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BOFH 17 September 2013 12:57

One of these days, I want to find another junker Ironhead Sporty. Most fun I've had in a long time was rebuilding the last one...


...as an aside, rebuilding a Harley in the kitchen of your tiny apartment is apparently legitimate grounds for divorce...

Medic09 17 September 2013 13:02

Hey Match, if I'm not mistaken there's a couple of good bike boneyards in your area. They've got acres of old bikes and parts, and you could put together an entire project. I used to get 70s Jap and Brit motorbike parts as I needed them that way. One guy (Monte) won't let you in his yard; but the other guy (Carl) would let me wander among the bikes and parts to browse for what I needed at his place. I haven't been to either place in a few years, but I'd bet they're still doing business.

If you specifically want a v-twin, you might consider a Rotax motor out of an Aprilia. For the purpose you have in mind, it might work better than Harley. I quite like the motor in my Caponord.

69harley 17 September 2013 22:05

Quote:

Originally Posted by busa (Post 1058323162)
Matchanu, have you thought about starting with an HD XR750....?
I think that would rock as a "dual sport".

An XR1000 would be a better choice as the XR750 did not any provision for on-board charging system. Its possible to rig one up on them, but it is expensive and ugly.

CPTAUSRET 18 September 2013 04:13

Quote:

Originally Posted by 69harley (Post 1058323350)
An XR1000 would be a better choice as the XR750 did not any provision for on-board charging system. Its possible to rig one up on them, but it is expensive and ugly.

I had an XR1000 many years ago, fun bike.

don 18 September 2013 05:32

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2006 Softtail Deluxe. Was my Dads bike.
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Floyd 20 September 2013 11:46

I'll have to get a pic up but I just finished a 1900 mile ride from Indiana to Phoenix,AZ on my 04 ZX10. short first day (400 miles) then 750 miles each of the next two days.

Hotmike 20 September 2013 12:26

the "GeezerGlide"

99 Roadie

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps329e9fb9.jpg
Gets me from A to B with a smile on my face, and bugs in my teefs!
HK

bmbsqd 7 October 2013 11:52

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2008 HD Heritage Softail 105th Anny Edition #1938 of 5000 made. Only add-on is driver back rest and GPS holder.

bmbsqd 9 October 2013 10:49

I hope my '08 looks this nice after 14 years!!

HK, maybe put a windshield on to keep the bugs out of the teefuses. Of course that would only make it a little more Geezer-er! :smile: Seriously....nice bike. I'm looking at the 2014 Street Bobs and really want to add to my collection (of 1). I love the fat tires!!


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Originally Posted by Hotmike (Post 1058324011)
the "GeezerGlide"

99 Roadie

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v6...ps329e9fb9.jpg
Gets me from A to B with a smile on my face, and bugs in my teefs!
HK


GST 9 October 2013 11:42

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Originally Posted by bmbsqd (Post 1058329844)
I love the fat tires!!

Careful what you wish for, especially if you don't have a lot of riding experience. Fat tires handle like shit when cornering, takes much longer to roll up onto the sidewall. I actually dropped a size on my 12R's rear tire to enhance handling. Just going from a 190 to a 180 made a big difference.

Colonel Flagg 9 October 2013 19:56

http://whyweridefilm.com/screenings-videos.html

Interesting movie/doco coming out....cool trailer.

B 2/75 13 October 2013 03:46

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Came across a few other pics of the old road beast. See post #1 in this thread for more details. I miss her badly, but not so much as to find a replacement, I think. Dude from Division that was staying with me for a while had the totally bad-ass 47 Knuckle that you see in one shot. His floor boards dragged the pavement, showering sparks every time he rounded a curve at speed. Sweet ride.

