Back Road Rager

endres sxr harley sportster before after 1 thSteve 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.

Here’s what Steve had to say.

I live in New Hampshire, and I was looking for a bike that would be good for cruising around on some of the local dirt roads. I’ve always been a Harley guy, and ever since getting a few of Allan Girdler’s books in the 80s, I’ve wanted an XR750.

I was able to pick up this 1988 Sportster 1200 for under $2000. As with many 25+ year old Sportsters, there were lots of backyard repairs that I fixed. I replaced and upgraded almost all of the wiring and added LED lighting all around. I added 15” progressive suspension and Supertrapp XR style pipes. I bought a 19” front wheel off eBay and, using your conversion kit, turned it into my rear wheel and put on Continental TKC80 tires front and rear.

I pulled off the forward controls and added Chainsikle rearsets. I fabricated a headlight mount which also mounted the front signals, allowing me to remove two bolts, unclip a Deutsch connector, and remove the entire assembly. The engine came with an S&S carb and high compression pistons.

Obviously, I added your tank and tail section. I must say, I am impressed with the quality of your products. Being able to get them in orange is awesome, and saves a ton of time and money for paint. I got the body kit Friday night and was riding by Saturday morning. At this point I’ve only got a couple miles on the bike, but I am really excited to get out and ride.

Thanks for making great parts at a decent price.

~ Steve

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The best flat-track t-shirt ever!

XR750TshirtPerfect shirt for flat trackers to wear at motorcycle gatherings. It’s all about the first 1970 XR750--a proper right side view with all the basic specs in text box. The orange sleeves are so right for the two-color XR imprint design and set the shirt apart from all the other white ones in the world (or badassed black ones with skulls!).

xr750-shirt-photoThe design is orange and black on an Augusta 50% cotton/50% polyester shirt with orange raglan sleeves and orange collar. I'm stocking these in only Large and XL because, well, we're gettin' older aren't we? I'm making other sizes in small batches.