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Dirt Track Conversion Kit for Sportsters from 1986 to 2003
This SXR Street Tracker™ conversion kit was conceived to give Sportsters a dirt track make-over with superb styling at the least possible cost. I stayed away from exotic features like alloy tanks and upside down forks--I want you to have a radical bike on the cheap. This kit (or just parts) will fit Sportsters from 1986 to 2003. Side covers will fit from 1982-on.
Fitting wide dirt track tires on narrow Harley wheels
Udo Meuthen from Italy reports that he mounted Mitas H-18 27x7-19 (130/80-19) on a 2.15" H-D cast front wheel. The result was 1 to 2 mm clearance from tire to front fork on each side. He continued by building a rear wheel by mounting a slightly wider a Mitas H-18 140/80-19 (27.5x7.5-19) on the rear tire, again with success. Thanks,Udo.
Often I get calls about fitting the above wide tires on wider rims than the narrow Harley wheels. My answer is “I haven’t a clue.” Wider rims allow a fatter tire profile. Our wide tire/narrow rim plan just clear forks and chain guide. You have to go to the wheel or tire seller to get answers about clearance issues using of wider rims.
More than a few parts I offer do not met DOT or SAE guidelines for safety. This is especially true of my fiberglass gas tanks. Metal tanks crush upon impact. Fiberglass can break and leak upon impact. This of course is a source of fire and a danger to you and others.
By purchasing any of my tanks (and other non-compliant DOT and SAE parts) you are assuming the risks of danger, injury and death. If you will not accept the risks, don’t purchase my products or return them unaltered for a refund.
A sticker for your race bike or street build. There is no charge but you haveta purchase a body kit from me (that keeps the kids away).
Sportster Racing QuikTurn 27° Steering Kit
This trick racing part will allow you to beat stock Sportsters. Read more
This guy makes your wheel kits
Jeff Ellison is a metal whiz. He takes giant pieces of aluminum and whittles them into beautiful spacer kits. Here he is with a solid ‘short’ chunk of aluminum--it’s just a six footer. Normally this stuff comes 12’ long. To get this little piece on to the saw, Jeff has to call the guys in his shop to help him muscle it onto the table.
Jeff is an old flat tracker but now does fast trail riding and ice riding. He just turned 61 in March 2017. I had him make a ring for the 9 spoke conversion kit, and so there was no confusion about which part I needed I called it a “Jeff ring”. So now you know.
Great idea on the cheap
Here’s a way to avoid costly powder coating or multistep auto paint for your wheels. Peter Morris out Utah way just did a rattle can job on his wheels (see the entire project bike). If you polish the sidewalls (or sand them to a fine grit) and clean your wheels, aerosol is the answer. Don’t forget a light primer.
Yes there will be some work masking but it will be rewarding. The tires will protect the paint and when its thoroughly dry it will last.
Pete said “I ordered wheel paint, clear coat from Grimm Speed. As with all painting 90 percent was in the prep. I cleaned the wheels with a soda blast process (from Harbor Freight) then washed them. Then cleaned with acetone. I then used wet and dry down to 2000 grit for the rim edges where I wanted to leave unpainted. I then polished the clear areas before clear coating over the gold and unfinished areas. I LOVE the color.”
Alistair Renvoize from Penrith, England built the Sportster street tracker I should have built but I did mine on the cheap. Al said...
"Ever since my youth I had dreamt of one day buying an XR750. They are too expensive so I started exploring the possibility of converting a Sportster into a replica. That is when I stumbled across Phil's site on the internet. The products and ethos felt right. I ordered the tank, seat unit, 19" front to rear wheel conversion kit, etc."
This number plate fits around the stock headlight on Sportsters with 39mm forks. It bolts on easily. Bonded two piece unit has a white front and a black rear panel which mounts to fork tubes. It secures with hose clamps-hardware supplied.
CNC machined in a skeletal style. It strengthens the front end and acts as a mount for front fender and fork guards. It’s aircraft alloy aluminum. Mounts without removing the wheel.
Sportster Side Battery Cover
This is my Gen II battery side cover with rounded contours to compliment the shape of the oil tank on the right side. This is a fiberglass piece made in black gelcoat. The surface from the mold is microscopically rough so I sand it with 2000 wet/dry and polish with 3M’s Finessette II so it looks like a factory part.
