Monday, October 10, 2011

1972 May Chopper Guide Quarterly - The Complete Sportster Manual

Contents: Introduction; The History of the Sportster; Sportster Specs; How to buy a used Sporty; Save Bucks - tune it yourself; Rebuilding the Linkert; The Tillotsen Carb; Replacing the Sporty clutch; Adjusting front and rear brakes; Extending the front end; Build your own struts; A rigid frame for your Sporty; Custom Frames; Stripping the Sportster; Raking; Frame Moulding; Professional Painting; Spray Can Painting; Chroming; Secrets of buying a safe Springer; How to lace and true a wheel; Custom front brakes; How to strip a Sporty Engine; Let the pros rebuild your Sporty engine; Rebuilding the Sporty transmission; Heads, Valves and Pistons; Rings; Installing a swinging sissy bar; Sissy Bars for rigid Sportys; Pipes and mufflers; Special Hi-Performance Section: Beef your Sporty for $100 a month; Exotic carbs; The S.U. Carb; The Weber Carb; Gear it right; Maintaining the Sporty magneto; Drag Racing for fun and profit; New products; more

Trying to build your first chopper can be the most exasperating task you've ever attempted. You'll be swamped with well-wishing do-gooders who have a wealth of information and advice to offer. And a lot of the time, they're nowhere to be found when you need help with the manual labor.

Although trying to completely chop your own Sportster in the confines of your garage may sem like an impossible task, you can do it. And that's the reason for this book. It's not a factory manual. If it were, the price would be around $10 and it would be 10 times as long. But the information in this book will answer all your questions - from how to buy a used bike to maintaining it after you get it on the road.

If you're into performance, there's a section that deals with different things you can do to your scooter to make it competitive and still be able to ride it on the street.

If you don't want to do all of the work, at least you can learn enough to be able to go into a shop and not get a bum deal. However, the more work you do yourself the more money you'll save. And, you'll pay a lot more attention to detail than any shop. Which means that the finished product will mean a lot more to you. By doing the work yourself you will also learn 10 times quicker than some of the people that believe that the only way to have a chopper is to buy one already built.

And by completely building your own scooter, you can have the pleasure of telling people who ask about it that you did all the work.

Regardless of how you decide to do it, never get in a rush. You've probably saved a long time to be able to buy and chop your first bike, so don't end up with a ratty looking bike because you got in a hurry to get on the road.

You'll probably lose a lot of sleep, and eat a lotta peanut butter sandwiches. You'll start adding new words to your vocabulary at the rate of one for every busted knuckle and part that won't fit. But, the first time you light off the engine and take that first putt down the street you'll forget about all the hassles. Have a ball!

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