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Old 12th June 2012
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** First, I would like to thank everyone that helped in the posted questions over the pass months**

I aways wanted to build a custom vehicle. 1st is was a kit car but figured that was way out of my league and too complex. But hey owning a Ferrari, Lambo Porsche at a fraction of the cost. kool

But cost/ time reality kicked in and figured ground up bike build. So the search and pricing went on. There was soo many options out there in the market. Then once again cost/ timing came into mind. Whew that was going to be pricey. So while at a local custom bike shop. Worker said..how bout just getting a Harley and customizing it. Dont have to worry bout inspection cuz it'll be already inspected and registered before you begin. Wow great idea! He even said..think bout a Sportster...price and parts are dime a dozen. Its getting to sound even better....

So off I went and searched for a Sportster. Ebay, Craiglist and Newspaper. Bid and lossed on Ebay. Came up with a great deal on Craigslist. Hour away and moments later it was mine.

2002 Sporty Custom.

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Now the thought was ....HOW AM I GOING TO CUSTOMIZE my SPORTY. So the search went on. But since I havnt rode in a few years (blew up my engine on my ZX-11 Ninja). Wanted to get the riding bug out of my system and time to consider options. Low and behold I found the XLFORUM website. So now that Im riding and thinking. I had a thought either customize or get a frame and transfer the parts. Then I thought ....INSPECTION.... hmmmm So just plainly decided to customize the bike. I knew I wanted a fat 250 rear tire and springer front end. The rest.... lets see whats out there for options.

The ride of the Sporty was definately different from my previous sport bikes. Slow, riding style, non leaning over, engine sound, seating position and did i mention slow. No more 100++ MPH. But in the end, I like the difference and riding style. The slow or should I say....Cruising style was outstanding. I see and smell whats around me and there's actually spaces in the lines on the road.

So had an idea of what Im attempting to do. The parts process purchasing had begun. Did a quick purchase on several items.

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I thinks time to chrome it out.pegs,grips,belt guard,pully cover,lots of places on a sporty to chrome.
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I started with the DNA Mammoths Wheels, Seat pans with springs, Chain drive, High flow Air filter, and chrome wit diamond insets hand grips, brakes, shift, and foot pegs.

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Searched several sites and pics online to get an idea of the plan. Since Im not a bike mechanic but know my way around an automobile, I think I can get alot done. With the occasional help with problems along the way. Definately had to find a welder. So after several sites, times and ideas, I came up with 3 thoughts for this project. Great thang I was using my bike and dont have to worry bout inspections.

Time to get some tracing paper and color markers.





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The plan was to make this custom bike with a REMOVABLE rear passenger seat. That way it can be removed and have that BOBBER look. Now it's time to make this build into a reality. Thoughts on placements of parts and whats extra thats needed. What can be purchased and whats needed to be fabricated. On the cover of the American Iron. I had to say ..wow thats a bad ass bike but beyond my technical knowledge.

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With the new DNA wheels in hand, had to get a look at what this bike is gonna transform into. So sat the wheels next to the bike for a comparison look. Wow that's a fat ass conversion. I went with a slightly taller tire for the wheel. Wheel is a 21". Tire 100/90/21.







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Now the weather is getting a lil colder. Fall is here and one more ride before disassembly. My projected completion time was hopefully early summer. Well that was busted. Didnt know how much was involved and of course...MONEY. I figure save up and get some thangs done and purchase. Decided to place the items Im not re-using on Ebay to recuperate some of the funds spent.

Final ride before tearing her down for her new comestic look.

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So before the real cold weather hits. I began some of the breakdown before placing the bike in the house for winter work. Oil change to get some fresh oil in the system and than drain. Just alot of unbolting...easy stuff.





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