To install it remove the old battery cover (with skulls maybe) and the little triangular plate that hides electrics. Install my cover to the three mounts for the triangle cover. I provide three black flat head Allen screws that screw into that factory mounts. Over time these rubber mounts degrade. Hardware store and Harley rubber/metal mounts are too under sized to fit the frame holes snugly. Often I wrap the mounts with plastic electrical tape before I first install them-this helps a bit.
19" rear wheel replacement kits
Street trackers and for sure Hooligan racers need a 19" rear wheel so dirt track tires can be used. The cheapest source of a 19" wheel is buying another front. Yes, gigantic tires can be mounted on narrow 2.15 wheels. I now have four different conversion kits for all the H-D front wheels from 1986 to 2005 and maybe beyond. Make absolutely sure your 13-spoke wheel specs fall into category B, C or D.
Kit A for 9-spoke wheel
Bolt-on conversion kit allows you to mount a 9-spoke front 19” Sportster wheel on the rear. It will fit cast and spoked wheels designed for ¾” axle from 1986 to 1995. Kit contains 2 big spacers, 2 little spacers, ten 7/16” cap screws, 3 sealed bearings and a long bearing inner crush spacer. The 5/16 holes in your wheel have to be drilled and tapped for 7/16" cap screws. Have a local machinist do this, or I will drill and tap your cast wheel for $60 and spoked wheel for $85.
Kit B for 13-spoke 19” wheel w/ 1” axle and 2 3/8” pilot
Hub width (length) between mount faces 4.391”
Sleeve (pilot) around bearings 2.208”
Your 5/16” wheel holes will have to drilled and tapped for larger 7/16 cap screws. If you have a 1” rear axle, the center of your front wheel will have to be drilled out to 1-5/16” for a large center crush spacer. Have it done locally or we will drill, tap and bore your cast wheel for $125.
Determine if your rear axle diameter is ¾”. Measure the collar (pilot sleeve) around your front wheel bearings. If its 2” you want this C kit. Near as I can figger the years for this wheel is 1996 to 1999. Kit contains 2 big spacers, ten 7/16” cap screws, 2 sealed bearings and a long bearing inner crush spacer. You use your stock outside small spacers. The 5/16 holes in your wheel have to be drilled and taped for 7/16" cap screws. Have a local machinist do this or--I will drill and tap your cast wheel for $125.
Kit D for 13-spoke 19” wheel w/ ¾” axle and 2 3/8” pilot
Hub width (length) between mount faces 4.391”
Sleeve (pilot) around bearings 2.208”
Determine your rear axle diameter, the collar (pilot sleeve) around your front wheel bearings and hub length. I’m guessing this wheel is off a 2000 to 2003 Sporty. Kit contains 2 big spacers, ten 7/16” cap screws, 2 sealed bearings and a long bearing inner crush spacer. You use your stock outside small spacers. The 5/16 holes in your wheel have to be drilled and taped for 7/16" cap screws. Have a local machinist do this or--I will drill and tap your cast wheel for $125.
Conversion kit ordering
I need the following information to give you the right kit:
Number of wheel spokes: 9 or 13 (I don’t do 5 spoke AU wheels)
Rear axle diameter: ¾” or 1”
The approximate hub width where rotor and sprocket mount: 4.055” or 4.391”
The sleeve (pilot) around bearing: 1.975 or 2.208
1.980 or 2.333"
1" super dirt track bars
My old supplier of bars was asking a huge amount for his bars which put my retail at $149-that is waay too much for bars. I found a better source. I can now offer a great bar with a 4" rise, a 10" pullback and a better 34" width. They are dimpled to allow cables to pass under switch components. You will find these most comfortable riding and on your pocket book.
Stainless 2:2 Exhaust
Stainless steel exhausts look right on a street tracker. Performance gains and weight savings.
Hooligan Pipe for 1985-2003 Sportsters
Hooligan 2-into-1 pipe system is a race-styled exhaust for street and track. It is lightweight and tucks in low alongside the frame so it can avoid damage in right hand corners. The 2¼” x 12” megaphone has a deep throaty sound and excessive noise is trapped by a perforated core surrounded by steel wool packing which is permanent-no repacking needed.
