eh, hello F650 enthusiasts Just over a year ago I set out to replace the suspension on my 2001 F650GS Dakar and begin building a rallye kit for the bike...by July 2009 I had my Dakar on WP suspension front and rear. I couldn't ride it, however, because I gave away my front fairing bracket and ran short on time for the project and didn't get a replacement put together. The Dakar sat, unused for the whole riding season and was rotting away in the basement until Christmas 09. For the past six weeks or so I have been working with more consistency and hope to have the bike completed by June and at least ridable by mid April when the snow melts. So for now, I'll introduce the F650GSR...an american rallye conversion of the popular F650GS. Highlights of what I hope to complete by June include the following: WP suspension front and rear Rallye engine guard with storage, increased ground clearance and relocated side stand Rallye fairing for improved cockpit layout and more wind protection, among others DE projector headlights Oil cooler new front fender So here is a sequence taken over a few afternoon work sessions when I got the thing mostly together. There were some inital comparison photos, then the actual build. Photo 001 shows the original SHOWA Dakar front end at left and the new WP front end at right Photo 002 is the same from the back corner Photo 003 depicts the Magura X-Line 28mm handlebars mounted on Emig Racing clamps sitting on top of some home-made risers (the risers have been ditched for now) Photo 007 - The main bits on the floor Photo 008 - getting feet under the frame Photo 009 - finally standing up-right on inflated tires Photo 009 - starting to look like a motorbike Photo 010 - the front, minus the fairing Photo 011 - quarter profile, still missing a fairing Summary for this entry: Magura X-Line 28mm handlebars courtesy of Touratech, p/n 041-0907, featuring the heated grip provision used by BMW. These bars are way too expensive for what they are and they are a total PITA. I would hesitate to recommend these to anyone. More reviews to follow. WP 48mm USD forks on KTM 950 ADV clamps, KTM 450SX stem turned down to accept BMW-spec steering head bearings from All Balls The fork guards are from a KTM 85SX The front wheel is a KTM 640 ADV hub laced to an Excel 21" rim with large gauge stainless steel spokes Brake caliper is OE Brembo from the KTM 950 ADV and uses a 300mm rotor like the original Dakar; master cylinder is the OE Brembo on the Dakar (interestingly enough, the KTM caliper is identical to the BMW, but silver, different mount though) Tires are Pirelli MT-21s I would like to thank Komatias for his help on this project; he started his build well before me and had most of the details sorted before I even started. With his insight I was able to simplify the purchasing process and I ended up with most of what I needed in first round of purchasing. -so that is about it for now. More to follow!