Converted to dual-sport? POST PICS!!

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

  1. xDownSetx

    xDownSetx U WOT M8?

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    It locks the forks so they can't compress. If that happens offroad then you might not be able to keep the front planted and lock up the front wheel, and that never ends well. Not to mention the bumpy ride.
  2. metlcutr55

    metlcutr55 LongGoneDaddy

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    only street tires, thats all ive seen available, and theyre all radials. odd sizes. im not sure a bias ply semi knob would last long on a bike this fat and powerful. no need to stop for gravel, stay upright in the seat and weight the pegs, steer dont lean, she will go. all the roads i listed are considered dual sport rides or worse.
  3. roadhamr

    roadhamr Been here awhile

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    that is one of the reasons i chose the 1981. no anti dive on the front forks. an air system yes but no anti dive. i would like to remove the air system but i dont hink it is possible. i will modify them by stacking up the springs and putting in a heavier fork oil but i wonder about the air system. any ideas?
  4. Deadly

    Deadly Asphalt Adventurer!

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  5. roadhamr

    roadhamr Been here awhile

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    not to be inflamatory but a harley is not really on my list and a skirtster would definitely not be on my list. i have ridden quite a few of them and i think they are antiques, and not in the good way but more in the why am i on this thing and why did i pay so much for it?!:eek1
  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    in the states, we have that old saying "run what ya' brung". so if that's what he brought to the party, so be it. run it.
  7. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    My VX800 is just starting its transformation into a poor man's Beemer. How many V-twin shafties get to go play in the dirt?

    Avon Distanzias -- the front is an oddball size, so it's wearing a 110/80-18 rear tire, mounted backwards. The rear is a 17" rim, so I chose a 140/80-17. The stock size is 150/70-18, but I think with the "knobs" on the Distys, it wouldn't have fit. The 140 was a pretty tight squeeze.
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    Since these photos, I've raised the front fender. I need to extend the rear fender, too.

    The Distanzias handle beautifully on pavement, and have even better traction than I had hoped for in dirt, gravel, and mud. Plus, they look really cool. The front is somewhat noisy on pavement, but works great.

    The radiator has a grille, but I'd like to make something a little more robust, at least for the lower half. The bottom of the engine is actually protected pretty well by the frame. I'd like to come up with some hand guards, more for wind protection than anything else. As far as luggage, I'm happy with soft bags.

    As with any street bike, it's rather heavy and the suspension doesn't really have the travel for serious dirt work. But just changing the tires extended the VX800's mission profile considerably, and adding some rock protection will give me some peace of mind.

    The bike seems to handle quite well on loose surfaces -- it has a more kicked-out head angle than most standards, and the torquey v-twin plonks along quite well on dirt roads, but is also happy to throw a nice rooster tail when appropriate...
  8. Deadly

    Deadly Asphalt Adventurer!

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    I think that choice may be better than my Nighthawk for a conversion because of the shaft drive and it being a V-Twin. A V-Twin would be much easier for me to make a skid plate for.

    Im also using a rear distanzia on the front of my bike but never thought about running it backwards. I just mounted mine with the direction arrows is this something I shouldn't have done?
  9. roadhamr

    roadhamr Been here awhile

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    i have an old saying around my place as well it's- get that goddamn harley off of my property before it leaves a mark or i'll fill your ass with buckshot!-:D
    harleys are like old hound dogs love to ride in the back of pickups and leave a mark every where they have been.:lol3
  10. roadhamr

    roadhamr Been here awhile

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    i have noticed that as well deadly. i must ask why the reverse mounting. it has been a while since i was a mechanic but i dont remember that being a golden rule. can someon clarify this one or should we go to the garage with this question?
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    apeirce So I was following Andrew

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    BigJohnBundy Hav-A-Tampa

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  14. SlipChip

    SlipChip Adventure Commuter

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    This is common practice on the TDMs also because of the 18" front. The reasoning I have heard is that the tread and carcass of the tire are constructed to receive and apply a force in a certain direction and that force on the front is pretty much opposite of the rear. I too have recently mounted Distanzia's in this fashion, though I have not had the chance to try out the front yet.
  15. roadhamr

    roadhamr Been here awhile

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    so if you have a tire that is a front tire you mount it as the direction arrows go, and if you are mounting a rear tire as a front tire because of size issues or whatever then you would mount them opposite to the directional arrows. is this a general rule of thumb or is it manufacturer related?
  16. xDownSetx

    xDownSetx U WOT M8?

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    Well under the air system there are holes in the stanchions. You could fill the holes, or you can just run it without any pressure in the system.
  17. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    Alot of guys do this with the IRC GP110 as well. I don't. Rear tire angled for acceleration. Front agled for braking. Why would you turn a tire that provides no accelaration around and loose the braking action. Though they swear it handles better. I don't see how. Personally I think some of these guys would mount the mirrors backwards just so they can see who is coming behind them from the other side of the earth if for no other reason than simply that is not stock. Some guys like to think multilmillion dollar r&d programs are meaningless. Change for the sake of change you know. Just my 2 cents.

  18. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Can't put a rear tire on the front and "run it as designed". It wasn't designed for the front. I'll mount a designed rear tire backwards on the front. I agree with SlipChip. I have seen arrows on tires that say mount backward for front. Nortons, Tridents had the same tire front & rear. The front one goes on "backward".
    Think about the forces on the tire. The rear is pushing, the front is being pushed. Opposite forces.
  19. Andy G

    Andy G 2wheeled alpinist

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    Thats exactly the reason why you should do it (when using a rear tire in front): the direction of the force is opposite!

    Cheers, Andy
  20. Elvis70

    Elvis70 No speed traps in the sky

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    I missed that you were using a rear tire up front. Lots of guys mount the front GP110 backwards. They say it handles better. That doesn't make sense to me. What you are doing makes perfect sense.