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Old 01-05-2009, 04:43 PM   #166
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Here's my winter project- Turning a wrecked superhawk into a KTM superenduro wannabe for less than $1500.

Its getting to the point of no return now-- Meaning that if I take it much further Im going to have to start buying expensive stuff. Its all held together with twine and zipties right now.






Current issues-
1- Limited steering angle. It looks like I'll be lucky to get 30 degrees out of it. My KLX and my brother's DR have about 45.

2- 21" front doesnt hit the engine under full compression, but does if you turn the steering while its under full compression. Might go to a 19" if I can find one cheap. Only need about an inch or so, Maybe I can limit the travel of the WP 48's?

3- Theres some exhaust-suspension interference with the rear jacked up... Would be easy to go to a single rear pipe, But might knock some HP off the top end

4- Would like to have a 18" rear wheel, But having trouble finding a cheap one with a cush drive that looks like it will stand up to some abuse(100+ rwp). Considering running the KLX or KLR650 unit I have and seeing how quickly the spokes all rip out. KTM LC8 wheels are hard to find on fleabay and I don't want to break the budget.
dood keep us up to date on this project it is an awesome start!
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:46 PM   #167
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[quote=benp1981]Seems pretty light rolling it around the garage... Will have to weigh it sometime, But the stock VTR1000F had a dry weight of 425 lbs and curb of 474 lbs




Unfortuneatly, the DR Big wasnt available on this side of the pond... 18" Harley wheels are a dime a dozen, But no cush drives. Was hoping for a cheap metric cruiser wheel with one, But finding an 18" is proving challenging. I suppose I could lace something, But how are you supposed to find spokes for something like that?[/quote

i think there was some guys using these bikes for flat tracking and they would have probably made that kind of a change. i know tl's were used and i am sure superhawks were to. check it out!
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:56 PM   #168
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I've been thinking about an I-4 adventure bike conversion, and I think a big problem is going to be the countershaft sprocket spacing with these bikes that run a 180 or larger rear tire. Fine for sumo stuff, but for dirt I really don't want a 180 (Dunlop 616 is closest thing available, and I'd want something more aggressive).

I need to do some actual measuring, but it seems if you were to run a skinnier wheel it might have to be offset to the left a fair amount. Probably not good for handling

Maybe a custom "long" cush drive
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:03 PM   #169
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I've been thinking about an I-4 adventure bike conversion, and I think a big problem is going to be the countershaft sprocket spacing with these bikes that run a 180 or larger rear tire. Fine for sumo stuff, but for dirt I really don't want a 180 (Dunlop 616 is closest thing available, and I'd want something more aggressive).

I need to do some actual measuring, but it seems if you were to run a skinnier wheel it might have to be offset to the left a fair amount. Probably not good for handling

Maybe a custom "long" cush drive
you would be better served to do your offsetting on your sprocket. as long as it is not too far because that will tear out the cush drive.
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:24 PM   #170
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My plan B is to see how badly a 150/70-17 TKC80 looks on the rim thats meant for a 180
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:39 PM   #171
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My plan B is to see how badly a 150/70-17 TKC80 looks on the rim thats meant for a 180

.....or check out for a wee-strom wheel...
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Old 01-05-2009, 05:47 PM   #172
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.....or check out for a wee-strom wheel...
Yup. that too

It may be a bit childish, But I really want a 18"... Just because they don't make the Terraflex in a 17"

THAT is just one badass mofo

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Old 01-05-2009, 09:03 PM   #173
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I'm in the same boat right now on my Multi. I'm doing the Dempster this summer, and I really don't want to roll down 1500km of gravel on street tires. I'm stuck with a 5.5" x 17" rim, and the 150/70R17 TKC 80 is meant for a 4.5" x 17" rim.

What would be the downsides of running this combo other than the obvious problem of the tire profile being a bit flatter accross the contact area?

This has been done before. Not sure about the results though, they were riding in the desert on Karoos.

I found that Conti also makes a 120/90R17 TKC 80 that will fit the front. It's a rear that can be flipped around, so I don't have to run such a lame tire as this bike

http://www.multistrada.net/modules/m...&pic_id=102012
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:45 PM   #174
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Can you put dual sports tires on a older ninja 250?
I put some Shinko sr244 on my gs400. They are nice on dirt roads and light trails. Not bad on pavement either. Cheap too. They wear fast though.

Also not so good on snow.

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Old 01-06-2009, 05:02 AM   #175
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Yup. that too

It may be a bit childish, But I really want a 18"... Just because they don't make the Terraflex in a 17"

THAT is just one badass mofo

I'm deffinately not going to be riding right behind you if you manage to find a wheel and spoon on that monster.......I can handle the roost from the deathwings, and the tourances......don't want to dodge the boulders that a terraflex will be launching at my head
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Old 01-06-2009, 01:55 PM   #176
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I put some Shinko sr244 on my gs400. They are nice on dirt roads and light trails. Not bad on pavement either. Cheap too. They wear fast though.

Also not so good on snow.

what are you running for rear shocks? i need some suggestions for my 1981 gs1100e. thanks
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:25 PM   #177
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i need some suggestions for my 1981 gs1100e

I got my progressive springs and shocks at bikebandit.
The lowest setting is better than the highest stock preload.
I suggest getting the spring and shock together.
Here is a link for your bike.
The price should be for the pair but ask online to make sure.

http://www.bikebandit.com/product/12...=3576&t=1&td=1
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:29 PM   #178
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Well well well! there's even fork springs for your model bike.
They don't make them for mine. I have to cut and add spacers to stiffen them up.
http://www.bikebandit.com/product/13...=3576&t=1&td=1
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Old 01-06-2009, 02:41 PM   #179
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Front suspention work

I decided to cut the soft portion of my front springs and add a spacer to help the front end.
I was also looking at having an extension machines to fit inside to top of the fork to extend it about two inches.
But then I thought of an even better idea.
Lose 50 lbs for spring. Much cheaper and healthier.

Before


After


Unfortunately, I gained 25 of those since the accident.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:09 PM   #180
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thanks denis, the link is great. i was going to shim my front springs but the progressives seem to be relatively affordable and i know how well worth it they are. one last question, the gaiters where did you get those? i know of guys who use off road shock covers is that what you used?
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