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PostSubject: Cafe sportster thread at Salt-Lake!   Tue Apr 28, 2015 10:18 pm

Am finally entering madness, with the idea to turn my stock 1996 Harley 883 Sportster into a cafe racer/adventure beast..  

I'm really not mechanically minded, so this is going to be a bit of a learning curve..  A big shout out to IrishJon- You and that place are fantastic beyond description!  

This is probably going to be a comedy of errors thread- So sit back, relax and enjoy the show.

And start the photos...

...After much procrastination, deliberation and unforced errors, the build finally began with a slightly shakey start.  
She's completely stock, but gets me places and in to trouble (and usually back, although not this day)...

My garage is non-existant, so taking advantage of Irishjon's awesomeness.  Got out to Salt-Lake and promptly forgot to take any photos.

Got the seat & rear fender off and replaced the old rear shocks..

Tank and old handlebars are gone (which I was very tired of) and replaced with a set of freshly broken clip-ons...  Loved them as they were, but apparently about to receive a shiny set of after market bolts....

Now we're deciding on final seat geometry and shape.  There's a vague idea of how this ends, but in execution the greatest plans come undone.

Am still undecided about whether we go for the signature:

Or a fuel range that will get me to and from the shops:

It's going to go to a bit of a break while I move into a place with a better gallery (and less bizarre flatmates).  So it's time to attack the print-offs with a marker and see how it turns out...
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PostSubject: Re: Cafe sportster thread at Salt-Lake!   Wed Apr 29, 2015 8:52 am

Being a typical male, I am a visual beast... so the photos are great material.

I'm loving what you're doing with the ole girl, If I could put my 2cents worth in, I dig the larger tank, better mileage capabilities and looks great.

On TradeMe, I stumbled across a couple of nice seats that would look the part ... one was a Biltwell, the other a no name both Cafe Racer style, the latter being $100 cheaper too... I may grab one myself for my current or future build.

I've also wondered how cool it would look to see a Harley with twin exhaust, 1 each side, would mean the front cylinder header would have some gnarly bends..... and off I go into a cacophony of out here thoughts with me myself and I, what better way to past the time at work?

Keep up the good work.

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PostSubject: Re: Cafe sportster thread at Salt-Lake!   Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:49 pm

Yeah, just have to remember too charge the battery and take more photos next time..

Am still a little undecided about the tank, the old one is just so very "sportster", which the rest won't be after we're done... But that range is a killer...

Am still looking to make my own seat, it's a new skill and ends up incredibly cheap ($100+time, as opposed to buying unseen) and can beef up the strength for an oil tank under the hump, maybe...

Haven't even vaguely explored pipes in detail, twin is cool, but 2-1 is very tempting...
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