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Author Topic: Sportster Cafe Build  (Read 5663 times)

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #20 on: Oct 22, 2017, 17:37:19 »
The bike is far from finished but thought I would post a before and after picture (not exactly pro pictures but an attempt to get rid of background clutter).

Offline Luugo86

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #21 on: Oct 22, 2017, 22:17:53 »
Very clean bike to start with.
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Offline brad black

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #22 on: Oct 23, 2017, 08:14:40 »
almost makes it look like a normal bike.

why the 19" rear wheel?

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #23 on: Oct 23, 2017, 11:07:06 »
Luugo86, Sorry the before picture is just a file picture but the bike was a clean bike only having 2,045 miles on her, bike was in a shed unused for 6 years and covered in dust, it had a windshield, forward controls, high bars. Can't find the pictures when I picked it up.

Brad Black,
                19" rear wheel, first reason was style of the bike, as in period, most bikes of the 1960's had larger back wheels as compared to today. The Sportster had 19" front with 18" on the rear, HRD Vincent Black Shadow ran 20" front with 19" on the rear, the list could go on and on with Triumph, BSA, Norton etc, etc. Tires are slim also (as in the past) 19 x 3.50 Dunlop K70 front and rear on this bike. Flat Tracker's do the 19" wheel change all the time.
The stock 16" wheel just looks out of place on this style bike, to me.

Moving on from aesthetics (kind of) by using a 19" rear wheel the back of the bike is raised 2" (1.9) without having to go to 14 or 15 inch rear shock, this in combination with me using a 1" shorter front fork tube set makes the bike have a flatter line, ground clearance is also more than the stock Sportster and rake is 28 1/2 as apposed to 30 deg. Wheel/tire weight, the combination of wheel and tire that I'm using is 9lbs lighter than the stock 16" rim and factory tire(big fat heavy side wall).
Not sure if the answer is what you were looking for.

Offline brad black

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #24 on: Oct 25, 2017, 02:52:44 »
i would have expected an 18 - better range of tyres, etc.  that's all.

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #25 on: Oct 26, 2017, 10:53:35 »
 Today's work, tank would not fit properly with coils in factory position so it's time to make a mount and put them on the left side,  extent a couple of wires, make new plug wires, install fuel tap using Loctite 565 or Permatex 59214 thread sealant (no PTFE tape).

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #26 on: Oct 29, 2017, 17:33:29 »
Got the few things done, next week will rebuild front wheel with new spokes and Excel rim as per rear rim, new rear brake line. Rolled her outside for some pictures today, nothing like real light to show you any flaws.

Offline Luugo86

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #27 on: Oct 30, 2017, 16:28:44 »
Looking good man. You didn't do any cutting on the frame, correct?
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Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #28 on: Oct 30, 2017, 16:36:35 »
Thanks, I only cut off the original rear fender mounts (from just behind top shock mount), that lost 3 1/2 lbs as a bonus. Bike is just at 60 lbs lighter than it started (start weight was 490 lbs)

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #29 on: Oct 30, 2017, 17:14:45 »
Your bike looks great.  I think it has a early/mid 60's Cafe look to it, very classy, like a Triton, solid and powerful looking.
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