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Old 10-23-2012, 07:45 AM   #31
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The "upright" riding position is what I like about cruisers. Your entire weight is supported by the seat. Unlike a sportbike, you are not all hunched over, with your knees bent double, your neck stretched as far as it will go so you can see where you are going, and most of your upper body weight supported by your arms and shoulders. A riders backrest on a cruiser makes a huge difference and gives you a lot of back support. While I don't suspect the Savage 650 would make a good touring bike, it would work a lot better for me than any type of sport bike. Dual sport bikes like the KLR don't have an uncomfortable riding position, their main problem is the narrow, hard as a rock seat. I traded an '01 KLR650 I had bought new for another (I've had 2) new Vulcan 750 after only one year. I found the KLR to be to big and heavy to be fun off road, and the Vulcan to be much more comfortable on the road. I wound up with an XT225 for off road. It also has a comfortable layout, but again the seat is what would stop me from trying to ride long distances on it. I remember back in the late '70s/early '80s when dual sport bikes like the Honda XL500 had much better seats. Today looks are what counts, and they try to make dual sport seats look like MX seats, not thinking I guess that the seat is something you only bump into occasionally on an MX bike.


Somehow a Buick just doesn't sound like fun....
Cruiser bikes are NOT upright position. They are laid back position and for ME...it sucks. All of my weight on my butt is NOT what I want. I want to be able to support a bit of my weight at times onmy feet even if it is just for a stretch or for hitting the odd bump. I ride a G/S and an RT and the position on those is not forward on your arms, it is mostly on my butt, but also easily shifted to my legs and thighs....way better.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:50 AM   #32
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Went with a buddy last night to pick up his new-to-him Thruxton... fun times.

Saw a Triumph scrambler and sat on one for the first time. Granted I'll have a lot less power, but very happy that mine won't be nearly as big or heavy! I am however, madly in love with the color. I wonder if I can get someone to get my project in the same... Matte Khaki Green I believe it's called.

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Old 10-23-2012, 09:00 PM   #33
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Got the massively heavy front sprocket (er... what's it called fora belt? Pulley?) off. Used a .50 bullet to lock up the wheel... I knew that'd come in handy one day.





Also got the stupid bar risers off... Had to mod some bolts with the tig... perhaps the kit comes with bolts, but I gotta do something here to make the time pass.




Also took off the headlight. I'd like to have the (plastic) headlight bucket painted, so I pulled that. Front fender's off as well.
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Old 10-23-2012, 10:10 PM   #34
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For your paint....

Google, hot rod flatz

They've got all sorts of awesome flat metallics.
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:53 AM   #35
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For your paint....
flat metallics.
Seems like an oxymoron???
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Old 10-24-2012, 12:17 PM   #36
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Olive drab green might be close enough...
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Old 10-24-2012, 01:59 PM   #37
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Seems like an oxymoron???
google it and find out
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Old 10-24-2012, 03:33 PM   #38
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Awesome link - thanks! Seriously stoked about that place.

Rock Moss Green is lookin' good too... as is Midnight Green Pearl... and I don't normally like red that much, but Carnival Red Pearl is a looker. Looks like they have an 858 area code, which means they're not too far - always a good thing!
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Old 10-24-2012, 06:51 PM   #39
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Awesome link - thanks! Seriously stoked about that place.

Rock Moss Green is lookin' good too... as is Midnight Green Pearl... and I don't normally like red that much, but Carnival Red Pearl is a looker. Looks like they have an 858 area code, which means they're not too far - always a good thing!
yeah, down in san diego. if in california, and you order, i got my paint next day.
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Old 10-24-2012, 09:17 PM   #40
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Nice, I'm in SD, would be cool to just pick it up locally if they're into that kind of thing...

Not Ryca rrrrrreally thread related, but made some more T-shirts today - mostly related to my other project.



And here was my first round, month or two ago:




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Old 10-30-2012, 04:53 PM   #41
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Update from Ryca's FB page:




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The new models are in production now, and we'll be keeping you updated with some behind-the-scene footage as everything comes together. In the photo, you can see a fresh set of metal that will be turned into the hardtail bobber kit. You can still place a pre-order for the scrambler, street tracker, and bobber at our online store.
Still a waiting game...
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Old 10-31-2012, 04:57 PM   #42
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My better half loves the 'Cafe, and I've been curious to see one of these come together. I have been kicking around the idea of a DR650 based scrambler/tracker, but I'd like to see how yours come out first.
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Old 11-10-2012, 09:32 PM   #43
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Not a whole lot new.

Ryca did upload a CS-2 Assembly vid on YouTube as well as a well as a written guide. Links below for those interested.

Got tired of waiting on the kit - picked up a sportbike project bike a couple of weeks ago, so I've been working on that and the KLRE a lot. Three projects in my half of the garage. What a mess...

Oh, and got T-shirts goin' in color now too - pics on KLRE build thread.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D8zav...0u1IS6SswyVzfQ




https://docs.google.com/document/d/1..._DusWzRHM/edit

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Old 12-11-2012, 08:35 PM   #44
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http://shop.rycamotors.com/ryca_cs2s_kit.html

Looks like the kits can be ordered. That's the good news.

I spoke with Ryan @ Ryca on the phone today and the kits are almost ready - some parts are held up in shipping due to the Long Beach strike or some such thing.

Will be sending them my tank and hub tomorrow! The parts are boxed up and ready to go - duder at Ryca said that about 1 in 5 tanks show up with shipping damage, so pack carefully, and consider shipping the parts separately... I took him up on both recommendations.

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Old 12-26-2012, 09:44 PM   #45
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