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Old 12-31-2012, 02:59 PM   #1752
JagLite
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Location: Anchorage Alaska
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Boy it has been slow on this thread lately...

I was inspired by the pictures on this thread to build a tracker of my own and started looking for a potential victim.

I usually ride my Suzuki DR650 and really like it so when a very used one came up for sale on CL locally I went out to see it.
Mid winter, minus 10 degrees, and the bike is stored outside under a tarp.
Dead battery of course, and it was getting dark since it was 3:30 in the afternoon...

I made my usual offer of about 3 times what it is worth and he accepted it.
(hey, some of us have to overpay so that the rest of you get good deals )

I haul it home and thaw it out in the garage before attempting to start it.
After finding and fixing 3 electrical problems it started right up and runs well.
The seller told me it had been a rental bike from new here in Alaska and had been ridden hard including many trips to Prudhoe Bay up the haul road.
He said 3rd gear had broken so the engine was rebuilt and he had only put a few hundred miles on it over a year.
And the odometer that read 38,950 hadn't been working for some time...

But, I wanted a project for the winter so I got myself into this mess.


So, now that my AJS tribute Street Tracker project is nearing completion, here is what it looks like now:















Low beam, High beam is the top light but I might wire it so High is both lights


And with the seat pad on:




The tank and seat will be painted gloss black with the AJS decal and a little gold pinstripe accent like this AJS trials bike:




Other than the paint I am waiting for the new oil cooler to show up so I can plumb it and mount it.


Last winter:

shows why I made the removable subframe

Of course, I wanted to make a removable subframe anyway



And this is what it started out as. Oil leak and all




I hope you like my first effort at building a bike.

I bought another bike to build up next winter since I had so much fun with this project
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