Converting a heavy inline 4 OR get dual purpose?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Geckei_kan, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Geckei_kan

    Geckei_kan n00b

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    Hello all, I'm new to here.

    I love to go fishing to lakes. Recently I found a beautiful spot to fish but it was deep in the mountain and i had to go scratching my car's bumper and muffler.
    I thought it would be nice if I have one of the adventure bikes but i can't afford any of new bikes. My budget is like $2000 or less...

    So my question is should i go for a cheap old dual purpose with my low budget or convert my (old) heavy 4 cylinder to dual purpose?
    I have a CB750C. I really like look of this bike but I know its too heavy to climb up hill or any hardcore off road.
    But with $2000 I can do something make my bike super off roader with the look of old school... hopefully.
    I know it's gonna be a pain in the ass but I know mostly what i have to do for the conversion.
    I also know how heavy it is... and not only the weight... I heard that inline 4 engine is not good on off-road bcuz of traction and stuff.
    Those concerns are keeping me away from tackle into this conversion. It would be nice tho because there's not many converted CB750s.

    Or I should get cheap dual purpose? Only my concern is the on-road capability of dual purpose.
    I was thinking to get 250cc bike but since the way to get the fishing spot there is highway too.
    I don't wanna hear any of my bike screaming and shaking so much. It will be uncomfortable as well.
    I thought 90-96? XT600 from Yamaha looks cool and with this engine capacity highway trip will not be bad at least. Plus, it is very rare bike in the US...

    I know some of you don't give a fuck bout my day trip fishing but I'm thinking all day which i should go for. :patch
    Any idea would be appreciated. I wanna hear expert's opinion here. Because I have never tackled any hardcore off road you guys are experts for me.

    Here's my bike
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  2. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Scour craigslist daily and have the $ in your hand. Be ready to go at the drop of a hat and don't be afraid to offer your $2000 on a $3500 asking price. Shop for anything 350 and up, DRZ, DR350, KLR or DR650, XR/XLs and XT350s too. You will find one and or sell the 750 as it will get ruined used in the dirt to afford more expensive options. Cheap bikes are out there.
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  3. straightrod

    straightrod Long timer

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    ^ what he said plus 100. You will smash your bike to pieces taking it off road.
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  4. gmiguy

    gmiguy You rode a what to where?

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    How crazy is this offroad? If your car made it down and back it can't be all that bad, right?

    In that case, I'd snag a second set of Comstars off of eBay or similar; mount up some dual-purpose or knobby tires, build a bash plate out of sheet metal, and call the "conversion" done.

    Maybe some handguards, too, if you can find some that fit.

    That would get you a somewhat competent trail bike for $500 or less, and you could always convert it back to "street mode" in about 30 minutes if you want to.
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  5. Geckei_kan

    Geckei_kan n00b

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    I like that! Haha I never thought of asking $3500 bike with $2000 in hand.
    I check craigslist everyday but I cannot find good one so far.

    Thanks for the advice Narvin
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  6. Cakeeater

    Cakeeater Been here awhile

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    I suggest you take your two grand and spend 500 on some really nice fishing gear..

    Then put the 1450 in the bank. And buy some nice gloves for fifty bucks and take the bike you have. It won't get hurt if you aren't jumping it. It's heavy, yeah, and won't be like a dirtbike but I used to take my KZ650 just about everywhere off road. Slow in the dirt, fun on the road. If a car could make it, you should have no problem.
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  7. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    There are lots of desperate sellers and not alot of "cash in hand" buyers. I hate to see that but it is the way it is. Don't be shy and show a stack of 50s to make it look better! :lol3
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  8. Wolfgang55

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  9. sargev55

    sargev55 Been here awhile

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    i missed out on a low mileage suzuki gs750 four years ago by a few minutes. it was relatively low miles, it ran well, and it was owned by an older couple that just wanted it gone. the price was $400 (i was thinking no way, thats too low, so i tried it out). i called them and they said it had just been picked up by the kidney foundation. they said no one had called them so they decided to donate the bike for a very low tax break, and had i called around 45 minutes earlier they would have just given it to me. i called the kidney foundation about the bike and they told me they would be unable to sell me the bike.

