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Author Topic: Sportster Cafe Build  (Read 5663 times)

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #50 on: Nov 21, 2017, 17:23:32 »
Rear wheel done, cleaned and painted rear pulley (looked bad before), same tire etc as the front along with new rotor.

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #51 on: Nov 30, 2017, 00:17:43 »
Dry fit shocks along with risers and bars, risers will be black, also started the wiring.

Offline hooligan998

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #52 on: Nov 30, 2017, 00:48:05 »
Well, the wood struts had a certain "I don't give two shits what you think" appeal, but I guess the shocks will work too!   :P

Offline Alex jb

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #53 on: Nov 30, 2017, 16:49:02 »
I have to admit, I have never taken HD that seriously, the couple I rode while I lived in Chicago were 100% style over function and I didnít like the style either.
Your build(s) is/are really opening my eyes back up!

Do you have a pic sat on holding the new bars showing your riding position?


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Offline The Limey

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #54 on: Nov 30, 2017, 17:13:50 »
That's a lovely old school cafe look.  Fantastic stuff  8)
If it ain't broke, then I haven't been hitting it hard enough.

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #55 on: Nov 30, 2017, 17:29:00 »
Looks even pre-cafe, old time Harley racer.
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Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #56 on: Nov 30, 2017, 22:18:29 »
Thanks for the thumbs up guys,
Looks like I'm drifting into the realm of XR tribute (not easy to pull off with swing arm frame). If you think about it, in the hay day of Cafe Racer (mid 60's) young guys in England were not going out and buying new Triumph Bonnie's, BSA Gold Star's etc, they were buying and modifying  10,15 or 20 year old bikes (like we do today), that puts them in 1945/50's territory . I was born here in the States but grew up in the U.K., I was part of the second go around of Cafe Racer/Rocker, did the Brighton, South End on Sea, etc, etc runs in the late 70's , even then the bikes were 50's/60's/70's Triumph's, BSA's and Norton's (I had a BSA M21 thumper, then a Rocket III) no new bikes.

Anyway,  I guess I'm building more of a Diner Racer (England had the Cafe Racer), we have Diners and was, back in the day a meeting place just the same as the U.K. highway cafe. Found this video yesterday,not sure guy in video knows what TT stands for.

« Last Edit: Nov 30, 2017, 22:29:24 by DBrevit »

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #57 on: Dec 01, 2017, 00:47:59 »
That makes sense.  Beautiful work by the way.

What year was your Rocket 3?  Mine was a 72 and after I rebuilt it and ported it and so on it was way faster than it ought to have been.
« Last Edit: Dec 01, 2017, 01:04:22 by teazer »

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #58 on: Dec 01, 2017, 01:07:45 »
teazer, Thanks.  1970, it was 8 years old when I got it .

Offline DBrevit

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Re: Sportster Cafe Build
« Reply #59 on: Dec 06, 2017, 23:03:02 »
Started motor assembly today, I refurbished and painted starter last week. Going real old school with tank so I did a frame mod tonight.