We have been working hard on this bike for the Pastranas. Subframe, swingarm and rear shock fabrication can be considered complete. Progressive Suspension
built us a custom, macho, single rear shock, to handle the job that used to get done by 2 units. Modified Sportster 48 triples have also been mounted and we are now just waiting to get our forks back from RaceTech
. You can see that we have started building a skidplate, countershaft sprocket guard and billet mid-mount foot controls. They should all be buttoned up before our next post.
We dove head first into the rear swingarm and shock concept removing the standard dual shock unit in favor of a single shock. We then positioned it infront of the rear wheel in parallel with the back bone. Not only does this give us a pleasent line from front to back it also gives us a better working suspension while reducing weight and opening up the back of the bike. We've also removed the battery box and relocated it below the swingarm lowering the center of gravity. Removing the stock subframe also gave us a huge weight savings, so were really looking to improve the performance of this machine.
Café Racer TV came to visit us today as we embark on a new Sportster project with our buddy Travis Pastrana and his beautiful and very talented pro skater wife Lyn-Z. We journeyed to the junkyard to find a worthwhile donor bike and ended up with a 2006 Sportster Custom 1200. To say she has seen better days is a bit of an understatement. A napkin for an air-filter, rocks and dirt in every nook and cranny let us know that she was a dirty girl. She had spent some time in the desert, probably upside down. Lots of bondo on the gas tank, a black satin spray paint job that had recently caught fire and an exhaust with no bolts held on by hose clamps were some other obvious signs of abuse. It’s safe to say that we have our work cut out for us. We’re thinking street tracker.