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I'm a procrastinator that felt good to say. Well that isn't completely true, give me a million dollars and I'll prove it. Money is slowing me down however I now have some seed money for this project saved up and winter is finally breaking so it is time to get started.

The vision is a bike that I can easily switch from a touring bike down to a Roadster for day rides. I hope in this thread to document my Sportster Superlow build into a touring / Roadster convertible. And along the way pick everyone's brains for guidance and suggestions.

I wasn't sure where to place this thread as it will cover bags, windscreen, seat, suspension, camping gear, and etc. Yes camping gear is also in the mix. I hope to camp 2-4 days while on a tour and then motel it for a day or so. This is so I can tour longer. I expect the full project will take me into the end of the year because of money.

Here is a picture of the bike when I picked it up from the dealer.


So far I have added a quick release sissy bar with a backrest for the wife, moustache crash bar for my feet, tank bra to protect the tank from my leather jacket, and a smartphone holder for GPS.

This is how the bike looks now.


And here is the smartphone mount.


What is the wire ziptied to the handlebars? The smartphone mount has a build in power supply and I ran out of time to wire it to the power before winter arrived. I don't have the luxury of a heated garage.

Coming in future post will be electrical plans, camping gear, and additional items needed for comfortable touring. Farther out are the suspension changes.
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...good luck...keep us posted
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And here is the smartphone mount.


What is the wire ziptied to the handlebars? The smartphone mount has a build in power supply and I ran out of time to wire it to the power before winter arrived.
SonWon,

Looking forward to seeing your build progress.

Questions:
- Is that a RAM mount?
- Is the mount attached to the windshield using an "L" bracket? Vibration?

Ride safe.
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Sounds very similar to my XL1200L - to XL1200Lr transformation.

In the end I added:

* Tach
* 1200R forks/brakes
* 883R bars
* 13.5" Progressive 412 shocks
* OEM crash bars w/ kuryakn highway pegs
* Mustang wide vintage touring seat
* Memphis shades tall windshield in HD quick release clamp brackets
* National cycle hand deflectors
* LeatherLyke saddlebags on HD detachable mounts
* Aftermarket luggage rack on HD detachable sideplates
* Hepco & Becker topcase (40L or 45L) that attach to luggage rack
* OEM turn signal relocation bracket and turn signal-to-additional tail lamp function adapter.

I also choose to go up to a 110mm front and down to a 140mm rear in Metzelers.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

Will be fun to see the direction you go.
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It looks like a good setup to me. The only change I'd make (for now) is that I'd want a second brake on the front wheel. I prefer dual discs.

Keep us informed as you make the changes.
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SonWon,

Looking forward to seeing your build progress.

Questions:
- Is that a RAM mount?
- Is the mount attached to the windshield using an "L" bracket? Vibration?

Ride safe.
I think it is a Chinese copy of the Ram mount although the build quality is so good I think it is out of the same factory. I used a L bracket to attach it to the windscreen. An installation problem since I can't just remove the windscreen now. So I need to move it to the handlebars at some point. The problem is that will move it forward and it is in a really good location, nothing hits it. The vibration is only a problem at idle. I have a small tank bag too which I bought over the winter. I've been waiting for warmer weather to install. I have some clear electrostatic plastic to protect the tank.

Back to the windscreen, it lifts the front end to much at 150 kph (95 mph). I would be up for something different if it would still protect from the rain. Anyway that is very low on my list to investigate.
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I have some clear electrostatic plastic to protect the tank.
SonWon,

I'm hesitant about getting a tank bag because I'm afraid it will damage the black denim paint. I'd appreciate more info about what your using to protect your tank.
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Sounds very similar to my XL1200L - to XL1200Lr transformation.

In the end I added:

* Tach
* 1200R forks/brakes
* 883R bars
* 13.5" Progressive 412 shocks
* OEM crash bars w/ kuryakn highway pegs
* Mustang wide vintage touring seat
* Memphis shades tall windshield in HD quick release clamp brackets
* National cycle hand deflectors
* LeatherLyke saddlebags on HD detachable mounts
* Aftermarket luggage rack on HD detachable sideplates
* Hepco & Becker topcase (40L or 45L) that attach to luggage rack
* OEM turn signal relocation bracket and turn signal-to-additional tail lamp function adapter.

I also choose to go up to a 110mm front and down to a 140mm rear in Metzelers.

I'm sure I'm forgetting something.

Will be fun to see the direction you go.
It looks like your bike is close to where I am going.
  • The tach is stock on this bike so that is covered.
  • The brakes are not bad although I suspect they will overheated if pressed hard. I think I can solve that with carbon fiber pads.
  • I may pop for new bars, need to see how I sit with a new seat.
  • I am thinking I am good with roadster damping rods in the front since the tubes inner and outer are the same. I plan to use progressive Roadster front end spring kit with preload adjusters (I switch between solo and dual.), and a fork brace. Rear shocks have to be Ohlins. More on all this later.
  • Gonna have to use the Sundowner seat since the shipping and VAT tax kills the Mustang seat price to Germany.
  • I need to check out those hand deflectors.
  • Harley makes detachable sideplates that will fit on a Sportster 2016? If you have a part number that would help me track those down. My dealer told me there was nothing detachable so I planned on using Hepco and Becker C-bow mount and side bags and the same topcase you have with luggage rack of course.
  • I'm sticking with the stock radial tires, they stick really good most all of the time. The only time I had a slight skid in the front was from a little mud on the road. Winter riding has some small risk. I think the rear lost grip once on wet pavement, it was gone so fast I could be mistaken.
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It looks like a good setup to me. The only change I'd make (for now) is that I'd want a second brake on the front wheel. I prefer dual discs.

Keep us informed as you make the changes.
Thank you, it is pretty nice now accept on a 4 day road trip it was obvious the luggage space is way to small for two. Dual disks would be awesome if it was't for the ABS and German motor vehicle laws so I will try the carbon fiber pad route. Besides the bike has ABS and the German laws will not let me change much there. It is a real nanny state when it comes to many things. More on that when I get to the suspension changes.
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Mine's an 07, so can't say about later detachable compatibility, but I'm curious. Actually did they change the fender struts, because if they didn't it should fit.

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