Project Hand Banana

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by madrider5150, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. madrider5150

    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    So I figured with all the sportster builds going on here I might as well post up mine as it gets going. I bought this bike about 5 years ago totally stock complete with leather tassley things on the levers. Minor modifications shortly after included new bars, rearsets, supertrapp 2-1 and longer progressive shocks. After seeing some of the really good sporty builds on here got me wanting to take it up a notch. Last winter I purchased some parts from an inmate on here who had built an adv sportster but it didnt work out for him. I currently have custom triple trees in progress...
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    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    Extra points if you know the hand banana reference...
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    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    I dont know the pictures show for me :dunno? Hand banana is actually Master Shakes clone :deal. You! Tonight!!
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    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    My custom triples. IMG_20170206_174915709.jpg
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    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    Forks on. Mounting front fender utilizing steering stop bolts as my custom triples didnt come with some of the features I requested/expected. I havent been able to get out for an appropriate test ride but it feels secure. Front brake works good, maybe better than the dual disk set up with the stock sportster S model. Also just bought a swingarm off ebay to have extended.
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    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    Sort of mocked up my crash bar/engine guard. I think Im going to mount it back up, I think it looks better now with the beefier front end although I feel it does somewhat wreck the nice narrow flow of it but function over fashion. IMG_20170222_181552032.jpg
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    That looks wonderful!

    The crash bar won't really be out any farther than your knees are.....I'd stick with it.
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    I had to laugh at your thread title, I almost bought a yellow sportster; but Mrs Teague liked the black one. She said she didn't want to ride on the back of a big banana!! I like yellow but Mrs Teague approves the purchase order. Nice job.... really diggin it.

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    Yesterday went out for hundred miles or so, nice ride on some back roads. The sporty is running really well, the forks feel very good on pavement, especially now that ive got more accustomed to the geometry changes. Later I met a buddy on his dirtbike to check out a local trail, more like sort of bushwacked through the woods... Quickly discovered the limitations of this machine. One drop and clipping the brake lever on a rock, crumpled brake lever and broken mirror. Will try to straighten brake lever to get it functional but trying to order a new one asap.

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    madrider5150 Been here awhile

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    Thanks Rod, the yellow was more of an after thought because I really wanted a sport model and this was a clean, stock, low mile single owner bike when I got it
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    Rode some atv trails today, I am pretty happy with the performance of my bike although the forks could be plusher. I havent played around at all with the settings or oil weight though and until I get new rear shocks doesnt matter because they are whats holding it back more. Hit some pretty hard potholes in the trail probably going a little too fast with my lacking rear shocks but the forks handled them much nicer than I expected. Anyway got on the highway heading home, roughly an hour away and the ass end started feeling squirmy. Pulled over, sure as shit tire going flat. Expensive lesson, will be upgrading my AAA membership. IMG_20170408_165306312_HDR.jpg

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    do you have rim locks? your going to get pinch flats every time you spin the tires with no rim locks.
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    Carry irons, a patch kit, and a spare tube.
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    Spooned a new tube in this afternoon, am not familiar with doing this on a moto but have done it a million times on mountain bikes, pita. Had a small split below the valve stem but not actually on it. I do not have rim locks, does this sound like it might be the case? I think rim locks and a bead buddy will be on my to buy list, and a tool tube too carry that stuff at minimum. Are CO2 cartridges sufficient to inflate a cycle tube? I use them on bicycles but not sure about moto tubes. Also did kind of a mock up of swing arm with 4" extension, should sit well there
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    I had suter's put in 4 tubes over three weeks before they suggested a rimlock. once the tire was held in place, no more flats all summer. I would really consider two in the back as well with all the torque that motor makes
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    Was that with the DL? What kind of tires? I didn't think mine were aggressive enough to necessitate them..?
    Also got some axle plates from bung king, good stuff.
    Also installed new James exhaust gasket kit, including nuts and lock rings, seems like good quality. I used a "tool" I made from a YouTube video to install gaskets, seemed to work well, no exhaust leaks after start up..
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    it was with a kz550 with a trail wing on the back. your tire is plenty agressive and the bike makes way to much torque not to have one
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