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Old 28th July 2016
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Hello, all,

I've wanted to do a Sportster-based cafe bike for ages, and finally got around to starting to make it real, with my partner's help.

In addition to the cafe aesthetics, improved handling, and a mild engine build, I want to make this a light weight experiment, so I found a rigid mount four speed bike as a starter, an '88 XLH 883.

It had buckhorn bars, a large dual tank, drag pipes, a solo saddle, and was covered with "live to ride" stickers - so different from what it will look like, lol.

Here it is now ... We've already replaced the bars with some more standard bars, eventually to be replaced with clip-ons, and put an Arlen Ness big sucker filter kit with a round cover over a freshly rebuilt '94 CV40 carb.

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Latest update: got the seat today, a take off from an '88 Sportster 1200. It reminds me of the 2016 Roadster, which is similar to the look I'm after. I'll probably trim down the foam in places then re-cover it. Though the main place that bothers me is the join with the tank, and I'm planning on a different tank anyway. I have to keep two-up capability because my partner wants to ride with me occasionally. I might look into making a cowl for solo riding.


(carb is back off to install a new choke cable and check the float adjustment)

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nice start on your bike.
are you riding it to Seattle or hauling it?
looks like the ride down 15 would be great.
good luck with your build.
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Thanks! I don't think I could do a 2500 mile trip on a rigid EVO sporty, so we're going to haul it, I'm pretty sure.


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Updated the first post with a pic from today's work, fairing and bar ends installed. Here are some other pics:







The seat is on the way. Once it gets here, I'll finalize the lines I want for trimming the fenders, and start on that part of the process.


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Updated the o.p. with a pic of the seat. I also have the suspension parts (15" Progressive 413s in the rear and a Progressive lowering kit for the front), fork boots, plenty of cutting wheels for the Dremel (to trim the fenders), the new taillight / license plate holder, and a Supertrapp 2-into-1 exhaust to mount up.

Out of town this weekend though!


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I also have the suspension parts (15" Progressive 413s in the rear and a Progressive lowering kit for the front)
How are you correcting the geometry? Custom offset yokes?
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How are you correcting the geometry? Custom offset yokes?
Hi, Four Speed,

I left out some details: I'm going to install the rear shocks first, then measure rake and trail with stock front height, plus see how it looks and handles. These shocks are about 1.4" longer than the ones that are on it, so we'll see what the effects are. Depending on the results, I may use the fork lowering kit or may not. I have a friend who wants it if I don't use it.

I'd rather not go to the trouble of custom or adjustable yokes, unless I just can't get a look I like along with good handling any other way.


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As far as I know 15" shocks have been used for track racing to give more lean. But be careful combining that with a lowered front end as you are going to radically alter the rake and trail.

Safe riding!
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As far as I know 15" shocks have been used for track racing to give more lean. But be careful combining that with a lowered front end as you are going to radically alter the rake and trail.

Safe riding!
Thanks for the advice!


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