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The Race-ster Sportster
Assembled, tested and delivered. Hope you like it as much as we do.
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The Race-ster Sportster
As the bits and pieces fall together, the Racester Sporty comes to life. Painted bodywork came back from Airtrix today, allowing us to get this machine together in time for tomorrow’s Born Free show at Oak Canyon Ranch. A bit of help from our local Harley Dealer, Westminster H-D, was appreciated to link the new ECM and let her breath fire. Computers on carbureted motorcycles seems a bit funny to us but… what do we know? Swing by the Bell Helmets booth tomorrow to see her in person. Event info below. For all of you who can’t make it, we’ll post complete photos of the bike next week.
The Race-ster Sportster
Oh by the way, the Born-Free 4 show is tomorrow at Oak Canyon Ranch in Orange County, CA. It's a FREE show featuring some of the best vintage customs.We'll be there with our friends at Bell Helmets so keep an eye out for us as we will be showcasing this bike, the Pastrana Sportster, and a surprise or two!
 
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 The Race-ster Sportster
We got the frame, trussed swingarm, engine covers and other bits back from Olympic Powdercoating. Their quality always impresses us and this rough textured, matte gray finish they call “Charcoal T” looks amazing. We were so excited that we immediately wanted to drop the motor in and start bolting her up but, remembered that we forgot to put in our fresh DP clutch kit. We made a quick job of that, then threw on RSD Velocity Stack and Nostalgia Ignition Cover and got the powerplant into the chassis.

The header is Vance & Hines from a XR1200 Widow exhaust system which is made from lightweight, thin-wall .035” Stainless Steel. We modified the collector and made our own mini-megaphone muffler to finish it off.  We also machined up some prototype rear-set foot controls and a modified one of our Softail Tracker tag brackets to mount off of the Sportster lower shock bolt. The rear sub-frame is a bolt-on piece that supports the tail section. We tried to think “bolt-on” when building this bike rather than chopping it all up. Technically speaking, this is a stock bike that could be built in anyone’s garage with a regular old set of tools. We have a feeling that some of these new parts quite possibly be made available for everyone to purchase in the future. Hint-Hint-Wink-Wink!  
 
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The Race-ster Sportster
 
Dropped in our Revolution performance 1250 kit. Screaming Eagle .536 Cams are claimed to make 90HP/90LBft torque. The kit went in seamlessly and we were done in less than an hour. 
 
The Race-ster Sportster
The Race-ster Sportster
The Race-ster Sportster
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The Race-ster Sportster
Our fully faired sportster project is something we have been wanting to do for a while. Of all the builds we’ve done we’ve never put a fairing on a Harley. This will be our first and we have grown to really like it. There are many difficulties to be faced when getting a Sportster “faired”. Mainly there’s the height of the stock sporty and the front fork. Most faired bikes are bit shorter in the front end so we’ve had our work cut out to make it look right. There’s also the fairing choice. Rather than go with an old dustbin fairing or a classic HD KRTT road race fairing we want to something a little more modern that still had a taste of vintage. Our Super Single Fairing kit seemed to fit the bill perfectly. We used the Upper and lower and modified it to fit. Made mounts, cut it up a bit and glued her back together. We're still contemplating a few of the lines so she doesn’t look like her nose is in the air, but we'll get to that. Stainless exhaust has been routed using the Vance and Hines XR pipe as a base and we are off to the races so they say.
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Cyrill (Switzerland) says:
3/22/2012 1:39:50 PM
 
You are so sick and thats why we love your work. Will be a totaly cool bike. We will be waiting for more...
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Beto Araujo says:
3/22/2012 2:45:45 PM
 
The proportions are working really well and the exhaust is awesome. It would be really nice if some of these custom parts made into production. I would love to turn my bike into something like this!
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FELIPE ANDRINI - BRAZIL says:
3/22/2012 3:25:37 PM
 
Parabens pela iniciativa de carenar uma 883, moto que ficara sem duvida nenhuma espetacular, e cum serteza abrira caminho para várias outras.
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rolandadmin says:
3/26/2012 3:32:45 PM
 
Congratulations for the initiative to careen a 883 bike that had been without a doubt spectacular, and cum serteza opened the way for many others.
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austin says:
3/23/2012 9:40:20 PM
 
please put this into production !!!!
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Logan says:
3/25/2012 10:16:08 AM
 
I Dig it, I started liking fairings again after I saw Cole Foster's bike
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Beto Araujo says:
3/27/2012 7:26:49 AM
 
Felipe Andrini's comment translation: Congratulations for the initiative to put a fairing on a 883, a bike that will be without a doubt spectacular, and certainly will open the path to many others.
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Joe says:
4/4/2012 9:34:20 AM
 
Good looking build guys. Question are those struts just for mock up or what are you doing for rear suspension?
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rolandadmin says:
4/9/2012 9:37:35 AM
 
