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SportsterSpive
1st December 2004, 00:18
I've had the bike almost a year now and I just wanted to keep the online history of my bike alive, so I am reposting my "progress thread" from the old forums, hope no one minds.

--Sean


Here she is in February 2004, one of the first pictures:
http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/sporty640.jpg

Well after a couple months and 1200 miles, I thought I would share with you the progress of my Sporty. I have added the chin spoiler, fairing, bobtail fender, 1200R seat, and pegs. The bike goes in to paint on Monday and I have some V&H pipes and Hypercharger on the way. The last body mod is lowering the front fender, I am kinda going for that cafe/street fighter look. Let me know what you think. I think it has some sexy lines now. ;)
http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/sport34ft.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/sporty34rr.jpg



I just got it back from the paintshop where I had it striped and re-cleared. San Gabriel Valley Choppers in Covina, Ca (***Now Buck Wild Designs***) did the work, and I highly recommend them to anyone from So Cal. They run a top notch shop and the bikes that come out of there are awesome. I wanted to keep my paint clean and simple, but unique to match my street fighter style. You might notice that not only did SGV stripe it, but they also airbrished the Sportster logo, giving it some depth. Also check out the rear plate mount, I trimmed it with a dremmel, and it is a little rough, but looks alot better. Next I am going to lower the front fender, so that should help with the overall look. I really like how it turned out and think it looks great, let me know what you think!

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/paint1640.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/paint3640.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/paint4640.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/paint5640.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/paint6640.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/paint7640.jpg

continued...

SportsterSpive
1st December 2004, 00:27
Well here are the long awaited pics of the first production V&H Straightshot HS for the '04 Sporty. I also added the Hypercharger Pro, which I think looks way better than the normal Hypercharger, and the H-D tach. After the re-jet, the bike went from 46.3hp and 45.9 lb-ft to 52.8hp and 49.2 lb-ft, which is a pretty reasonable 12.4% gain in hp. I love the look of the bike, and the V&H's look great and sound amazing, but they are VERY loud (my head is still ringing from my first ride). They are loud enough that I am worried about getting some negative attention from the police, but hopefully they'll leave me alone. I am usually more conserative when it comes to noise, and I am interested in possibly going to a 2-1 down the road if anyone comes out with one for the new bike. Anyway, here it is, let me know what you think.

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/stage1-1web.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/stage1-2web.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/stage1-3web.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/stage1-4web.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/stage1-5web.jpg



Well here is an update of my progress so far. I recently installed the V&H optional baffles, which quieted the pipes down quite a bit. The Nallin Racing 1250 stage 3 kit is on the way, and it will be installed by Bennett performance in Long Beach, Ca. We are also going with a Mukuni 42 carb, and Bassani floated me a set of the Pro Street pipes. Hopefully they aren't any louder than the V&Hs. Ultimately, though I think I'd like to find a 2-1 that will give me more clearance for cornering. In the meantime, while I am waiting for my parts for the Nallin kit to come in, I decided to get my wheels powder coated black. I also added the required www.sportster.org race team timing cover, personally given to me by Dale on his recent trip to visit us here in So Cal. So here is the bike as of today:

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/blackwheels.jpg

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/coverweb.jpg

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SportsterSpive
1st December 2004, 00:32
Here is a picture of me riding with my black wheels and new Bassani 2-1 pipe.

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/SeanRidingWeb.jpg



Well we did it! My bike is no longer an 883 and is now a NRHS Stage 3 1250. With this conversion, there was yet another pipe change, this time to Bassani Pro Street 2-2s. Once we dyno it this Thursday I will be pulling those off and putting the 2-1 back on. It is quieter, and with the new motor should be a monster. The other benefit is incresed lean angles for corner carving. Now don't get me wrong, the Pro Streets are AWESOME and I recommend them to anyone considering them.

I have about 200 miles on the conversion and the bike pulls like a hairy chested ape. It is just about time for suspension, as the soft stock stuff is junk with this jewel of a motor.

I should also mention that my bike was put together by Bennett's Performance in Signal Hill, Ca (Long Beach), so if you are looking for a good independant speed shop in So Cal, these are the guys. They only do V-twins and rock at it:
http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/nrhs1250kit.jpg


Hey guys, here are the latest picture of my Sporty. I have added a prototype Bassani 2-1 and the Forcewinder, which i can't say enough good things about. One of the best mods so far.
http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/bikelabordaymed.jpg



Since then I have added 1200S shocks and a few other goodies. When I get through my next round of mods, I will post again. I stil owe you guys a dyno sheet, right now I am about 95/90-ish, but thats with the H-D ignition. I have the Daytona Twin-Tech on the way and I'll post dyno info after it is tuned with the new parts.

