Converted to dual-sport? POST PICS!!

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

  1. Mambo Dave

    Mambo Dave Backyard Adventurer

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    To be honest, if I had that bike I'd probably never get rid of it - it looks to be a good mix of parts for what I want... not sure about actually racing it though. The limiting issue would seem to be the fuel tank size looks small for size-able motors, and I absolutely don't like stopping for gas before I'm good and ready.
  2. Mambo Dave

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    Sorta nearly done, and not really done... but at least it looks usuable:

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    Fabricating that front fender bracket was beyond anything I've ever done before, and the hope is that it's acting as both a fender-bracket and a fork-brace. The steel is 3/16" plate, after all, which replaces a much thinner stamped-steel fender bracket that wasn't of much use with the new front tire. Acerbis front fender - the angles look good I think, but you can't really see them well in the picutres. The center-stand works in that it does sit the bike higher, but I might mod the feet a little more to try to make it easier to roll the bike up on the center stand. As it is, now, I'm either going to have to develop a different technique to getting it up on it, or I don't think I'll be able to get it up on the center stand once the bike is loaded for a trip.
  3. AK Oldman

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    Mambo Dave, does that front fender have a back side to it? Good job on the bracketBTW!
  4. Mambo Dave

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    Yup - I like the looks of the rear of the Acerbis, too - but those holes probably mean some debris will make it through. Thanks for the compliment. It was more difficult than it originally seemed with the rear legs being longer, and spaced out more, and with getting the angle of the fender as well as the alignment correct. Add to that that I only have a 20-year-old jigsaw, one angle grinder, hand-tools, a drill, and a welder (no work bench, no vice, no ... you name it, lol). It took a lot of time sitting down on the concrete patio (like a 3-year-old playing with blocks) to get it made.

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  5. AK Oldman

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    That is really nice. Making the bracket without all the fancy tools makes it all that much better!
  6. KEN PHENIX

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    Yup, nice job on the fender. I think mine needs a beak right under the headlight. I'm workin' on it. . . . . .

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    I'm thinking about calling her "The Tigress" since this project was inspired by the 1050 Tiger I couldn't afford. :wink:
  7. AK Oldman

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    I need a fender and or a beak for the 1050 Tiger I did manage to afford. Now that TKC 80s are being made in stock sizes for the Tiger it's time to make it a real dual sport.
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    Excellent! My 1050 test ride was an absolute blast. What a great bike! :D My 919 with suspension mods delivers close to the same thrill. (for half the money) :evil

    TKC80 available in a 120/70/17 - 180/55/17? COOL! Who lists them? I couldn't find them. I pulled the trigger on a set of D616 a couple months ago. DANG!
  9. AK Oldman

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    Conti has them on it's product page but I haven't found them at a dealer yet.

    TKC 80s
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    Ok, next time then. What a great development. Conti did something right here. Thanks for posting.
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    LOL at "beak" - I was wondering what the upper-fenders on BMW's were called.

    That 'beak' concept is why I bought this Acerbis fender originally. I was toying with making a beak out of it (cutting the rear part off). It has the angles and shape to look great there, but in the end I wanted to try to protect from a little more spray coming up from under the bike, so I went for a traditional fender.

    http://www.motorcycle-superstore.co...Acerbis-Universal-Supermoto-Front-Fender.aspx is a link to them.

    I think the design would look great as a beak on other bikes as well.
  12. ThomasVolomitz

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    Bike looks great with the big round headlight. A beak definitely adds to the ADV mystique.
  13. AK Oldman

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    And looks great doing it!
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    Hey AK, If you find yourself heading east on I-10 toward Beaumont I'll buy you a cup of coffee. It would be fun to compare the bikes side by side.
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    That sounds good, but it may be a while. I broke my left elbow a couple of months ago, had to have surgery to put it back together. I'm not sure what all is going on in there, but I have very little strength in the elbow and the same with the wrist. I'm not sure how long it will be before I'll be able to ride again.
  16. Mambo Dave

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    Sorry to hear about your elbow, AK.

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    So far the numbers of non-ADV people that have commented on my bike - people I know and who have seen it in person - have called it one of two things:
    "That's a Rat Bike"
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    "Looks like something out of Mad Max"

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    I guess I'm not too offended by either, really, but I do sorta disagree with both interpretations. I don't know what i think of when I think of a Rat Bike, but my EX-500 doesn't seem to be it. I do, however, know what I think of when i think of Mad Max movies and vehicles (having studied and appreciated the movies extensively), and I don't see it as such. The guys said they liked it, but I don't know why their general theories of what to class the bike under make me question my own perception enough to be writing this, lol.
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    I don't those people but they obviously don' know much about bikes unless maybe they're squids or super hard core cruiser guys.
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    Actually, you may be more correct than you know - the only people who have made descriptive comments like those are bike riders themselves, two cruiser guys who don't know each other, and another guy I definitely call a squid even though he owns more bikes than I, all much more expensive than mine (that he doesn't ride well, but it fits the image he wants to portray of himself).

    Non-riders generally just say "that's cool."
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    Heal quick my friend.
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    Yeah Dave, non-riders cannot understand why we ride or that there are many vastly differing riding styles. I also hear people who are not mechanically inclined and can't know the satisfaction we get from modifying an otherwise ill suited machine for dirt work or adventure touring say, "Why don't you just buy something made for that?" $$ Then there's what I call "the cruiser culture." If spending hours polishing to prepare for a 20 minute ride to the ice house your thing - that's fine with me but I don't get it. The other day I was explaining how my 919 project was inspired by the 1050 Tiger to a rider friend and in detail outlined the similarities in handling, suspension geometry, horsepower and torque and how both bikes pegged my little fun meter. He replied, "That's nice - but when are you gonna get a cruiser?" I rest my case. :doh