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Old 08-21-2013, 12:55 AM   #16
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:33 AM   #17
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Old 08-21-2013, 10:36 AM   #18
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man wow that is a nice project. are you going to do anything with that exhaust, appears to be exposed underneath for possible off road damage
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Old 08-22-2013, 12:54 AM   #19
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man wow that is a nice project. are you going to do anything with that exhaust, appears to be exposed underneath for possible off road damage
Yes, i plan to make a bashplate to protect the exhaust and shifter. i also plan to protect the oil cooler and headlight. In the works is a higher windscreen.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:02 PM   #20
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This is one of the bikes I've been looking for a good used priced one, for the same conversion you are doing. My ideas are about the same as your, except I would add a leading axle fork with 21" front tire, or at least a 19" front wheel with a 19" trials tire or small knobby, from a 125cc bike. They make some DOT approved knobbies now that will fit on some bikes with 19" front wheels. On some you have to shave off the side knobs a bit for clearance, but any larger front tire helps off road prowess. Rolling over rocks and logs, jumping, even turning in all off road terrain is helped by a larger tire. Great conversion you are doing. For rear shocks you might check with some of the companies that make shocks for vintage off road race bikes. Long travel-remote resevoir kits are available for reasonable prices.

As for it looking like a dirt bike, just say thanks! I think bikes converted by owners that actually work well on and off road are far cooler than what the factories turn out. About the only "perfect" do it all bike is really the old Honda Transalp, or maybe the KTM 950 Superenduro, which costs far too much to want to tear up off road. Even the Transalp is very expensive in the US since very few were ever imported. I modded a KLR 650 and made it work great off road, but it still only had 40 hp, which sucks on the street. Maybe I'll just stuff an inline 4 in a KLR next?

I say just go for the off road look. I liked the square tank and headlight style on those bikes. In fact I almost bought one in 84, but decided on a CB 900 F, which was a fun bike I wish I had never sold.
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Old 08-26-2013, 10:39 PM   #21
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I love the Transalp. I thought about making mine look like one but ill still to the original plan. Is it better to have a soft suspension or firm suspension for dual sporting. i saw a set of racetech fork springs for my nighthawk on ebay and I wonder if that would help the suspension. Only $60!!
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:46 PM   #22
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I need to do some final shaping and sanding before primer, paint and velcro attachment.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:51 PM   #23
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:45 PM   #24
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:02 AM   #25
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:50 AM   #27
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Added a Vista throttle lock today for the longer rides.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:35 PM   #28
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Video of the bike in action:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iv-Y0Yr1LnI
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Another video of bike in action at Big Bear Lake, CA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FYL0mcR6sp8
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:34 PM   #30
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Update: I added a taller windscreen, some wind deflectors, a custom seat to hold a rear auxiliary tank made from a gas can which is plumbed in to the bike's fuel system, re-inforced handguards, factory side bags with brackets , and a Lexan headlight protector





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