i am really enjoying this thread! seeing the creativity and imagination that has been displayed here is awesome. it makes me think that maybe i ought to be looking harder at building my own bike. as i have the skills, and i have the imagination. i also dont think i will be riding that hardcore. fireroads and gravel would be the worst of it. i think a streetbike adapted would probably be better spent money aspecially in these times. i feel like i have a new lease on things. anyone ever tried to convert something big like a gs1100e?