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HURLEY BIKE & H20 INITIATIVE
The Hurley Sportster started as a collaboration with Hurley and RSD to build a surf worthy cafe bike. We shot a few pictures of her as a cafe racer and somewhere on the way to the beach we decided moto bars, dual purpose tires and a solo seat were a better fit and she was transformed into a Hurley Scrambler. It really goes to show what a versatile bike the sportster is and how easy it is to change a few parts and get something very different.
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HURLEY BIKE & H20 INITIATIVE
 
HURLEY BIKE & H20 INITIATIVE
 
HURLEY BIKE & H20 INITIATIVE
 
HURLEY BIKE & H20 INITIATIVE
The Hurley Sportster has been finished and recently flogged for our 2012 Catalog photo shoot in Azusa Canyon. Azusa is one of our favorite spots to test out a new machine but the obvious lack of waves left out the need for the surfboard and surfboard rack. Well post some photos of that set up as soon as we can bribe CR Stecyk to paint one of the new Hurley surfboards that was so kindly donated to the project.
 
 
HURLEY BIKE & H20 INITIATIVE
 
The guys at Hurley are stoked on bikes and we’re equally stoked on surfing so a collaboration was born. Using Hurley’s Phantom pattern as  inspiration we’re tweaking a Sportster with a tasteful rendition of the Phantom. Matching Surfboard is somewhere between sander and glass. We’ll be adding some new custom one off prototype parts as we go bending this sportster into a surf ready two wheeler. 
 
  HURLEY BIKE & H20 INITIATIVE
 
Yesterday Punker Pat came to the shop and upchucked some marketing wisdom all over our fab table. In all his excitement he forgot to clean up his mess, in fact he forgot to take his board and wetsuit. Things left in the shop for more than a 24hr period become property of those who reside in the shop. Thanks for your absent mindedness Pat. Aaron couldn’t use the fab table so he hung the wetsuit over the sporty gas tank and a paintjob was born. Thanks again Punker Pat. Please come again and feel free to leave some XL t-shirts and 36 pants.
 HURLEY BIKE & H20 INITIATIVE
 An RSD and Hurley Sportster Collaboration is in the works currently. Keep an eye out for future RSD/Hurley Collaborations on the H20 Initiative.
Our good friends at Hurley are doing some very innovative things in the surfing world and in the delivery of our most vital natural resource, H20 to third world countries. We had a unique opportunity to take a tour of the facility and see the inner workings of the Hurley Machine in the week prior to the US Open of Surfing which is going down in Huntington this weekend. Check the Hurley site for more info on the Hurley H20 Initiative and how you can get involved at http://www.hurley.com/h2o/allaccess.cfm?tag=h2o-h2o 
 
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Ralph Machio says:
9/24/2011 12:26:15 AM
 
Bike looks fast.....the world needs water
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JG says:
10/4/2011 2:24:34 AM
 
Hi guys, This is not the 1st time that you display concept "drawings" like this one. I'm really curious to know how you do it. Do you have a special software ? Is it hand-drawed or some kind of photoshop job ? Anyway, your work really kicks ass, the motorcycle world needs you !
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rolandadmin says:
10/4/2011 9:25:10 AM
 
Thanks JG. All photoshop!
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Beto Araujo says:
12/9/2011 7:23:57 AM
 
When will we see more of this bike?
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rolandadmin says:
12/10/2011 12:26:05 AM
 
It's finished and will be in our 2012 ad campaign. Will have pictures up soon!
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DirtySanchez says:
1/19/2012 7:36:41 PM
 
AndyBell Concept Bike? Hairy,Drunk,Fat?
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Simon says:
1/20/2012 12:39:19 AM
 
Will you ever produce that cut gearcase-cover for the sportster (as it was seen on your previous café sportsters)? Really nice work Roland (and his team)!
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rolandadmin says:
1/23/2012 10:42:20 AM
 
