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Well good day to all. I came across this site/forum while searching for Redwing hammerhead shocks. Truly a unique shock IMO. I was given (Yes! that's correct given) a low mileage 2001 Harley Davidson XLH 883 Hugger as a Christmas bonus from my employer. It was stock with buckhorn bars and the low suspension associated with that model, to bad and more work for me. I grew up on Suzuki 2-strokers in the 70's & early 80's. Specifically a GT-250, 380 & 550. All tricked out cafe style. Have always loved the look of any bike cafe'd regardless of the make. I'm not certain if I have the know-how to post pics yet, but I'll give it a try. My ride still has some way to go and feel free to give any advice and/or criticism. To some, you may find my ride not qualified as a cafe. It does have attitude though and a modern Hot-Rod, Cafe, Pro-Street appearance. Shoot me if you must!
With respect to riding, I prefer to ride alone and love takin on the twisties. Not into long scenic trips, unless necessary.
See ya,
Swankster
ps. Is there an easier or alternative way to add/insert attachments than the explorer user prompt? I hope so because that means has always caused me fits.


IMHO The only good ride is a fast one, followed by a cold one, of course.
 

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BANG! you're dead

Just kidding man. Welcome. Cafe that thing!

Oh yeah, pics must be on the web already. There are free hosting sites out there but I can't think of any right now.

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Welcome,

The sportster is the most traditional bike harley makes. In terms of riding position and overall look, very little has changed from the 1969 model (mechanically they are miles apart). Considering harley themselves made the xlcr "cafe racer" out of the sportster, id say the sporty is ripe for conversion. There is a company in france that makes the xlcr cafe racer parts for the new sportster

http://www.mecatwin.com/en/motos/hd/xlcr/descriptif.htm

There are plenty of other companies that make cafe racers out of the sportster as well so it isn't like a foreign concept.

http://www.americancaferacers.com/motorcycles_proto.php

http://www.k-k.co.uk/dresda/index.html

just think of it as a modern day vincent v-twin engine, only less purty.

anyway, good luck tearing up that beast, and remember buckhorn bars are evil...they kill puppies and make the baby jesus cry



BTW: I have a pair of project 74 gt380s for sale if you want to relive the old days.

Edited by - Geeto67 on Nov 13 2005 11:54:13 AM
 

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You will of course have to contend with other harley riders calling you a woman, and your bike a "Skirtster"
You'll be told that men ride big twins and their ladies ride Sportsters. (Excepting the XLCR and XR1000 so you might be ok :)

Ok...I had a sportster once, my first Harely, then went to a 1941 "45" solo, then a very trick 1976 FX (SuperGlide), then a 1997 RoadKing.
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Hi,

Following geeto67 comments i can confirm Mecatwin in France are doing great stuff for Harley.....i'm riding one of their Triumph ( 98 Ascott ) the guy ( his name is Franck, will met him next week in fact ) is an artist....

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quote:You will of course have to contend with other harley riders calling you a woman, and your bike a "Skirtster"
You'll be told that men ride big twins and their ladies ride Sportsters. (Excepting the XLCR and XR1000 so you might be ok :)
Lol...I get that too...until I blow them off the line (the buell screaming eagle 1200 kit in the 883 along w/some really good drag pipes help out a lot there), and then I can't hear what they have to say...until I let them catch up, and their tune tends to change.

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quote:You will of course have to contend with other harley riders calling you a woman, and your bike a "Skirtster"
You'll be told that men ride big twins and their ladies ride Sportsters. (Excepting the XLCR and XR1000 so you might be ok :)
Lol...I get that too...until I blow them off the line (the buell screaming eagle 1200 kit in the 883 along w/some really good drag pipes help out a lot there), and then I can't hear what they have to say...until I let them catch up, and their tune tends to change.

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So I'm picking my buddy up last night from work. He's an airbrush artist/painter at a local billet-bitch custom bike shop. He was showing me some Z1 body work he's painting for a friend when i hear the telltale castrated whine of a tiny jap twin. Sure enough, the other bodyman had gotten out the shop Rebel and was gently tooling around the parking lot proudly basking in the irony of a "hardcore" biker riding on such a "gay" bike. Anyway, after a coupla' tame laps around the lot my friend hops on (and this guy rides hard -- a beautiful Bonnie 750, cafe'd to the core) and proceeds to light that little shit up a la Back Street Heroes. He's in the middle of a decent smokey donut while and other guys' about piss themselves running out to stop him. The boss comes out and tells him to put it away.

Well, my buddy's livid. "Fucking poseurs" he says and we leave. If these guys knew anything about riding....you CAN'T kill that motor. Drain the oil and burn the tires off, it'll still fire right up in the morning.

Man, a bike is a bike. A goober with penis envy who thinks the only Harley a man should ride has to look like every other big-bore (THERE'S an ironic moniker), big-tire, as-seen-on-tv, raked, chopped, covered, smothered p.o.s. out there ain't nobody but a pretender (pony tail, black t-shirt, official Easyrider's[tm] boots and all).

Ride that Sporty. Bob it. Cafe it. Pass 'em in a tight right-hander and show 'em yer ass.



Honda go sideways!
 

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So I'm picking my buddy up last night from work. He's an airbrush artist/painter at a local billet-bitch custom bike shop. He was showing me some Z1 body work he's painting for a friend when i hear the telltale castrated whine of a tiny jap twin. Sure enough, the other bodyman had gotten out the shop Rebel and was gently tooling around the parking lot proudly basking in the irony of a "hardcore" biker riding on such a "gay" bike. Anyway, after a coupla' tame laps around the lot my friend hops on (and this guy rides hard -- a beautiful Bonnie 750, cafe'd to the core) and proceeds to light that little shit up a la Back Street Heroes. He's in the middle of a decent smokey donut while and other guys' about piss themselves running out to stop him. The boss comes out and tells him to put it away.

Well, my buddy's livid. "Fucking poseurs" he says and we leave. If these guys knew anything about riding....you CAN'T kill that motor. Drain the oil and burn the tires off, it'll still fire right up in the morning.

Man, a bike is a bike. A goober with penis envy who thinks the only Harley a man should ride has to look like every other big-bore (THERE'S an ironic moniker), big-tire, as-seen-on-tv, raked, chopped, covered, smothered p.o.s. out there ain't nobody but a pretender (pony tail, black t-shirt, official Easyrider's[tm] boots and all).

Ride that Sporty. Bob it. Cafe it. Pass 'em in a tight right-hander and show 'em yer ass.



Honda go sideways!
 
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