We decided to work on a Harley-Davidson Sportster XL 883R, to be presented, in preview, at the Motor Bike Expo 2016 in Verona. We think to improve his sportive look and his dynamic characteristics.
November 2013. Harley Davidson presents an unusual bike for the standards that people are used to, the Harley Davidson Street. This bike has a new liquid cooled engine, with volume of 500 cc or 750 cc.
After several months of waiting are finally available in Italy and us of Free Spirits, with the help of Motorcycle Storehouse, we set the work to study all new line of accessories.
At the first look this bike may be a bit rough, but after some time has given us great satisfaction and a lot of surprises.
We decided to work on a XL883R. We think to improve his sportive look and his dynamic characteristics. A lot of things will be the news; the most important it’s the elaboration of the engine that will be bring to 90inch that corresponds to 1470cc, a new complete exhaust system very “race style” and the open primary belt.
We will mount also new wheels of Kineo and of course our clip on bars, triple trees and footrest. For more info and photos follow us on our new blog www.harleydavidsonparts.info.
And here is the first complete history of one of our bikes, here, how it was built Harley Davidson 883R presented at the Motor Bike Expo in Verona!
Aggressive as a boxer, Free Spirits Harley Davidson 883R is Triumph 12.2 spiritual sister and it is dedicated to those bikers seeking something more savage. The Harley Davidson 883R has not been made to be riden softly, but to attack the road and to root the asphalt out of the street. The livery is characterized by the typical Free Spirits color scheme, showing the 13 stars of the confederated flag from the tank to the rear. All the rest is intentionally natural and rough, to speak filter the stunt riding competition language without any filter.
Here some info about our XR1200.
That unusual fork, rise from an old dream, which you see the picture. We always find it irresistible nice and with the XR fork and Bitubo support, it was finally possible to replay that beauty. From a technical point of view, we are not sure of their reason for that choice. The original fork its’ quite poor on quality, in particular the first version, where there isn’t any regulation, but due to the new shock absorber made by Bitubo, we have now a large range of regulation on spring preload, rebound and compression. Original fork is now completely empty (only oil to assure a smooth scroll of the tube on fork sleeve) the entire weight of the bike is supported by the lower trees, due to two tension rod that connect top trees (where shock is fastened). First road test was over expectative; therefore we are very pleased, not only from the look but now also for the technical final result.
2) The Open primary:
Was build originally to race with our Buell and due to the experience established, we made it also for our XR1200. To mount it, we open completely the crankcase with purpose of seal the left case (close the bottom hole “primary-gearbox” plus the hole that hold the two shaft of the shifter forks), and make a hole to drain oil from gear box. Obviously we replace all original bearing with sealed one. It’s also necessary to replace with a sealed ball-bearing the original shifter drum bushing, while we do this we also replace the right bushing that will make the shift gear easier and smoother. With this modification, not only we reduce drastically inertial mass but we can also use a good quality oil on the gearbox without that it get ruined by the dust of the friction plate. Another modification done while crankcases were open was to balance the flywheel and mount a real big bore kit, now engine is a 1470cc. (88”)