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For Vintage Sportster Geeks
« on: May 15, 2022, 12:13:30 PM »
I have had a Harley 1964 XLCH torn down and packed away for almost 20 years.  It is time to get this together while I am still above ground and have most of my marbles in one place.   Many of the side jobs have been completed over the years, but the bike remains completely un-assembled, at least until the other day when I tackled building the wheels. 

Since I know there are those that have a soft spot for old HD on this forum I will occasionally post an update on my progress.  This will NOT be a build thread. 

It doesn't look like much but this is a huge milestone in this restoration!  The bike was ordered with the optional equipment Champion alloy rims, which are quite rare today.  The wheels will be shod with correct Goodyear Grasshopper replicas called Dirtman and made by Allstate.  The spokes and nipples are original HD and have been cad plated back when it only cost an arm, not an arm and a leg like today.






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1935 GTS
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1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
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Re: For Vintage Sportster Geeks
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2022, 12:24:53 PM »
Very cool, Dave. 

I don't think I have ever had any Champion rims and a quick look online didn't reveal much info..     Looks like the profile is very similar to the more common Borrani & Akront lighter weight rims vs the typical heavy profile Borrani rims commonly found on older HD.   Any markings?   Who manufactured them?
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Re: For Vintage Sportster Geeks
« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2022, 12:32:38 PM »
Very cool, Dave. 
 Who manufactured them?

Champion   :grin:   

They are pretty much in the uber rare category today.  Not many bikes were spec'd out with them and those bikes that  were ordered with them got the hell beat out of them. 

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1935 GTS
1968 V700
1973 V7 Sport
1974 Eldo
1977 Vert
1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized
2021 V7-850 Stone Centenario
2022 V85TT Guardia d'Onore

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Re: For Vintage Sportster Geeks
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2022, 12:44:28 PM »
I wondered whether they were a Champion product or a branded item sold by Champion.   

Do they say Champion on them anywhere, just the HD part number, ?  Are those the only profile style of Champion rims.   Pretty sure I have had (and probably still do) have some common heavy profile HD rims that only have a part number stamped on them without the "BORRANI" stamp like others do.  We always assumed they were Borrani rims that for some reason didn't have the Borrani stamp because they appeared to be identical when side by side.
1973 V7 Sport  "Now THAT'S a motorcycle!"-  Master Sculptor Giuliano Cecchinelli
1967 V700 Corsa Record
1981 Lemans CX100
1964 Ducati 250
eccetera, eccetera...

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Re: For Vintage Sportster Geeks
« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2022, 12:44:28 PM »

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Re: For Vintage Sportster Geeks
« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2022, 12:57:41 PM »
I wondered whether they were a Champion product or a branded item sold by Champion.   

Do they say Champion on them anywhere, just the HD part number, ?  Are those the only profile style of Champion rims.   Pretty sure I have had (and probably still do) have some common heavy profile HD rims that only have a part number stamped on them without the "BORRANI" stamp like others do.  We always assumed they were Borrani rims that for some reason didn't have the Borrani stamp because they appeared to be identical when side by side.

There are no manufacturer ID stamped on the rims.  Just the HD part number stamps.   The certainly have the look of Borrani. 
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1935 GTS
1968 V700
1973 V7 Sport
1974 Eldo
1977 Vert
1977 Lemans 1.2
1980 T3 California
1993 1000S - Sparklehorse
2004 V11S - Eraldo-ized
2016 Griso SE - Beetle-ized
2021 V7-850 Stone Centenario
2022 V85TT Guardia d'Onore

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Re: For Vintage Sportster Geeks
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2022, 01:36:49 PM »
  On my '74 XLH , they came stock with the Borrani rims . Spent way too much money making it faster , but never
ever considered changing the wheels . The usual then , Axtell barrels , S&S crank ,Sifton cams , countless clutches !
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