Struts are just for mock-up of shock length. We are using 16" Progressive suspension 970 Series.
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Blaine says:
4/27/2012 4:50:21 AM
 
Fing awesome! Googled sportster sport bike fairing and seen this. LOve it!!!!!!!!!!! Like how you cross into the sport bike side of things using harleys.
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DEFENDER974 says:
4/30/2012 3:49:09 AM
 
where can I find more pics ?
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rolandadmin says:
5/9/2012 11:03:54 PM
 
we will do another update very soon!
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DEFENDER974 says:
4/30/2012 10:50:39 PM
 
I réally like iit and I hope this fairing wiill be on production soon !!! But what about the air refreshment of thé engine with this " protection" ? Thanks for answer !!!!
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rolandadmin says:
5/14/2012 5:39:57 PM
 
The whole front and rear of the fairing is open so should be just fine for cooling.
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john says:
5/18/2012 5:26:43 PM
 
nice race-ster!!! bolt-on part is awesome and the rear sub-frame is a good idea. You should offer a battery relocation kit too
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Sergio says:
5/24/2012 5:03:36 PM
 
PLEASE PUT THE FOOT PEG RE-LOCATORS IN PRODUCTION
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Tchung says:
6/14/2012 1:12:04 AM
 
I agree with Sergio, especially when I see you used the exact same rear-set on the "666" XR1200X. But the ones you made for the "Café Racer TV" bike are really good too and nobody made any kit to relocate the footpegs in that position yet.
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jonas says:
6/25/2012 9:21:51 PM
 
can I order the rear subframe for the tail section?would be a good start for my cafe racer
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rolandadmin says:
6/28/2012 10:25:52 AM
 
Not planning to produce the subframe, as of right now but who knows what the future holds.
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DEFENDER974 says:
6/26/2012 12:08:01 PM
 
WHERE ARE YOU WITH THIS BIKE ????????
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rolandadmin says:
6/28/2012 10:25:10 AM
 
Just waiting for paint to come in from Airtrix.
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Beto Araujo says:
7/10/2012 1:44:48 PM
 
Do you plan on putting those rear-sets and the coil re-locator for carburated Sporsters like the one on the Cafe Racer TV bike into production soon? I'll be in your area for the holidays and would love to get some new parts from you!
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rolandadmin says:
7/16/2012 2:36:43 PM
 
Yes, we are working to get the rersets into production. If we get a lot of requests for the carb'd Sporty coil re-lo, we'll make it too. Come on by the shop when you're in town.
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Marty says:
7/14/2012 2:40:58 AM
 
So when can we expect the rearsets and pipes to hit production? :)
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rolandadmin says:
7/16/2012 2:06:13 PM
 
Soon. Don't worry.
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Brad says:
8/30/2012 2:09:59 PM
 
Now that Willie-G is retired from H-D, I REALLY hope they bring in some young blood in there LIKE YOU to design bikes like this and brink back the thrill of riding fast through the twisties on an H-D. Enough with the Baggers already! I mean I realize their base is getting old, but come on. How about another line of bikes, branching off from the Sportster line like this one? There are some amazing Cafe Racers being built nowadays with V-Twins.
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Matt says:
8/31/2012 6:16:05 PM
 
What's does the computer do? Is it solely for the ignition?
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rolandadmin says:
9/13/2012 10:20:52 AM
 
Yes, it's for the ignition system.
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Beto Araujo says:
9/1/2012 10:44:49 AM
 
Congratulations, you guys nailed it again! Will the rear sets be available by the end of December?
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rolandadmin says:
9/13/2012 10:18:18 AM
 
Unfortunately not by December but hopefully mid-year 2013 or sooner.
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LOGAN says:
9/1/2012 9:29:54 PM
 
I like it! I didn't realize that it was more of an 80's style when it was in the early stages but it's a neat build it's got some character! My whole thing with customs is the tank should be cool, the exhaust, the seat, exc but each part isn't greater than the bike. Everything should look like it was put on from the factory except be cool if you know what I'm saying! PS I bought the Imperial shirt the other day it doesn't seem like it's very good quality...JUST KIDDING IT PERFECT! thanks
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DEFENDER974 says:
9/2/2012 10:05:59 AM
 
Hello, really great bike !!!!!!!!!! Will You put this fairing in production soon ? Thanks
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rolandadmin says:
9/18/2012 9:08:04 AM
 
The fairing kit used on this bike was a production set from our 450 SuperSingle project. There a couple of fairings still available from Sport Chrome. You can reach them at (714)799-9900 or www.sportchrome.com
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Greg says:
9/2/2012 10:06:10 AM
 
Any plans to offer your Super Single Fairing kit modified to bolt-on to a Sportster?
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rolandadmin says:
9/18/2012 9:07:59 AM
 
