View Full Version : The Scourge

03-16-2013, 12:53 AM
So there I was, minding my own business, when I received a phone call from the fella buy the name of Heath. He was told that I may have an AR15 I would sell. He stated that he didn't have any money but what he did have was a 1994 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200.

Catch was it didn't run and he really couldn't figure out why. He just couldn't get it to crank one day. He started throwing parts at it like a starter relay, ignition module, new battery, generator, and etc. The last thing he was going to try was a new starter which cost $350 new from HD. So he started removing the old starter. Times got rough for him as he lost his job. The bike sat in his garage for a year on a damp concrete floor not being cared for. The aluminum parts started corroding. The chrome was filthy and glazed over. In my opinion the bike didn't look like it was washed much when it was running. The oil wasn't dirty so that was a plus.

I thought about it over night. I really wasn't feeling like trading an AR15 for it so I offered him a Remington 700, a 12g shotgun, a couple of K-Bar Knives, and some ammo for the bike. He took the deal and all I could do is hope the motor was good on the bike.

So he helped me load the bike on my truck. He cried for a little bit because the bike meant a lot to him. I assured him it was in good hands. Then I shagged ass.

These are the picture I took of it in his garage.








Some pics after I got it in my shop.




When I got it home I went to cleaning it. It took me several hours to clean the bike. I pretty much took all of the chrome off of the bike to polish it. It also helped to get to the motor better.

I then polished the paint.





After I got it cleaned up I was ready to figure out why it wouldn't crank. I cleaned and reassembled the starter to begin with. Then I put the battery on a trickle charge over night. I came back the next morning and hooked the battery back up. Sure enough, the motor wouldn't turn over. Just a click from the relay. So I did a voltage drop test and found really high resistance in the battery leads. I made some new ones and installed them. Then polished the connections on the starting system. I pulled the choke and with a press of the button the motor roared to life. That lope of a V-Twin Evo resonating throug the shop. I breathed a sigh of relief.

I turned the engine off and changed the oil and plugs. Then busted it off again. I quickly realized that I had no front brakes when I was rolling out of the shop. Turns out the master cylinder needed a rebuild. So I ordered the kit. The speedometer didn't work. It had no cable. I ordered a used one pretty cheap.

So after riding a few times I realized just how much I had enjoyed it and was glad to have a bike again. Now I wanted to make some modifications.

I found a set of floorboards and had to fabricate some chrome brackets for them just to make them work with the forward controls. Then of course I had to readjust the controls.

I didn't like the seat that was on it. It was also a HD seat but it didn't fit the bike right. It was made for another bike. So I put the original Sportster seat back on.

I didn't like the tiny mirrors that were on the bike. Some custom crap mirrors. I ordered a set of HD Sportster mirrors and installed them.

I also wanted a windshield so I opted for the Sportster windshield from HD and ordered it and the brackets. It's a tinted windshield and it really sets the bike off imo.

I ordered a set of decals for the tank.

I put a tool bag on the forks. I have some saddle bags but I don't know that they would look right on the bike. They are nice and I may see what they look like installed.

Right now this is all I have done and this is what the bike looks like as of today.




I have a Stage 1 kit and a stereo system on the way. Both should arrive on Monday. I'm going to order a chrome primary cover.

03-16-2013, 01:03 AM
So that was awesome that you got your wife a Sportster, where is your bike?

Looks really good cleaned up. Have you set down with your Celica and explained that you still love her?

03-16-2013, 01:07 AM
No. I plan to douse the two in baby oil and let them scrap.

03-16-2013, 01:10 AM
Actually, Jennifer has claimed the bike. So yeah, I may need to find something else one day. It goes good with my girl car.

03-16-2013, 03:01 AM
LOL. Its the pretty blue flames.

Those things have GOT to go if you want it to be manly.

03-16-2013, 06:28 AM
I have a quart of black paint and some and some Orange vinyl for the fenders. Waiting.for perfect weather.

03-16-2013, 08:45 AM
Windscreen makes you look like a cop... oh wait...

The Captain
03-16-2013, 03:42 PM
Windscreen makes you look like a girl cop... oh wait...

03-16-2013, 03:49 PM
Don't have me crack an egg.

03-17-2013, 06:18 PM
Don't have me crack an egg.


Nice project!

03-25-2013, 02:07 AM
Today I finished out the stage 1 upgrade by installing a high flow air cleaner and rejetting the carb. I already have drag pipes installed. Harley Davidsons roll off of the assembly line all choked down to comply with EPA. The main reason they are choked down is because the stock air breathers are baffled and restrictive. The exhaust pipes are baffled and also choke down the motor. That is why the most common thing for Harley owners to do is the stage one upgrade (aka, paying the Harley tax). This consists of installing less restrictive pipe or drilling out the baffles. Also installing a high flow air cleaner kit which consists of a K&N filter and much less restrictive backing plate. Then jetting the carb because the increase in air flow leans out the afr too much. This is usually good for 10hp and torque easy.

Most folks buy the kits. Pipes cost about $200, a Screaming Eagle air breather kit runs $140, and a Dynajet Carb kit runs $120. Those who can't tune a carb have to pay a shop.

I know that kits are over priced and come with a bunch of stuff I won't need. So I chose to buy just the air filter and a #48 pilot jet and #185 main jet. Stock is 45 and 175. I modified my stock backing plate to be less restrictive.

Evolution motors breathe through the heads. There are crankcase breathers which let built up crankcase pressure within the engine vent into the inside of the air cleaner. The idea is that this oil mist will be sucked back into the engine through the carb and burned up in the combustion process. The reality is that the oil can sometimes build up faster than the motor can suck it in.So the excess oil buildup drains to the bottom of the air cleaner assembly and drips out onto the engine and everywhere else the wind blows it while you ride. You can see evidence of this on the jugs.







