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Old 03-08-2012, 11:17 AM   #241
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rainy day today but I took the bike into work anyway. I have the shocks back and they have been revalved and seem to work allot better. The front and rear suspension fell balanced now and should make technical work easier. With in the next week or so I should be out playing at the local atv riding area for some test and tune on the suspension.





new exhaust works well and gives room for the panniers with out having to change out the mid pipe.
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Old 03-08-2012, 11:34 PM   #242
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Is that a thunder header ? Ive had those on other Harleys and they work nicely. Sound great too, Looking good !
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Old 03-09-2012, 01:31 PM   #243
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Yep its a thunderheader, I like it and it sounds nice. I'll be back at the big dog event this year with it. Should work better than last year, and it worked good then. We took half the damping force out and reshaped the curves some. Here's a link to last years pics http://johnwesley.smugmug.com/Motorc...0952549_29mzfx
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Old 03-09-2012, 04:24 PM   #244
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Looks great. I had a Thunder Header on my Sportster Sport and loved it.
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Old 03-31-2012, 04:22 PM   #245
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I have a dual spring set up ordered for the rear shocks. that should give me further tuning options and give a plusher ride over the high speed short stroke bumps. I have lightened the back of the bike considerably and as such the need for better spring rate tuning. With the dual spring set up I can still lock out the secondary spring when running in full touring kit.

I have been looking through some pics of the Ak trip and thought I would share a few here. Maybe more later








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well that all for now. hope ya enjoy. the reviewing of pics reminds me of how great my bike did.
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Old 04-02-2012, 04:24 PM   #246
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well that all for now. hope ya enjoy. the reviewing of pics reminds me of how great my bike did.
I did. Great build/ride. Thanks.

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Old 04-03-2012, 08:56 PM   #247
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Great pic's - more please

Impressive the Sporty made it to Prudhoe Bay and back !!! Ive heard thats a tough ride.
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Old 04-04-2012, 07:57 AM   #248
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it is a bit tough, the Guy I was with didn't make it back to the states on his bike. It was left in Ak. The worst was the trip to Inuvik. I saw more busted cars and bikes on that road than on any other the whole trip. The day before I road it a guy crashed and died there. The haul road is maintained better than the Dempster. The thing with out bikes are that 1 they have enought travel to keep the road shock isolated and the motors are very under-stressed and show no issues. Plus they run strong and have a great power pulse for dirt. Which is why they are hard to beat in dirt track. I think this is a great bike for those kind of trips. I love mine and am pleased with it.

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Old 04-04-2012, 02:03 PM   #249
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I have the dual spring setup on. It is very adjustable and I like that so I can set it up for light load trail riding, touring and two up riding. The ride is much better and the sag is with in reason. The chain is now off of the slider when riding so that is a plus too. So I have 3.25" total sag and that is about right for 10" of travel. I have to fine tune the damping a little bit and we will be on the money with the rear shock.

A good thing to not is that I will never be loaded as heavy as I was for the Arctic trip and with the second spring locked out the main spring is fine for that. so I can go to over loaded to no load and be good with the springs I have.



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Old 04-11-2012, 05:33 AM   #250
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Nice build and adventure.

what's next? Baja? would love to see that down there.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:16 PM   #251
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no big place this year, life is busy again and back to my kind of normal. Would like to do Baja one day.

Got a tip from a friend that there was an article up about me and the bike here is a link

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/ this is the home page and the below link is a direct hit if they have moved it


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Old 06-29-2012, 10:51 AM   #252
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Shocks are valved about right, sending them off to get the adjustments in the middle of the range.

Got the skid plate built, this afternoon Hope to get the mounts done. First of august I should be hitting Engineer, Imogene, and Black Bear Mountain pass and work up to Wyoming and run the Continental Divide and trails around there. I'm playing tour guide to a friend from South Africa.
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Old 06-30-2012, 09:01 AM   #253
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skid plate

I have reworked an old skid plate to work on the sporty, my main concern was the exhaust front header. Under the engine on a HD is a oil pump and some wiring so this will cover those and keep my frame nice and round. You see in a vid that I will post that even with the tremendous ground clearance I have the frame still gets close to hitting in the big rocks.



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Old 06-30-2012, 09:41 AM   #254
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Wow, just wow!

Fantastic skills. Doing anything more than an oil change and I'm stretching mine.
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Old 06-30-2012, 10:29 AM   #255
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haha!! i just noticed you kept the hwy pegs. guess it wouldn't be a harley without them.
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