The entire system is brushed stainless steel. You don’t have to paint it and it is non-rusting. This pipe gives a modest increase of torque and HP over the stock Harley system. This pipe system works even better with modified engines. This is a Cone Engineering product. I have worked with them for years and their stuff is superb.
The design of this system works only with stock pegs in the stock location. This exhaust is illegal on California streets but okay for Hooligan tracks in that state. The sound should pass at most race tracks who require a “muffler. Other tracks use decibel monitors and how they test becomes critical. This pipe will be fine for short Hooligan tracks of 1/8 to ¼ mile. They will perform even better on long ½ mile and mile tracks.
These are high quality American shocks that were designed specifically for AMA Sportster dirt track racing some years back. They are more robust than street shocks. Construction is double wall. The big beefy shaft is precision ground and hard chromed. Shocks use a fluid cell to produce fade free damping. Pre-load adjustments have five positions for your weight. And most importantly they are 15” tall.
In addition to leveling the bike, these taller shocks allow more fender-to-tire clearance for my license plate assembly. The bike will lay over more on the side stand but still works. These progressive shocks have 60/130 springs. This is an all-round rate to suck up the small bumps (60) and a stiffer portion (130) to handle the rough jolts. I removed the geeky looking collars that come on the OEM shocks. That makes these shocks look more dirt tracky.
Here’s a reaction from Rob Robinson, Woodside, CA:
I wanted to share with you what happened when I put these shocks on my 883 Sportster. Being a slight fellow (at 280 pounds) the stock 12” shocks were terrible to say the very least. I had to max out the preload so they didn’t bottom out as easily. They were stiff and even then I still managed to find the bottom almost habitually. (Pain in the you know what....)
The shocks were beautifully painted (orange) and they are very high quality, exactly as stated. I took the bike for a spin after installing them and I could not believe the difference they made. It was like I jumped on a completely different motorcycle! The bike steers quicker and feels 100 pounds lighter. I think the taller shocks affected the fork angle, which could account for the quicker steering. My tracker transformation is in-progres, so I still have the stock 16” rear tire. I imagine the new 19” rear might be even better yet.
These shocks are worth every cent, so if you're on the fence about purchasing them, I say JUMP!
New SXR Graphics
In July 2017 I found a new graphics supplier with better quality, faster speed (max 2 days) and cheaper prices so I dropped the old supplier and all the prices. Relish! The tank stickers have a white outline which separates them from an orange body. Tail and fork guards use a black outline. There is a gold outline around the USA stickers.
The current rage of Hooligan racing (big twins on short tracks) is the reason this product was undertaken at considerable cost. Sportsters are big heavy motorcycles with a long 30° fork angle designed for stable road riding. Any attempt to put a stock Sportster on a short track will yield slow, awkward and difficult handling (all wrapped in the word ‘slow’.)
Now let’s get into the nut. I will not bore you with minutia of rake, trail and offset geometry. A Sportster 30° fork angle stabilizes the front-end and keeps your motorcycle traveling the road in a straight line. Racing a stock Sportster exhibits heavy and sluggish handling because the weight of the chassis is attempting to self-straighten the fork in corners.
A steeper fork angle (27°) allows the motorcycle to "fall" into turns (race corners) for quick and easier turns. A bike with a steeper fork handles bumps and ruts well but forfeits some straight line stability but also produces a lighter handling feel when turning. This is good for racing. 27° is a happy medium between 30° road forks and serious dirt track forks with 25° and 26° fork angles.
Okay, your Sportster can be made to turn faster and easier with my steering kit without greatly effecting straight line stability. I would be cautious about extreme high speeds with an altered front end. I have had high speed wobbles with 25° fork angles but I’m guessing this won’t be a problem with my in-between kit angle. [Note my word “guessing.”]
Kit is made for sliding
Now if you have prior dirt track experience and have mastered “sliding” into corners, my kit will be a happy addition to your ability to countersteer. This means steering to the right as you turn left. As you enter a corner by leaning the bike to the inside and by applying power, the backend moves out to the right as it loses traction because the rear tire patch is reduced and the front end is loaded. You steer right so the bike doesn’t spin around in a circle and pitch you into the ether.
