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Old 12-04-2012, 06:34 AM   #1
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One more for the cheap seats....Scram-ster!

Like the title suggests I am getting ready to be taint deep in a Sportster project. Parts are piling up, bank accounts are getting drained and my meager skills will be put to the test as well as scrutinized by the ADVR public.

A little info about the bike...

Two years ago my dad decided that he would do a 70th birthday bucket list solo ride from his home in Homer AK to my home in south Florida. He loaded up his 2000 Sportster 1200 and rode that damn thing for roughly one month straight covering 7200 miles. At the end of the trip he stashed the bike with my aunt. A year later he came for a visit and we went for a week long ride together. Some details of those rides can be found here.

At the end of his last visit he asked me if I would be interested in taking possession of his bike. I jumped at the opportunity because 1) I LOVE Sportsters and 2) This particular bike means a lot to me because of the story behind it. The one stipulation he put on the deal was that I do something cool with it. I said "I already have an idea of what I want to build." He and I have always loved custom bikes...bobbers, choppers, cafe builds, rat bikes, you name it! For this bike build non of that would do, it has to be some type of dual sport. Drawing inspiration from the many great builds on this site ( JimmyTheHog, John Wesley, Doug, all come to mind ) I knew what direction to head with one little bit of a switchup. I want a classically styled bike that looks like I rode it right out of the 70's. Besides, with my limited budget and even more limited skill, the feat would be easier to accomplish than some of the more costly and modern options.



Now for a couple of before picks to get this thread started.....



That's it...The blue one.

On it's way down from AK.



And as it currently sits. Piles of parts and a goal without much of a plan for the point A to point B....




Wish me luck,I'm going to need it!!!
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:51 AM   #2
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Old 12-04-2012, 01:52 PM   #3
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Thumb Great start!

An excellent way to start a build story.

The meaningful background is the foundation for a great build.
We will be watching...
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:14 PM   #4
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Sounds like a good start. I am looking forward to the progress.
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Old 12-05-2012, 08:07 AM   #5
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Love this idea. The modern long-legged dual sport conversions are cool, but I always thought a 60's or 70's scrambler style would suit the Sportster better. Can't wait to see what you come up with. Tracker style body kit? Alloy fenders? High pipes? Flat seat? Back in the day, 4" rear & 6" front travel was about it. No need to go crazy with it to have a fun, cool, bike.
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:05 AM   #6
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Get out the sawzall and make some chips
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #7
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Get out the sawzall and make some chips

I would probably just hurt myself!!
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Old 12-05-2012, 03:22 PM   #8
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IMHO, you're at the stage when you can just cowboy up and build your own frame designed to suit all the bitchin' suspension you want to put on it.

I'm doing similar work on a Ducati that was acquired cheap after a garage fire. The CRF forks bolted up easy enough, but there is no room for the radiator.
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Old 12-05-2012, 04:56 PM   #9
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Thanks for the support guys. It's going to be a bit slow going until I get everything mapped out. So far I have radius bends for the exhaust, some foot pegs that I adapted to fit , Biltwell Moto bars and a sprung solo saddle that I need to fab a hinge for. I also scored a fork and wheel off of an 83 XL600 that I need to make a brake adapter for.

Here is a bit of inspiration. If I can come close to a longer travel version of this bike I will be happy.



One thing I don't want is for the bike to be as pretty as the one pictured above. I don't want to worry about it's looks when I am out beating the crap out of it.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:25 PM   #10
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Thanks for the support guys. It's going to be a bit slow going until I get everything mapped out. So far I have radius bends for the exhaust, some foot pegs that I adapted to fit , Biltwell Moto bars and a sprung solo saddle that I need to fab a hinge for. I also scored a fork and wheel off of an 83 XL600 that I need to make a brake adapter for.

Here is a bit of inspiration. If I can come close to a longer travel version of this bike I will be happy.



One thing I don't want is for the bike to be as pretty as the one pictured above. I don't want to worry about it's looks when I am out beating the crap out of it.
Those are coolest sportsters. I wish they would make one, I have been looking at doing one but got too many projects as it is
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The thought of that torque against those brakes and handling makes me shudder .
Harley calls that a feature
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:01 AM   #12
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Harley calls that a feature

That does it!!! Ever been roosted by a guy wearing nothing but sunglasses, boots and assless chaps?!!




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Old 12-20-2012, 06:31 AM   #13
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That does it!!! Ever been roosted by a guy wearing nothing but sunglasses, boots and assless chaps?!!








Good luck! I look forward to seeing this bike come along!
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:08 AM   #14
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For those that may not have seen this one...

Obviously not exactly what you have in mind but here's a sorta brat styled Scram-ster thingy that I really like.



It's in my Sportster project bike inspiration folder.

More pics of the bike here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/billdoz...th/7389912106/

And a build thread of sorts here: http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showth...highlight=EZXL

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