” Think of a scrambler motorcycle, and most folks will picture a modern Triumph or a vintage BSA. But David Zemla, who runs Burly Brand, decided to take a different tack. Could a Harley-Davidson Sportster be reconfigured for bombing down fire roads? After a lot of trial and error, not to mention a few wrong turns and dead ends in the build process, the answer is a definite ‘yes.’
Zemla’s 2006-model XL 883 had previously enjoyed a sedate life, transporting a retired teacher to and from the tennis courts. It now throws up muddy rooster tails in the backwoods near Zemla’s Southern California home. To get there, Zemla had to rework the suspension big time, dropping the front end two inches with a Burly higher-rate fork spring kit, and raising the rear by four inches using 15” Burly Stiletto shocks. ”
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