What you see is just a trimmed stock cam cover. We remove the un-needed material that hangs below the gasket surface.
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Beto Araujo says:
1/20/2012 6:40:52 AM
 
I really like what you have done with the seat (pics 10 and 11)!
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ozzy says:
1/20/2012 10:35:56 AM
 
hi , great work as usual... i wanna use rsd clip on but i have forward control kit and my height is 6.2' (188cm). i am anxious about ergonomics.wht do u think guys, clip on+forwards can work together? i saw Tony Hawk's bike like i described but couldnt see any riding pics or video. pls help
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rolandadmin says:
1/23/2012 10:37:31 AM
 
Yes, it works but some people find it somewhat awkward. We recommend trying it out and if youre not comfortable, its pretty easy and cheap to convert to stock H-D Sportster mid controls.
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AJ says:
1/20/2012 6:25:05 PM
 
Sorry for all these...thinking of building one: Will the skid plate be a production item? Does raising the tank require any fab work or is it just a matter of changing bolt locations? Is that new saddle going to be available? Thanks.
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AJ says:
1/20/2012 10:48:15 PM
 
I just found all the answers to my questions under the other sportster comments. Thanks.
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Emil says:
1/23/2012 11:42:12 PM
 
I notice they you had different seats on the bike. I really like the cafe seat in the drawing which I believe you used in you 1st Cafe Sportster. Is that seat produce by mustang or was that just a prototype to the cafe seat that you have in your product line?
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rolandadmin says:
1/25/2012 4:03:57 PM
 
Mustang is currently producing the first café seat and will be producing the solo seat this year.
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Leevann Cabrera says:
1/24/2012 2:06:41 AM
 
Awesome Photos!!! And to add to it, I'm from the city of Azusa! Thanks for the cool pics...Hopefully one day i can get one of your cool bike creations!
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Ryan says:
1/31/2012 9:29:03 AM
 
All these aggressively styled Sportsters, does RSD have any rearsets in development?
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rolandadmin says:
1/31/2012 3:40:03 PM
 
We have actually made some in the past for our Buell http://www.rolandsands.com/wp/2009/07/08/bu-hell/ . With the popularity of our cafe line, we are currently working to get these into production at an affordable price-point.
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Tato says:
1/31/2012 7:54:37 PM
 
Buen trabajo, yo tengo 2009 nightster quiero hacerla cafe sportster me encanta
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rolandadmin says:
2/1/2012 9:59:05 AM
 
¬°Adelante!
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ozzy says:
2/5/2012 2:23:09 PM
 
RSD must produce rear sets for sportster.specially compatible with stock pipes... i am gonna be the first customer for it.made my bike cafe style by using RSD products but i cant effort long rides because of my legs. im gonna nearly hate to being tall.
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Seth says:
2/10/2012 7:56:53 AM
 
What kind of risers did you guys use for the mid pegs, and where can I get them? Bike looks sick by the way, love the work from RSD.
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rolandadmin says:
2/17/2012 5:46:45 PM
 
This bike is just using stock Nightster mid-controls.
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matthew says:
2/26/2012 9:07:13 AM
 
is that an rsd jacket? what model? also, what kind of boots is the rider wearing? looks badass.
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rolandadmin says:
2/27/2012 10:59:59 AM
 
Thank you Matthew. Both are RSD jackets. The grey/smoke color is the RONIN jacket and the brown/tobacco color is the DOMINO jacket. The boots are also RSD but these are still in development and not out yet.
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Eric says:
3/7/2012 12:12:32 AM
 
When removing the front fender is it needed to put the metal in the front of the frame like that for protection?
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rolandadmin says:
3/7/2012 2:57:50 PM
 
No, it is not required. We did it because we actually put dual sport knobby tires on this bike and changed it into a "Scrambler" shortly after this shoot. The skidplate gives good protection from mud and rocks.
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chris says:
3/7/2012 12:45:09 PM
 
what tire and size did you use for this bike. love the bike working on mine as we speak
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rolandadmin says:
3/7/2012 2:49:33 PM
 
