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Old 04-19-2009, 10:50 PM
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Lightbulb Xcellerator build...

Been a while since I posted, and no I still haven't figured how to take more time for before and after pics, but here's a recap and update. Plus I get sick everytime I have to look at my last thread where I had a major glitch.

May 2008, $1000 46K miles. No clue about an XS11, but hey check out that handy-dandy lil' site I found called XS11.com!! What following, and what a bike!!!


After trekking to and back from work all summer, I garaged her for the fog season here in the central valley. I put a new Dunlop GT-501 on the front, new brake pads, surfaced the rotors, and rebuilt the forks.


I lowered the rear 1 1/2 inches with H-D Sportster shocks. I got some 12" ape hangers from a buddy at work. They are fun to make work with a Japanese bike But they just felt so good!


Bag bars from a 2003 V-Star 650 Classic. Bags will be on soon. I ebay'ed some H-D switches from a 97-06 Dyna. Thank goonies I'm an electrician. I'll share the schematic I made with anyone who's crazy enough to take this task on. Mating H-D switches to a Japanese wire harness was not meant to be. I do have to operate the turn signals manually though, I still need an H-D turn relay.


Took an LED hitch cover to use for the tail light. Not to visable in the day my buddy Dave says. It looks cool at night at least. Still no rear blinkers,


Scored a 79' XS11 Head light assy. Yep, those are the stock tail blinkers till I come up with something cool!


Yesterday, I went to my favorite junkyard and got some stuff to get her on the road. Found a H-D clutch lever and perch. I needed longer cables cause of the bars, so a 60" cable from a 80 Suzuki Elite works perfect. I got a 46" throttle cable, from a honda CBR still to install. A 32" brake line for the front brakes. Oh and to top it off, look at the seat I found! Looks like V-Star. A little saddle soap and we got on the road today!


Yeah, on the road today! I still need a Harley brake lever and reservior for the front, rear blinkers (never know when a cop in know is behind you) and I need to adjust the seat mounting a bit more. Needs more tilt to the back.


My buddy Dave, and I took her out for a 150 mile shake-down. Great news! I didn't forget to tighten anything and the rear brake stops me enought for now. Man is she comfy to ride!
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:18 AM
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I like the seat! The color even matches the paint! Definitely need to get that front brake working though. I would also suggest removing the passenger footpegs. They look kinda out of place with that seat. Since you already switched out the tail light for an LED, you might as well do LEDs for the turn signals too. Kills the auto-cancel, but might look better with your setup.
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:12 AM
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Slowly turning an XS into a Harley... *Shaking head.. lol.

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Old 04-20-2009, 07:22 AM
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yep... Then again, if you make a fast bike look like a slow one, is that a sleeper?
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:07 AM
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I like the seat! The color even matches the paint! Definitely need to get that front brake working though. I would also suggest removing the passenger footpegs. They look kinda out of place with that seat. Since you already switched out the tail light for an LED, you might as well do LEDs for the turn signals too. Kills the auto-cancel, but might look better with your setup.
Didn't think about them rear pegs. Good call! But have an idea for a sissy seat to go right behind my seat, to fill a gap. Never know when you'll find a lady that needs disdressing...er' in distress! Got some blinkers from an R1, but i don't know.

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Slowly turning an XS into a Harley... *Shaking head.. lol. Tod
Hey, i can't afford one so this is this next best thing...and more fun. I have @ $200 into it so far including the front tire.

Should'a seen the dude's face I passed yesterday, on his new cute little HD Rocker "C"! Don't know if was having a hard figuring what I was riding or he had heart burn from the $26 grand he just gave to Harley's bank. Probably both.