    sucks.

    but yeah, if you look long enough you can find some sweet deals.
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  10. Foot dragger

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    That 750 will be fine off road.......... Other then next to no ground clearance,bad suspension even for roadwork,no dirt tires available for those rims,550 lbs of weight to deal with,and the width of the engine would be not so good in places.
    But really if your just going to cruise gravel roads even a Gold Wing will work.
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  11. Geckei_kan

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    First part of off road was not bad at all. I can still take my CB if i go slowly.
    But then there is a small river crossing the road. I couldn't go with my car because the road was narrowed there so I stopped the car and i guess i had to walk about 30 min to get the spot. After the river was like trail road there's no way i can go in with heavy bike unless I was an expert or imbecile.
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  12. Geckei_kan

    Geckei_kan n00b

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    Haha I should get nice fishing gear too:rofl
    Do you have a 4-1 exhaust on your KZ? I'm hunting on ebayy for 4-2 system for better ground clearance and better look.
    Becausae I hit the header too much it's leaking gas now...
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  13. VTSteve

    VTSteve Been here awhile

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    I have a CB650 that I fitted a set of Trail wings on, along with a few other minor mods to make it more dirt worthy. It's a fun bike, as long as you don't get it stuck in the mud :rofl

    One of the main issues I had with the bike was the gearing. These engines really don't have a ton of low end grunt, so with the stock gearing it's nearly impossible to crawl along at some of the speeds you need off road. I compensated by re-gearing 10 teeth up in the rear. It made things easier, but now the bike is revving alot higher at any given speed. This combined with the low speeds over the air cooled engine results in a VERY hot beast. I finally gave up on the project and bought a DRZ.
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  14. Geckei_kan

    Geckei_kan n00b

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    Wow that's a big change :eek1

    I was inspired by this freaking cool video...

    http://vimeo.com/hammarhead/pier18

    Yes, it is a bonneville not like mine...

    I think I just give up converting. It would be cool but doesn't make sense in many ways.
    Get a cheap dual purpose by cheapened price. Don't call me a sticky lowballer :lol3

    Thanks VTSteve for discouraging me! :clap
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  15. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    You're right - the most expensive way to go is to try to convert your bike. You can right the crap out of it and learn to ride it in dirt, or you can get a more trail friendly bike.

    Money talks. Don't be afraid to offer what you can on any deal. The worst that can happen is they say no. The one piece of original advice I can give you is this: broaden your search. You can ride the bike home and have a great time doing it. I live in Alaska and have bought bikes in PA, MA, CA, and CO. Some I've shipped and others I've ridden. I tried to find a bike in Florida for awhile so I could ride the southern coast.

    Good luck!
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  16. ADVBMR

    ADVBMR Polygamotorcyclist

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    P.S. We do give a fuck about your day fishing but you gotta post pics!
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  17. plugeye

    plugeye mc caregiver

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    go cheap if you can.
    i dig your street bike
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  18. straightrod

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    This is what I am talking about. Before you know it the road turns to shit and you decide to go on and therein lies the smashed to bits bike part I was talking about. I won't get into how fishermen are never really happy with their current fishing spot and are dreaming about a mystical spot just over the horizon that narrows to single track, but what the hell, you got this far. :evil

    I looked at your profile and it is hard to determine just where in the Sierra Mountains you reside. There must be some metropolis nearby that has a DR250, KLX 225-250 or something light enough to keep you out of trouble that you can find a used good deal on. Now, if you have to travel a fair bit to get to where the road leads to fishing then look for 650 dual sport Suzuki, Honda or Kawasaki. They will be heavy but will feel like light compared to your 750.

    Fill out your profile. There are Inmates around that may have what you are looking for or a lead on something right up your alley.
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  19. Geckei_kan

    Geckei_kan n00b

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    Florida to Alaska trip would be great adventure!
    The moment you get your bike is the start of your adventure! :nod

    Thanks I will. The place is worth to show everyone here. So beautiful place indeed...
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  20. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    $2k is plenty to get what you need, which is a DR650 - air cooled, simple, reliable, ok for highway, great runabout in general.

    That CB is too nice and well-sorted to beat the crap out of just for kicks, IMO.
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