Street trackers are a regular feature here at The Kneeslider and for good reason, they give your street bike the appearance of a dirt track racer and quite a few folks like that look. Phil Little has introduced the SXR Street Tracker conversion kit and it’s pretty slick, but beyond the good looks and straight forward bolt on conversion process, the best part is the pricing. If you’re used to seeing some of the other street tracker conversions out there, you already know the price might keep you from going all out with alloy tanks, upside down forks and everything else. Phil decided to make a great looking kit you can afford.
Phil sent me some background on the whole kit and how it came about.
Here’s Phil to explain:
About 1985 I started fabricating fiberglass parts for race bikes. Demand prompted expansion of my “Omar’s Dirt Track Racing” product line. In 1988 I developed the 650 Yamaha street tracker. Sales took off and the street tracker became very popular around the world. It sold well because it allowed bike builders to purchase a cheap host bike and modify it with street tracker parts into something unusual for under $3500 on average.
Between 1988 and 2008, I’d get calls from Sportster owners wanting street tracker kits too. In 2008 I sold off the Yamaha Street Tracker line and now, with my new company name, Phil Little Racing.com, I crafted up the SXR Sportster Street Tracker based on the 1972 Harley XR. The build and parts creation spanned six months from January to June of ‘09. Because it is a ‘departure’ bike, I think it might be of interest to your readers.
My goal was to style a street tracker which was eye-pleasing but priced as low as possible. Another company has been doing Sportster street tracker make-overs for years but they use exotic components which drives the price out of reach for most builders. You’ll see my kit (or just parts) uses stock Harley parts as much as possible-headlight, 19” front wheel on the rear, forks etc.
Another cost savings for buyers is something I learned from the Yamaha tracker. My Yamaha parts were made in white assuming the builder would paint to their tastes. I should have made them in yellow. The new SXR body parts are shipping in appropriate colors; orange, white and black. This will save a builder about $400-no painting required. Another trick learned from the Yamaha-the SXR Sportster is truly ‘bolt-on.’ You buy the parts and bolt them on with the supplied hardware-no fabricating, machining, drilling, cutting, etc. are needed. (Seat rails on 1994+ models do have to be cut off). The only thing recommended is to sand the body edges. Potential buyers should consider the graphics kit because it will give their project a more ‘finished’ look. An owner can do a bike make-over in a couple of weekends plus a bit more time if they are going to paint some parts (shock springs etc.)
The tank and tail fender fit Sportsters back to 1980, (frames where shocks mount on the end of the swing arm.) Side covers will fit Sportsters from 1982-on and the XR1000. All other parts will fit Sportsters from 1986-on. If your readers don’t have an old Sportster this is a great time to buy one. They should be able to get an Evo Sportster for around $3500 to $3800-(as low as $2500 in the Bay Area I’m told). Look for one with body damage!
The building community will have comments I would like to hear. I know, I’m gonna get, “hey your front number panel looks like a Cyclops.” I had the option to make a big bucks panel with high zoot lights but I opted for an economical panel instead. I am also going to get whacked for a fiberglass tank and with good cause. It is well known that oxygenated (corn based) ethanol (gasohol) fuel destroys uncoated fiberglass tanks. It dissolves the fiberglass resin from the inside of uncoated tanks and deposits the resin in carbs orifices and valves guides. When the engine cools, the resin solidifies. Carb passages plug and the valves hang up. Engine disassembly and cleaning is the only remedy…a really bad day! Ethanol also permeates through the tank wall and lifts high buck paint jobs. Several years ago we stumbled on an interior coating and an application process which eliminates all problems with ethanol in fiberglass tanks.
This is a bolt on, affordable kit with great looks, … well, I’m not crazy about the front number panel but Phil already mentioned that. The tank retails for under $500 and the rear tail fender with LED taillight also is under $500. The tank is coated to prevent erosion caused by ethanol in pump fuel. Also included is a spacer kit to adapt a 19” front Sportster wheel to replace the stock 16” rear wheel. No painting, either! For those of you who are comfortable with a wrench but would rather not break out the spray gun, this kit works. An assembly manual that steps you through the conversion process is $20.00, an online free download version is coming but it’s not there yet.
If you have a Sportster just waiting for the street tracker treatment, you’re ready to go, or you can pick up a good used bike, there are lots of used Sportsters for sale right now at great prices, then add the kit and some quality garage time. Either route, it costs less than previous kits and you end up with a very distinctive Sportster. Pretty neat.
Head over to Phil Little Racing and check it out.
Link: Phil Little Racing