This whole business of sliding into and part way through a corner allows you to redirect the bike’s direction faster than a competitor who has to drive around a corner with an unaltered frame. Your straight line drive and acceleration distance will be longer than his and you will beat him to the next corner, all other factors being equal. If you don’t know how to ‘slide’, you will be able to learn it with my kit and experimentation during pre-race practice. A little note here. If you are a “slider”, cut off a portion of your frame’s steering stop on the right side. Stop cutting when the trees are about to smash into your tank.
Here’s a photo of the prototype kit installed on my Hooligan. The only way to tell something is going on is by comparing the head and fork angles.
Here’s a closeup. Notice how the steering column is kicked forward on the steering head.
Currently a production order has been given to my very busy machinist, and the installation guide is out for production too. I have a strong feeling that the price will be over $300 but reasonably sure under $400.
Other steering options
There are vendors out the offering insanely priced “trick” triple trees. More often than not these products only move the fork out or in from the steering head, but maintain the stock fork angle. Ain’t gonna work too slick. This can help in some track conditions but does not make steering easier or faster. The only way quicker steering can be achieved is to alter the fork angle.
We are the only company to develop a simple and economical product for better dirt track cornering. Few have done it inside the steering head. And nobody has done this for a Sportster.
Buy my kit. It will help you win, especially against stock Sportsters and maybe those pesky Indians.
If you want future updates and pricing on this product, write me and I’ll put you on the steering kit list.
SXR Pricelist - 11/21/17
Tank in white: coating, cap, petcocks & mounting
Tail in white: seat, taillight & license plate
Body parts in orange
Body parts sanded, polished & graphics applied (learn more)
Left side cover, rounded style, black
Mud guard, replaces stock fender dirt deflector
Chrome license plate frame
LED turn signals 4, not legal
LED turn signals 2, not legal
SXR & SXR/USA GRAPHICS
SXR Graphics Order individually or as a kit
SXR/USA Graphics Order individually or as a kit
Tank sides (2)
Tail sides (2)
SXR USA kit
Fork guards, mounts to brace, white
Fork guards, mounts to brace, orange or black
Front fender, mount to brace, white
Front fender, mount to brace, orange or black
Front number panel, white/black back
REAR WHEEL CONVERSION KITS
Kit A: 9 spoke wheel, ¾” axle, 1.980 or 2.3” OD pilot
Kit C: 13 spoke wheel ¾” axle, 1.975” OD pilot
Kit B: 13-spoke cast wheel, 1” axle, 2.205 OD pilot
Visa. Master, Discover. Minnesotans add 7.5.% tax. Cards charged only on day of shipment.
15% restocking charge, subject to condition. Shipping charges not compensated.
Specs and prices may change without prior notification.
Products sold by PLR are copyrighted. Some parts are not DOT approved for street use and are for racing only.
Phil Little is ripoff artist
Why is that piker Phil Little charging $125 for an orange color upgrade and why does he charge me $125 to sand my parts?
My fiberglass guy normally shoots white parts. White gelcoat is the cheapest resin and it hides flaws well. When I ask him to shoot orange he has to take time purging the lines on his spray equipment, dial in the orange and re-purge the lines to shoot white again. This takes time he wants to be compensated for. Reasonable.
When parts come out of the mold the surface is always orange-peely. And scratches appear as the part is dragged out of the mold. Scratches and dips in the mold are imported to the part. Oh for sure you can take the parts as-is and do the work yourself. (You sand with 2000 w/d and polish with 3M's Finessette II.) I spend a whole bunch of time sanding and polishing. I often do it 2 and 3 times to get rid of all the blems. Sometimes foreign specs are in the part. I remove them and fill the divot with orange gelcoat. (It would be impossible for you to do this.) When I’m done, the surface is beautiful. This step too takes time.
Generation II tank and tail for SXR
The new Gen II SXR tank
About a year ago I made a new Gen II tank and tail and have been selling them ever since but have failed to show you the difference. My bad.
This photo shows you the old and new tanks. The new tank is about 2" wider and just 1/4" taller than the old tank. I think the new one looks better than the old one--it's just proportioned length/width-wise better than the narrow original.
