Converting a Streetbike into an Adventure Bike?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by mikem9, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Handguards to protect the levers.
    Crashguards and skidpan to protect the engine.
    Tank panniers carrying soft stuff to save the tank.
    Big ass boxes with spare fuel jugs on the back.
    More agressive tread on the tires.
    Go play .
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  2. MOzarkRider

    MOzarkRider Adventurer

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    I will post a Build Thread on here when I get through the project but I need to purchase another bike to get around on before I start the project. I think im gonna end up with a Triumph Speed Triple maybe a Speed Triple R need to test ride em first :D
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  3. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Depends on your skills and sense of adventure in the shop too. Pretty much anything is possible. Front ends are easy, it's deciding to go whole hog and match the rear that brings it to a new level (of craziness:lol3)

    97 CBR 600 in dirt gear (should be ready for launch this summer)

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    My FZ1 is basically done and I'm just riding it, still needs to be finished with paint etc.

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    To do a full job on one of these, assuming you get the base bike for close to nothing is pretty expensive. I usually default to top notch components but you don't have to I guess. I figure the time involved the parts cost is the cheapest part of the labor equation.

    Oh and the tools involved...my goodness I could have a fleet for what I bought in high end machinery and tooling to make it happen.

    But if you enjoy having something that no one else has and actually performs well, go for it.

    I decided that I wanted a nice factory bike too, so I bought a new Husky 449. I do want my 950 back though, that was a great machine.
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  4. mikem9

    mikem9 Wanderer

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    After seeing your build, messing around with bars, risers etc, seem like an easy project to me now! Cool projects - do you have any videos of riding the FZ?
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  5. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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