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Old 09-21-2010, 09:25 PM   #46
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Rear Wheel Options

Harley sportsters had an 18" cast rear wheel back in the day. I think it was in the late 70's. With proper spacers it could work on the back of a pre-rubber engine mount sportster. Opens up a new world of tire choices.
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Old 09-21-2010, 11:58 PM   #47
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Harley sportsters had an 18" cast rear wheel back in the day. I think it was in the late 70's. With proper spacers it could work on the back of a pre-rubber engine mount sportster. Opens up a new world of tire choices.
My guess would be that the cast rim from back then would be a little hard (read expensive) to get your hands on as they were only around for a few years before they switched to the 16"s, and they were boat anchors then too. Wire wheels will offer the best options if he was to change.

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Old 09-22-2010, 07:28 AM   #48
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They did indeed offer them. It was for 1979 only. Brutally hard to come by and when you do, they are lotsa money.

Ironically, my hook on an 18" fell through. Not happy about that. In a fit of irritation I went ahead and bought a set of Ricor Intiminators. These are the guys that developed Baja truck suspension. Havent read a bad review about them yet. All very good and positive.

Anyhow, I came across Phil Little Racing website. He offers a spacer kit for the 19" front mag wheels to mount in the rear. The catch...$300!!! Though if you trash the wheel, getting a replacement would be cheap off ebay or a swap meet. And no trueing involved, just bolt on and go. Ive made spacers before and am thinking about doing this.
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Old 09-22-2010, 08:59 PM   #49
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Yes, an 18" Sportster rear wheel can be a bit difficult to find, but with little concentrated effort it look less than 30 days to purchase one last year. Maybe I got lucky. Cost was less than getting a spoked wheel setup with an 18" rim. Weight is up there, but no more than a 16" cast wheel.
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Old 09-22-2010, 09:04 PM   #50
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Here's the other side:
I like it but still trying to get past the handlebars
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Old 09-23-2010, 03:57 AM   #51
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I'm too lazy to change them out for what's left of this year's riding season. I've spent almost as much time chasing down a charging issue as I did rebuilding the engine. Like most people here, I do have other things that I need to do. Yesterday's project was taking the tranny and transfer case out of our 2000 Tundra so I could put in a new clutch and replace the 3rd gear syncros. I'd rather simply be riding my trouble free FJR1300. Oh wait, I need to wrestle a new back tire on that before Columbus Day weekend. (I'm not retired either.)
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Old 09-30-2010, 06:35 AM   #52
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MOG, so what happened on the ride this past weekend? How did the bike do?
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Old 09-30-2010, 02:21 PM   #53
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The bike ran 100% with the exception of the new generator that I put in the day before. Turns out that it didn't work. I got in about 50 miles of riding before the battery crapped out. It was on a road section so my son continued on with his Kawasaki and came back with the truck. I'll send the generator back so I can get a replacement.
I'm pleased that it ran so good outside of that. No oil leaks or other issues. Handling wasn't too bad. Factory triple discs could lock up the brakes easily.
I do however think that I'm going to sell it in the spring. This was just something that I wanted to do to see how it would turn out. This year I bought my favorite bike in 34 years of riding- a 2006 FJR1300, and we just picked up a killer deal on a class A RV last week. I don't see that I'll really get any use out of this bike next year. I could certainly use the garage space and I've spent more than enough on toys this year, so I'll put it on ebay when the weather gets warm and people are thinking about buying bikes again.
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:00 PM   #54
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Well, nice to hear that the bike did so well. PM me when you get ready to sell it. I might be willing to add another Ironhead to the collection again!
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Old 09-30-2010, 07:06 PM   #55
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Will do. Where are you located? I'm in the middle of NY. (fingerlakes region)
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:08 AM   #56
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Im in Pittsburgh, PA. So not too far, as it is.
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:33 AM   #57
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Hell, that's only one long day for the whole trip. I couldn't sell it now anyway. NY is processing the paperwork. I expect them to get me my title in a couple of months.
I'll keep you posted.
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Old 03-08-2011, 10:08 AM   #58
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Looking for a new home. I'm selling off a bunch of toys and bikes to help fund a NZ ride. I've made my memories with them, time for a new adventure.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=666560
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Old 04-09-2011, 05:03 AM   #59
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It will find a new home today

Time to put the funds towards my NZ motorcycle trip. The bike is sold. Six others are already gone.
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That's sweet looking. More info?
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