Tires - Rear: Dunlop Sportmax Roadsmart 160/60ZR18, Front: Dunlop Elite 3 MM90-19
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Troy says:
3/7/2012 7:19:56 PM
 
Another great build by the GREAT RSD. Please tell me that the skid plate will be another cool production piece for the Sportster models - it is absolutely stunning and I MUST OWN ONE.
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rolandadmin says:
3/9/2012 2:50:46 PM
 
Most likely not, unless we get a ton of requests.
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Christopher Baran says:
3/12/2012 1:31:44 PM
 
Can I put those wheels and tires on a 2010 HD Sportster 48?
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rolandadmin says:
3/26/2012 4:57:43 PM
 
You sure can!
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SCHINPETR says:
3/13/2012 12:43:03 PM
 
Ahoj Rolande! Super motorky! Dobré, ale kurva drahé díly.CAU
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chris says:
3/19/2012 8:44:35 PM
 
i think you should make some skid plates even if you only make a limited number of them i would love to own one
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Amy says:
3/21/2012 1:24:23 PM
 
Does the Avenger seat work with a 4.5 gallon tank?
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rolandadmin says:
3/22/2012 6:07:50 PM
 
Unfortunately not. 3.3 and 2.25 gallon "Peanut" tanks only
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XnightsterX says:
3/29/2012 9:04:43 AM
 
Whats the front fork used on this bike I have tried searching for "Fusion Forks" but came up without any luck.
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rolandadmin says:
4/9/2012 9:55:08 AM
 
These are just stock H-D Nightster forks that we disassembled and powdercoated the lower legs. Fusion is just the name of Hurley's new wetsuits.
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jduse says:
4/3/2012 9:13:16 PM
 
JDuSe here requesting you produce the skip plate! That skid plate is so nice, it really cleans the front of the bike up.
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Yukster says:
4/16/2012 2:22:33 PM
 
Second that please produce the skid plate!
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Scotty Boy says:
4/20/2012 2:59:27 PM
 
I conquer please produce the skid plate.
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220concepts says:
4/27/2012 12:25:50 PM
 
Another vote for production of SKID PLATE!
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jetjock says:
4/30/2012 1:48:14 PM
 
where can I find those scrambler pipes? and what kind of tires are the knobby's? I would also be in line for a skid plate...
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rolandadmin says:
5/14/2012 5:42:14 PM
 
The pipe is a production RSD Tracker 2-into-1 by V&H http://www.rolandsands.com/products/tracker-2-into1-exhuast-system . Front tire is Bridstone Trailwing 101 and Rear is a Pirellui Scorpion A/T.
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minh tran says:
5/4/2012 9:32:49 AM
 
third...please produce the skid plate!
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hendry13 says:
5/7/2012 7:11:13 PM
 
niiiiice! i dig the whole vibe . i was wondering where the newest HD style was gonna come from....and.its.from you Mr. Sands. bravo!
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Craig says:
5/10/2012 3:46:49 PM
 
What kind of rear suspension was used? Is that what gives the bike the increased ride height?
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rolandadmin says:
5/14/2012 5:25:24 PM
 
These are Progressive Suspension 970 Series reservoir shocks. They are 14" long which increases the ride height for more lean angle and steepens the rake for quicker steering. Not to mention a WAY smoother ride than stock!
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Kevin says:
5/25/2012 11:35:27 AM
 
Ok so 1 more question about the suspension. did you modify the front too? I am almost done with my nightster. I have noticed that the RSD cafe racer seat on my bike has the same geometry as the one with the 970's with my stock 11.5" shocks. I was hoping for a higher rear end look so was wondering if the picture provided was the bike with load on it or not. I know I am being kinda anal, but 970's aren't cheap and I want to get the right size and order any pieces for the front. Thanks in advance!
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rolandadmin says:
6/13/2012 12:06:32 PM
 
