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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Sinistersculler, Apr 11, 2008.
Thats one angry looking machine!
What size wheels are those? I am looking for some more aggressive tread for a Honda Nighthawk, 16 - 19 combo.
The only 16" dual sport tires I found when I was looking for a rear for my XS400 Scrambler project were: Duro, Trailwing and Michelin Sirac that is not easily found in the US... The Sirac may be tubeless but I'm not sure. It does have a matching 19" front.
Thanks for the quick reply. I found the Trailwings. Is it safe to use a tube in a tubeless type rim? These seem to be the only option if I want a matched set. I found that the Siracs are discontinued.
you guys with the nighthawks might want to try to find some used rear wheels off a newer 1 i had an 03 in racy red that had a 17" rear wheel
Thanks. It turned out to be a fun bike and led to this kind of riding and getting a Strom.
I will say that heavy and low GS was WAY better on the gravel than my Strom is. But that was the only thing it was better at. LOL
If your refering to the GS.. if i remember right it has a 19 front and an 18 rear. They are TKC's.
As others have already posted.. pretty slim pickings in a 16" rim.
I thought those were TKC's. Slim pickings is correct. I was not sure if I could change the rear wheel since it is shaft drive.
I don't know. Someone above posted the newer ones has 17" and you can get TKC's in 17" of course.
Let's see some pics?
It's still just a project, so far the only things I've done are: restart it, replace the rear wheel with an 18" and replace the gigantic tail light with a small round one. I'll post in Old Skool with pics and progress...
I put dualsport tires on my baby nighthawk. (CB250)
It does OK on gravel roads and is a little squirlley on sand roads in the desert, but most dualsports aren't much better? The best part is the 298 pounds for the bike.
My riding pardner has an older XL350 and it's much heavier and harder to handle. We really enjoy the weekend rides.
I put DOT knobbies (Shinko 244 4.10"x18" tire on front, Bridgestone TW40 120/90x16" on rear).
Both the above tires lasted about 10K and now I have a Chen Shin 180 on the front (K70 Dunlop knockoff) and a Chen Shin 907 on the rear. I got the tires cheap at a garage sale. I like the front tire but it kept sliding out in the snow last week. The back tire spins easy in snow, but works great in the rain.
I commute 250 miles per week on the bike and take rides into the Cascade mountains on the weekends. It's been averaging around 70 mpg for the last 10,000 miles. Most of my weekend rides are under 200 miles per day.
Last weekend I put a garage sale luggage rack with back rest on the bike. It took some cutting and welding, but I love the backrest now. It slides in and out of the rack so it works solo for me, or slide back so a passenger has a backrest. I have a Rubbermaid ActionPacker as a top box and will make side box brackets soon.
My brother and I used our 1966 Suzuki S-32 twins to ride from Newport, Oregon to Germinson Landing in Northern BC, north of Fort Saint James, BC when we were in high school. It was a two month trip and we ran knobby tires and carried the stock take-off's as spares. They weren't needed.
We took a pup tent and a 2-man raft for fishing. We only had a few breakdowns. My bike threw the rings on the right piston but still ran. We made it back to Fort Saint James and the local Evenrude repairman put in a Evenrude piston and rings in my bike after drilling the piston to use my wrist pin. The bike ran for years with the outboard piston on the right side.
We did farm day labor along the trip to pay the bills. A trip to remember, but were too dumb to take a camera. Just memories now...
C'mon bigtex, tell us the story ... the WHOLE story!
Holey Cow!... thats a sweet ride!
Maybe it was halfway there to start with;
But it sure is ......................
sweet machine , buts that just too nice to be abusing like a dirt bike.
i am really enjoying this thread! seeing the creativity and imagination that has been displayed here is awesome. it makes me think that maybe i ought to be looking harder at building my own bike. as i have the skills, and i have the imagination. i also dont think i will be riding that hardcore. fireroads and gravel would be the worst of it. i think a streetbike adapted would probably be better spent money aspecially in these times. i feel like i have a new lease on things. anyone ever tried to convert something big like a gs1100e?
hey deadly where did you get the waterproof boxes you used for luggage from?