The side view is very close to the old tank. The only difference is the graphic panel is slightly reduced.
The new Gen II SXR tail
You can contrast the new Gen II tail in this photo with the old molded in taillight in Gen I tail. The new Gen II tail has a larger taillight which is safer. The overall design of the tail is unchanged.
Why we will no longer offer black gelcoat parts
The middle of March 2017 I made a decision to discontinue black gelcoat parts. Any part in black gelcoat is a genuine bitch to deal with. Black shows flaws that other colors do not. I will not release parts with flaws so I have to spend time eliminating them. Black will show embedded shop dust smaller than a pencil lead and down to the size of the period at the end of this sentence. Each miniscule flaw must be fixed.
In the photo you see black parts with little blue pieces of tape on them. Each tape location marks a flaw. Each foreign element must be carved out and filled. “Carving” is a gross word. This process is done with magnifying glasses and the tip of a Stanley blade. The offending foreign bits are removed with the blade tip which creates a micro cavity and we are still talking about a cavity the size of the following period.
That micro cavity is filled with a little bit of black gelcoat. Each is then sanded flush. Only then can the entire piece be sanded with 2000 wet/dry, then polished. This process of sanding and polishing continues many times with black parts until all the flaws are removed. The entire process takes hours and hours. With each hour repairing the part, profit dollars leak away. So now you know why we no longer wish to do black parts.
An exception will be made for black side covers--they will be black
Rob Robinson took his first 60 mile spin on his new Sporty street tracker in early December of 2017. This he could do because he’s from Woodside, CA.
A buddy and I rode to the coast town of Pescardero. While we were sitting outside an eatery with a rather large motorcycle sculpture, having a cup of coffee, a man came up and was looking at my bike. I should say he was studying it, to be more accurate.
The man said “Is this your bike?” I replied with a simple nod, a grin and said “yup”. His very next words were "Would you like to sell it to me?” I told him that I appreciated his interest since it is the ultimate compliment that I could receive on something that I built. Then I explained that I just finished it a few days prior and was on my very first ride and I was not looking to part with it anytime soon. He pulled out his card and handed it to me and said, “If you ever do decide to sell it, please call me first”.
Doug Cervin from Ortonville, Michigan submitted this photo of his finished bike with a few sage words: “I have gotten compliments on your body kit parts and how the bike turned out.” That being said, look his bike over.
Doug Cervin from Ortonville, MI. submitted this photo of his finished bike with a few sage words: “I have gotten compliments on your body kit parts and how the bike turned out.” That being said, look his bike over.
For whatever reason Harley has tried several attempts of giving the Sporty an XR look. Never worked out right for most XR fans. Randy Covell from Rock Falls, IL pestered me for months for a XR-like kit for his 2003 Sportster. He pestered me because I am slow and I need pestering.
Randy used many of my parts to build his own special XR 883 and it looks very, very nice. Look his bike over in detail to get ideas for your build. A simple thing like a side number plate gives this bike a race look and acts as a leg shield from heat. Everybody give Randy a cheer because I know he is proud of his creation.
Builder Ronny Mauch took the time to write a review and send photos of his build so other people in search of a project build could learn more. It took Ronny a year on and off (he travels a lot on his job) to finish his black wonderment. He said it was a great fun but a bit trying at times, but he got ‘er done!
"Thanks go out to Phil for all of his help with my Street Tracker. As an ole ex-flat track racer I truly had a blast with my build. I was able to locate and purchased a stock 2003 Harley Sportster XL-1200S EVO with only 7200 miles as my donor bike. This “S” Model Sportster came standard with high performance cams and dual spark plug-high compression heads from HD which adds to the performance.
Phil’s parts are for the most part bolt-on with the understanding that every bike has its slight differences. Believe me I am no custom bike builder, but having wrenched on bikes many years ago these slight differences were no big issue to overcome. Finding an identical HD 13 spoke mag wheel for the rear to match the front was somewhat of a challenge. Phil got me to a point where this stock HD 13 spoke front mag wheel would convert to the rear. As you can see I have not yet painted these wheels.