--Sean

XLFREAK
1st December 2004, 00:58
Awesome job. I've got a couple of the magazine articles that your bike was in. I love the menacing black look.

If the wife lets me buy another Sportster (yea, like that's gonna happen), I'm going for an XL Low in black and doing a similiar style bike.

txsporty
1st December 2004, 01:16
Nice Looking Scoot!!

$natch
1st December 2004, 14:25
It looks really nice!

sportymark
1st December 2004, 15:40
Nice mods (I think a red pinstripe on the wheels would look nice). A dyno run would be interesting.

SkippyRay
1st December 2004, 16:09
Great looking bike. Love the PIPES. I have the BAssani 2-2 like the 2-1 look though. WHERE CAN I GET A SPORTSER LIST COVER? Do you guys have any more for sell? I want one :cry1 BOOO HOOO :cry1 .

jimmyheadgear
1st December 2004, 17:55
WOW!! WOW!!

sean883
2nd December 2004, 18:27
Love the bike, it looks great!

I assume that since the powder coating requires high heat you had to remove the bearings before coating the wheels? If so did you do it yourself or take the wheels somewhere to have the bearings removed? Also were the wheels sandblasted to clean them prior to coating or would that damage the wheel?

SportsterSpive
9th December 2004, 02:46
You can get a timing cover from www.sportster.org.

As far as the wheels, I did have to have the bearing removed and new ones pressed in. A friend at the dealership hooked me up on that. And no, the wheels had to be cleaned, but not blasted. The powdercoater did all the prep work.

Lastly, I went crazy and ordered a few new goodies for the bike. Soon it will have 1200S forks (in addition to the 1200S shocks currently on there), Sport bars, and a T/S relocation kit. should be able to get some pictures for you guys after the holidays.

--Sean

SportsterSpive
14th December 2004, 22:52
Here is the latest picture with the new Bassani 2-1 pipe and the 1200S shocks. Can't waitf or the T/S relocation kit, Sport bars, and 1200S forks.... all on the way.

http://www.offroadrangers.com/sean/bike/bassbike2med.jpg

--Sean

883Hugger
14th December 2004, 23:21
Wow, that really looks great. The Bassani really fits the bike well.

dmraco
15th December 2004, 00:46
What size front tire is that? It looks larger than stock. Any fender mods??

SportsterSpive
15th December 2004, 01:35
What size front tire is that? It looks larger than stock. Any fender mods??

Thanks, I love the look too. Stock wheel and tire, but the fender has been lowered 3/4".

--Sean

SportsterSpive
23rd December 2004, 06:44
Well, I now have 1200S bars, 1200S front forks, and the t/s relocation kit on the bike. Next up will be the Daytona Twin Tech ignition, some dyno tuning and hopefully over 100hp to the wheel. I'll post pics and dyno info when it is done in a couple weeks.

--Sean

Desertfox
24th December 2004, 18:17
Love it love it love it. Pin striping is a nice touch. Don't see that often on bikes.

xl1200r
2nd January 2005, 21:24
Could you post a pic with a close up of the bars?

barry1967
2nd January 2005, 21:32
Hey Spive, Did you just trim the fender down and redrill the holes? You had the paintr first and then lowered it right? I hate the off road look of the front fender on mine too.

Ps; I like the black wheels but I think you need to break up the rear end a bit. Maybe just a little silver outline in the spocket or something. Remember, not slamming ya, just my opinion.

SportsterSpive
2nd January 2005, 23:34
Could you post a pic with a close up of the bars?

Yeah, once the weather gets nice again, I am going to reshoot the bike. I'll post some new photos and detail shots then.

Hey Spive, Did you just trim the fender down and redrill the holes? You had the paintr first and then lowered it right? I hate the off road look of the front fender on mine too.

Ps; I like the black wheels but I think you need to break up the rear end a bit. Maybe just a little silver outline in the spocket or something. Remember, not slamming ya, just my opinion.

We actually sectioned the fender, welded, then reinstalled it. That way we wouldn't run a hole through the funky curved part of the fender support.

And I agree with you, it is pretty black back there. I just am not sure what to do to break it up yet.

