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Old 01-01-2013, 07:53 AM   #13906
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Hello BIG fans :)

I've seen many of you adapt a fork from another model on your bigs.
but how do you know the fork will fit?

I have access to pretty much any bearing I can imagine (I have a bearing specialist nearly next door) and I know a guy with a CNC ... so it shouldn't be a problem to adapt anything to the BIG ...
but mounting the fork doesn't mean the result will do well ;)

so, how do you know the fork will do a good job for the BIG?
you look at the length of the fork (and how far it can plunge)? the spread between the fork tubes?
the weight of the bike it comes from? a fork for a bike that weights 110Kg wouldn't fit the BIG? right?

I would like to hear any opinion you have on this topic ;)

Happy new year,
from france.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:39 AM   #13907
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Gidday Mr.Popples,

on my SR41 I fitted an USD-fork (MDS damping systems), taken from a 1990's KTM LC4.



The overall length was about 10mm longer.
I milled special triple clamps and made a matching steering stem.
Additionally the travel was reduced from 300mm to 240mm with a 10mm "hard bump" to prevent damage.
There are stronger springs mounted, too.

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Old 01-06-2013, 05:43 AM   #13908
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Hi I have a DR 750/800 center stand for sale ,freshly powder coated so looks as good as new.£45 plus p&p




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Old 01-07-2013, 10:11 AM   #13909
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Hello BIG fans :)

I've seen many of you adapt a fork from another model on your bigs.
but how do you know the fork will fit?

I have access to pretty much any bearing I can imagine (I have a bearing specialist nearly next door) and I know a guy with a CNC ... so it shouldn't be a problem to adapt anything to the BIG ...
but mounting the fork doesn't mean the result will do well ;)

so, how do you know the fork will do a good job for the BIG?
you look at the length of the fork (and how far it can plunge)? the spread between the fork tubes?
the weight of the bike it comes from? a fork for a bike that weights 110Kg wouldn't fit the BIG? right?

I would like to hear any opinion you have on this topic ;)

Happy new year,
from france.
in my opinion the wp extreme fork is th ebest solution
thats why you can adjust supspension way, and of course springs to the dr big
with a usd and with too much suspension the front wheel can have contact to the mainframe
...the result is not funny....


we change with cnc parts damper, fork bridges and make fork clamps
you see it on my bike or in our big shop

greets stefan
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Old 01-07-2013, 10:13 AM   #13910
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Dr big shop new :-)

and my new years gift for 2013 is the new DR BIG SHOP

one matter...

Unfortunately the new shop can't be offered in an English version until next week. Please leave you e.g. using google or firefox for help. These browsers will translate into your language fast and for free.
klick! DR BIG SHOP translated with google
We wish you a happy 2013 - regardless which type of DR you're riding !
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:22 AM   #13911
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Background assistance.

I saw this in eBay/Germany.

http://www.ebay.de/itm/Suzuki-dr-800...b#ht_500wt_947

Did the Bigs ever come with a fairing this large?

I know there was a 650 RS model in europe but this looks like it's part of a SR43 package.

Any info or other photos?
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:41 AM   #13912
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Hi,

DR BIG'S never came with a fairing like that in Europe, yuk.It may be the fairing from the 650. Like this !

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Suzuki_DR650RSE.jpg
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:57 AM   #13913
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Hello Ladder, hello Longdude,

it's not a 650 fairing, it's a special for the DR 800 S (SR 43). If the seller had laid out the parts a bit wider to pick the picture it would have been clearer to see. Ladder, if you take a look at your SR 43 you will realize that the big parts with DR 800 written on them are the right- and left-hand tank-covers. The front cowl of this fairing differs from the original one: there's no beak on it and it resembles a bit to the 650 version that Longdude has been thinking of. But contours of the fairing and headlight-cut-out are a bit different. There are some pics in the gallery of the German forum, I'll try to find one of them ...
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Old 01-08-2013, 10:58 AM   #13914
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Gidday.