Black & white shots are of the bike's progress after I took a hacksaw to the front end about two or three months after I bought the bike. The transformation took place in my Italian house's 3rd bedroom, luckily unfinished with bare concrete floor... just the think to serve as a heated indoor garage!

http://socnet.com/attachment.php?att...1&d=1312207939

http://socnet.com/attachment.php?att...1&d=1312207939

PSC_JB 13 October 2013 18:06

Started off as a 1981 Suzuki. Turned it into this:
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...pse859ff43.jpg

Brownsurccapt 30 January 2014 10:01

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Okay KidA, this Vespa is badass! :biggrin:

The 1956 Vespa 150 TAP

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At first glance, this comical-looking machine appears to be a Vespa with a bazooka mounted on it. As it happens, that's exactly what it is.

A spectacularly bad idea, the Vespa TAP (for Troupes Aéroportées) was built in France as a cheap, air-transportable anti-tank solution for French paratroopers. It saw action in the Franco-Algerian War, where two-man teams would scoot into battle aboard the noisy two-strokes, and then set up the recoilless rifle on a tripod. The second scooter carried ammunition, and the bazooka was never meant to be fired unless detached from the scooter (though it seems certain that such a stunt was tried at least once).
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Pappa Ugg 30 January 2014 13:25

Ole' Blue...

<a href="http://s215.photobucket.com/user/labcab/media/Bikes/DSC_0281.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i215.photobucket.com/albums/cc258/labcab/Bikes/DSC_0281.jpg" border="0" alt="Streetglide - River Road photo DSC_0281.jpg"/></a>

bmbsqd 1 May 2014 20:54

Anyone started riding yet? I couldn't stand it any longer! I'm riding with longjohns in 45° weather. Had a great sunny weekend last week but no warmer than 60°. Cmon summer!

leopardprey 1 May 2014 20:59

First nice day of Spring here last week, in the low 70s, and had a motorcycle fatality. 22 year old killed. He was scheduled to ship out for USMC boot camp in another month as well.

He was not wearing a helmet. If he would have been, he would still be alive.

So please, all SOCNET members, remember to wear a helmet.

Local 1 May 2014 21:12

Quote:

Originally Posted by PSC_JB (Post 1058331223)
Started off as a 1981 Suzuki. Turned it into this:
http://i923.photobucket.com/albums/a...pse859ff43.jpg

This is fucking badass.

I want to build something like this soon.

- Local

RBS 1 May 2014 21:32

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Gave up street a while back, but like to play with this on the weekends.

bugeater 1 May 2014 22:06

There's been some great riding weather here in SC. The S1K still makes me grin like an idiot every time I hit the throttle :)

bmbsqd 1 May 2014 22:23

:o
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Originally Posted by leopardprey (Post 1058388908)
First nice day of Spring here last week, in the low 70s, and had a motorcycle fatality. 22 year old killed. He was scheduled to ship out for USMC boot camp in another month as well.

He was not wearing a helmet. If he would have been, he would still be alive.

So please, all SOCNET members, remember to wear a helmet.

We also had a fatality up here in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. First decent night, two dudes on crotch rockets and one hit a winter pothole at 100mph...dead 200 feet later. Other dude fled and eventually got charged with all sorts of shit. Neither had helmets...not that would have done much good from what I saw.

I confess to only wearing a Skid Lid but it is DOT approved, not the novelty version.

RBS 1 May 2014 22:24

Oh man, that S1K could get me back on the street! And so nearby...

bugeater 1 May 2014 22:30

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Originally Posted by RBS (Post 1058388921)
Oh man, that S1K could get me back on the street! And so nearby...

Have you ridden one??

Let's ride :biggrin:

RBS 2 May 2014 06:22

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Originally Posted by bugeater (Post 1058388922)
Have you ridden one??

Let's ride :biggrin:

No, haven't ridden one. Literally gave up street riding many years ago. But man that bike looks incredibly fun.

Matchanu 2 May 2014 09:38

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmbsqd (Post 1058388907)
Anyone started riding yet? I couldn't stand it any longer! I'm riding with longjohns in 45° weather. Had a great sunny weekend last week but no warmer than 60°. Cmon summer!

