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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-23-2019, 05:13 PM   #1
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Not gonna be a chopper, but not a 'fighter, so I'll stick this in here. I love the look of the early Scout's, and I've been wanting to do something with this old Sportster engine I have, so this is the plan.



There's nothing about the above bike that I would change. The Scout engine is a very short twin and the IH is around 22" tall. The fuel tank between the frame rails is a must have, so is the leafer front end. The build would be pointless without them. Due to the height of my engine the bike will be bigger overall...might have to go to 21" or 23" rims to keep the proportions right. Just have to wing at as I go.

First thing's first, I decided a frame jig would be the best place to start. Was looking for some steel I never did find, but found this extruded aluminum channels in my scrap pile instead. Works for me! So fastened up a bed out of it that bolts to my lift table.


Using the channels for adjustability. Pretty handy stuff, actually.

Way taller than needed, but may come
in handy for dropping plumb lines, so not gonna chop it down for now.


Machined up some piece for the rear axle support. I'm reusing the Sportster rear wheel, so it's only made to hold that rear axle.




Used the chewed up rotor off my XL and made a little caliper deal to set the rake with. Way overboard, but a fun rainy day project.





Only thing left to do on the jig is get some material to make the neck cones.


Need to decide if I'm gonna turn up a neck or find a cheap bike to steal a titled neck from. Looking forward to building the frame, but really excited about building the leafer forks. This isn't something I'll be working on at a fast place. Currently researching wheel info and other things, but it's a start.

Really don't want to spoil the lines of the hardtail, but considering something similar to this to gain a bit of suspension out back. Not with the modern look, of course.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-23-2019, 05:18 PM   #2
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things are getting interesting round ere now ,
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This will be interesting. I've been thinking about a similar build myself.
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This will be interesting. I've been thinking about a similar build myself.
Nice! What do you have in mind?
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Got the taper attachment set up and turned up some neck cones tonight. Found some tubing local, but gotta figure out a way to move 20' sticks. Looking for a titled frame to steal a neck off of is proving harder than I thought.




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Saw this a while back.



$5,000 USD retail.

I know you can build something better, for way less cash.
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That's pretty interesting how they did the "top yoke" area. Looks like cast aluminum, too. I looked in to buying a spring pack for the fork, so I could get a chrome one and know the spring rate would be good, but it was like $600. Yeah, that's not gonna happen
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has to be hd neck/paperwork?
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has to be hd neck/paperwork?
Nope. It can be anything. As long as it's tubular steel and not some sort of casting/forging. I just want a clean number to walk in and out of the DMV. Nothing is getting inspected.
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