There was/is a converting kit availlable over here, for those who ged rid of the palatypus-style fairing.
Made by a company called "Gimbel" AFAIK.
Style is like RSE650.

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Old 01-08-2013, 11:18 AM   #13915
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Here we go:
http://www.dr-big.de/forum/viewtopic.php?p=195800
Scroll down to the bottom of this side of the thread, the fairing of the blue bike should be the same as the one in the e-bay-add. This whole thread is named 'beak-less' and shows a lot of Bigs without the beak in different variations. Putting away with the beak is often judged as a sacrilege here ... When getting mine in 2003 I had ideas like this, too. I wanted to change the fairing to something like the old KTM LC 4 Adventure, a fairing I still desire as beautiful. In the meantime I like the appearance of my bike, ressembling the first Dakar-version by Gaston Rahier ... and thus honouring him.
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:22 AM   #13916
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Lars is right, 'Gimbel' was the name of the company that didn't spring to mind at once ... As said, not quite DR 650, a friend of mine bought one of these bikes last summer and so I'm able to compare. There are differences ...
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Old 01-08-2013, 12:33 PM   #13917
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Interesting.............

Thanks Everyone !

It looked interesting since there are times (in the rain) when I think about having some sore of shield with a bit more protection than the standard for our Bigs (all models).

Many thanks, Bambi, for posting the link to the photos. The eBay ad did very little to describe or illustrate the part.

For me, the beak is a MUST. Seeing that blue bike without the beak is like looking at some grotesque anatomy book describing rare skin diseases....rather makes my toes curl.

If I need a wider screen, I can always take my Africa/Alp.

If shipping were not so expensive, It might be an interesting excercise to add a beak to that part. I think it would look better.

I've got a SR41 engine to disassemble over the next week or two so no time to play with fiberglass.

Thanks again, everyone. It improved my "Big" education.

If there are any wider windscreens available in other countries, please let me know. I can find the Puig model quite easily but the existence of this part tells me that there may be more things available than what is common.
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Old 01-08-2013, 01:52 PM   #13918
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Hi Ladder,
I don't think that you can just add a beak to the Gimbel-fairing. The lower part of it's front is too different ...
For more wind protection the Puig-shield is a very common variation. I'm not really aware if there is more to choose from. Except Jörn's version (you remember the slim tall guy from the pic of our meeting with Bluesman?). He once told me the web-site of it's producer but sorry, I forgot it. And yes, I forgot to mention my own Five-Stars-shield. But like the Puig-version it's just a little bit higher, not wider than the original one.
Perhaps a note to Stefan Heßler could be helpful!?
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Old 01-08-2013, 02:20 PM   #13919
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Bambi, you are a genius, and you too Lars They do look good with that fairing !
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:16 PM   #13920
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...and even more questions

My current "Big" situation is like this:

(a) I purchased an SR43A last spring and am in the process of stripping it down for a frame - up repaint and refurbish. Engine is good but cosmetics are not where I want them.

(b) My SR41 is shedding some metal bits in the oil and I'm going to disassemble the engine to try to discover what is in the process of exploding.

So.....

My plan it to remove the engine from the SR43 and stick it into the SR41 frame. So I at least have one running machine while I'm working on frame/paint on the 43 and the engine on the 41.

THE ASSUMPTION:

I am assuming that the SR41 stator must be used when swapping the SR43 engine into the SR41 frame to keep all the SR41 electrics and CDI ignition compatible and happily passing electrons to each other.

The SR41 stator and ignition sensor will bolt directly into the SR43 left case.

The SR43 carbs will be carried over and everything else should fit right up.

UNLESS I AM TOTALLY WRONG OR MISSING SOMETHING.


I'll be working on this tomorrow and (unlike Lars) should take a few days to get finished.

So...................

If this is somehow totally unreasonable and will tilt the earth on its axis melting the ice caps and drowning everyone, please post and let me know.

Has anyone out there ever done this or am I the only crazy?
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