It’s time I told you what I don’t know about this steering kit.
The developing engineer has passed his drawings on to my machining company. That company will be slow in manufacturing the parts because they’ve been blasted by the military to make bomb parts (not bad thing). The last two parts are just being finalized. They are 1) an installation guide and 2) a steering stop add-on piece.
John Metz, a dirt track friend and expert, has watched stock Sportsters race and reports the front end shows a wallowing handling characteristic. Vance Deemer (Gilroy CA) says stock forks handle in a very uncertain and untrustworthy way. Comments like these tell me my kit will work wonders but the stock
forks are an addition problem area. In short-stock Sportster forks internals are poor for racing. I have contacted Davey Durelle (AMA Grand National number) who is a dirt track suspension specialist. I’m sending him my forks so he can revise the valving for racing and lengthening the travel because my kit (by the way it’s made) has reduced the travel somewhat.
My goal is to include fork improvements along with my steering kit. For these reasons I can’t give you a price at this point. My goal is to supply you with a front end that works. I believe this kit will be the most important thing you can do to your racing Sportster other than equipping your bike with 19” racing tires.
I hope to be sending you updates very soon because I will be more able to do this and several of you want this kit for upcoming races.
I have started reconfiguring the front of the XRX tail to kiss the back of big round tanks-tanks made for 883s from 1991 to 2003 and 1200s from 1999 to 2003. I also have to redesign the seat bases for the foam. Most of the pattern work will be completed the week of 9/8/17.
Here’s the start. An 1988 with a claimed 26,xxx miles but the title said “Odometer Status Exempt.” I don’t know what that means but it’s probably not good. Rear tires were showing cords so it’s done its share of burn outs. Hope the rings aren’t toast. Notice the skeleton bar pegs-is that cool or NOT! I’m building it as a short track racer that I’ll use on the street too. I’ll just pull the plate and unhook the front brake lever. It will never see a Hooligan track because I think a 1/8 mile track is for mad men. I’m an old slider and you can’t use that advantage on an 1/8mile. As this thing comes together I’ll shoot out reports.
I am now getting parts from my supplier. I took the first tail (Pete Morris’s) and plopped it on my frame. Everything fits perfectly. This is the big tank.
See how slick the fit is. I just bought a 1988 Sportster with a small tank. I am keen to see if the tail fits the small tank too. I’ll let you know how that goes.
Here are the first three tails getting the support plates installed.
This is a support plate in the tail. It is the mount for taillight and license plate. This part was the biggest hang up. My glass guy was afraid to make and install them. I told him to let me do that part to speed the process. Now things are moving along Here are the taillight assemblies that mount to the support plate.
The XRX Hooligan kit is finally done after two years. I can’t show you a final kit at this time. My plan is to get a complete tail assembly and a 3.3 peanut tank painted in XR orange. Apply my new tank and tail graphics and a side cover on a frame and take a studio shot so we can all drool.
Guys have been waiting for the XRX kit for flat track racing. The tail is a cheap way to get the race look and keep the cost down by not having to buy a race tank. Same economy applies to street trackers too.
The graphics kit comes from two sources; 1) the original XR750 tank sides as I have used my SXR kit and 2) the tank top and tail top graphics stolen from the 1971 AMF Sportster-basically black out panels in flat black with white trim edges. (I’ll add a number “1 “ and some other tidbits.)
The tail comes in white because everybody will want different paint and white is the cheapest way to produce the tail. At this time I will accept orders but I won’t be able to deliver for a while. So its first come first served. I’ll take your credit card number but won’t use it until the day I ship. It’s best to call me so I can get all your information.