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The salvaged Ducati              Street track Harley project
In 1979, my dad gave me a Honda XL100, I've been riding and wrenching on "metric" bikes since. After all these years, this is my first Harley project. Even though when I worked for Yamaha in the late 1980's, I serviced a few Harley trade-ins, but I don't consider that any experience with American iron.

I can honestly say that I've been spoiled on the fit, finish and quality of what Honda has produced over the years. Not to offend any Harley enthusiasts, but precision engineering is non-existant. When I think of a sport bike, I think of a CBR an R1 a GSXR....but in reality a Ducati. A Sportster is as close to being a sport bike as my old H1.

A Harley build-up on a supermoto site? The only parts of the stock Harley will be the engine and the engine-supporting structure of the frame. I used the spare forks from the CR125, lowered the ride-height and mounted the Honda trees to the Harley frame. It now has more than a dozen adjustment settings to dial in the rebound and compression damping.
The 17" rims are actually supermoto-spec Sun pieces laced up on Honda hubs. It's a huge improvement in weight savings, handling and suspension adjustability.

Converting to a monoshock was the only solution for the rear suspension. A cheap Honda CBR/RR swing arm from e-bay was grafted in. A shock from a VFR800 (which was a left-over from the CR500 project) and some tedious engineering of a linkage system, netted a true rising-rate rear suspension system. With a wide range of adjustability, it works in harmony with the front forks....just like a sport suspension should.

There's a long way to go on this one, pictures will be updated as work progresses.

Click on this link for the Sportster build picture album:
http://rides.webshots.com/album/573804024RYTzcF


A bad picture of the bike, but at least it's something to refer to.

The frame was set up inverted to mock-up the rear shock link. Roughly 1.5" of shock travel nets 5" of wheel travel.

The CR125's froks were disassembled, the top-out bumper was spaced out 6" and the springs were trimmed 5". It'll eventually sag 2"(+/-) and have roughly 4" of travel. Spring rate might have to be tweeked, but when figuring the amount of suspension oil and viscosity for tuning, precision will be a no-brainer (for me). 



One cool gas cap.....takes a lot of work to make fit. I've always like the lines of Sabre tanks, so more Honda parts for the Harley.
I'll have to come up with a cool paint scheme to match. Each project brings out a different skill. I'm thinking of laying down a metal flake base under a candy 2-tone color and gold-leafing the graphics (to match the gold rims), something I'll eventually learn along the way.





Weber 40mm DCOE, Supertrapp, and counter shaft-mounted rear brake.



 
Stripping this wrecked 900SS down to it's bare necessities. Whatever isn't needed to perform a function will get the "file 13" treatment.
Brembo brakes, Ohlins suspension and Desmo valve system............. looking past all the busted pieces, this baby is really sweet
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The
Suzuki RG
 
Couldn't turn down the chance to pick up another crashed machine, except this one is really special.
To most people, it's just another crotch rocket. Those who know the history of the Gammas are aware of how rare they are here in the States.
Produced for Europe and other parts of the world, they were never sold in the American market. This bike has an interesting history............... it was disassembled and brought in from Canada.
Some parts were boxed up and UPS'd into the US, while the rest of the bike was piled into the back of a pick-up and trucked across.
It was reassembled by the owner, and  (sadly) crashed a short time after that.

Can't just call the local Suzook shop and order parts, everything has to be shipped over (and pass through customs). So I can't say that it'll be restored to a fresh condition right away. Currently have plans to make sure everything mechanical is in perfect order and ride it "fightered" style for a while.
For myself? I like the mechanical look. What you see is what you get ,and this is a very unique machine.
500cc, 2 crankshafts, "square-4" cylinder arrangement and pushing just shy of 100HP............... so why not show off what's usually hidden under the bodywork.



After a good cleaning, and pretty much as it arrived. Low-mileage and mechanically fresh, sadly missing many parts/pieces.



During the blasting, it was revealed the wheels were originally black, but spray-painted white for some reason
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  Some had black mags, most I've seen had white. The bikes of the 80s wore pastel colors, and I figured some contrast wouldn't be a bad thing.......and black wheels are wearing a bit thin for my tastes. So I took the color in the graphics and matched it to a powder.
Fresh from the oven............





Researching the RG, Ifound a vid of a full-blown racer.
Pretty impressive...............

www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZr-PncUjnk&feature=related
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