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Old 04-01-2012, 11:03 PM   #16
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ATGATT...News flash - the only people who get any action dressed up like astronauts.....are actual astronauts.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:18 PM   #17
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Old 04-29-2012, 05:32 PM   #18
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How old are you? My ass hurts just looking at that seat!
I'm Old! Trust me it's nice and soft! Much better than most of the seats I own.

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Old 04-30-2012, 04:57 PM   #19
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I came across an article about a "budget" ADV motorcycle build out starting with a DS650. The "budget" the author had was $9K. I have nowhere near that. A middle class worker with kids I am not going to get to spend that kind of money on a bike. So I started thinking about what my "budget" was for the bike I am putting together. This is what I came up with:

92 TDM with 32K well maintained (owned by someone who worked at the Yamaha dealer): 2000
New 80/20 tires after many hours scouring ebay, amazon, and every moto tire site: 150
New fork seals, installed with dust covers: 260
New thermostat, o-ring, oil, filter etc: 75
New turn signals 10
Luggage rack, new 279
Luggage, used 275
mounting hardware 26
recover seat and add some height 250
misc- new plugs, fuel line, farkle unforseen, beer for wrenching etc 200
Total 3525

The idea is to build it up over the course of the summer one thing at a time and have a complete bike by the end. I figure that I will end up with a bike at least 1/3 as good as the budget DS650. So far I have the thermostat replaced, fork seals replaced, new tires on and a line on some luggage. My question is, if you were on a budget ADV build, what special features would you consider required for a bike you would take out in to the big empty places?

This is what I did to a TDM:


Not a bad platform for an adventure bike. I was probably 1 a head of you with a good rear shock by Works Suspension with a 8kg Eibach spring. You could lower the top shock bolt for more rear end height. The 92-93's have cartridge forks. You can add a gold valve, I just added Hyperpro springs and heavier oil.

If you slog the bike over a tough trail, it will begin to over heat with its small radiator. I added a Fluidyne 7" slim line fan with a manual over ride. Brings the temp down right now.

I could raise the rear with my preload, for the front I found a large 4.10 x 18 semi knobby tire. Near as big as a 21". If you buy a tire with inch measurements, it will have a taller aspect ratio. It is as tall as it is wide. Look for one with a rounded profile. But it is a tubed tire.

There is a crash bar available or there was a few years ago. Made by Renntec.


I eventually welded another loop on it to give more protection. Skid plate is pretty tacky but it stopped flying rocks. The fender was off a dirt bike I had and added the mounts,

A common fix on that bike is an electric fuel pump. Early 90's Yamaha R-6 pump is the one I used. Carry a spare rectifier/regulator, they are good for about 50,000 miles. I have one somewhere.

A pre Wee Strom on steroids. Good enough to ride the Alpine Loop in Colorado and the deserts conditions around Bishop California.


I really enjoyed topping out Silver Canyon on my way to the end of the road at White Mountain and joining all the other dirt bikes.


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