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Old 08-30-2013, 02:59 PM   #31
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This looks fantastic. Too bad there won't be a way to keep the ABS, but very interesting otherwise
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Old 09-05-2013, 09:50 AM   #32
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Looking good CJ! Too bad I will miss seeing you at the rally... Eric will be eyeing that thing for sure...
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Old 09-15-2013, 04:26 PM   #33
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Saw this up close at the Rally, and it is a nice piece! It seems to just work. I'll follow the development, could be fun to build one "just 'cuz you can!"

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Old 09-24-2013, 04:57 AM   #34
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Not yet, Won't even start on that until I get back from colorado around Sept 25th. We'll be out there testing it all around the state. We'll have some great pics upon our return.
We'll, the 25th is almost here which means we should have more pictures soon Can't wait to see 'em
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:21 AM   #35
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Looking good!
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:55 PM   #36
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it's not my cup of tea, but I gotta say WOW! just the same. You've done a really great job with this! I love the V-Strom, and this kind of aftermarket customization can only strengthen the breed. I hope Suzuki is paying attention (but I doubt it).
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:15 AM   #37
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Thanks for the input guys!

The CO trip/TEST was great. The bike performed better than any V-Strom I have ever seen. It did the entire COBDR route in the mud and slop. Total trip was about 4,000 miles from WI and back. We have lots of pics and are working through them to get more posted.

I'm gone this weekend to enjoy and test the Christini AWD 450 in the north woods of WI before the snow flies, so hopefully next week.

I just wanted to let you all know that this build passed my Real world/Trails test and I will continue on the path to make this into a kit.

I already have 3 riders loacally kicking it around to build over the winter.

Late Oct we have another local DS ride, more setup for small bikes, (450-525s) but I think the tight turning radius and with a proper skidplate being completed soon, the CJD Super Strom is sure to turn some heads...... Oh ya..... I almost have a full spoked rim and killer knobby setup ready for this too.
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Old 09-26-2013, 08:54 AM   #38
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I'm hoping with an 18" rear tire you'll get better tire choices that what you have in the 150/70-17. I guess if it was similar in size to what the KTM 950/990 runs that would work. I believe the 950SE runs an ever narrow rim for even better 18" tire choices, but I'm not sure how skinny you can go on the rear?
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Old 09-26-2013, 05:56 PM   #39
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Old 09-26-2013, 06:05 PM   #40
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Curious what the weight is?
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Old 09-30-2013, 05:37 PM   #41
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Any updates to this project? Will the kit work with the 2012+ DL650?
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Old 10-01-2013, 09:19 PM   #42
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The images are going to be slow going for a minute I have some deadlines that have to be met before I can get through the Colorado testing images. Here are some details of the custom parts fabricated for this project.
Enjoy, I'll get more up when I can.

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Old 10-01-2013, 10:35 PM   #43
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Nicely done. Keep up the good work. Someone has to fill the gaps left wide open by the Japanese. So, you were able to take off a good 30lbs or so?
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:34 AM   #44
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Nicely done. Keep up the good work. Someone has to fill the gaps left wide open by the Japanese. So, you were able to take off a good 30lbs or so?
Bike shown with rear luggage rack and side pannier racks removed, about 1 gallon of fuel was 425 lbs. Most of the weight removed was off the front end, a good place to remove it. We figured we lost about 30-40 lbs overall from when we started.

I have not done any other testing on the new bikes and I don't see this working with the ABS bikes very easily, and I don't recommend ABS for off road use anyways.

Lots to work through yet for newer bikes as this was build on a 2009.
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Old 10-02-2013, 09:40 AM   #45
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I'm hoping with an 18" rear tire you'll get better tire choices that what you have in the 150/70-17. I guess if it was similar in size to what the KTM 950/990 runs that would work. I believe the 950SE runs an ever narrow rim for even better 18" tire choices, but I'm not sure how skinny you can go on the rear?
I am working to build a 17x 3.5" and 18x 3.5" rim options. This gives the widest range of tires to fit. But wider and narrower rims could be built to your specs. This size could fit most 130-140-150 size tires and is a strong rim setup.

Personally I don't like the skinny rim on the 950 SE, I feel it's too narrow and you never hook up with all the power. I prefer the 3.5".

The DL650 is down on power from the KTM 950, but you can only get so much to ground anyways in the dirt so I feel the 650 engine will offer a good power to tire life/traction compromise. The weight of the CJDL-650R and KTM 950 SE are pretty close now.
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