airhead dirtbikes ???

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Loadedagain, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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  2. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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  3. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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  4. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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  5. Pacer

    Pacer Adventurer of sorts

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    I have been loving this thread for years now! Truly inspirational!
    This one may be for sale here on the East Coast USA shortly, just finishing a few things up.
    <o:p> </o:p>

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  6. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    how about some more pics of your bike.
    is that an klr ims tank? i've heard you could fit those on an airhead but haven't ever seen pics.


  7. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track.. Oh, wait, new track found!

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    Hmm, a very quick search on advrider and google tells me this KTM IMS is an interesting tank. 7 Gallons is about 26.5 litres, so simular to stock, but looks better in terms of height of the weight.
    Tell us Pacer, how's the fit???
  8. notarex

    notarex Can U taste the waste?

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    Pacer- More info is required about this project of yours :bluduh. What's with the dual shocks- a non-GS conversion?
  9. TEXASYETI

    TEXASYETI Call me "thread killer!"

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    Pacer, more pics please! That is one fine machine and I really like the rear subframe modifications. The way you hung the silencers is very trick. More pics, a little story about the project......
    :ear
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  10. snoop

    snoop Sven from Road Rash

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    aaah, aaron you finally dropped a pic of moggey to the ADV riders.
  11. bmwblake

    bmwblake upside down parker

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    funny thing, i thought of you and your build when i saw his location and that the bike was in a giant warehouse.
    spill the beans.

  12. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Just bought one. I'm going to strip it down a bit and clean it this weekend and see what Ive got.
    [​IMG]
    I'm sure there is a dirt bike under there:scratch
  13. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track.. Oh, wait, new track found!

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    Hey, where's the dirt you're gonna take off to find a bike??? Good looking bike, you'll enjoy it a lot!
    But what's up with the McGuyvertape on the tank? And nice carriers over the cylinders, perfect to get your kettle boiling on the last 10miles to the campsite :rofl:rofl:rofl
  14. Pezz_gs

    Pezz_gs Cant ride for crap

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    Well Done Davo!!!!!!!!!!!
    Looks like a great starting point!
    Have you still got the scrambler?
  15. TARider

    TARider Been here awhile

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    Looks like a "Jim Rowley Special" :lol3
  16. davorallyfan

    davorallyfan Commonist

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    Yep still loving the Scrambler and DR but I've always wanted one of these.

    Ive always wanted a Velo too... one day.
  17. TouringDave

    TouringDave Tri Moto Veritas

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    DRF, you just bought that???

    You lucky, lucky bastard! Nice buy. :thumb
  18. Pacer

    Pacer Adventurer of sorts

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    Sorry all, Upon posting the pic of "Moggy" I locked myself in the shop to get her butted up. Lights and wiring mostly.

    TARider is correct, it is indeed a Jim Rawley built bike of which I know only a little of its history. I have corresponded with Jim a couple of times just to verify some details and history. He verified its origins and was glad to know of its continued life. I acquired the bike in February of this year, have breathed new life into it and am just about finished with its reconstruction.

    On to the good stuff:
    It is made up of a 1974 R90/6 frame with 1984 R100 running gear. (big valves, big carbs (40mm Bings) big exhaust) a very good 3.36 (37/11) final drive and matching rear wheel from Snoop's project bike for the off road work and a well used 2.9? rear if you feel like ripping down the highway. <!--[if gte vml 1]><v:shape id="_x0000_i1026" type="#_x0000_t75" alt="" style='width:11.25pt;height:11.25pt'> <v:imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME~1\ADM\LOCALS~1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_image002.gif" o:href="http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/icon10.gif"/> </v:shape><![endif]--><!--[if !vml]-->:D<!--[endif]-->

    More to come...

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  19. Pacer

    Pacer Adventurer of sorts

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    [FONT=&quot]It is a new IMS tank for a KLR, but I only updated what Jim had already made possible. He had welded brackets to the frame which then accept the KLR tank quite well, in fact the <st1:place w:st="on">Clark</st1:place> tank I have for a DR is a very close fit too. When I found the bike it had a natural color older IMS tank and old dirty white-ish body work.

    As far as adaptability, any "saddle style" tank with a deep relief for the bikes frame or spine would be a good candidate to mount on your Airhead project. YMMV but try what you got. I will get some detail shots of how Jim made the adaptation.[/FONT]

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  20. Pacer

    Pacer Adventurer of sorts

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    Notarex, I have been meaning to look you up ever since we met up at that bike auction in CT. I helped you shuttle your parts home. I bought the DR 650 up there, sold that (a perfectly good running motorcycle) in exchange for this basket case of a beast. I guess I like the tinkering more than the ride.

    Eh-hem, back to the tech:
    Yes, the swing arm is dual sided and has twin WP shocks. It has been lengthened three inches and recessed for the new tire position.
    Jim left the driveshaft alone and lengthened the bell to accommodate the extra distance. This was done so that if for what ever reason the driveshaft broke or needed replacing it could be done so with factory parts.
    The double sided swing arm is a very good choice for this type of conversion as it is strong, and there are many rear end gear choices and spares...

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