Got the float bowl off.


This is where the main jet is located. The pilot jet is the hole next to it.



Main jet


Installing the bowl.



Cleaned the oil residue of off the jugs and cleaned up the carb. Then installed it.


Then I cut out a good portion of the backing plate so that the motor could breathe better.







Once I tuned the mixture I took it for a ride and the difference is night and day. I had to hold on to the bike. Great throttle response.

03-25-2013, 02:22 AM
Also installed a Shark FM/MP2/Ipod stereo today. Sounds great. I put the unit in the tool bag and an on/off switch on the bottom of the bag.









03-25-2013, 02:26 AM

03-25-2013, 06:47 AM
Not bad for a girl cop!

03-25-2013, 12:39 PM
Look, I'm not a damn girl. I'm a Lady.

The Captain
03-25-2013, 06:20 PM
I love seeing Mikuni carbs on Harleys while they profess to "buy 'merican!"

03-25-2013, 07:52 PM
Keihin CV actually but yeah.

03-27-2013, 01:22 AM
Cappy, youre slipping.

Even I knew that was a Keihin by the jets.


03-27-2013, 03:43 AM
Why not use the best.

03-27-2013, 04:05 AM
when something like this happens and its an easy fix, dont you just wanna call the seller up and tell them what was wrong with it?....lol so mean.......<<<<first thought that came to me

very nice bike......sweet deal.

03-27-2013, 05:21 AM
This is the first Harley I've seen that I've actually said, "hey, I want one of those." Very nice.

03-29-2013, 01:06 AM
The bike was missing the horn. The new one came today.


03-29-2013, 02:52 AM
^horn? cant you just yell from a bike?

The Captain
03-29-2013, 09:55 AM
The bike was missing the horn. The new one came today.

Did you break your finger?

03-29-2013, 03:56 PM
That would be unbecoming of a lady.

03-31-2013, 10:31 AM
If people were actually using their eyes, you'd need neither finger nor horn.

04-01-2013, 08:11 PM
speakers on a harley with gutted pipes? Those are about as useful as tits on a bull.

As if you rolling down the street isnt loud enough already, now everyone else gets to see what kinda music you like. Choose wisely!


04-02-2013, 01:09 AM
Guns and bibles and stuff.

04-02-2013, 01:18 AM
Gonna be riding around listening to Andy Griffith singing Gospel.

04-02-2013, 01:33 AM
Hell yeah! Jesus likes Andy Griffith.

04-02-2013, 01:49 AM
Jesus is up there right now kicking it with Andy Griffith, having him play out his favorite Matlock episodes. Everyone knows Jesus loves Matlock.

04-02-2013, 05:24 AM
I'm gonna mount a dvd player now. So I can get into heaven.

04-24-2013, 07:51 PM
So after riding 2 alot up I found that I needed to upgrade the suspension and the seat. I installed a set of Progressive shocks, a Road King seat, and a sissy bar bag. It's like riding a whole different bike. The stock shocks are just way to soft and we bottomed out too much. These new shocks have 20 adjustment settings so I can dial it right in. They lowered the bike 1 inch. I need to buy some acorn nuts to replace the frankenstein bolts.





04-24-2013, 10:43 PM
please tell me you now own a pair of leather chaps that have HD logos on them, and are thinking about tassles and ape hangers.



04-25-2013, 12:07 AM
I have ape hangers on it.


04-25-2013, 02:05 AM
those are NOT ape hangars goober!

THESE are ape hangars:


Im looking forward to seeing you customize that bike to start looking more like this:


Youve got the flames already!

04-25-2013, 02:34 AM
What, mini apes don't count?

Lol, that last pic is great.

04-25-2013, 08:15 AM
Those are buckhorns, not apes.

Medium apes are actually comfortable, but they suck in every other aspect.

04-25-2013, 02:21 PM
They are Drag Specialty Ape Hangers. I know this because I can read the stamping in the bars.

04-25-2013, 05:14 PM
If your hands arent above your head and dont go numb after 20 minutes of riding, I dont think they can be considered ape hangers.

and by your lack of comment I can only assume you DO already own a pair of chaps as well. :waveygay:



04-25-2013, 06:47 PM
Lol. I haven't been able to afford chaps. Soon enough though..

05-30-2013, 06:45 PM
So I painted the bike. The base coat is an Arctic White. Then I sprayed 2 coats of Blue Pearlescent and topped it with a clear coat. The new Harley Davidson logo is green and black. Being that the primary, cam and gear cover were badly oxidized and discolored I decided to paint them too. I removed the covers and rough sanded them with 40 grit. Them I coated them with spray on bedliner.

It turned out really nice.













05-30-2013, 07:47 PM
That looks really good.

05-30-2013, 08:05 PM
Thanks. White is definitely a perfect color for a bike.

05-30-2013, 08:29 PM
I love white, it makes things look so fresh and clean.

I want to say something derogatory, but I like it, so I am at a loss, especially since you actually bought your wife a bike and kept the Sporty for yourself. Cause that is worthy of making fun of.

I keep finding some nice bikes up here, but they are out of what I am willing to haggle for.

The Captain
05-30-2013, 10:57 PM
You should put a Ford emblem on it. Mileage will double!

05-30-2013, 11:03 PM
I paid $900 for Jennifer's bike. Couldn't by a Harley for that.

I've really come to like the Sportster. It's 1200cc motor is fast enough with the mods I have and it handles/stops better than any big twin. With the progressive suspension I installed it rides great It's perfect for the winding country roads. They are the most popular Harley therefore everything has been done and the aftermarket support is huge. Which makes it so easy to get answers from Google.

I admit that if I have no intentions of riding long distances. That's why I bought a motorcycle trailer. If I did ride long distances I would want something different.