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1989 Harley Sportster Cafe Racer

I recently posted an interesting Yamaha XS650 by this same shop (Loaded Gun Customs), and now they have this cafe’d 1989 HD Sportster up for sale. It’s definitely got some nice mechanical bits on it (the rear-sets and clip-ons), and it has a nice simple look to it. My own Sportster hasn’t been converted quite this far yet, but its getting there.

This bike is probably a 1200, but the seller doesn’t actually say. However, they did put new 10:1 pistons in it, and the cylinders look awfully new, so I would guess they plopped a 883 to 1200 upgrade kit on it and called it a day. It is missing the headlight adjustment nut cover, which is kind of odd given that the rider would have to look at the exposed bolthead and any pooling water every time they rode the bike.

Anyways, there are 2 days left in the auction, and the price is just over $3K. Reserve hasn’t been met, and the Buy-It-Now price is $5,200, so your guess is as good as mine as to what the reserve price has been set at. This is a pretty nice example of a Sportster cafe compared to most that we see…

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Not Another XLCR!?!?!?

Alright, alright. I know that almost every XLCR is the same as the last. Black with almost no modifications (if any). What can I say? A friend of mine really likes these bikes, and for those of us who are trying to convert a Sporty to a cafe racer this is the original…

Addtionally, this XLCR currently being auctioned on eBay is very clean and low miles (just over 4K). The price pretty reasonable, but with four days left, the auction has risen over $8,000. Still a good price given past sales for these bikes. If my friend hadn’t just bought a classic beemer, I’d be rooting for him to buy this bike. Oh well…

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1992 Harley-Davidson Sportster Cafe Racer

It’s been a while since I posted a Harley, and this is certainly a pretty well put together cafe racer made out of a Sportster. This has one of the fullest conversions I’ve seen on a US Sporty, and I really like it. I’ve listed below nearly all of the stuff that the seller put in his listing (The bad and the good), so I won’t go on too long about this bike. As with all Sportsters, this bike shows how hard it is to get the seat right. For some reason, these bikes always seem to have such a low seating position that it can’t be good for handling or comfortable to sit on (knees have got to be ablaze after a matter of 30 minutes or so).

Anyways, good luck to anyone who bids on this bike. It seems to be one of the better solid-mount Sportster conversions, and surprisingly, there are no bids yet with two days left. Maybe it is the $3,800 starting price? We’ll see when it ends…
The Bad

    The blinkers are there but not working
    The paint could be freshened up and there is a oil leak
    The starter relay ($10) is out but there is a button on the starter that works well

The Good

    15,500 miles
    Only about 3K on the new 10:1 Wisco 1207 pistons and Andrews N6 cams
    Progressive springs
    Gas Charged adjustable shocks (compression and rebound dampers)
    Daytona Steering damper
    Rockwall clip-ons
    Chainsikle rear sets with a Buell shifter
    Airtech XR750 rear fender
    Custom made seat
    Viper fairing
    7” headlight
    Custom Gas tanks with billet race cap and High flow petcock
    New Dunlop 205 tires front and back (still have the wiskers)
    Thunder Slide kit
    Screamin Eagle ECU
    Crane adjustable push Rods
    Screamin Eagle 2 into 1 pipe, packing removed.
    New High torque Starter
    New chain


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2002 Harley-Davidson Sportster 1200 Cafe Racer

As you may or may not know, I like Sportsters. I have 2005 883 myself, and have been converting it into a cafe racer for the last two years. Cafe conversions of the XL are fairly few and fair between relatively speaking, so when one comes up for sale on eBay, or I find one elsewhere, it tends to end up posted on the blog.

What we have here is a 2002 XL 1200. What does buying a 1200 and not an 883 get you? About 20 extra horsepower and dual front discs. While this bike has some nice mods done to it, it is far from complete. The clip-ons are there. The fender has been bobbed nicely. The bike has the black-out treatment on lots of the parts.

So what’s left?

It’s got to have a new exhaust. I don’t even want to think about how loud the stock head pipes run without mufflers must be. and it probably has moved the power band completely to the top end. I’m going to guess that the carb has been set up properly given that the bike has cams and head-work done to it. Oh yeah, did I mention how loud it probably is?

The wheels: stock Harley wheels are heavy! It needs something lighter. Sportsters can be made relatively light compared to their portly weight in stock form, but one of the most important weight-loss procedures is losing the factory boat-anchors. Plus, Sportsters with 18″ 40-spoke alloy rims built up on nice, stock alloy hubs look really sweet!

Three sets of foot pegs: it’s got three! Pick any two and get on with it. Rear-sets would be best, but lose the highway pegs if nothing else.

That’s it. I’m done complaining. This is a good build-up of a Sportster into an almost cafe racer. A couple of tweeks, and it would be done. And I bet it’s a lot faster than a lot of bikes out on the road…


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1999 Harley Sportster Cafe Racer

Ahhh. This is what I want my bike to become. I’m not going to bother going through all the specs on this one, because pretty much everything’s been done. The highlight, though, is the Storz tank. Too bad Storz doesn’t make one of those road racing tanks for the 2004-present Sportsters.

However, I do have a question for the owner of this bike. Why is the picture of the Ohlins shocks on a bike with a chain and closed end Supertrapp vs. the other three pictures being belt-drive and open-end Supertrapp? I actually have the same black Progessive 15″ shocks on my Sporty, and although they probably don’t control the rear wheel quite as the Ohlins, they are 1.5″ longer for added ground clearance. 🙂
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The owner commented via a question I sent to him on eBay. Here’s his response, or you can read it as the actual comment he sent to the blog…

Hi,
I am the owner of the 99 Cafe. Sorry for the confusion. The pic with the PS shocks is an older one that I used because it was a good pic, sunny day and full profile shot (and frankly, I forgot that I had the newer Ohlins and chain drive since it was taken) 🙂

From 1999 Harley Sportster Cafe Racer, 2008/07/26 at 11:08 AM


Sportster Cafe Racer