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Old 03-23-2012, 08:44 AM   #1366
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I really admire the work you do; it always looks clean and well thought out. Extra bonus points for not just throwing money at the problems you encounter.

Thanks for the bumper shots.

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i did use a small Buell fairing back on that first one in the winter of 2008-09, but it got trashed in that Montana wreck, and i wanted a different design anyway.

after studying some of the things done with parts of the rally fairings on factory bikes, i decided to make my own. getting a very uniform symmetrical shape with reasonable detail is difficult without spending a ton of time. the factory would use CAD software and a 3 axis router to produce the shape for a mold. i don't have one of those, but i do have a good eye, and decided to go where CAD and the 3 axis machine had already been. i started looking around for shapes i could use, and found this Saturn bumper cover in the ditch. junk to everyone, except me.
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:57 PM   #1367
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OK i think i have it in the right place .lol Anyway i should have it done in a month or so if i can find time between work and the kids soccer.
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Old 03-25-2012, 03:44 AM   #1368
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OK i think i have it in the right place .lol Anyway i should have it done in a month or so if i can find time between work and the kids soccer.
Looks good, needs a bigger front wheel.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:28 PM   #1369
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I really admire the work you do; it always looks clean and well thought out. Extra bonus points for not just throwing money at the problems you encounter.

Thanks for the bumper shots.
i think it's more fun, as well as more satisfying, to dream up solutions that result in a presentable product rather than just catalog shopping for every little thing.

i idea is decent design, resourceful use of parts and materials, and a budget that produces an inexpensive bike without sacrificing performance.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:39 PM   #1370
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OK i think i have it in the right place .lol Anyway i should have it done in a month or so if i can find time between work and the kids soccer.
interesting permutation there. DRZ forks in the Versys clamps with 17" wheels...swingarm bolt axle? is that a ruckus headlight? you're on the way, not too much needed before it's ready for the road. come back with another photo when it's done, i'd like to see it.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:49 PM   #1371
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just back from a 3 day ride in West Virginia, bike ran great in a wide variety of road conditions, including some nasty stuff. after running around with the Expeditions, i'm liking the new luggage setup.

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Old 03-25-2012, 08:41 PM   #1372
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Hot damn, that looks sweet. Wanna meet me in Moab on Memorial day?

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Old 03-26-2012, 06:17 AM   #1373
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Hot damn, that looks sweet. Wanna meet me in Moab on Memorial day?

David
can't do it Memorial Day, but i'll take a rain check for sure. hope to get back out there soon, thanks for the offer.
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Old 03-26-2012, 06:29 AM   #1374
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after a mild and relatively dry winter in West Virginia, the area is getting some spring rains. some of the roads turn into something that looks more like a creek and may go on like this for miles.

get that big suspension under your ER6/Versys build, the bike will go through this stuff with ease.



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Old 03-26-2012, 07:42 AM   #1375
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after a mild and relatively dry winter in West Virginia, the area is getting some spring rains. some of the roads turn into something that looks more like a creek and may go on like this for miles.

get that big suspension under your ER6/Versys build, the bike will go through this stuff with ease.



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Nice, looks fun.

And the V649HP looks awsome
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:40 PM   #1376
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Nice, looks fun.
it is fun, like wild freakin' fun. so get done with school, crate up your rat Versys, stick it on a plane to the States, ride for a few months. you'll find out.
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Old 03-28-2012, 11:03 PM   #1377
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can't do it Memorial Day, but i'll take a rain check for sure. hope to get back out there soon, thanks for the offer.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:49 AM   #1378
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Ah well. Hopefully our paths cross sometime. - David
it's 2700 miles to your barn, maybe i should fly the little bike out.

i'm chained down east for the time being, although i'm piecing together a 1200 mile gravel road route. it's surprising how many gravel roads are still left out here.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:51 AM   #1379
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find the right road full of whoops and big sharp edged potholes, ride way faster than prudent with a 400# plus bike loaded with who the heck knows pounds of junk...well, the result is predictable i guess. it doesn't seem possible to bottom these 49mm forks with over 11" of travel, but i can. i should either slow down or get out the manual and see how to adjust the forks a little...ok, where's that damn manual?



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Old 03-30-2012, 10:10 AM   #1380
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It is amazing what the proper suspension can do for a bike not designed to be off pavement
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