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Dual Sportster build

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by Fabiodriven, Mar 15, 2020.

  1. Fabiodriven

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    Yes thanks for the thought but it sounds like logistics might end up being an issue. Looks like a wheel I'd like though! I'd love to find a black one. Unfortunately I haven't been able to locate a wheel that would work for me anywhere yet.
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  2. Fabiodriven

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    If anyone has a line on an 18" rear rim that will work on this bike please let me know. The one and only brand new one I can find is out of stock until mid April, plus it's chrome. I really don't like chrome.

    Also, are there any other companies who make low rearset pegs? I love the set shared in this thread already, but that shop seems to be moving really slowly with my order. I'd absolutely love to do business with them and I hope to hear back from them again soon, but I haven't been hearing much from them as far as actually placing an order and payment.
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    I bought that wheel. The seller says it will work so we shall see.

    I cannot find a front sprocket for an 89 Sportster in less than 20 teeth anywhere. Apparently such a thing doesn't exist.
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    Hi guys! The build is coming along great! But I have hit a speed bump. These lowset rearset pegs look absolutely stellar, but this company has not been able to do anything for me yet. Two weeks ago this past Wednesday they asked me to email them and hopefully they would be able to begin to make my pegs. I emailed Wednesday and no reply.

    My fingers are crossed that I will hear back from them at some point, but I'm not certain. Is there any other company who makes lowset rearset pegs? I haven't been able to find anything from anyone anywhere. I'm hoping someone can come up with something!

    Thanks guys!
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  6. severely

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    Have you any fabrication skills or tools? I've fabbed up many farkles for various bikes with varying degrees of success. You could make the footpegs multi position to fit YOU.
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    Yes I can fabricate and that was my first thought. Unfortunately I do not have access to a welding machine or torches here, so that's out. We were looking at it today and I think I'm going to try the pegs the way they are. They don't feel terrible just sitting there. I'll have to see how they do when I ride it.

    That chain idler is currently not going to work out. I'm going to look at it a little more but so far it isn't working.

    I have about another 1.5 inches I can go up with the front. I'm definitely going to bring it up.

    I'm not going to deal with Chainsikle. I read up on his lowset rears and I saw some poor reviews. I looked a little closer at them in the pictures and I'm pretty sure I'd end up breaking them too. On top of that, he's not interested in making them. So phuck it! Hahaha!

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  8. Fabiodriven

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    Another thing. I'm using 15" lift shocks combined with Hugh's Hand Built lift blocks in the rear. I realized there may be issues trying to combine these, but the 15" shocks just didn't raise the rear enough for me.

    The problem is the rear caliper interfering with left side shock. I spaced the shock outward which helped enough to at least get it to work with the wheel slid all the way forward on the adjustment. Unfortunately that leaves me only a tiny bit of adjustment travel for the chain.

    I was thinking about moving the top shock mounts rearward a bit. I'm going to look at that tomorrow.

    I was also wondering if there is a smaller caliper that can be used on the rear of this bike. I'm used to Japanese bikes but this Harley caliper looks like it's off a small pickup truck or something. It's yuuuge. Any conversion kits or smaller calipers available?

    Someone let me know if you can see these pictures please because for some reason I'm not able to.

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  9. severely

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    Really nice start. Yes, I think you need a little longer shocks. The rearsets I've seen look like 1/4" plate aluminum and footpegs and pedals bolted on and I'm guessing you may have to fab up a caliper bracket when you find a suitable caliper. Good luck. No, I can't see the attachments either.
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  10. jules083

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    Here's an issue you're going to have soon that I don't think your bike is assembled enough for you to realize.


    With the 15" shocks the bottom of the chain or belt, whichever you're running, is going to want to hit the mounting bracket for the stock exhaust. You can slightly clearance the bracket and shim the muffler out, which is what I did. Ideally I'd prefer to run a tensioner, but in order to do that you'd have to remove that mounting bracket, which will leave the rear muffler dangling. Since you're combining the shocks with raising brackets you'll have to do a tensioner of some sort for sure. Look at what Buell did on some of their bikes, same concept.
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  11. Fabiodriven

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    That bracket isn't going to be an issue for me because my exhaust is going to be way up high. I'll post a picture of the exhaust system (on a different bike obviously) so you all can see.