--Sean

flathead45
2nd January 2005, 23:45
it is pretty black back there. I just am not sure what to do to break it up yet.

just a thought here but do the flame stripes on the side covers and red line the rims (a thin red line around the rims right at the step of the bead)

petefwa
6th January 2005, 06:56
Great looking bike, though I would have gone for aftermarket suspension components, better quality and performance for smilar cost??? Maybe a brake system upgrade and it will be pretty much the ultimate sporty.If your looking for a really good 2into1 try a Vance and Hines system the same as fitted to the first 1200s bikes.Vance and Hines P/N is SS2R, sorry I dunno how to put a link to the site but it's pretty easy to find.

HD1200R
7th January 2005, 07:07
Wow! thats very similar to the look I'm going for on my bike! I powdercoated my motor mirror black with black wrinkle covers. The rest of the bike is also currently black but thinking about repainting it a dark metallic silver. I also want to add the front fairing, chin spoiler, and a streched tank to her and lower the bike a little bit.

Here's a pic of the motor. Engine work is still being done so she's not back together yet. I'll post some pics when I reassemble the bike.

http://www.hr3rdgen.org/gallery/data/3042/280S-Powder-Coated-Parts-002-med.jpg
http://www.hr3rdgen.org/gallery/data/3042/280S-Powder-Coated-Parts-001-med.jpg

Roger Greendeck
8th January 2005, 08:16
If you are looking for something to highlight the wheels a roll of these rim stickers at AU$30 could be the go http://www.frozzie.com/frozzie/rs0.asp (http://www.frozzie.com/frozzie/rs0.asp)

SportsterSpive
12th January 2005, 00:42
Great looking bike, though I would have gone for aftermarket suspension components, better quality and performance for smilar cost??? Maybe a brake system upgrade and it will be pretty much the ultimate sporty.If your looking for a really good 2into1 try a Vance and Hines system the same as fitted to the first 1200s bikes.Vance and Hines P/N is SS2R, sorry I dunno how to put a link to the site but it's pretty easy to find.

The aftermarket stuff would have been way more than what I paid for the 1200S stuff. Next up is dual discs up front. As for exhaust, I like the SS2R, but they don't make it for the new bikes and I wouldn't be able to give girls rides with it anyway, doesn't that partially defeat the purpose of a young single guy from owning a fast harley? ;)

Wow! thats very similar to the look I'm going for on my bike! I powdercoated my motor mirror black with black wrinkle covers. The rest of the bike is also currently black but thinking about repainting it a dark metallic silver. I also want to add the front fairing, chin spoiler, and a streched tank to her and lower the bike a little bit.

Here's a pic of the motor. Engine work is still being done so she's not back together yet. I'll post some pics when I reassemble the bike.


Can't wait to see pics of it, engine is a beauty.

If you are looking for something to highlight the wheels a roll of these rim stickers at AU$30 could be the go http://www.frozzie.com/frozzie/rs0.asp (http://www.frozzie.com/frozzie/rs0.asp)

Those looks cool, but I don't know how much four of them would be to the US, maybe they have a US distributor?

--Sean

HD1200R
12th January 2005, 03:56
The aftermarket stuff would have been way more than what I paid for the 1200S stuff. Next up is dual discs up front. As for exhaust, I like the SS2R, but they don't make it for the new bikes and I wouldn't be able to give girls rides with it anyway, doesn't that partially defeat the purpose of a young single guy from owning a fast harley? ;)
--SeanI have an SS2-R exhaust sitting in the box waiting with a rearset kit from crossroads. I have rarely ever carried passengers on my bike but feel that once I have everything installed, I am going to regret it. Other thought was fabricating a mount so that I can have a passenger set on there. Dunno, everything is playing by ear right now.

Thanks for the compliment on the motor. I wonder if anyone has noticed the mistake I made when I put it together for the pic?

A little bit of thinking here while typing this... I think the exhaust will fit the 04+ bikes. My main worry would be how the pipe itself would be mounted. Since the engine moves, you would have to make a rubber bushing to go inbetween the pipe and mounting bracket.another worry would be the frame clearance at the front cylinder.

EDIT:

I got bored and pulled out the exhaust. It looks like the bends in the pipe are the same as yours. If they are different, it is probably not as noticable. Only thing that might cause a problem is the bracket that goes from the pipe to the shock. Looks like it's real easy to make and could be knocked out by a welding shop in a matter of minutes.

