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Jimmy's Harley 500

Jimmy Vigil from New Mexico go in touch with this great story. Go Jimmy.

I’m 27 years old, born and raised in Albuquerque, NM. I have a full time job in the biotech field but I also have a small shop where I wrench on Harley’s 3 days a week @graywolfmotorsports. The garage also has a cool coffee bar @rigcoffeegarage (Rust is Gold Coffee Garage). I purchased the bike dirt cheap as a retired riders' academy bike that had seen better days, but it only had 3000 miles when I tore it all apart. My intentions were to build a cost-effective hooligan bike even though I had absolutely no prior knowledge of dirt track racing. In total it took me roughly three months to build. 

2015 Harley Davidson XG500

•19in Sportster mag wheel in the front

•19in Dyna spoke wheel used in rear

•Vulcan Works hub adapters to fit rear wheel and figured out spacing to keep stock rear brake set up.

•Ducati Multistrada countershaft sprocket made the chain conversion possible.

•Rear swing rm axle cutouts extender 1in to accommodate 19in rear wheel.

•Cut about 6” of the stock rear frame loop for a Saddlemen tracker tail section and seat

•Custom tail section mounting brackets

•Tracker bars

•ProTaper grips

•EK 520 Chain

•Removed the speedometer and all the unnecessary bits

•Garage find muffler and home made bracket

I began racing it this year in June at our local race track Sandia Speedway in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Since the first race it has been nothing but a blast. I run the XG in the open twins class against other Harley Davidson motorcycles. The current race scene here is still rather small but I hope this bike piques some interest and inspires more people to get involved in racing. Much like the articles I’ve read in your magazine with pictures of ordinary guys building bikes and racing. This project has not only shown that it is doable but it’s a hell of a good time, from putting the bike together to racing the wheels off of it. Thanks for your time. Sideburn Rocks! 


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