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    The Iron 1200 Conversion

    I just picked up a Harley Davidson Iron 1200 to convert it to a cafe racer. The first major mod was a set of clip-ons soon to be followed by a set of rear foot controls. The clip-ons with the rest of the bike mostly stock is a bit to scrunched in for me so I am hoping the rear controls will help.
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    Holy does that ever look like a Sportster with no handlebars!
    Do you have a lot more to do or is it almost a cafe racer yet?

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    Couldn't you have found an XR1200 to modify? or at least a sportster roadster? come on, buells are cheap, jez saying.

    with a 16" rear wheel and 19" front I don't think that bike will be anything fun and "sporty" to ride, and will be too expensive to mod properly.

    At least the color is nice. Love me some metal flake.
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    How you are going to turn a bike that can't lean more than a few degrees without grinding stuff is beyond me.

    I hope the rearsets helped.


    BTW, what's up with the gap between the seat and tank on so many stock HD bikes? You seat looks way nicer.

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    I like the yellow paint, it really makes the room glow. Isn't Hogly building prefab cool for the cafe sect?

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    I have a few more things to do. Rear sets going on this weekend. Want to chop the fender and maybe lift the tank up higher.

    Sounds great with the upgraded pipes and clear air intake.

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    mmmmmmm, metal flake.

    needs about 5" longer shocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeHarley View Post
    Sounds great with the upgraded pipes and clear air intake.
    The only way a v twin in a Harley would sound good was if it came out of a Ducati. Glad to hear you're taking the grinder to it, that's what I'd like to do it.

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    Cool thing about the current crop of Sportsters is they're all cool retro from the get......with nice paint, classic lines, etc. Not much you need to do to them to make them cooler. And the big front tires may satisfy all the Firestone enthusiasts.

    More pictures please....I'm anxious to see this progress.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CafeHarley View Post
    I have a few more things to do. Rear sets going on this weekend. Want to chop the fender and maybe lift the tank up higher.
    Sounds great with the upgraded pipes and clear air intake.
    Awesome! but I think you should extend and rake the front forks too, would make it look hard core.
    Maybe put a real Harley chain on there instead of that rubber band :|

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