Yup.

I have a long ride in the works for June.

It's an annual emotional and mental cleansing.

Matchanu 2 May 2014 09:39

Quote:

Originally Posted by bmbsqd (Post 1058388920)
:o

We also had a fatality up here in Minneapolis a few weeks ago. First decent night, two dudes on crotch rockets and one hit a winter pothole at 100mph...dead 200 feet later. Other dude fled and eventually got charged with all sorts of shit. Neither had helmets...not that would have done much good from what I saw.

I confess to only wearing a Skid Lid but it is DOT approved, not the novelty version.

I wear a full face now, lots of reasons really. Not wearing a helmet is just fucking stupid.

leopardprey 2 May 2014 10:06

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Originally Posted by Matchanu (Post 1058389004)
I wear a full face now, lots of reasons really. Not wearing a helmet is just fucking stupid.

This.

I am of course in general not in favor of more laws and regulations, but the State of Indiana does need a helmet law. It is against the law here to not wear a seatbelt. But, a 19 year old on a crotch rocket does not need to wear a helmet, makes no sense. When I use to be a Firefighter, I responded to several motorbike accidents. The Wearing a helmet was always the difference between death and just scrapes, bruises, maybe a broken bone or two. Same with seatbelts. No seatbelt resulted in usually death for anything over 35-40 mph, where as seat belts saved lives. I know on three separate occasions, twice here in the USA and once in Iraq, if I had not been wearing a seat belt I would have been dead. And on two minor motorbike accidents OCONUS, if had not been wearing a helmet, probably would not be dead, but would have had nasty concussion and bruises on my head.

Yeah, Match, I know a very pretty girl, who wiped out on her Vespa in Vietnam. She did not die but got messed up in the face pretty good. Had to have some reconstructive surgery to her face, jaw and teeth. She is OK now, and just a few barely visible scars, but if she had been wearing a helmet with full face shield none of that would have happened.

Matchanu 2 May 2014 10:25

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Originally Posted by leopardprey (Post 1058389016)
Yeah, Match, I know a very pretty girl, who wiped out on her Vespa in Vietnam. She did not die but got messed up in the face pretty good. Had to have some reconstructive surgery to her face, jaw and teeth. She is OK now, and just a few barely visible scars, but if she had been wearing a helmet with full face shield none of that would have happened.



Last years long ride taught me a few lessons. I wore a 3/4 helmet with a goggle/paintball face shield set up. Kept the bugs and rocks out of my teeth but allowed for a lot of air flow, besides, I thought it looked cool. The problem is with the airflow that gets under the 3/4 helmet and starts lifting it off your head, that just sucked.

Besides, every hipster douchebag is wearing a 3/4 now. Fuck it, a full face is more comfortable on long rides, less noise, and of course saving my face in case things go pear shaped.

37F5V 2 May 2014 11:17

I switched to a full-face a few years back after watching a big-ass bug death spiral it's way towards my face from about 500m out. The impact was unpleasant to say the least.
I'm planning a ride this June from Bragg to Cleveland (Cleveland Clinic to be with Mom while she gets Radiation treatment), and then onto Bowling Green, OH to visit the rest of the family for a few days. From there it's back to Bragg. I've dropped some coin this year on panniers, Givi-trekkers, and a Madstad windscreen to make the trip a bit more pleasant.

usacivpol 2 May 2014 11:33

There is a lot of experience with different brands and makes here, so this would be a better place to ask than a brand/fan site.

I am rather large, 6'7" and about 280. What is out there I can fit on? everything I have sat on except a touring Harley goes to the stops, BAM.
I got on a Triumph and it looked like I was giving birth to it.

I have not ridden for years. when I was a teen I was road every second I could. woods, dirt roads, some paved roads when no one was looking.
I don't I want to get a full size street bike that doesn't work out especially at these prices, and I am not sure I want one of the touring bikes at all.
What are the choices for a non standard rider?