Jeff Smith from Northern Ireland has created a departure bike. The basic part (frame and engine) are normal Evo, then he went nuts with modern stuff: modern boxed swing arm, upside down forks and I assume wheel/brakes/fender from the host bike, fancy snorkel carburetor intake all topped off with a SuperTrapp.
Paul Anderson from Grand Forks, ND has created a singular two-wheeled mount. It is most certainly in the Hooligan category.
I want you to notice some things Paul has done. I’m not crazy about the black wheel craze but look at his orange stripe--it works. Look at the headlight--don’t know where he got the guard, but it works.
Jeff’s gone insane on his SXR street tracker. Just eyeball the elements of his bike. For starters he had his tank and tail carbon fiber dipped. Jeff is the first to do this. Basically the supplier floats a thin carbon fiber pattern on top of water in a tank. Carefully the body piece is lowered into the water upside down. The pattern adheres to the surface and is dried. Done well, a flawless carbon pattern is achieved.
Chris Baker from White Plains, Maryland bought a tank, tail, seat, a mud guard, 4 signals, dirt track bars and old fashioned hammer handle grips from me, then mixed in his own creativity to build a superb Evel replica. His paint blended wonderfully with my seat. Note his sanitary 19” rims. Those SuperTrapps really make the bike.
Treavor Shirriffs from Hartford, Wisconsin planned the conversion of his 2002 Hugger smartly. He knew I have been habitually slow delivering body parts--the problem of a single mold chugging out parts as fast as it can go. Trev started his build well in advance of receiving his body kit.
He was superb at planning color application. The central mass of his hugger is in contemporary flat black. Happily he didn’t continue black into his wheels. Instead his used gold and answered it with a unique pipe treatment in the same color. [Trev those pipes look loud-both ways.] Fork boots and scrambles bars are a nifty connection to bikes from the 70s.
Joel Hanson lives in Aiken, South Carolina. He has a small custom bike shop called 'Three Finger Designs'. No he wasn’t formerly a carpenter. The name is in homage to his grandfather who got Joel interested in building things, as well as motorcycles. Joel has always been an Evel fan and decided to make a tribute bike to him.
Here is Brisbane, Australia customer Les Duncan on his newly completed SXR. He was lucky to use an XR1000 Harley made for a short time--lucky because they are rare.
The XR1000 offers two big advantages. They have the XR heads and exhaust so the end result is more XR-like. And oddly they came with 18” rear wheels. This gives greater flexibility in tire choice and my 19” rear wheel conversion kit can be avoided.
Steve Endres from Bradford, NH ordered my stuff in January and received it in March (pretty much my production lag). Steve captured the waiting time by prepping his bike.
I think the before/after photos of his bike are most illustrative. My kit does not cost a fortune (like others) but it really transforms a Sporty (and its resale value if you're inclined). At Steve’s get-in price for the bike and my kit he was looking at a cost of 33 hundred bucks not including tires and other stuff.
It’s called hooligan racing, and it’s growing in California and Wisconsin. Jamie Ulinski from Racine H-D, Racine, WI is a hooligan racer. In a panic he called me for a 19” rear wheel conversion kit so he could put race rubber on his behind. Here’s what he wrote:
Phil, I just wanted to thank you for the quick service of getting me that hub kit in record time. This was my first hooligan race and had a blast. I don't think I'll be winning any races, but sure had a good time.
John Kitzmiller is a pretty well-known fellow. He owns Zipper's Performance in Elkridge, MD. They are huge in the Harley aftermarket business. John and crew finished this tracker build last winter. John was thinking of selling it and moving on to something else but as he says...
The thing is pretty freaking cool so who knows I may keep it around for a while.
Steve Fuller is a northwest logger who dreams big dreams as he's whacking down trees and gettin’ them to the mill. Let’s hear him tell the story...
I guess I am a lot like most of the other guys and gals that have bought a SXR kit from Mr. Little. It reminded us of the bike that Evel Knievel used in his daredevil days, minus the light and mirrors, horn, crashes and so on. I remember once saying that I would never own a Sportster until the day they built a bike like Evel had that was street legal. Well, we all know what happened there. Long story made short, it didn’t happen. But then Phil Little Racing did happen.