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    I was thinking last night about running a tensioner as well. I think that might be the way to go.
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  12. Fabiodriven

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    Let me try again with the rear shock pictures.

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  13. severely

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    Why couldn't the caliper holder be rotated behind the shock? Only concern is a stationary caliper bracket, maybe the shock bolt itself? And a longer brake hose, should be easy to remove the rear wheel then. Good luck looks good so far.
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  14. Fabiodriven

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    I actually thought about that myself. My first thought was it might look a little funny in that position, but I was still considering it. It would be tough to find a stay point for it in that position though. I'm still considering it though.
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    She's coming along. I still have to figure out a way to secure the seat. The front is slid under the tang, but I don't know how to secure the rear of the seat just yet.

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    Some days you get the bear, some days the bear gets you.

    Today was a lot of hours spent with very little production. It's less than convenient when I have to stop what I'm doing to go to the hardware store, but it is what it is. Most of my time today was spent on the chain idler that I'm thinking I'm going to use for my chain tension.

    The idler and bracket were not going to work because it contacted the tire, so I dicked around with it and tried a couple different ideas. Simply bolting the idler wheel itself straight to the frame bracket works, but doesn't offer any adjustment. I could consider making it eccentric maybe if I had to.

    Then I put the wheel back on the arm and went back to a spring loaded configuration. I removed the plastic bushing and hogged out the hole at the base of the arm a bit, then slid in a bronze bushing with a steel collar around it so I could snug it down tight yet still have the arm free to pivot up and down. The problem was, as I tightened it all down the bushing and collar compressed and expanded, making the arm unable to pivot up and down.

    After frigging with that for far too long, I thought maybe I should eliminate the spring and use this mechanical situation to my advantage. So assuming this stays put when I'm riding it, this may be my chain tensioner. We'll see how it goes.

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    The front brake line is something I'd been pondering, and I wasn't quite sure how that would go. Well I figured it out. I am keeping the HD master cylinder and it's going to the Honda caliper, so standard to metric.

    I had both the HD line as well as the Honda line, both in very good usable condition. I mounted everything today and then assessed what I had. My initial thought was to use a compression fitting on the hard lines to mate the two lines, and that would have worked, but then I saw an even more betterer and cleaner solution.

    I ended up cutting the Honda hard line and from it I removed the metric Honda line fitting. Then I simply cut the HD line, removed the standard (American) thread HD fitting, slid the metric Honda fitting on, and then flared the line. It looks phuckin factory, wicked pissa. I couldn't be happier with the results.

    I also got the seat mounted today.

    I have to mail my rear sprocket and spacer back to Sprocket Specialists so they can make me a wider spacer. Initially I thought the spacer they had sent with the sprocket was going to work, but after working with it more it was clear the sprockets were still not aligned. Sprocket Specialists are going to machine the correct width spacer, but at that width the sprocket will be completely off the shoulder of the wheel hub. Because of this, we need to either enlarge the center hole of the sprocket and make a spacer with a centered shoulder on it (hub pilot in tractor trailer terms) or chamfer the mounting holes and use countersunk hardware. Either way will work, and they can do it either way. I'm not certain which I prefer yet.

    Either way, I'm waiting on the exhaust system, some exhaust cones, and now the sprocket ordeal. Other than that it's mostly wiring left, which there is a lot of, and not much else. She's going to be offending people under her own power pretty soon. Everyone that's seen this bell of the ball so far has shown a lack of words lol. It's shocking to most people.

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    Oh also! I found out last night that this bike is a XRH883H, which makes it a Sportster Hugger. That explains the ride height, solo seat, goofball handlebars, and all that stuff.
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    Here's a question. I have these screw on covers on my primary cover. With all of my searching, I have been unable to find another example of this on any other HD. What's the story with these? Everyone else's seem to bolt on.

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    You're well on your way; good to see someone else taking the mantle. I'll be following closely.

    Regards

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