I have yet to see a good pic of the exhaust off the bike onine so I took one for ya.

http://www.hr3rdgen.org/gallery/data/3025/280SS2R_Exhaust_005-med.jpg

http://www.hr3rdgen.org/gallery/data/3025/280SS2R_Exhaust_006-med.jpg

http://www.hr3rdgen.org/gallery/data/3025/280SS2R_Exhaust_007-med.jpg

http://www.hr3rdgen.org/gallery/data/3025/280SS2R_Exhaust_008-med.jpg

barry1967
12th January 2005, 11:00
Front and rear heads are reversed. What' with the rusty heads bolts? Get some chrome ones would ya. All that hard work and rusty bolts....Geez

el jeffe
12th January 2005, 15:24
looks cool.
I'm curious what the missus had to say about using the DR table for a workbench?

Dash
24th January 2005, 03:37
Bikes lookin VERY nice. I'm looking forward to seeing some new pics of the bike with the new bars installed....sweet.

barry1967
24th January 2005, 04:30
Did you split the cases to do all that paint? Did you use HD krinkle paint? I like the blacked out look a lot.

HD1200R
24th January 2005, 06:04
Can a mod split this thread? I don't want to take over SportsterSpive's post.


looks cool.
I'm curious what the missus had to say about using the DR table for a workbench?
Actually it's my parents dining table. I was surprised that I was not killed for that either. I guess I got lucky this time.

Did you split the cases to do all that paint? Did you use HD krinkle paint? I like the blacked out look a lot.
I had the cases split so that the rotating assembly could be balanced. The cases, cylinders and heads are powder coated mirror black whiel the covers are powder coated wrinkle black.

I originally sprayed the covers using the HD wrinkle black but was very easy to scratch up and nick. Powdercoating was defanitely the way to go. I had it done by Vanwin Coatings and cost me $650 to have all of the covers, cases, heads, and cylinders painted. Their site is www.vanwincoatings.com (http://www.vanwincoatings.com).

SportsterSpive
26th January 2005, 05:34
Looks like Hot Rod Bikes wants me to do another pipe test on my Sporty, this time I am getting the new Supertrapp 2-1. :)

--Sean

GRAYFEATHER
26th January 2005, 07:05
That is one top looking ride you have there.

Grayfeather.

Frozzie
8th April 2005, 12:31
If you are looking for something to highlight the wheels a roll of these rim stickers at AU$30 could be the go http://www.frozzie.com/frozzie/rs0.asp (http://www.frozzie.com/frozzie/rs0.asp)

http://www.tapeworks.com have a similar product to mine and are US based, so you might want to try them out.

If all faills, I should be able to send you some to the US. One pack is enough to do both sides of both wheels, so you wont need 4 packs. Unless you want to do your car and caravan with reflective pin stripe, I'd be only too happy to oblige :laugh

SportsterSpive
28th February 2006, 23:11
Been a while since I posted in here, just wanted to let you know the Sporty is a live and well. It is currently sporting a Forcewinder intake and Supertrapp pipe with the new SE .575 cams, performance lifters, Speeds wires, and a few other performance tweaks. We are going to be dynoing the bike later this week,so I will let you know where we are at with the new numbers. I love the NRHS kit.

Since my last update I have also added Bridgestone BT45s, front and rear, in addition to the 1200s Shocks, forks and bars.

--Sean

Grizzly
28th February 2006, 23:20
Sounds great .....still! We need to get together for a ride sometime, I would love to get a good look at her!

bullitrider2003
28th February 2006, 23:53
Man I could only see a couple of the pictures. The rest are all little "x's" but the couple pictues that did come up for me looked awesome!

SportsterSpive
1st March 2006, 05:30
Okay, I fixed most of the "X"s tonight. I have been so busy lately, I haven't been able to participate as much in this board as I used too, but I am gonna try my best to be a regular once again.

--Sean

bullitrider2003
1st March 2006, 21:20
That is awesome. Most of the pictures are there for me now and all i can say is wow. i love the look.

pquirk
1st March 2006, 21:25
Welcome back. Didn't sell it after all, huh? I knew ya couldn't do it :) . How's the new house?

SportsterSpive
2nd March 2006, 01:53
No house yet, I am renting for a while longer, but hey, I still have the bike. ;)

--Sean

Preacher
2nd March 2006, 02:02
I am digging the black wheels and the air dam.... great looking bike! I did like the second set of pipes better than the 2 into 1's.