Yes, we used Race Tech Gold Valave Emulators and Springs in the front end. The shocks are 14" long eye-to-eye Progressive 970 series.
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Don says:
5/30/2012 7:24:37 AM
 
I'd like to go to 13 or 14 inch Progressives on my 883L. Did you guys also need to raise the front fork a couple of inches to keep the bike level? Is there some way this can be done with longer damping rods, or do you think i just will have to get longer fork kit? Thanks!
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rolandadmin says:
6/13/2012 12:02:51 PM
 
No need to really lengthen the forks. Raising the rear, gets you more ground clearance and a steeper rake angle for quicker steering. For improved handling though, you should really think about installing Race Tech GOld Valve Emulators! They are amazing.
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MOB7 says:
6/12/2012 7:46:05 AM
 
RSD Team, all the time and effort that you all have put into these products and bikes are amazing. After being a in the motorcycle industry as a technician I have seen some pretty cheap junk. I have used your line and am TOTALLY pleased with everything I have used! Thanks for your Passion of Motorcycling and showing that in your work! This bike is no exception! I raise my hat to you!
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SonjaM says:
9/11/2012 12:13:25 PM
 
Hi are there any news on getting into serial manufacturing of the skid plate?
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rolandadmin says:
9/13/2012 10:05:19 AM
 
We have had quite a bit of interest so we might make them. Not definite at this time but stay tuned.
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dieselndixie says:
12/4/2012 9:01:34 AM
 
So, this has me inspired....I have been a sportbike (italian) guy so far...but need to build something different. Is there an advantage to going with an 883 is you ACTUALLY PLAN ON riding it like a real scrambler? I know the benefits of a 1200 for HD owners....but for a scrambler?
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rolandadmin says:
12/17/2012 5:41:44 PM
 
Maybe better throttle control for loose terrain but, in our eyes, there's no replacement for displacement! More the merrier.
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Blue says:
12/21/2012 1:25:33 AM
 
I NEEEEEED that skid plate... please.
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rolandadmin says:
12/23/2012 11:30:49 PM
 
No plans of production yet but it has been getting a lot of attention so you never know!
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BadKitty says:
1/8/2013 12:21:57 PM
 
I also vote for the skid plate with an edge cut version!
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Thom33 says:
3/17/2013 9:14:31 PM
 
What brand and size tires did you guys use on the Hurley Scrambler front and rear? Is the front wheel 21"? Thanks
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rolandadmin says:
3/26/2013 5:51:29 PM
 
Front: 19x2.15" with Bridgestone Trail Wing TW101 (110/80-19) / Rear: 18x4.25" with Pirelli MT90 Scorpion A/T (150/70-18)
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Motomike101 says:
3/22/2013 9:58:23 AM
 
Skid plate me!
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Spencer says:
5/6/2013 7:25:33 PM
 
Vito skip plate! Re: rear shocks 14" Progressive 970 series, model # 970-1002, I checked the Progressive suspension web site, the 14" only made for XR1200, do they work for XL Sportsters too? Thanks
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rolandadmin says:
5/20/2013 3:17:13 PM
 
Yes, you can use XR1200 Shocks. Feel free to call or email Progressive for details. They will be glad to help you get exactly what you need.
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james says:
6/2/2013 12:57:50 PM
 
PLEASE MAKE THE SKIDPLATE!!!!!!
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Brian says:
7/11/2013 2:43:02 PM
 
I agree.. Skid plate is a must have item it would seem. Sign me up...
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Corey says:
8/18/2013 4:02:56 AM
 
Skid plate is a must...and I'm writing all the way from Vermont
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Lorenzo says:
3/12/2014 3:26:28 AM
 
I put miself in the row for the SKID PLATE, please make it real!! Greetings from Italy
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