Converted to dual-sport? POST PICS!!

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Sinistersculler, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. mike-s

    mike-s 2 squeaky wheels

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    Side stand almost done, just needs some prettying up, nowhere near as nice as Mambo Dave's efforts though. Next on the operating table, the centre stand.
  2. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Kill it by fire!!!!!!!

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    I wish my bike's kick-stand was like that... instead, its got some god-forsaken, twisty, solid, squared, tapering wrought-iron-looking serpent that is going to be a little more difficult to mod.

    Rustoleum Gloss Black will do wonders for your kickstand after even only a mild sanding. You may not have to grind the welds.
  3. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    I got lucky and found a donor stand that was easy to mod.

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  4. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    Who has had to replace throttle and clutch cables with longer ones and where did you find them? After adding the trail bike bars my stock cables are stretched to the limit and I still want a bit more height.
  5. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Motion Pro sold me a longer clutch cable, and from what I can tell they will make most bikes' cables longer.

    Problem being is that once you break a longer cable... you're outta luck until the next order can come in. ... unless you get into either making your own cables or repairing the longer one you have. From what I understand it just takes the cable, the ends, and soldering? For a "new" cable the inner-liner and outer-housing would be needed, too.

    For my VN800A I still have the old extended-cable housing - which is still moderately OK - so to make a spare from it, instead of paying $45 plus shipping for another to have as a spare, I may order the cable and ends I need and just skip the inner-liner (instead re-using the old one) as it will be only a spare.

    I looked this up when my extended clutch cable broke... if I alter the EX500 by putting handle-bars on it, I may go this DIY route.

    Cable parts: http://www.flandershandlebars.com/FlanCableSearch.html

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  6. AK Oldman

    AK Oldman WANDRN

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    I am or have been, a member on many bike forums. This is the first time I have seen anything on cable repair. Great post, I will be saving this and be sharing it.:thumb:thumb:thumb
  7. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    Yes, that's an excellent article. Many years ago I made and repaired cables by soldering on pieces of brass tubing to form barrel tips. I'll do it again if I have to but at this stage in the game I'd rather buy something ready-made. I'll give Motion Pro a shout. Thanks.
  8. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Glad you liked it AK Oldman.

    OK - you may want to call them directly and order. They were very customer-service oriented and ready to help, so no problem there. I had a delay, though, because my local moto dealership took half a day to figure out if they were a licensed, or something, dealer of Motion Pro. Since they weren't, it was going to be the same price plus shipping to pay either them or Motion Pro... I called MP directly, they took my debit card info, and had it delivered to my door.
  9. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Dont limit your self to clutch cables - consider front brake cables from other drum brake bikes.

    After swapping the front end on the CX/DS project same issue. High rise bars swapped over to lower bars and my clutch cable was too long! I thought about shortinging it some how - after seeing this I probably could have tried it (shorten my old cable) and saved the cost of a replacement - 23 bucks :lol3

    My solution was I took the stock cable measured the difference I needed then visited my friendly parts guy at the local Honda dealer, after some comparing (he let me rummage through the stock) we found a match.

    A front brake cable for a Honda xr100.

    I'm thinking same applies for those bikes that have hydraulic clutch systems, front brake lines or you should have a local industrial hose maker in most cities that can put one together out of nice braided stainless steel :evil.
  10. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    At the old Honda dealer I worked at, years ago, we'd try to help people just like that - and we often were able to help. These days, or maybe it's just my location, the dealerships only will deal with actual part numbers and makes of bikes - no matter that the thread pitch of, say, a typical 10mm bolt are the same across all four Jap makers, and that all that is needed to replace is something in about the same-length ballpark for many external parts... the answer is always "No" anymore.

    Count your blessings if you have a motorcycle dealership that will help you out like that.
  11. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave I cannot abide.

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    Very time consuming to get everything together, and I've got about one more day to get stuff done before a 1000 mile test.

    Finally have the rear wheel off, will put a Shinko 705 dual-sport tire on the rear tomorrow. I have serious doubts as to getting the front fender done by the time I have to hit the road.

    And, lastly, I've flipped the saddle-bags both ways, but can't figure out which would be better. The way they're on, now, is more aerodynamic, sorta, and the opening are much easier to get to while on the bike... plus it cinches down better and the cut of the under-sides angle for the up-swept exhaust. But for all of that going for the current way they are on, there are design features that seem to point that they could, or should,be mounted facing the opposite way (with the pointed ends toward the front). I think I'm gonna just leave them on the way they are now.

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    Yeah, I'm thinking I want at least one more attachment-arm for each side, but with the road trip coming up and them seeming pretty sturdy already... looks like we're heading out like this. I won't even have time to paint the welded areas... so it may be a rust heap by the time I get home :ace <- not sure what this little guy is yelling, but seems appropriate.

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  12. _cy_

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    excellent... thanks for sharing

    if I cannot find an low miles R80G/S to suit me.
    been thinking of dual sporting my 74 R90S (currently 7,900 miles) instead

    what's the best choice for tires 3.25x19 frt & 4.0x18 rear?

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  13. EnduroRdr

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    Really? r/90s? The iconic bike of the 70's from BMW?

    For God's sake man, that's like lifting your iconic 1969 SS camaro to make a 4x4 to mud racer.

    As an old BMW rider who has had several, please find a lesser bike - You're killing me! :cry
  14. Newner

    Newner Buffering

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    -cy-,
    I agree with him, perhaps at the next pub crawl we can talk about finding you and old XT or XR that is plated for the same price as knobbies and the shit that you are going to break on that BMW. :norton
  15. _cy_

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    thanks...I can find an old dirt bike anytime... there's actual logic to this madness.

    goal is to have a bike reliable enough to tour the world. would rather do it on an R80G/S but having a hard time finding a low miles one that I can prep without paying an arm and both legs.

    yes my R90S is super sweet. more importantly due to ultra low miles and prep already done. this airhead is starting to feel like I can ride it anywhere.

    no reason why I cannot farkle R90S out with aluminum panniers and dual sport tires.
    then tour the world with this 37 year old bike.
  16. KEN PHENIX

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    Thanks guys. My local Honda dealer stocks next to nothing and has even less imagination. I just got off the phone with Cory at Motion Pro. They have the specs on CB900f cables so I don't have to send mine in. Throttle push / pull runs around $30 a copy and the clutch cable will set me back a mere $45. Done deal - they'll be ready mid January.
  17. KEN PHENIX

    KEN PHENIX "CERTIFIABLE"

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    Mod your classic bike? Ok, I'm over it. I say go for it. Build and ride what you want. :clap
  18. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    Yeah, the 90 is a classic. Look good with some knobbies and a skid plate!!!
  19. FloridaSteve

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    Saw this the other day... DAYEMMM...

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  20. Superhawk

    Superhawk Been here awhile

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    thats some motor, it can probably smoke the tire off it on road, its gotta be near uncontrollable off road.