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    Default The Daily Driver Sportster

    Bought a sporty to get around town.

    The obligatory "before" shot of the bike. It was a really nice, clean, tidy bike but I just can't leave things alone. For better or for worse.....

    The day I picked her up.






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    The stock tank is huge so went with an earlier one and got rid of the front fender.







    Last edited by ManicMechanic; 07-16-2014 at 8:16 AM.

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    Some H bars.





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    Made and welded up a solo seat bracket. I've only got a shitty buzz box to the welds aren't the prettiest but it does the job.






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    Fitted some shocks from a superlow and lowered the whole thing plus did a rear fender chop.





    Last edited by ManicMechanic; 07-16-2014 at 8:37 AM.

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    Shaped the fender and made a temporary number plate mount/light.




    Last edited by ManicMechanic; 07-16-2014 at 8:43 AM.

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    Thinking about adding a sissy bar.

    Thoughts on sissy bar? Yes/No?



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    Looks good. Youre right about it being super clean stock. It looks way better now though. I hate that newer huge tanks

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    is your rear tire mounted backwards- wrong directional rotation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManicMechanic View Post
    Thinking about adding a sissy bar.

    Thoughts on sissy bar? Yes/No?
    if I were to put a sissy bar on a sporty i'd probably try to match the angle of the front forks, not the frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DeadSeaGulls View Post
    if I were to put a sissy bar on a sporty i'd probably try to match the angle of the front forks, not the frame.
    Good looking bike you have there. I agree with DeadSeaGulls; keep the angle of the sissy bar matching that of the front forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nofendertom View Post
    is your rear tire mounted backwards- wrong directional rotation?
    Cheers.

    Good spot...The tyre is mounted backwards. I'm guessing when the PO had it mounted he went to a non Harley shop and seeing as most of the Jap stuff has the drive on the left, they took that as a reference and mounted it the wrong way round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Motorradfahrer View Post
    Good looking bike you have there. I agree with DeadSeaGulls; keep the angle of the sissy bar matching that of the front forks.
    Yeah, I see what you guys mean.

    I just cant decide if I should have one on there or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ManicMechanic View Post
    Yeah, I see what you guys mean.

    I just cant decide if I should have one on there or not.
    I'm all about sissy bars, but I do a lot of camping. Strapping my hiking pack to my bike, riding for hours on some scenic byway, then onto some dirt roads, until I'm in the boonies. Seen my buddies backpacks and hiking packs shift around and fall off or rub on the rear tire too many times for me to not want something sturdy to strap to.

    Also, a few years back a lady in her 50's came up to me and said "My mother told me that you can tell how much a man loves his woman by how tall his sissy bar is, and you sir must be a real casanova". My sissy bar on that bike was pretty tall.

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    This is where I left things off. Rode the bike like this all summer.....









    Made little changes along the way. Got rid of the air cleaner assembly and a new rear tyre went on.


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    Got some time off but its freezing in the garage so......brought the bike in.


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    Bars narrowed and all switchgear and original levers binned.


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    Forks lowered roughly 2.5 inches. All the seals were rotten and the oil had turned into sludge.


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    Yokes taken off and drilled for new headlight mounts. All wiring got stripped out as well.







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    The cutting disc broke so will have to chop the rear of the frame at a later date.








    Last edited by ManicMechanic; 12-26-2014 at 12:12 PM.

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