Harley Davidson Sportster

Author: Allan Girdler
Publisher: Motorbooks International
ISBN: 9780760352182
Size: 15.33 MB
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Go on a 60-year ride with Harley-Davidson's Sportster Things got a little weird in the American motorcycle industry after World War II. People hungered for new motorcycles, buying just about everything manufacturers could build. But on rare occasions a manufacturer produced a machine that nobody wanted. Such was the case with the Harley-Davidson Model K. The Model K had most of the features buyers wanted in a modern machine, like hand-operated clutches, foot-operated shifters, and cool-running aluminum heads, but it lacked perhaps the most important technological upgrade: a modern overhead-valve valve-train design. The Model K retained the antiquated side-valve design because of arcane AMA racing rules written when Harley-Davidson and Indian competed head-to-head on American racetracks, but by 1952 Indian was on its last legs. This should have made the Model K a massive sales success. What nobody counted on was the British bike invasion. Thanks to their modern overhead-valve engines, the lightweight British bikes humiliated the side-valve Harleys on the track and on the street. Upgrades to the Model K didn't help; Harley finally relented and introduced a new overhead-valve middleweight for the 1957 model year. Dubbed the Sportster, it was everything the Model K was not. More importantly, it was faster than the British competition. Thus began the Sportster's sixty-year reign. Harley-Davidson Sportster: Sixty Years tells the complete Sportster story. Noted Sportster expert Allen Girdler covers all the bikes--the XLCH, Caf_ Racer, XR1000, XLX, 883, Iron, Forty-Eight, Seventy-Two, and Nightster--that have made the Sportster one of the most iconic motorcycles on earth.

Harley Davidson Sportster Hop Up Customizing Guide

Author: Todd Zallaps
Publisher: Wolfgang Productions
ISBN: 1935828959
Size: 20.16 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
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The book presents two, start-to-finish builds, one done on an Ironhead, and one on an Evo Sportster. From the initial disassembly to the mock up, paint and reassembly, all the steps are here, including engine work and hop-ups.

101 Harley Davidson Performance Projects

Author: Kenna Love
Publisher: MotorBooks International
ISBN: 0760303703
Size: 12.69 MB
Format: PDF
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Put a veteran mechanic on your bookshelf. From simple 15-minute jobs such as lubing cables and bolting on new air cleaners to more advanced tasks such as cam changes and swapping heads, this how-to guide offers carefully selected projects you can do in a weekend. Color photographs guide you step-by-step through each performance project. Explains why each project should be done and what performance gains you can expect.

How To Build A Bobber On A Budget

Author: Jose de Miguel
Publisher: Motorbooks
ISBN: 9781610609654
Size: 12.75 MB
Format: PDF, Docs
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In the old days all a person needed to build a killer custom motorcycle was a bike, a set of tools, a little know-how, and a creative vision. But with the rise of the high-dollar, haute moteur Gucci choppers, the true custom bike has gotten out of most riders’ reach, right? Dead wrong. In this book Jose de Miguel, a custom builder from way back, sets out to prove that those good old days never ended. In the clearest and simplest terms, he shows readers how they can turn odds and ends found around the shop into one-off motorcycle parts--and make a cheap, run-of-the mill custom build into a drop-dead show stopper. Following de Miguel’s lead, along with his straightforward illustrations, any resourceful owner with rudimentary mechanical skills, a basic tool kit, and--most importantly--a modicum of imagination can build the bobber of his dreams for less than the price of a new bike.