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    Senior Member UngaWunga's Avatar
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    Put a normal sized front tire on it, and it ain't bad.




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    Awesome bike. I actually like the tire size on it. The tires fit the beefy design.

    Only thing better would be a V-Max engine in that thing

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    Awesome bike. I actually like the tire size on it. The tires fit the beefy design.

    Only thing better would be a V-Max engine in that thing

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    Nah, I would say about 85%. That tank is a real deal breaker for me, plus the chubby front and 16" rear. The sporty pipes are also kind of meh. The leading axle forks would have to go as well, and I don't know what kind of rear shock he has on there but I am not seeing ohlins yellow or works brushed alloy.

    I am just not seeing a lot to improve the ride quality. I certainly agree with the diet he put it on, but it looks like it would handle slightly worse than stock. There were apparently people who used to race these, I would like to see some of that tech blead down instead of just a high level of cosmetic build quality.
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    Nah, I would say about 85%. That tank is a real deal breaker for me, plus the chubby front and 16" rear. The sporty pipes are also kind of meh. The leading axle forks would have to go as well, and I don't know what kind of rear shock he has on there but I am not seeing ohlins yellow or works brushed alloy.

    I am just not seeing a lot to improve the ride quality. I certainly agree with the diet he put it on, but it looks like it would handle slightly worse than stock. There were apparently people who used to race these, I would like to see some of that tech blead down instead of just a high level of cosmetic build quality.
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    Exactly. It might look good from a distance, but those stupid tires means you're just plodding around the neighborhood. Which is fine and all, if that's all you want out of it. Cheaper than a Harley.




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    Exactly. It might look good from a distance, but those stupid tires means you're just plodding around the neighborhood. Which is fine and all, if that's all you want out of it. Cheaper than a Harley.




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    I dunno if it is cheaper than a harley. most people can't build to that level of cosmetic refinishing. I think you could get a used sportster for less than what he has in paint and fab alone. And the sporty would have more potential and be more approachable for the home builder. Depending on the model it would probably handle better as well (xr1200 anyone?)
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    I dunno if it is cheaper than a harley. most people can't build to that level of cosmetic refinishing. I think you could get a used sportster for less than what he has in paint and fab alone. And the sporty would have more potential and be more approachable for the home builder. Depending on the model it would probably handle better as well (xr1200 anyone?)
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    quote:Originally posted by UngaWunga

    Exactly. It might look good from a distance, but those stupid tires means you're just plodding around the neighborhood.
    The Bostrom brothers didn't seem to have many complaints about it other than limited ground clearance in right hand turns due to the exhaust system. Granted, their commentary was for a television program and they're both talented racers who could ride the wheels off most anything, but it appeared to be a fine handling machine on the small road circuit they were testing on.

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