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Old 05-16-2012, 10:53 PM   #31
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Ooooo boy, this one looks like fun.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:58 PM   #32
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OK, conceptually I like what you're doing. When Honda sets out to build a bike though, while there may be interchangeable parts, from the beginning they set out to build something specific. In this case a dirt bike. You're trying to hit the opposite end. I think I might've started with a pencil and a few photocopies of the XL, before going under the knife.

Confucius said " Know where you're going so you know when you've arrived."

Do you know where you're going?

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Old 05-17-2012, 12:25 AM   #33
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OK, conceptually I like what you're doing. When Honda sets out to build a bike though, while there may be interchangeable parts, from the beginning they set out to build something specific. In this case a dirt bike. You're trying to hit the opposite end. I think I might've started with a pencil and a few photocopies of the XL, before going under the knife.

Confucius said " Know where you're going so you know when you've arrived."

Do you know where you're going?

RZ Rob



'imagine searching in the middle of nowhere for something which keeps shifting' ABC article - The Quest for the Magnetic South Pole. 5 April, 2010

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/South_Magnetic_Pole
The Earth's South Magnetic Pole is the wandering point on the Earth's surface
The South Magnetic Pole is constantly shifting due to changes in the Earth's magnetic field
failed expeditions

Early unsuccessful attempts to reach the South Magnetic Pole included those of French explorer Dumont d'Urville (1840), American Charles Wilkes (expedition of 183842) and Briton James Clark Ross (expedition of 183943).[5]

On January 16, 1909 three men (Douglas Mawson, Edgeworth David, and Alistair Mackay) from Sir Ernest Shackleton's Nimrod Expedition claimed to have found the South Magnetic Pole,[6] which was at that time located on land. However, there is now some doubt as to whether their location was correct.




So do i know where im going exactly? no

doe's it really matter?............no.

all i know for certain is that there is only one direction on my compass (for now) and its pointing South.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:42 AM   #34
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OK, conceptually I like what you're doing. When Honda sets out to build a bike though, while there may be interchangeable parts, from the beginning they set out to build something specific. In this case a dirt bike. You're trying to hit the opposite end. I think I might've started with a pencil and a few photocopies of the XL, before going under the knife.

Confucius said " Know where you're going so you know when you've arrived."

Do you know where you're going?

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Sorry to be so vague, this is not just a motorcycle trip for me, its an adventure..
And its been in motion for the past 2years..
I left Australia 10months ago.
Wherever i or the bike end up, its already been worth it..
In all seriousness, i dont think im doing that much to the bike anyway, its all cosmetic really.
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:53 AM   #35
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Old 05-17-2012, 01:11 AM   #36
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I really dont get it.
Modifying the tank to have a hump on it that serves no functional purpose?
If I were heading south, me thinks an oversize aftermarket tank would be the better bet.
One would then have some extra mileage range in the central american backcountry amigo.
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Old 05-17-2012, 04:14 AM   #37
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Hallo Mr. magnetic, greetings from the south off Germany, your trip was one off my first bike dreams ever. Wanted to do it on a XL 500 S, in the early 80, short after getting my driving licence.
But never had the time and the money.
I have a tip for lowering the seat.
When you cut the underside off the foam, the seat keeps his form, do it with a highspeed grinder(?) you can take out the material.
Have a good trip, Hans.
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Old 05-17-2012, 07:02 AM   #38
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Those depressed areas in the front of the tank allow clearance for the forks.
You may regret fiberglassing in that area.

With that being said, I like your 'Can do' attitude! Go for it!
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Old 05-17-2012, 08:56 AM   #39
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I am going to go out on a limb here and guess you do not have the latest Touratech catalog at your house???
I like your style, grab a bike , a bit of modification, and then head out. I hope you do not mind if I throw in a quick tech tip ?? That is way way too much sealer on your rocker arm cover...... When you put the cover on, it will squeeze the excess into the engine. Then if it breaks off the sealant will plug oil passages. Other than that keep at it !
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:12 AM   #40
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true true watch out with the sealer on the valve cover.

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Old 05-17-2012, 09:39 AM   #41
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Yea !!!!!!!!

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So do i know where im going exactly? no

doe's it really matter?............no.

all i know for certain is that there is only one direction on my compass (for now) and its pointing South.[/QUOTE]
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:27 PM   #42
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I really dont get it.
Modifying the tank to have a hump on it that serves no functional purpose?
If I were heading south, me thinks an oversize aftermarket tank would be the better bet.
One would then have some extra mileage range in the central american backcountry amigo.
If i was put here on earth to be a practical functional, purposeful member of society... im a happy FAIL
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:29 PM   #43
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Those depressed areas in the front of the tank allow clearance for the forks.
You may regret fiberglassing in that area.

With that being said, I like your 'Can do' attitude! Go for it!
Thanks, i checked the clearance before i packed it all on...
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:35 PM   #44
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Hallo Mr. magnetic, greetings from the south off Germany, your trip was one off my first bike dreams ever. Wanted to do it on a XL 500 S, in the early 80, short after getting my driving licence.
But never had the time and the money.
I have a tip for lowering the seat.
When you cut the underside off the foam, the seat keeps his form, do it with a highspeed grinder(?) you can take out the material.
Have a good trip, Hans.
Hallo Herr Hans, Wie Gehts? Danke for your encouragement... I will be hoping to work on the seat when i get all the mechanics out of the way... it works for now..
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Old 05-17-2012, 12:42 PM   #45
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I am going to go out on a limb here and guess you do not have the latest Touratech catalog at your house???
I like your style, grab a bike , a bit of modification, and then head out. I hope you do not mind if I throw in a quick tech tip ?? That is way way too much sealer on your rocker arm cover...... When you put the cover on, it will squeeze the excess into the engine. Then if it breaks off the sealant will plug oil passages. Other than that keep at it !
Ha, i dont even have a shop manual, still waiting to pick it up from the guy i bought it from..
I made a friend here in LA, a young lad that has more XL's than cents in the pocket, he's the one helping...
Although that did concern me, im actually in the process of changing the cylinder head, rocker cover, clutch and stator gaskets with honda originals, they just arrived yesterday, so no more liquid gasket... or should i still use a little?

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