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Old 08-12-2010, 08:13 AM   #1
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Another DualSportster

I've envied some of the enduro Harleys I've seen online and always thought that I'd like to build one someday. Last week my buddy Dan emailed me a link to a cheap Sportster in PA. I had him go right out and buy it for me. (We've done these things to each other before.) A couple days ago I drove the 4 hours down to his house to pick up my new toy. In the meantime Dan had me pick up an old Kawasaki G4 that I found here in upstate NY. Much to his wife's delight, I brought that down for his kids. The exchange was made and I got my ass out of there before Myra got home from work.
Two nights ago I picked up and old YZ490 chassis to steal parts off of. I've ordered a few nice orange and black plastic bits off ebay that I think will go nicely with the stock tank and rear fender. Unlike some of the more radical versions I've seen on ADVRider, mine will be more of a low budget build. If I can find a decent width 16 Knobbie I can keep the stock wheels and have this thing together in short order. Any suggestions? My goal is to have it out for some nice fall rides.
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Old 08-13-2010, 07:15 AM   #2
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I would suggest looking around for spoke wheels and then re-lace them to a 21/18 pattern. 21" fronts are common, so no lacing required, but an 18" or even a 17" rear hoop will give you much better tire selections and don't require any re-engineering of the bike itself.

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Old 09-08-2010, 03:30 PM   #3
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Here's a picture of the almost finished product:
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:31 PM   #4
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Here's the other side:
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Old 09-08-2010, 03:58 PM   #5
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That's cool. How does it work?
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:03 PM   #6
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This is just the alpha test. I'm going to register it in a week or so to feel it out. I've only ridden it on our acreage for about 2 miles total. I need to find a 14-15 tooth front sprocket. It has a 22T and I've only been able to find 21T. That won't cut it. I also need to build a kick stand and possibly lower the pegs a bunch. I'll have to fab up some sort of rearset shifter linkage to do that this winter.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:04 PM   #7
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That's cool. How does it work?
In a nutshell- like a Harley (not too good. )
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:07 PM   #8
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Harley dual sports? Hear me roar? In the BACK COUNTRY? Dark Age deepens.
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:11 PM   #9
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Here's the engine a few days ago. What a technological marvel! (for 1903)
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Old 09-08-2010, 04:27 PM   #10
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More ideas here

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Old 09-08-2010, 04:43 PM   #11
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That bike is one of two Sportsters that inspired me. I saw a picture of that one in Alaska. The other one has more suspension and is all orange. Both probably better bikes than mine currently is.
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Old 09-08-2010, 06:02 PM   #12
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this one is cool

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Old 09-08-2010, 07:06 PM   #13
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No question. Too expensive for me though.
I need to use his shifter link idea when I lower the pegs. Looks like good engineering.

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:30 AM   #14
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MOG, What is that rear tire your using? Is it tubeless? Very cool bike!

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Old 09-09-2010, 06:34 AM   #15
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MOG, What is that rear tire your using? Is it tubeless? Very cool bike!

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The back tire is a Duro median. It is the ONLY semi off road or off road tire that I could find in a 16 inch diameter. I tore up our field with it pretty good last evening.
It took me a week to find a supplier that actually had stock. Most are on indefinate back order.
It said tube type, but I run sealer and it's held pressure for over a week.
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