. I was concerned about bottoming on the frame with out a skid plate. As you can tell it was very close and would have bottomed if I had ridden down.

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    johnwesley wanta be

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    better vid of the bike and then I go to take off and drop the bike at the end enjoy

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