In Autumn last year, Christian decided it was time to put the Harley back together and get it up and running. But this time on the street! After all, it would be a shame to leave an 85bhp motor stuffed full of tuning parts sitting around unused.
The crankshaft is a lighter than stock Buell item, and Screamin’ Eagle supplied the twin-spark electronic ignition and SE203 camshaft. The carb is a 42mm Mikuni item, and for street use the Buell exhausts were replaced with a Vance and Hines SS2R exiting under the abbreviated seat-unit. A Green air-filter was then bolted onto a Forcewinder intake with a Twister air-box.
A new three-litre oil tank was tucked below the seat, and whilst this is a far from ideal location (next to the exhaust) there was nowhere else to put it. At least there’s an oil cooler fitted, hidden behind the front number board. The eight-litre fuel tank and tiny seat (supported by a steel trellis sub-frame) help give the bike a hint of XR (Harley, not Honda).
Junking the Yamaha wheels, WRP black rims were laced to hubs from the same manufacturer before Michelin Pilot Supermotard tyres were levered onto the rims. The discs are from a FireBlade, though the twin-piston Nissin calipers are stock fare. And as the front stopper seems to suffer after the first few bouts of heavy braking it will soon be replaced with a six-pot item.
Of course, the Sportrack LB12, for that’s what they’ve called it, rides like no other motard out there. Whilst 163kg (and that’s dry weight) may seem pretty hefty it’s lighter than both Highland’s V2 and KTM’s 950 SM! So with a claimed 85 horses, the Hog can certainly get a wriggle on when required. But when it comes to the turns, the long wheelbase means that it can’t quite carve the lines you’d want it to..!