Thanks, Phil for all the parts and help with this project. As I mentioned to you on the phone this bike weighs 69 pounds less than the original 1989 Sportster using lots of carbon fiber and aluminum. And there are still items that can be lightened. Attached is a list of features so others can plan accordingly. I'm a little bit biased, but I think this one is better than the UK one featured on your website.
Here we have a nice 1980 Iron Head Sportster--before and after Lyle Hogan Eveled it. This is Lyle's second SXR conversion--the second of what he anticipates to be a group of about 5 eventually.
He said "Evel Kneivel was my boyhood hero, so I wanted to do a bike like his for a while. I'm 57 and still act like a kid. The donor bike was in very good original condition. The standard SXR tail section had to be widened ¾" to fit the pre-Evo frame. Phil did this at no additional charge and I will promise you can't see where it was cut and re-shaped. He is truly the guru of glass".
This time Ray went with a Evel theme and capitalized on the fact that I now make parts in white-he still didn't have to paint. However, it obvious that a paint guy was involved to execute the Evel graphics. Ray does a nice job with his bikes.
The man in this photo is Ray Suiter from Phoenix, AZ. He is a dealer and runs Ray's Rides. Ray is a customer who recently completed his SXR Sportster Street Tracker project. He reported taking it to a custom bike show at Buddy Stubbs Harley Davidson "and it got more attention than all the custom choppers". That is a very common reaction to the SXR all around the country.
Now I feature Ray's photo because it is the first shot of my Gen II kit with the new 3 gallon tank and the new tail (notice the single sweep of the tail and the larger taillight.) The Gen II replaced the Gen I kit about six months ago. I thank Ray for being a customer and for sending this shot.
Jeff Ficken from Lincoln, NE just about lost it with me for my slow delivery (we've made changes to speed things up) but in the end is happy with his new/old 1994 Sportster. Jeff purchased just the body kit from me. The graphics he bought elsewhere not knowing I offer XR750 and XR1000 graphics that perfectly fit my tank. Jeff painted my parts and did a fine job.
Look how precisly he positioned the tank to seamlessly blend with the tail. Our new mounting system allows for fore/aft & up/down tank placement.
Nick bought the rear SXR fender from me to put on a 2002 883R with a stock gas tank. The only problem was the fender was not made for that application. He completely restructured the front portion and made a new seat cushion. (Not recommended for the casual builder).
"I have been working on motorcycles for a few years and was looking for a new project when I came across a low mileage '83 XR 1000 that had been laid down early in its life. It was dented and beat up but had pretty low mileage which was perfect because I have always liked Harley's race bikes.
"I came across Phil Little's web site with his dirt track inspired parts early in my searches and I really liked the way his parts looked compared to others I had seen. Phil was great about answering my questions and on his site I saw another XR 1000 that had been converted to a street tracker using Phil's parts.
Greg said "Finally returned to CA and got your graphics on the XR. Turned out great, again your pieces were fabulous quality. Only have small cafe front fender to fit and paint with your SXR orange aerosol. The fender is fittingly made by Arlen Ness for "The Paperboy Bike".
Greg is referring to a comment made by his neighbor, Arlen Ness, who referred at one time that Sportsters were paperboy bikes. So Greg and I crafted up the graphics for his rear fender for the time Arlen viewed Greg's bike.
Chris Hinkle from Memphis, TN had a dream. A dream of 37 years, since he was six years old. He wanted an Evel bike. Chris knew he could never afford an XR750 and make it street legal (no kick starter, wiring for lighting etc). The dream came into fruition when he discovered my ad in Walneck's for my SXR Sportster Street tracker kit. He made up his mind..."I'm going to build that."
Chris called me zillions of times with questions because he never owned a Harley and never done a bike build. Chris always stunned me with his southern way-he constantly referred to me as "Mr. Little" and I couldn't break him of the habit.
Steve worked hard to create an all black street tracker. He was able to conquer all but fork tubes, rotor and chain which are forgivable. Thought you might enjoy looking at two photos of his project for ideas on your own build.
Steve did say, "It was a pleasure working with you on my SXR Street Tracker project. All the parts fit perfect with no problems at all. I am looking forward to building another SXR in the future."
