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Old 03-14-2006, 12:09 PM   #11
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http://www.off-road.com/dirtbike/machines/bajaharley/



Check it out...a little more dirt bike than you might want, but a good start.
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:24 PM   #12
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Rocks so much I'm starting to like the orange/black 1200r.
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:33 PM   #13
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I used their parts to build a tracker look alike about 10 years ago. It was a great bike after the mods.



I don't understand why HD doesn't offer a Sportster based bike that's a bit more conventional, i.e. more rearward footpegs, taller seat height, less raked out. I don't mean a Buell, but something in between. Sort of like they did with the VRod roadster.
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Old 03-14-2006, 12:39 PM   #14
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I was reminded of Larry Berquist on the original Baja Sportster:



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Old 03-14-2006, 12:44 PM   #15
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I find my 620RXC handles great on the road and keeps up just fine with my buddies' road bikes. Maybe I just don't ride fast enough to find find the disadvantages you are talking about. Then again, we are not slow.



I do have to adjust the suspension for the expected terrain, however. A couple of twists on the compression damping knobs usually do the trick.



The biggest compromise I have found is gearing and tires. A second set of wheels does the trick.

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Old 03-14-2006, 12:58 PM   #16
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Yes, I saw Berquist testing that same bike at El Mirage back in the early 70's.



It sucked an exhaust valve 20 yards from the start at the Baja 500 that same year.



Would hate to hit the whoops at anything over 50 mph on a 450 lb sled like that...
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Old 03-14-2006, 01:45 PM   #17
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Old 03-14-2006, 02:43 PM   #18
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:25 PM   #19
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It would be much easier to turn that sportster into a piano !
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Old 03-14-2006, 03:49 PM   #20
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The Sportster 1200R has a pretty conventional riding position. A set of of RaceTec cartridge emulsifiers and dampner, some Progressive fork sprinks and the longest ravel Proggressive or Works Performance shock you can stick on there is a start. After that it just standard performance stuff like a K&N, Dynajet kit and a set of mufflers. It's still not going to be a duel sport, but it'd do logging roads all day. You'd have to see what kind of tires would fit like Sahara's or something...



If it was me I'd buy a Triumph Tiger, which I plan on doing, or a Buell Ullysyes (?) Both of which would be cool SUV types or a VStrom in either engine size.
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