Matchanu 2 May 2014 11:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by 37F5V (Post 1058389044)
I switched to a full-face a few years back after watching a big-ass bug death spiral it's way towards my face from about 500m out. The impact was unpleasant to say the least.
I'm planning a ride this June from Bragg to Cleveland (Cleveland Clinic to be with Mom while she gets Radiation treatment), and then onto Bowling Green, OH to visit the rest of the family for a few days. From there it's back to Bragg. I've dropped some coin this year on panniers, Givi-trekkers, and a Madstad windscreen to make the trip a bit more pleasant.

Easy 9-10 hour ride, should be worth while.

69harley 2 May 2014 11:58

My old FXR.

http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/...psc243bfcb.jpg

http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/...ps6b0795ff.jpg


http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/...ps328b8dc6.jpg


http://i1107.photobucket.com/albums/...ps3a77fafe.jpg

37F5V 2 May 2014 12:03

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Originally Posted by Matchanu (Post 1058389051)
Easy 9-10 hour ride, should be worth while.

Yeah. I'm not in a rush and prefer to take my time and enjoy the ride. I'm going to push my route home a bit to the west and enjoy the scenery.

Local 2 May 2014 12:09

I'm really looking at a Harley XR1200X.

I want a street fighter style bike with dirtbike bars this time around, I'm sick of being all hunched over on my crotch rocket.

a used, low mileage / well maintained:

http://www.presse-citron.net/wordpre...loads/xr01.jpg

would be a great way to get around the city this summer... maybe even get one modified by http://lorddrakekustoms.com/

- Local

Football Batt 2 May 2014 12:18

Quote:

Originally Posted by Matchanu (Post 1058389004)
I wear a full face now, and.. a whale foreskin Klim riding suit ... lots of reasons really. Not wearing a helmet is just fucking stupid.

Fixed for accuracy.:cool:

bmbsqd 2 May 2014 12:34

Quote:

Originally Posted by usacivpol (Post 1058389050)
There is a lot of experience with different brands and makes here, so this would be a better place to ask than a brand/fan site.

I am rather large, 6'7" and about 280. What is out there I can fit on? everything I have sat on except a touring Harley goes to the stops, BAM.
I got on a Triumph and it looked like I was giving birth to it.

I have not ridden for years. when I was a teen I was road every second I could. woods, dirt roads, some paved roads when no one was looking.
I don't I want to get a full size street bike that doesn't work out especially at these prices, and I am not sure I want one of the touring bikes at all.
What are the choices for a non standard rider?

I'm big like you so crotch rockets are out. I am surprised there was not a Triumph big enough to feel comfortable on. In the HD family you should stick with Softail or bigger, maybe even Road King or bigger. One thing is HD has a shitload of variations on the market now...to the point it is fucking annoying to go in to a dealership. But if look away from all the new Bobs and phat tire models and stick to the traditional Harley models...many will fit your body style.

Kawa and Suzuki have larger cruisers like HD and I have been admiring them a lot lately. HDs trademark sound is in some of them.

One other thing...if you buy HD I recommend buying used.

ETA: You can get a stripped down cruiser model that doesn't look as geezerish.

Matchanu 2 May 2014 12:48

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My 86 FXR, the knuck is my buddy's, he builds bikes for a lving.

I'm no brand whore, I'm not married to any company or style, but I've owned this one the longest so it says a lot.

No MC is perfect, none of them are going to fit every want and desire, but you find what works for you, what makes you happy.

Matchanu 2 May 2014 12:48

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Originally Posted by Football Batt (Post 1058389065)
Fixed for accuracy.:cool:

Forgot to add "dayglow".

Football Batt 2 May 2014 13:28

Just like mine!

http://mojavegs.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...IMG_2310-L.jpg

Matchanu 2 May 2014 13:42

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Originally Posted by Football Batt (Post 1058389084)

Aren't you worried about your final drive exploding?;)


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