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Old 06-19-2011, 06:00 PM   #181
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John, in that last pick the bike does look somehow more balanced. I'm interested to know what were the reasons for changing the shock mount. Was it just the swing arm level, or are we talking a combination like that and shock angle under compression? Chassis pitch?

It's looking better everyday, and I bet it feels that way too.
I was trying to get the swingarm angle in reason, and to get the shock angle in a more reasonable position. being able to touch the ground didn't hurt any either With it setup like the above I have 10" of travel If I move it back to the last position I gain 3/16" more travel and lower the rear of the bike 1/2" Right now I am sitting at 63.25" wheel base. This is a gravel sled that does feel very solid and hooks up extremely well.

The rear shock spring is still too stiff so I need to get a different spring to get a better feel, right now it doesn't use much travel at all and I only get about 2.25" rider sag. the front fork springs seem good, but we are working on damping rates for them. It may take a while as there really isn't anything in production much like this and I am pretty picky.
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Old 06-19-2011, 06:04 PM   #182
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You were able to weld the new mounts with the swingarm on the bike?
The bike is just beautiful. What was the total cost of your swingarm mods?
Are you still working on the under fender gas tank?Are you totally satisfied with the length of your Ohlins?





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Old 06-19-2011, 06:14 PM   #183
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You were able to weld the new mounts with the swingarm on the bike?
The bike is just beautiful. What was the total cost of your swingarm mods?
Are you still working on the under fender gas tank?Are you totally satisfied with the length of your Ohlins?





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I took the arm off and give it to a pro welder, Rick machined the brackets. I really hate to say on the arm money as I have been given a "deal" on it all the way around as people have been keen on the idea of a harley adv bike.

the tank is done.

I like the Ohlins shocks and the length works out very well, I will say that if you use the mounts like I started with you will not get the swingarm angle workable unless you go shorter and end up with like 7-8" of travel and even then it will be questionable. My shocks are 17.5" long so you'll need to try and stay 16" or less and about 5" stroke maybe less. I have the shortest shock I could get with the most travel.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:37 AM   #184
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That looks like a good angle on the swingarm ! - Looks good.

When you get the different sprockets, the chain should have minimal contact on the chain slider. Looking forward to seeing that.
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Old 06-20-2011, 06:44 AM   #185
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yea me too! right now with minimal rider sag it doesn't touch under power but does on coast.

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Old 06-20-2011, 12:01 PM   #186
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after Rick worked his magic

Now THAT looks like a Sportinator ADV bike to take to the ends of the earth! "Well done" to Rick!
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Old 06-21-2011, 12:36 AM   #187
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nice! but for my knowledge...is that swing arm a little bit to thin for the forces that appear on an off road bike
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Old 06-21-2011, 05:03 AM   #188
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Plenty strong at 3/16" thick and triangulated. Plus you can see the plates that reinforce the stressed area of the arm
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:24 PM   #189
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took it for a bit of a ride, trail and dirt road, she is working well flys good lands well. The rear shocks are very nicely vavled and with a spring change will be spot on. Front forks are going good still need to tweak them a bit. Through turns is does good, for hard charging you need to be on the gas to keep the front from tucking. So I still have a little front to rear ride heigth tuning to do.

It gets good traction and the low end tq hits hard when playing on the gravel very fun
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:33 AM   #190
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Did you ever install the hydraulic clutch lever ? If so, how do you like it ?

The cable clutch on these is a tough pull !
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Old 06-23-2011, 08:31 AM   #191
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I like the cluch and it does give a light feel. Works as advertised
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:27 PM   #192
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Don't mean to hijack your thread but do you have any details about this bike. Would like to do something similiar to my Nightster
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Old 06-24-2011, 02:50 PM   #193
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I don't right off hand but he is a member here. With the details on a thread. Pretty easy buildThat has proved to be a success and handle well.

Edit: members name is rusty spuds

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Old 07-05-2011, 08:33 AM   #194
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I have had it on deals gap and 800 miles of intersate running as well as some dyno time. All in all it working out well and will be the bike I get to take to AK





like a dummy i had my iphone held side ways so the vid is sideways, but it will get you some sound the tires are louder than the exhaust


the dyno numbers are a little low for what I have, that said the d606 tires are most likley the reason, but I am happy with the results as I have 60 lb ft of tq all the way to 5200 rpm and peak tq of 65 is held for 2000 rpms. this translates to instant power in any gear with 2000 rpms. the tq on this bike is very fun on the gravel. when running at a constant 80 mph i get 50 mpg so I am very happy with it.




I now have the bages set up on it and working very well







when I was a kid i played with transformers, still like the movies so When I was working on the exhaust side I have it set up to convert to trail duties with just a change in parts. for trail work the exhaust is like seen in the pics, when touring it mounts under the pannier.

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Old 07-09-2011, 02:00 PM   #195
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