I'm not going with fishtails but I like these.
These are quite sexy too. I unfortunately do not know where this pic came from.
With both of these styles there are issues with the timer (distributor) being in the way and with the top pic my oil tank would be in the way as well. I'm not changing the ignition around but I might think about going with a smaller battery and re-configuring the oil tank. Changing the oil tank wont be a big deal but the filter is in there and from there the project grows legs. That's where I have to check myself. The pipes will be custom built by me and the Old Man so I can work around what I've got but I don't want to have the whole bike be three feet wide from stacking up oil tanks, shocks, pipes, and the like.
Of course, I have to keep the whole vision of what I want the finished bike to look like in mind.
Rare and expensive originals
If I had the stock exhaust I'd run it and shut up but it's hard to come by and pretty pricey so I'll pass. I'm pretty much over worrying about what the blondes on the beach think anyhow. Apparently a guy on the XL forum (who seems to actually know what he's talking about) proved that the crossover tube adds a couple of horsepower just as the factory claimed. People just like the look of the staggered duals, I suppose. I'm getting old apparently because I don't want my bikes too loud anymore. Mostly because I leave the house early in the morning and I like to fly below the radar as far as my neighbors are concerned.
Definitely a clearance issue with the timer if I went this route.
Not sure who took the shot, bike built by Cheapskate Cycles
No denying these are freaking sweet.
Might be on to something with these. We could probably squeeze all that in there. Not sure how they would work, performance-wise but at least there is some sort of muffler. And yes, I know it's not a Sportster.
These are bad-ass but probably too much work to make it fit on the XLH.
|Photo by Mark Kawakami Bike by Top Shelf Customs|