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Old 03-27-2011, 07:58 PM   #16
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Come on dad, let's see some photos as you build this beast. Come to think of it, this thread probably belongs in the beast section. Or maybe not, I don't think Touratech makes any accessories for it so it can't be a beast.
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Old 03-28-2011, 06:18 AM   #17
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Come on dad, let's see some photos as you build this beast. Come to think of it, this thread probably belongs in the beast section. Or maybe not, I don't think Touratech makes any accessories for it so it can't be a beast.
It started out in the Beast section, but one of the administrators moved it, probably because we are starting with a street bike. You're right, we aren't going to find any adventure accessories specific to this bike from touratech or any other after market company.
Thanks for the note. We'll keep you posted on the build.
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Old 03-28-2011, 07:50 AM   #18
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Come on dad, let's see some photos as you build this beast. Come to think of it, this thread probably belongs in the beast section. Or maybe not, I don't think Touratech makes any accessories for it so it can't be a beast.
I think it belongs in Beasts, too. It's going to be built and ridden as a Beast. It'll get more attention there, as well as input/ideas from other inmates. I never would have found this thread if it hadn't been there to begin with. I never look at Road Warriors.

This needs to be moved back to Beasts.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:07 AM   #19
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OK, Dad finely got in here. It took me a few days and instructions from my Son to guide me in. Thank you for showing interest in our VX Adventure bike. I got a lot of work to do on it before I start assembly, Going to pack triple tree bearings, wheel bearings, and give it a good maintenance job, this is a good to do it, rather than along the road someplace. Than it gets a new coat of paint. We are open to all suggestions, advice and comments. Thanks again, LikeItLoud
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:56 AM   #20
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Here's mine with fork boots and Avon Distanzia dual-sport tires mounted. The front is a 110/80-18 rear mounted backwards. It worked fantastically.

I did the same front fender mod to raise it above the tire.





Just after mounting the Distanzias...



After a little dirt-roadin' and a little muddin'...




After I caught a huge nail in the rear, I had a Shinko 705 150/70-17 on the rear for a while, and it worked very well.

The VX800 is now cleaned up for sale and back to street trim with street tires -- I have a V-Strom now and it's a far better tool for beating up on dirt roads.
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Old 03-29-2011, 06:24 AM   #21
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Good stuff. Thanks for the post. What did you do about luggage? Did you just go with soft-bags? I know the bike only has about 5 inches of suspension travel. Was that a problem during your off-road experiences? Ours probably won't go much further into the dirt than some fire-trails and two-tracks, but I guess you never know.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:07 AM   #22
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Question for bwringer, what size tire do you have on the front? It looks larger than the 110-80
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:05 AM   #23
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Question for bwringer, what size tire do you have on the front? It looks larger than the 110-80
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Here's mine with fork boots and Avon Distanzia dual-sport tires mounted. The front is a 110/80-18 rear mounted backwards. It worked fantastically.
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Old 03-29-2011, 12:31 PM   #24
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Moved back to Beasts at the OP's request because he's converting it to a Beast.
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Old 03-30-2011, 05:02 PM   #25
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Here's mine with fork boots and Avon Distanzia dual-sport tires mounted. The front is a 110/80-18 rear mounted backwards. It worked fantastically.

I did the same front fender mod to raise it above the tire.





Just after mounting the Distanzias...



After a little dirt-roadin' and a little muddin'...




After I caught a huge nail in the rear, I had a Shinko 705 150/70-17 on the rear for a while, and it worked very well.

The VX800 is now cleaned up for sale and back to street trim with street tires -- I have a V-Strom now and it's a far better tool for beating up on dirt roads.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:48 PM   #26
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Moved back to Beasts at the OP's request because he's converting it to a Beast.
Thank you Gadget Boy!! Good on ya, man!
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Old 03-31-2011, 03:42 PM   #27
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The Avon Distanzia on the front of my VX800 was a 100/80-18, same as the stock front size on the VX800. It's actually a rear tire mounted to rotate backwards from its intended direction of rotation.

It looks bigger mostly because of the deeper tread. In fact, I had to mount the front fender a little higher because it was very close to the tire -- any rock caught in the tread would scar the fender.

The Distanzia in this size can be a little hard to find, but I ordered mine from http://tiresunlimited.com/ALL%20TIRE..._distanzia.htm (just checked -- still available!)

I put about 8,000 miles on mine with no trouble or odd wear at all, and had plenty of grip and feel from the front end. I switched back to road tires, but it wasn't worn out.
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Yeah, I suppose it wouldn't kill me to get off my ass and put up an ad...

Gimme a few minutes...

Here ya go: http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=15555819
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Old 04-01-2011, 12:51 PM   #29
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Avon Distanzia

Hey BWringer,
What did you think of those Avon Dsitanzas? I have Metzler Tourances on my GS and they are fine on the road and very hard-packed dirt roads, but they are no off-road tire. Mud is dangerous and loose dirt feels just like you're riding on street tires. Those Avons look like they might dig in a little better. I've heard good reviews on them. I was just curious how they performed on a pseudo adventure bike conversion.
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Old 04-01-2011, 07:15 PM   #30
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Here's mine with fork boots and Avon Distanzia dual-sport tires mounted. The front is a 110/80-18 rear mounted backwards. It worked fantastically.

I did the same front fender mod to raise it above the tire.





Just after mounting the Distanzias...



After a little dirt-roadin' and a little muddin'...




After I caught a huge nail in the rear, I had a Shinko 705 150/70-17 on the rear for a while, and it worked very well.

The VX800 is now cleaned up for sale and back to street trim with street tires -- I have a V-Strom now and it's a far better tool for beating up on dirt roads.
That's fucking cool. My Dad made a 71' CB350 into a full on dirt bike to chase me with. 78' YZ 250 front end, raised shock mounts, off road shocks. It was a beast, but a blast to ride!
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