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Old 03-01-2012, 10:05 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by seruzawa View Post
BTW. In 1972 Sportsters had 19" fronts, 18" rears and regular controls. Harley built nothing like it so it hearkens back to actually zilch. Chopped Sportsters were looked at as cheap substitutes for those who couldn't afford a Shovel, Pan or Knuck. So much for PR hype.

Indeed, Sporties and Superglides used the same single disc 19 inch hub, as I recall you couldn't lace a 21 in rim to it, different spoke patterns. You had to use a regular FLH hub that was wide enough offset for the 21 to work, then you were stuck with a wide glide front end which looked pretty stupid on a Sporty.

This was before a million aftermarket parts were available, basically you had stock parts and the Jammer catalog to work with. I suppose you could ****** something up to work but no one I saw ever did. The '75 XLCH I had, had a 16/19 combo while the '78 XLH had the 18/19 and was a much better handling bike, mainly because you could run Conti's Avons or Metzlers. With the 16 rear you were stuck with crappy Dunlop MT90/16's

At least they got the seat height right on this one. I personally like this, I think they did a pretty good job on it. The gaudy paint is probably a Kali thing, most Sporty's had either the stock tank and fenders in whatever color they came in or rattle can black. You just didn't spend a lot of money on a Sportster, you saved it up to build a Pan or Shovel. Sporty parts were a dime a dozen.
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Old 03-01-2012, 12:24 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by The_AirHawk View Post
How could you tell? The thing (furry) doesn't say "Honda" on it anywhere.
It's the bike that looks like a giant size child's toy.
All it's missing are pedals.
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