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Author Topic: Sportster Cafe Build  (Read 5662 times)

Offline DBrevit

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Sportster Cafe Build
« on: Oct 11, 2017, 00:27:30 »
Hi All,
New to this forum, started my Sportster build about 2 1/2 months ago. Picked up the 2002 Sportster about 3 months ago, has just over 2,000 miles on it.
Work so far, lace a 19x2.50 rim on the original rear hub, fab seat sub frame, make seat base/cowl, made rear aluminum fender, install rear sets, put speedo mount under top tree, tubes and tires, new exhaust, velocity stack, grips, cables and brake lines, put new bushing in Girling shocks and install, clip on's, tail and headlight, painted fenders, seat base and fuse cover couple of weeks ago,etc,etc. Aluminum LYTA tank should be here at the end of the week or next week from Legendary. Used to build cafe's about 35 years ago, now starting again, still fun.


Offline Ryan Stecken

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #2 on: Oct 11, 2017, 09:48:38 »
Wow!these welds!!!amazing!iŽm in sir!

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #3 on: Oct 11, 2017, 10:28:32 »
The tank work is by David Ashenbrener, the man knows his craft. Tank should be in my hands in a couple of hours, will post a picture or two .

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #4 on: Oct 12, 2017, 13:08:15 »
Nice work! that tank is outstanding
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Offline killerx

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #5 on: Oct 13, 2017, 11:14:03 »
C'mon, let's see the tank o the bike!
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Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #6 on: Oct 13, 2017, 20:16:16 »
Tank came in, it was/is 2" shorter than I thought it was going to be (product of hand made), I spent yesterday moving seat base forward and making tank mounts, today I started the prime and paint job I'm trying to do the job with no skim coat or filler (as per the rest of the bike). Just put the 4th coat of paint on after 1 etch and 4 coats of primer, will post some pictures tomorrow, if it don't look like dirt (black is a pain).

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #7 on: Oct 14, 2017, 12:07:29 »
Tank is just sitting on the bike not mounted (as I just painted it), has to be wet sanded (when ready), then stripes and tank badges.
« Last Edit: Oct 20, 2017, 15:22:08 by DBrevit »

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #8 on: Oct 14, 2017, 15:12:29 »
Looking nice!  Good to see a bike with proper fenders.  Is the seat base notched for the tail light?  Can't tell from the pics - looks good though.
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Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #9 on: Oct 14, 2017, 17:33:35 »
Yes the seat base is cut for the tail light.

I'm trying for a 1960's cafe look, I see so many bikes called cafe racer that are nothing more (to me) than a bobber with a cowl seat, no fenders, high tank, etc, etc.