The ISR Hand Controls and Barnett cables are the perfect complement to the Sweet Tracker. Made from billet aluminum then anodized gold to match the black and gold theme of the bike, the ISRs combine a racey aesthetic with exceptional quality. To allow the controls to work, Barnett’s new matte black braided throttle/idle cables (A), and clutch cable (B) are top quality and also provide a racey look due to their no-sheen appearance. Lastly, I needed something to transfer the front brake fluid, so I grabbed a black-on-black 34-inch brake line (C) with a 90-degree bend at the caliper with no bend at the master cylinder from the local Harley dealership.
The ISR Hand Controls and Barnett cables are the perfect complement to the Sweet Tracker.
The Sweet Tracker is getting closer and closer to the finished product. I started this project with a bone-stock 2000 XL883 Sportster Hugger in hopes of transforming it into a dirt track racing replica. So far, it’s coming along as I anticipated. In the last issue of HOT BIKE, I installed the Biltwell Tracker handlebar, Whiskey Throttle Assembly, Slimline Risers, and Kung Fu Grips; however, I wasn’t sure what kind of hand controls I wanted to use. I wanted something unique that encompassed a racey aesthetic. After scouring the internet, I found the yin to the bar’s yang in the ISR Hand Controls from LA County Choprods.
The ISRs are made from high-grade billet aluminum with a certain craftsmanship that looks like months of machining went into them. They are available in clear anodize or black anodize ($25 extra), but I had them anodized gold to keep with the Sweet Tracker’s black/gold theme. Manufactured in Tumba, Sweden, by ISR Brakes and exclusively distributed in North America by LA County Choprods for the past seven years, ISR components are top-notch quality that Choprods’ sole proprietor, Gard Hollinger, utilizes for many of his own bike builds.
01. I had the Biltwell Whiskey Throttle housing anodized gold to match the ISR controls. To get started, I installed Barnett’s throttle/idle cables. The Whiskey Throttle comes with multiple sized ferrule inlet nuts for the varying widths of throttle cable fittings. After test-fitting the cables, I installed them and attached the supplied ferrules along with cable assembly lube.
01. I had the Biltwell Whiskey Throttle housing anodized gold to match the ISR controls.
For the brake side, I decided on the Chopper Style Front Brake Master Cylinder ($345), which includes the lever. Adjustable levers are also available for $55 and allow palm-to-finger reach distance to be fine-tuned based on rider preference. This setup is available for right side or left side (hydraulic clutch) applications. Based on your front brake setup, master cylinders are available with 14mm bore (single two-piston caliper, or dual two-piston caliper), or the 17.5mm bore (for units requiring more volume such as four- and six-piston calipers). Both the 14mm and 17.5mm master cylinders accept a 10x1.25mm banjo bolt (ISR manufactures really trick bolts for this application for a small fee when purchasing master cylinder setup). And if you’re looking for a custom color like mine, you can chase the rainbow for $100 extra.
For the clutch side, the H-D cable-operated clutch lever assembly (starting at $165 in clear anodize) was a perfect fit. It’s designed for the standard five-speed H-D clutch assemblies and made to fit 1-inch » or 7/8-inch bars (7/8 adapters available for $14.25 each). The ISR cable clutch assembly provides smooth lever actuation and weighs almost nothing.
02. Once I had the cables installed, I tightened up the Whiskey Throttle assembly and fished the cables to where the carburetor will be located.
02. Once I had the cables installed, I tightened up the Whiskey Throttle assembly and fis
For controlling the electronic functions in the cockpit, I used a set of ISR switch housings: on the right, a two-push-button switch (starting at $112) will operate the right turn signal and start function. For the left, a one-push button will control the left turn signal, and a built-in slide switch will operate the high/low beam (starting at $125). LA Choprods offers multiple variations (two push/two slide; one push; one slide; etc.) and black switch housings are an extra $15. The switch housings are also made of billet aluminum and are available in clear anodize or black anodize finishes. Again, custom colors are also offered for an additional price.
To tie the new ISR controls to their corresponding components, I saw a set of matte black braided cables at the Barnett’s booth in Sturgis and knew they would be a perfect fit, so I ordered a set of throttle/idle cables ($55 each), and a clutch cable ($75). The matte-braided finish is non-abrasive so it won’t scratch and the elbows are black-chrome plated. The inner wires are made of stainless steel wire rope for durability, and the » clutch cable comes with Barnett’s high-efficiency nylon-coated inner wire for a smooth clutch operation and reduced clutch lever effort. All cables are available in stock lengths for ’87-later big twins, Sportsters, and V-Rods, and custom lengths are also available. Because I needed a custom set of cables, for the throttle/idle cables I ended up with a 28-inch outer casing and a 32-inch inner cable with 90-degree bends at the elbows. For the clutch cable, I needed a 49-inch outer casing and a 53-inch inner cable (4 inches of travel in the clutch housing).
03. Moving on to the ISR controls, I wanted to mock up their positioning before wiring the switches since I needed to drill the Tracker Bar to run the wiring internally. Once I had a desired location, I moved on to installing the brake line.
03. Moving on to the ISR controls, I wanted to mock up their positioning before wiring th
04. Here is how the ISR banjo bolt with the provided sealed washers installed through the new brake line elbow.
04. Here is how the ISR banjo bolt with the provided sealed washers installed through the
05. I tightened down the brake line to the master cylinder…
06. …and fished the line through the stock clamp under the triple tree (arrow), and to the front brake caliper.
06. …and fished the line through the stock clamp under the triple tree (arrow), and to th
07. Next, I snugged up the 90-degree brake line elbow to the caliper and the brake line installation was complete. All I need to do when I’m ready to ride is fill the master cylinder with DOT 4 brake fluid and bleed the brakes, and I’ll be good to go.
07. Next, I snugged up the 90-degree brake line elbow to the caliper and the brake line i
08. I moved on to installing the new clutch cable to the ball and ramp assembly. Once I re-installed the ball and ramp inside the clutch housing, I fished the cable up through its housing (located on the left side downtube) to the ISR control. After mocking up the exact location of the ISR clutch lever, I was ready to install the cable to the lever.
08. I moved on to installing the new clutch cable to the ball and ramp assembly. Once I r