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    How about a Sportster scrambler?

    I previously owned this old Sportster for a lot of years and still have bit of a soft spot for them.

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    If I could find a cheap enough donor bike, I might consider building up one like these guys are offering kits for (although I think the kits are quite a bit overpriced for me). I wouldn't consider one of these to be a true adventure bike, but I kinda like the looks.

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    There are plenty of them out there... but this is my favorite build!

    Sportster Scrambler Build

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    Now I must hurry on... for there they go, and I am their leader!

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    That's pretty cool. And there are tons of cheap Sportsters out there for harvesting.

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    Other than the knobby tires, I wouldn't really call that second one a scrambler as such...

    Still pretty neat though, but probably good for maintained fire roads at best.

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    It seems like that year Sportster has a little too much rake for a Scrambler, it would look cool though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by methamphetasaur View Post
    Other than the knobby tires, I wouldn't really call that second one a scrambler as such...

    Still pretty neat though, but probably good for maintained fire roads at best.
    Agreed. I started looking at builds like this a few years ago, when a friend of mine bought a Ducati Scrambler (also not really a scrambler). I figured I could build something just as cool, for less money. I even bought an old Kawasaki 750 twin to "scramblerize."

    Then I bought a Jeep Scrambler, and that became my new money pit. I sold the Kawasaki shortly afterward.

    My TW satisfies the kind of riding/tinkering that I like to do!
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    Great idea and a cool look. In my opinion, there’s too much heat coming from those air cooled v twins for typical scrambler usability. I feel those motors need to be rolling at higher speeds to keep your chestnuts from roasting. That’s why I had the water cooled Harley when I lived in Florida. Passed a lot of air cooled Harley’s sitting on the side of the road waiting to cool down. Maybe not a big deal in cooler climates. Cheers
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    I’ve been throwing around the idea of putting knobby’s on my FXR and slowly turning it into a Scrambler but after riding the Sportster for the last three days I’ve changed my mind. It’s way to heavy for my skill level so I’m sticking to paved roads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Badgerflorida View Post
    That’s why I had the water cooled Harley when I lived in Florida.
    The V Rad is too ridiculous for my liking. Want to check valve lash? First you must remove everything you can see on the bike [including loosening the exhaust and drive belt], disassemble the frame [why/how is that a thing?], And partially remove the engine. Oh, so valve lash is out- lucky you, you get to remove the cams. Hope you have a set of external torx sockets. Oh you don't have an e-torx socket set- oh you must be one of those everybody. Welp, better head to the hardware store because those dumb things are everywhere on this stupid engine.
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    Harley already made one the XR1200

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