How I copied everyone else's Sportster ADV build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by CopyCat, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

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    503 pounds sounds pretty realistic for a stripped HD. :dunno
    Getting under 500 is probably very difficult to do without using lighter wheels, brakes, and other than stock HD stuff.
    Everything adds up, and losing more weight off your bike will be expensive. :baldy
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  2. CopyCat

    CopyCat I am NOT like the others Supporter

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    Hmmm. If you believe HD's weights I only reduced 16 lbs. How many of that was an LI battery? i did use aluminum rims and KTM front brake, which is lighter and a LOT of non HD stuff. I must have made mistake in weighing it
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  3. madrider5150

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    Im interested to hear how your catch can works, the filter off my breathers blows oil mist on the front of my bike. It looks tidy too
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  4. JagLite

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    I certainly wouldn't trust the weight HD specs it as.
    Weigh it again Sam! All the gin joints in Casablanca and she walks into mine...
    :rofl
    One wheel at a time on the bathroom scale?
    Gotta be far more accurate than what HD claims.
    Or check magazine tests, they usually weigh the test bikes and it is always a lot more than the claimed weight. :y0!
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  5. LargeMarge

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    My 1970 FX weighed 500# on a certified scale.
    The barest road-worthy vehicle... everything removed including the seat.

    My buddy John stripped a Sportster of that era.
    He got it to 357# on a certified scale.
    He machined the flywheels, aluminum frame, everything stripped to barely legal.

    Those days were different.
    Today, somebody would snitch.

    And, 'yes', no seat was very comfortable.
    And, 'yes', I was issued a citation for no seat.
    Apparently, some Law Enforcement Officials have no sense of adventure.
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  6. CopyCat

    CopyCat I am NOT like the others Supporter

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    VERY well played, sir
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  7. Ginger Beard

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    Looking over your build, you did a lot of adding and subtracting of weight. You tossed some of the heaviest HD junk like wheels, exhaust, steel shocks, etc but added back heavy duty rearsets, fairing, hand-guards, a much longer and beefier fork assembly, long piggy back shocks, boxed and extended swingarm, etc. I think the build turned out great and for all of your additions to the bike, you still managed to shave weight.
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  8. CopyCat

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    Hmmmmm. I do believe you speak wise. Never even thought of the rear shocks being much bigger. I will just have to remember I have greatly superior suspension and in truth i believe the suspension maketh the rider faster ( or less slow in my case:imaposer) and far more comfort .
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    And at your size you can always pick it up and throw it over obstacles.:lol3
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  10. CopyCat

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    I imagine by the end of the TAT I'll be ready to go back to a 158 lb Beta trials bike
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    that beta will fit on any HD approved rack with room for the needed extra fuel and support parts. 4x4 not needed.
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    You'll feel like a super hero getting back on that Beta after the TAT trip! :lol3
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  13. CopyCat

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    I'm sure I could pull off something similar... And by similar I mean I could wheelie straight into that wall and make everyone sad.:imaposer


    Those trials pros are on another level
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  15. CopyCat

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    First ride impressions. Took Sporty out 20 miles to an MX track with some woods trails. Deep wet sand, lots of water crossings. Major conclusion? It's gonna be a learning curve on this heavy bike. Kenda Big Blocks suck in the sand. Tons of power though. Suspension needs softened a little. Seat needs another inch of fat man foam. Deep woods tight ATV trails are a workout. One thing I did notice---Will this be a problem?
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    The other thing I noticed was that although there was almost no buzz at the bars, the footpegs, especially the right one, have a VERY bad vibration at 55. @johnwesley , @madrider5150, or anyone that has ridden Chainsickle lowers, was this your observation? I'm thinking a set of forwards will be necessary for road riding
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    The reg/rec might wig out due to heat being trapped, maybe relocate it elsewhere.

    Foot peg vibration...ad weight to the peg to change the harmonics. As deep as those are it wouldn't be hard to fill the voids, and you can play with different weights until you get what you're looking for.
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  17. Automatic

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    I've been riding mine for 3 years in sand, mud, snow, rocks and swamps without the reg/rec causing an issue yet. When we stop for a beverage break, I usually just kick the debris off it and give it a good cleaning before each big ride. One small side note on your build is that the Oem HD power cable from the battery to the starter is junk and will fail due to the increased movement of the battery box now that the bike is being ridden off road. I put a slightly longer and much better quality one on them now after a very frustrating evening in Downieville.
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  18. CopyCat

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    I put in an LiPo battery that is slightly shorter than stock. This resulted in a little slack in the cable. Would that do?
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    I never noticed that on mine, seemed the same right to left. Are they torqued the same?
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  20. CopyCat

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    What would you suggest? Lead blocks? Steel blocks?
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