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Old 04-28-2012, 08:16 PM   #16
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FWIW,

I did way more "adventure riding" with my V-Star 650 classic than I ever did with my Ducati E900 elephant.

For relaxed riding on logging and forest service roads and an occasional easy trail, the V-Star was actually easier and less stressful to ride, and a minor spill far less expensive.

The best adventure bike in the world is useless if you cant risk damaging it. "Run what you brung" and have fun.
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:32 PM   #17
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Just ride it.



(I've had the even less modified CB650SC in some pretty hairy places.)
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Old 04-28-2012, 08:48 PM   #18
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I feel the same way. Now, I just want to make the bike more comfortable.


why change it
looks like you can
go anywhere
great shot
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Old 04-28-2012, 09:04 PM   #19
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Well, maybe check out rtw Dougs ride reports on old Indians, Harley's, even choppers.

I was dual sporting an old 1969 Triumph Daytona which did amazing in most places, even without knobbies.

Lighter is better, as is a low center of gravity.
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Old 04-28-2012, 10:50 PM   #20
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why change it
looks like you can
go anywhere
great shot

Another haiku!!!

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Old 04-28-2012, 11:10 PM   #21
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Handguards to protect the levers.
Crashguards and skidpan to protect the engine.
Tank panniers carrying soft stuff to save the tank.
Big ass boxes with spare fuel jugs on the back.
More agressive tread on the tires.
Go play .
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:34 AM   #22
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I'd like to see that Seca build. That would be cool, sure it might not be a 990 but it could be very capable and, ultimately, it's all state of mind anyway. A guy here did a compehensive job on an FZ1...
I will post a Build Thread on here when I get through the project but I need to purchase another bike to get around on before I start the project. I think im gonna end up with a Triumph Speed Triple maybe a Speed Triple R need to test ride em first
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Old 04-29-2012, 09:26 PM   #23
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Depends on your skills and sense of adventure in the shop too. Pretty much anything is possible. Front ends are easy, it's deciding to go whole hog and match the rear that brings it to a new level (of craziness)

97 CBR 600 in dirt gear (should be ready for launch this summer)



My FZ1 is basically done and I'm just riding it, still needs to be finished with paint etc.



To do a full job on one of these, assuming you get the base bike for close to nothing is pretty expensive. I usually default to top notch components but you don't have to I guess. I figure the time involved the parts cost is the cheapest part of the labor equation.

Oh and the tools involved...my goodness I could have a fleet for what I bought in high end machinery and tooling to make it happen.

But if you enjoy having something that no one else has and actually performs well, go for it.

I decided that I wanted a nice factory bike too, so I bought a new Husky 449. I do want my 950 back though, that was a great machine.
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Old 04-30-2012, 07:46 AM   #24
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My FZ1 is basically done and I'm just riding it, still needs to be finished with paint etc.
After seeing your build, messing around with bars, risers etc, seem like an easy project to me now! Cool projects - do you have any videos of riding the FZ?
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Old 04-30-2012, 10:38 AM   #25
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