Converted to dual-sport? POST PICS!!

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

  1. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    motorcycle-superstore has tkc's in 17" sizes on their website, but unavailable. I left my email to be notified when they are. Now I kick myself for getting rid of the Ulysses.
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    Thank you! They now have my email addr as well.:clap
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  5. Yokomo

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    cool thread...
  6. TerraRoot

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    questionably dual sport but awesome!
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    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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  8. 83VisionScrambler

    83VisionScrambler n00b

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    I was wondering 1.) Where you got those headlights, and 2.) What brand are they? I have a 1983 Yamaha XZ550 that I am turning into a adventure bike and would really like to put two small headlights on mine. Thanks!
  9. braedsjaa

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    Are you mad? No madder than me I guess ... but I thought that idea would die with me.
    I am the "mate with the cash in his hand" as posted by Chris S. Thought I'd better sign up here myself so I can encourage you to start a new thread to keep us posted on your progress.
    I have no idea (20 years later) what those headlights were but they were very cheap and very nasty and not to be recommended. There are plenty of decent alternatives around I'm sure. I thought it was quite nifty to put the radiator out front there - might theoretically keep me warm too but didn't run long enough to find out.
    Do you have a cunning plan to convert to chain drive? It's the only way to get any ground clearance. As far as I recall, I cut the splined end off the bevelled output gear (from XZ) and welded that to the Tenere's sprocket carrier. Actually I must point out that I don't trust my own welding really so that was the one part I got someone else to do ... and that was the bit that failed! As the XZ had a housing around the bevel gears to keep oil in and dirt out, there was no proper seal on the gearbox output shaft so that leaked like crazy; kept the chain good though!
    There was no room under the Tenere tank for the XZ airbox so just had K&N filters; also improved the rear exhaust exit and fitted larger, equal sized, main jets all which appeared to make it run a bit better than standard. The bike ran about 700 miles, mainly at reasonable speed on main roads. I forget why I sold it exactly... maybe couldn't see a way around the oil leak and had another project. So Chris bought it just in time for the sprocket carrier to give up. Tee hee...
    I wonder where it is now?
  10. James027

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    I know this might be a long shot, but I have seen the R1 with knobbies and handguards etc. It's AMAZING! I was wondering if you could upgrade the suspension of a 2001 f4i to be able to hadle a decently rough fire road or even a calm trail(if there is such a thing :lol3). Because If i could, I definately would. The knobbies are the easy part.
  11. Paulutions

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    I don't know if what I am doing is converting my 1985 honda shadow vt1100 to a dual sport, so much as it is making the bike more practical for my needs. I live on the Navajo reservation where most of the roads are not paved, with long distances of highway riding in between. I was trying to trade my shadow for an enduro and had some great offers, but in the end just couldn't give up the power and dependability of the bike I have. The soil here is very slippery clay and sand, though. And, unfortunately, I have a 15" shaft driven rear wheel for which I could not find a decent dual-purpose tire. So, I researched the microfiche and have determined that a 17" rear wheel from a 1982 VF750 appears to be the only option I have without having to change any of the gearing in the final drive or try to convert over to disc breaks in the rear. I bought a wheel off ebay for $20 that is on the way, so I'll be sure to post how it works out. I also have some new handle bars, some tubing to make pannier racks for my 40mm ammo cans with, and some fork socks coming (I went through my last seals pretty quickly out here.) My crash bars have gotten a lot of use here too, so I plan on keeping those with the hope that, at least, getting some tires that have some teeth might help alleviate their overuse. I'll also be making a skid plate. Maybe, in a year or two I can buy a new bike. In the mean time, I just gotta make do. By the way, I am possibly going to put a tire designed as a rear tire on the front, as I am putting a Dunlop 606D on the rear and the only comparable tire I could find that fit the front is a Pirelli tire that is actually a rear end tire, same size as my front. I imagine that I might have to be more careful in turns for awhile, but does anyone see any major problems with doing that? Also, anyone needing to do easy cross-referencing of parts might find http://www.powersportsplus.com to be a useful site.
  12. Yokomo

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    Others put rears on the front. The thing that would concern me is the unidirectional tires. For instance, if you were to put a Shinko 705 rear tire on the front.
  13. EnduroRdr

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    Paulutions, Wow DaJaVu - seems you are doing exactly what I went through on my CX - see build link below:

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    Build link - http://www.twtex.com/forums/showthread.php?t=46633

    Several pages on this bike build as time when for past couple years - but you can see where I went through some of the same issues, building skid plate, racks, swapped 16" rear wheel for 18" wheel on shaft drive.

    Good luck and keep us posted on the progress.
  14. mcpenner

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  15. Paulutions

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    Wow. That's something. I'm going to have to make due with out a machine shop or even the ability to use one, I guess. But, I hope you won't mind me badgering you with questions. My first one is: Did you have to do any modifications to your driveshaft for it to tolerate all the jacking up of the bike? How, other than trial and error, might I figure out what my driveshaft will tolerate?
  16. inire

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  18. inire

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    woah - the browser I was looking at it from (at coughWORKcough) dinna have any popup nasties. Sorry about that.
  19. Juanjo_NY

    Juanjo_NY Made in Argentina

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    that's a TL1000 :O

    unless the rider is over 7ft tall can't see that bike any useful!
  20. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    I just surfed the CX forums for info found others had done same then went for it - I figured it could handle 2 inch lift, turns out it has no ill effects w/the longer shocks.
    Part of the illusion of lift is that the new rear fender is mounted higher than the old steel one - :evil

    So I guess to answer your question - unless you find something in a "VT" forum somewhere else, I suppose you will be going at it with trial and error.