The fairing kit used on this bike was a production set from our 450 SuperSingle project. There a couple of fairings still available from Sport Chrome. You can reach them at (714)799-9900 or www.sportchrome.com
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Justin says:
9/10/2012 6:08:22 PM
 
What length are the progressive springs?
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rolandadmin says:
9/13/2012 10:06:14 AM
 
This bike is using 16" Progressive Suspension shocks. Stock lenghth from an XR1200.
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Drey says:
9/20/2012 11:37:40 PM
 
Are you going to make the rearsets for production or is that something you have to bring your bike by the shop to get done?
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rolandadmin says:
10/11/2012 3:41:19 PM
 
They should be out next year.
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Matt says:
10/23/2012 10:31:31 PM
 
Just a question...been looking at different 1250 kits for my XL1200R, just wondering how those cylinderes and pistons held up on that RevPerf. kit. Need/ want more ponies and torque with the stage 3 kit offered...not sure if NHRS of Rev Perf. is going to offer better product/service.
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rolandadmin says:
10/30/2012 7:59:42 PM
 
We like the Revolution Performance parts we have used. Thir technology is very interesting and weight savings from aluminum cylinders are a plus. Have never worked with NHRS but hear good things about them as well. We would recommend talking with both of them and ask whatever questions you have.
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Brooks says:
10/29/2012 5:34:24 AM
 
I love the direction of this bike. I am doing a lot of weight reduction for my nightster cafe project and I am focusing on wheels and other components in the unsprung category. Where there any weight savings with these wheels compared to spoked wheels?
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rolandadmin says:
10/30/2012 8:11:40 PM
 
They are not lighter than spoked wheels but, they are much truer, giving you a smoother ride, better handling and precise braking. Our wheels have a maximum lateral & radial run-out tolerance of .020" and the disc face of our hubs has a max of .0005". Let us know if you have nay other questions.
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James B says:
11/20/2012 11:43:23 PM
 
Any chance that the rear sets you guys will produce will fit (or have the option to fit) Sportsters with stock-style 2-2 exhaust systems? The few rear sets that are available currently only work with 2-1 exhausts. And any word on the upcoming seat(s)?
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rolandadmin says:
11/28/2012 10:00:53 AM
 
We have checked our prototypes with the new RSD Slant exhaust only. There are just way too many exhaust to check them all. We are still working to get this tail section into production.
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Robert L. says:
1/28/2013 6:27:38 AM
 
Where can I find a set of brass/gold hand controls like this?
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rolandadmin says:
2/27/2013 12:33:05 PM
 
These are Performance Machine hand controls. They can custom anodize anything you want. www.performancemachine.com
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Chris A says:
2/10/2013 4:52:30 PM
 
Slick bike! Any info on the PIAA headlight? (model #) Thanks!
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rolandadmin says:
2/27/2013 12:02:10 PM
 
PIAA 1100 LED http://www.piaalights.com/details.php?productName=POWERSPORTS%201100%20SERIES%20LED%20LAMP%20KIT
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Gabriel says:
2/27/2013 8:03:51 PM
 
Were the tank and cafe seat custom made by RSD? I want to get my hands on that seat and tank for my Cafe Sportster build! Also, how much was the front and rear lowered?
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rolandadmin says:
3/28/2013 3:41:44 PM
 
We custom made the tank and tail for this build but are working to get both into production. Frotn was internally lowered 2.5" and the rear is actually lifted with 16" Progressive 970 series shocks (XR1200 length). Did this to steepen rake angle and quicken the turning.
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steve mck says:
3/16/2013 8:22:50 PM
 
So it is now 2013. Any word on the rear sets yet and maybe a ball park price.
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rolandadmin says:
3/26/2013 5:55:19 PM
 
Looking pretty positive for 2014
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Elford says:
10/31/2013 9:24:03 PM
 
End of 2013, production on fairing tail etc??? So cool, still drooling want it!!
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jayboiee @JAVELINA HARLEY DAVIDSON says:
12/15/2013 9:51:59 PM
 
DO U GUYS MAKE ANY FARRINGS FOR SPORTSTER.OR PLANING ON TO THAT WOULD BE GREAT LOTS OF CUSTOMERS ASK AROUND AND ITS HARD TO FIND A SHOP OR COMPANY THAT HAS ANY FOR DIFFERENT YEARS ..LIKE 06-14FOR INSTENSE...I RIDE A 06 SPORTY AND I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ANY UP COMING PRODUCTS FROM YALL...THNK YOU GUYS UR PRODUCST ARE ONE OF A KIND...
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rolandadmin says:
1/28/2014 4:35:05 PM
 
THANK U WE MAKE GOOD PARTS FOR YOU
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Vladimir says:
1/2/2014 9:57:23 AM
 
guys, I am interested in the same dress up you have installed onto this bike. Do you have it in catalog? i did not manage to find
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