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yep... Then again, if you make a fast bike look like a slow one, is that a sleeper?
Sounds about right! I just didn't want it to resemble a gray police bike anymore!
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:17 AM
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Sounds about right! I just didn't want it to resemble a gray police bike anymore!
That's funny, 'cause there was a thread last week where people were trying to make their bikes look MORE like police bikes! Including wearing white-capped helmets and using red and blue vent covers on the fairing.
Oh, and this being the "Next best thing" to a HD - you better bite your tongue.... and watch your back. There are plenty of people here who would STRONGLY disagree with you
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:45 AM
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this next best thing...
to a HD

Strike that ...reverse it....
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and more fun.
Agreed!!
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:14 PM
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Damn! Mob! QUick! Get me a bucket o' water so I can put out the torches! THIS IS WAY BETTER THAN A HARLEY! That's what meant to say!
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Old 04-20-2009, 12:29 PM
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Truth be told, those bars ain't THAT much different than the "Buckhorns" of the specials anyway.
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Old 04-20-2009, 05:45 PM
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Except they're about 8" higher and wider compared to the original.
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Old 04-20-2009, 06:53 PM
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Hey Krawler,

What we were saying is that the OEM bars you had on there were for a STANDARD XS11, the Specials used some taller and more pull back curved bars that look like they belong on a ROTOTILLER!! Are you saying that you put on 1" thick bars, or did you get 7/8" sized ape hangers?? Because, the Harley switches will be sized for the 1" bars, but will be too loose to fit a 7/8" bar!

Now I need to ask about HOW you did the resurfacing of the brake rotors??

Yeah, we highly recommend getting your front brakes working, they provide well over 60% of your braking force which you'll need to get your Harley Eater slowed back down after a blast!

Are the LED's in the tail light a fixed size or NUMBER, or can you mod it to put in different bulbs? There are brighter LEDs out there now than a few years ago. However with that small of a surface area for the lights to be exposed, visibility...being seen is definitely in question and a concern...no fun having some cage run up your back because they couldn't see your brake lights in the SUN!

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Old 04-20-2009, 08:27 PM
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Don't let anyone give you sh**t about lookin like a harley. While I have no use for the big twins, we could learn some things about comfort from said cuss word. My XS1100E will kill the body's butt in 100 miles flat. THIS IS WITH CUSTOM SEAT SOLUTIONS. Anyone make our bikes ride like a hardly, please let me know how it was done. My butt still hurts from yesterday!

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Every time I see some guy on the freeway riding his HD, I snicker because they always look like they should be getting a check up from their Gynecologist
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Old 04-20-2009, 11:26 PM
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Hey Krawler,
Are you saying that you put on 1" thick bars, or did you get 7/8" sized ape hangers?? Because, the Harley switches will be sized for the 1" bars, but will be too loose to fit a 7/8" bar!

Now I need to ask about HOW you did the resurfacing of the brake rotors??

Yeah, we highly recommend getting your front brakes working, they provide well over 60% of your braking force which you'll need to get your Harley Eater slowed back down after a blast!

Are the LED's in the tail light a fixed size or NUMBER.

T.C.
The apes are 1 1/4" (1 inch at the neck and grips).

The rotors, though not supposed to be done, were done at the Do-it-your-self auto center on the Navy base where I work. And yep, that nickel put a hurt on that cutter!

Trying to Ebay an HD brake lever and reservior right now. Not looking good this week yet.

The tail lights are fixed LED's. It's temporary. I got my eye on a junkyard that has some classic cars....

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Don't let anyone give you sh**t about lookin like a harley. While I have no use for the big twins, we could learn some things about comfort from said cuss word. My XS1100E will kill the body's butt in 100 miles flat. THIS IS WITH CUSTOM SEAT SOLUTIONS. Anyone make our bikes ride like a hardly, please let me know how it was done. My butt still hurts from yesterday!

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That's what I'm going for. I can't feel the insides of my legs after 50 miles with thaT STOCK BANANA SEAT!

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Every time I see some guy on the freeway riding his HD, I snicker because they always look like they should be getting a check up from their Gynecologist
Well, I can sit at a nice rake back, but my legs are nice & in line with the bike still, not all saddle sore like those Hurley guys. I don't have the abs for that drag bar look either.

I was toying with the name YamaHarley, but why put a good name like Yamaha down?
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Old 04-21-2009, 11:39 AM
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take off parts up for sale

The stuff I took from 11 are up for sale in the For Sale Thread.
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