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Old 01-12-2015, 06:09 AM   #1
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Hi there,I'm a Chinese from Nanjing City,building my 78XLH hardtail now.I know build a motorcycle is not a big deal for you living in USA,but that's a complex story here in China. Let me tell you slowly..
This project began because i got a 78 xlch or xlh engine from a friend,he told me he got this engine from a scrap dealer,he replaced some broken parts and finally,it runs!Because ironhead parts are barely appear in China,(PRC didn't import any HD before 2006).so he decide to sell this engine to me,for 20,000RMB,it's true,about $3200
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Old 01-12-2015, 08:00 AM   #2
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Well that looks like a hell of a good start!

Hopefully we can help you get it on the road and keep it there.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:16 AM   #3
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Good start for a motor . What are you thinking for a frame?
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:39 AM   #4
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Well that looks like a hell of a good start!

Hopefully we can help you get it on the road and keep it there.
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Thank you guy,but I have to tell you,Any motorcycle older than 13 years or modified motorcycle or self-made motorcycle like this one i build,is prohibited on the road here in China.
This is the grim situation facing me,but HD bobber is my hobby,I decide to do and I will keep doing.
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Old 01-12-2015, 09:47 AM   #5
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Good start for a motor . What are you thinking for a frame?
I began from a stock 73 ironhead frame,bought it from Ebay.And a KR style bolt-on hardtail from sportyspecialties,they don't accept web order
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Old 01-12-2015, 10:05 AM   #6
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Wow! Very cool!
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:46 AM   #7
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Build is looking good so far.

I lived in Shanghai for a few years, and I always dreamed about bringing my shovel over to rip around town, but as you've already mentioned, its a near impossibility.

Do you plan on riding the bike once its finished? Not sure how strict it is over there in NJ, but when I was in SH, as long as you could outrun the closest cop trying to catch you, you were generally ok to ride dirty haha
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:01 PM   #8
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Yes I will ride around but not in downtown,cops rarely appear in the suburbs.I think cops won't distinguish i'm riding a ironhead or a junk Chinese motorcycle
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Build is looking good so far.

I lived in Shanghai for a few years, and I always dreamed about bringing my shovel over to rip around town, but as you've already mentioned, its a near impossibility.

Do you plan on riding the bike once its finished? Not sure how strict it is over there in NJ, but when I was in SH, as long as you could outrun the closest cop trying to catch you, you were generally ok to ride dirty haha
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:08 PM   #9
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the engine inside looks worse than the outside.Do some replacement.All parts are from Ebay,the postage is expensive than the part itself.
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Old 01-12-2015, 05:24 PM   #10
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I knew the 73 frame is different from 78's,so i took the frame and engine to my friend's workshop,after cut a cross beam,we put the engine into the frame.
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Old 01-12-2015, 11:32 PM   #11
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My hats off to you for taking on such a daunting task in a place far away from the maker of said bike...


And what you did to make the post 77 motor fit the pree 76 frame is small compared to a Evo motor so be thankfull..


Cant wait to see it up and running...

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Old 01-13-2015, 08:49 AM   #12
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Thank you,I did not expect build a motorcycle is so difficult,I never do such work,it is challenging but fun.
gather parts,41mm wide-glide front end and 18' drum brake front wheel from Ebay;16' drum brake rear wheel from Japan;KR style oil tank from
Ebay,there is a small episode,the oil tank seller refused my purchase,he said he don't sell out USA,then the procurement service help me to get the tank,they send tons of goods to China from USA every day.
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My hats off to you for taking on such a daunting task in a place far away from the maker of said bike...


And what you did to make the post 77 motor fit the pree 76 frame is small compared to a Evo motor so be thankfull..


Cant wait to see it up and running...

Roach.
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Thats going to have a great Look!!

Yeah I have hjelped many gut over seas get parts... I know how hard it is..

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Old 01-14-2015, 07:14 AM   #14
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Oil tank into the frame.I design a narrowed triple trees.
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Nice work all around, particularly those trees!
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Old 01-14-2015, 11:17 PM   #16
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making the rear axle and spacers.The tank and rear fender not for this xlh.I decide to lowering the front end.
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Old 01-15-2015, 02:16 AM   #17
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Are you going to have to title the bike in order to get tags ? I hope you dont have too much "red tape"...my hats off to you for your effort...you rebel
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Old 01-15-2015, 05:36 AM   #18
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Are you going to have to title the bike in order to get tags ? I hope you dont have too much "red tape"...my hats off to you for your effort...you rebel
I don't quite sure,do you mean to register my xlh?No,no way for a self-made motorcycle.

40s fog light to be my headlight,I order this handmade iron seat from a friend,he never touched my xlh but the seat fit well.Then replace the stock springer with Progressive springer,the front-end is lowered by 2 inches.
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Old 01-15-2015, 08:30 AM   #19
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Really like what you have so far. The thing you call a seat I would call a tailpiece that a seat goes on. That part is sweet ! I see you have electric and kick start too. Nice.
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Old 01-15-2015, 09:17 AM   #20
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I like the tailpiece too,nice metal work.The kickstart is too heavy,maybe there is something wrong,the engine hasn't been started for many years.
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