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Old 12-27-2008, 03:46 AM   #121
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I have never ridden a bike with an anti dive front end off road. What will it do?
It locks the forks so they can't compress. If that happens offroad then you might not be able to keep the front planted and lock up the front wheel, and that never ends well. Not to mention the bumpy ride.
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Old 12-27-2008, 09:44 AM   #122
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Nice! I have always wanted a Valkyrie. I was thinking to put knobbies on one so that I don't need to stop where the gravel starts. I have seen some ratted out Goldwings that gave me the idea.

Do you run only street tires on your Valk?
only street tires, thats all ive seen available, and theyre all radials. odd sizes. im not sure a bias ply semi knob would last long on a bike this fat and powerful. no need to stop for gravel, stay upright in the seat and weight the pegs, steer dont lean, she will go. all the roads i listed are considered dual sport rides or worse.
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Old 12-28-2008, 12:06 PM   #123
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Maybe I'll move my TKC's to my gs and have a plate welded to the headers

Will deff. need to replace the stock suspension and block off the anti dive units.
that is one of the reasons i chose the 1981. no anti dive on the front forks. an air system yes but no anti dive. i would like to remove the air system but i dont hink it is possible. i will modify them by stacking up the springs and putting in a heavier fork oil but i wonder about the air system. any ideas?
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Old 12-28-2008, 08:42 PM   #124
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Here is an interesting bike:






He has a ride report thread here:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=248187



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Old 12-28-2008, 09:38 PM   #125
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not to be inflamatory but a harley is not really on my list and a skirtster would definitely not be on my list. i have ridden quite a few of them and i think they are antiques, and not in the good way but more in the why am i on this thing and why did i pay so much for it?!
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:25 AM   #126
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in the states, we have that old saying "run what ya' brung". so if that's what he brought to the party, so be it. run it.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:30 AM   #127
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Wicked Ds Vx800

My VX800 is just starting its transformation into a poor man's Beemer. How many V-twin shafties get to go play in the dirt?

Avon Distanzias -- the front is an oddball size, so it's wearing a 110/80-18 rear tire, mounted backwards. The rear is a 17" rim, so I chose a 140/80-17. The stock size is 150/70-18, but I think with the "knobs" on the Distys, it wouldn't have fit. The 140 was a pretty tight squeeze.






Since these photos, I've raised the front fender. I need to extend the rear fender, too.

The Distanzias handle beautifully on pavement, and have even better traction than I had hoped for in dirt, gravel, and mud. Plus, they look really cool. The front is somewhat noisy on pavement, but works great.

The radiator has a grille, but I'd like to make something a little more robust, at least for the lower half. The bottom of the engine is actually protected pretty well by the frame. I'd like to come up with some hand guards, more for wind protection than anything else. As far as luggage, I'm happy with soft bags.

As with any street bike, it's rather heavy and the suspension doesn't really have the travel for serious dirt work. But just changing the tires extended the VX800's mission profile considerably, and adding some rock protection will give me some peace of mind.

The bike seems to handle quite well on loose surfaces -- it has a more kicked-out head angle than most standards, and the torquey v-twin plonks along quite well on dirt roads, but is also happy to throw a nice rooster tail when appropriate...
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:49 AM   #128
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Avon Distanzias -- the front is an oddball size, so it's wearing a 110/80-18 rear tire, mounted backwards.





I think that choice may be better than my Nighthawk for a conversion because of the shaft drive and it being a V-Twin. A V-Twin would be much easier for me to make a skid plate for.

Im also using a rear distanzia on the front of my bike but never thought about running it backwards. I just mounted mine with the direction arrows is this something I shouldn't have done?
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:58 AM   #129
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in the states, we have that old saying "run what ya' brung". so if that's what he brought to the party, so be it. run it.
i have an old saying around my place as well it's- get that goddamn harley off of my property before it leaves a mark or i'll fill your ass with buckshot!-
harleys are like old hound dogs love to ride in the back of pickups and leave a mark every where they have been.
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Old 12-29-2008, 09:59 AM   #130
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I think that choice may be better than my Nighthawk for a conversion because of the shaft drive and it being a V-Twin. A V-Twin would be much easier for me to make a skid plate for.

Im also using a rear distanzia on the front of my bike but never thought about running it backwards. I just mounted mine with the direction arrows is this something I shouldn't have done?
i have noticed that as well deadly. i must ask why the reverse mounting. it has been a while since i was a mechanic but i dont remember that being a golden rule. can someon clarify this one or should we go to the garage with this question?
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Old 12-29-2008, 01:15 PM   #131
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My VX800 is just starting its transformation into a poor man's Beemer. How many V-twin shafties get to go play in the dirt?
I can think of more than a few Guzzi Quota owners…
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:31 PM   #132
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:33 PM   #133
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Old 12-29-2008, 02:45 PM   #134
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i have noticed that as well deadly. i must ask why the reverse mounting. it has been a while since i was a mechanic but i dont remember that being a golden rule. can someon clarify this one or should we go to the garage with this question?
This is common practice on the TDMs also because of the 18" front. The reasoning I have heard is that the tread and carcass of the tire are constructed to receive and apply a force in a certain direction and that force on the front is pretty much opposite of the rear. I too have recently mounted Distanzia's in this fashion, though I have not had the chance to try out the front yet.
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Old 12-29-2008, 05:32 PM   #135
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so if you have a tire that is a front tire you mount it as the direction arrows go, and if you are mounting a rear tire as a front tire because of size issues or whatever then you would mount them opposite to the directional arrows. is this a general rule of thumb or is it manufacturer related?
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