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Old 02-11-2009, 06:54 PM   #1
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Wicked The Baja Bandit

I better start this thread before I get too far into the project and don't get to the posting.

A little history first.

I got the '96 Bandit 600 as a sidecar rig in trade for my KLR, details here .

Which promptly got crashed in a lapse of parental judgement, details here .



This leads to looking for a donor bike to scavenge parts off of. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do with the Bandit so I was open to anything. Fix the front end and leave it as a hack tug? Leading link front and keep it as a hack rig? Put it back as a street bike and sell it and look for something else for the Ural tub?

I found a donor 1990 CR500 with good suspension and new plastic...now we have a plan.




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Old 02-11-2009, 07:15 PM   #2
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I carved the old steering head out of the Bandit and put in the one from the CR.




I might have to pull the engine at the end of the project so I can properly weld the back of the steering head, don't want to skimp on the important things.

She's going to be a little tall.

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Old 02-11-2009, 07:23 PM   #3
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Keep her coming brutha, this is my kind of project!
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:27 PM   #4
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You gonna try and ride that thing in the dirt?







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Old 02-11-2009, 07:34 PM   #5
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I took about 10 measurements from each bike before I took anything apart. Seat height, swingarm angle and stuff like that.

Getting the swingarm set up:





At this point the major hurdle was figuring out how to mount the shock and linkage. It took me a few weeks of fiddling to figure it out. The Bandit is a perimeter frame that is very symetrical and the CR500 looks like they sat a motor on a bench and started bending tube until they had a bike. This made it tough to set up the back since there are some optical illusions going on as the donor is different side to side and the shock is slightly offset. The CR has seen a few major crashes in its day so that didn't help since the subframe was tweaked among other things.
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Old 02-11-2009, 07:49 PM   #6
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Let's get her up, come on girl...you can do it.

Still no shock at this point.




42" seat height... This isn't going to work. I was trying to save the Bandit subframe since it's super stout and has all the mounts for the electronics/battery and stuff.




Keep reading Byrdman, I'll try to get detailed as things go along.

Yes, Nicky...dirt , 74 HP dirt bike...
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Old 02-11-2009, 08:45 PM   #7
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Old 02-11-2009, 09:40 PM   #8
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Old 02-12-2009, 03:16 AM   #9
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This will be interesting

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Old 02-12-2009, 01:54 PM   #10
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