- Apr 20, 2011
Would an Indian Chief motor make a bike go fast enough to need a Featherbed frame ?
Well for one thing there is more to building and riding motorcycles than just for the track and a 1200 Evo Sportster in Featherbed frame would be unique and done right would be a pleasure to ride ON THE ROAD.I would love to put a 1200 Evo Sportster motor with a nice 5 speed close box, into a MK3 Seeley frame. But for what purpose could you use it ? You could get it going and handling, but I don't think the BOTT race class still exists. As a road bike, it would be a pain.
There have been many Shovalhead Sportster motors in Featherbed fames but the problem with the Evo Sportster motor is the frame rails have to be cut etc for it to fit and it be ashame to cut up a perfectly good orginal Featherbed frame, I have looked into it and had a donor motor to messure up but won't fit unless there is cutting and I won't do that, but a alloy EVO Sportster motor would be a good combination, I throught about a replica Featherbed frame but to me they are not a true Featherbed in my eyes.I agree Ash, and there’s no shortage of donor motors either. I’m kinda surprised there’s not more of ‘em really.
Suggest you look at the frame makers of new f/b frames one or two will make a frame for a Harley if you really want to do itI would love to put a 1200 Evo Sportster motor into my Slimline Featherbed frame but the thought of hacking up a good frame to fit it in is not what I wish to do but the idea has been in my head for a long time. Ashley
Wideline /Slimline they will make either as regards originality - you resole your shoes to avoid buying new ones,but they then are nor original anymore!I also think a Wideline be better for a Evo motor to fit in the frame compared to a Slimline. Ashley