John says... "Here's my version of your street tracker just finished. I kept the standard footpegs for rider comfort, but will play with the rear-sets in the spring. (Update: I have since put the rearsets from Chainsickle on and they really work great. Frankly, it's more comfortable to ride, because it places the knees more rearward so your right knee is tucked in behind the air cleaner.)
The reaction to my SXR is great! People point and wave. When I stop in front of a place of adult hydration, they come and look at my rig before they look at a $30,000 bagger next to it."
Kimberly Galloup from White Cloud, Michigan is a lucky lady. Husband Dennis built her this Sportster with an ‘old school’ bent. The tank treatment and tail suggest a 70s theme.
The bike is a 1990 4 speed chain drive with 30,000 miles and it’s still running strong. Dennis used my one piece fiberglass battery/electrics cover which hides a battery that normally hangs ‘out there’ looking ugly on the left side. Dennis said, “It works great on this bike”.
When I got these photos of Terry’s 2002 883 SXR I was struck instantly with its polished, clean look. He is more fastidious than I am. Terry chose to keep the spoked wheels, the 16” rear wheel and the two-into-one pipe he already had on the bike.
He purchased from me: tank, tail, graphics, fork brace, fork guards and a black left side cover for the battery. This kept his build to under $1600 which is a cheap price for a totally transformed Sportster.
Keith is from Lake Forest, CA and sometime in 2010 he called me while I was wandering through a bank. I knelt down and scratched out his order-you know kinda like Abe doing his Gettysburg address thing. Sometime later Keith sent me these photos of his completed project.
He created an understated look sans graphics and used a singular H-D emblem on the tank. The rest of the bike is very clean and uses much black to highlight the remaining bright parts. I believe I see rear sets from Shane at chainsikle.com on Keith’s bike.
Ed started this project in Germany (note license plate) when he was there in our military (Hoo-Ahh thanks Ed). He ordered my tank, tail, graphics, side cover and graphics.
Then he did something off the charts-he added perhaps Buell’s all time best looking wheels (and forks and trees as well) and, I assume, had them coated in gold. The blackout engine really allows the orange body parts to pop out. Ed is now back state side with his baby after wowing the Germans.
Don had a pre-Evo Sportster and had to do some jiggering to make my Evo-dedicated tank and tail fit but he did it and built this amazing Evel bike. The two most stellar bits of this build are the custom made pipes and fantastic graphics job.
This is how my SXR turned out. Superb bike to ride! 1200cc, ported heads, forged pistons, bigger valves, adjusted in a dyno, 89 rear wheel horse power!
All your stuff was good, but... the [stock] battery side cover flew off from my bike but I found it later, really needs a fastener in the front. And the dodgy nut on the seat unit... I tossed it and replaced it whit a real nut and bolt.
Art said he'd been a fan of the XR1000 since it was introduced in 1983. After an intense study of its XR race heritage and technology, Art was disappointed in the XR1000 stock styling.
"Harley dropped the ball." He was referring to the established XR race bike styling which with slight tweaks could have cloaked the 1000. (I'm guessing Harley had the same idea but didn't want to invest in the tooling for a short run steel XR based tank).
Tom is PhilLittleRacing.com's only EU distributor and will handle all European sales and service questions.
Over many decades Tom has become a master motorcycle builder. In fact he has a very successful business building custom bikes and doing pristine vintage restorations for European customers. He is very well known in EU and UK bike circles. I could not have found a better representative. He has a great reputation and customers have learned to trust him because he is a straight shooter.
Mitch Gallagher from Reno called me for a 19" rear wheel kit. When I asked what he was doing (because he hadn’t order any other Street Tracker stuff from me) he said he was hooligan racing. I’ve been around for a while (at 74) and been a flat tracker but I hadn’t heard of this hooligan thing. Oh yea, he says, "It’s the rage all over the country."
Turns out in the west and east, track promoters hold ‘run whatcha brung’ classes. It goes off the edge with chopper classes too but who am I to judge. In Mitches case, the track he runs on is an 1/8 mile dirt oval. "On a Sportser" I said! "Oh yea" he says again. He said it is un-serious racing and everyone has fun.
If others of you are doing the same thing send photos and I’ll add you to the nutty list. Thanks Mitch and the rest of you crazies. I wonder if his dog is making an editorial statement.