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Old 11-17-2012, 02:19 AM   #31
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Yeah I have to agree that I think you are probably underestimating the amount of work it is just to put suspension on let alone a motor change.

If you like the idea of rolling your own, and it sounds like you do, I would give serious consideration to duplicating one of the established builds like the dirt ninja or a common bike like the sv650. They are stupid cheap, I just bought an 07 ninja 650 for $560 at a auction.

Try it out on something like that. You'll gain serious experience in what it takes to make one work and if you screw it up it's not that big of a loss. Taking your normal street bike thats worth book value and chopping it up would be a serious mistake especially if you haven't done it before.

Believe me I think it's ambitious and I would never tell someone else it's not possible because thats the challenge. But I've also made a lot of mistakes on my builds fortunately I always bought wrecked bikes for cheap so I could always recoup back a bunch of money by parting it out, but I think you would screw up the value of your bike badly.

Go get a crashed bike for cheap start stockpiling parts for the suspension and get after it, it's a lot of fun and then next year you can tackle your buell
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:08 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by Pezz_gs View Post
Ducati do make steel swingarms, on the Monster and the Paso, which is longer than the Monster swingarms. There is also the Cagiva Elefant. Mate built this one below! 50mm Magnum forks, 100mm extended Monster swingarm, Custom Ohlins rear shock.

Lots of great advice above!!!! However I would say, build what you want, and half the fun is overcoming the challenges. That is what this section of the Forum is about. Once you start to build a bike you will realise there will be plenty

DrJoe's build thread has taken many changes and ebbs, he has learnt a lot on the way through. So have those who have read it. Started Feb 4th 2009 and still going.

If it works or not and time is of no constraint have a play

You will learn so much in the process. Im sure John Britten would have received some criticism on his builds too

Saliah is correct that it is much easier matching the engine and frame, dont know why you want the Ulysses Frame, if you like the styling, why not graft the tank and other body parts onto a suitable frame to start with.

Dude i Fing love your bike! Way too sick man. Link for the build?
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:09 PM   #33
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