Custom Scramblers

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by mikem9, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. TheRadBaron

    TheRadBaron Been here awhile

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    Oh yeah, and here's my XS650 scrambler that I built and have been riding for a few years. For pure riding enjoyment, this is the finest bike I've ever owned or ridden. I've done some serious offroad with it and it does admirably well as long as it doesn't start to tip over. It's HEAVY.
    I originally intended to put high pipes on it, but I knew that my wife would be doing a lot of pillion riding on this one and every design of pipes that I came up with interfered badly with passenger comfort. It's out in my shop now getting a fresh top end.
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  2. Euromad

    Euromad Been here awhile

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    [​IMG] [​IMG]This is how she came home this March- like the tassles?


    [​IMG] [​IMG]Here's the current scrambler set-up. I'm looking for chrome fenders, a Lucas tail light or..., better suspension and high siamese pipes..
    The rear shocks are adequate, the front is poor. The motor is a '75 in a '73 frame.
  3. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Thats pretty cool. I have been thinking about seperating mine from the car and going solo with it. Its been fun with this combo but all the dirt riding is beating the 30 year old sidecar to death.

    Are you using the stock front forks? I have been thinking about upgrading to something else. YZ-250? or something like that.
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  4. TheRadBaron

    TheRadBaron Been here awhile

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    That's funny. I was planning to put a sidecar onto my 650 until recently when I decided that my Suzuki GS1000 would be more suitable.
    The front forks on my bike are sort of a hodgepodge that I put together so that I could use the Honda CB77 front hub without any serious mods. The triple clamps are stock XS650, the fork tubes are '79 CB750, and the fork sliders are '74 CB450. I had to turn up a couple of custom-width axle spacers, but that was it. It all works out well together.
    At one point I was planning to upgrade the front forks and rear suspension for better performance and more ground clearance and travel, but I decided that I like the bike so much as it is that I didn't want to risk turning it into something that was less enjoyable to ride. I have other bikes that I'll use for more aggressive off-roading.
  5. shane_lxi

    shane_lxi Adventurer

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    Here's my sl350. Not quite done, but you get the idea.
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    Before:
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  6. fotoduda.com

    fotoduda.com Adventurer

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    Maybe it's just me, but it looks like you had a scrambler, and now you have a sweet cafe racer.

    Nonetheless it looks awesome! I get the idea and I dig it. Do you have some pics or a build thread on adv?
  7. shane_lxi

    shane_lxi Adventurer

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    No you're right, lol. I've kinda had a change of heart though, and I'm planning on swapping on some tracker bars with a minimal amount of rise. Sucks I already had my cables made for my clipons though, lol.
  8. waterboybueche

    waterboybueche Adventurer

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    Come on you guys, I am wanting to do the same "tracker/scrambler" bike... Keep this thread alive,,, any new pics???

    Keep up the good work...
  9. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    hain't hardly "custom" but I been hav'n fun with my son's XS650, with plans for Vermont back roads in the spring....

    started out like this:

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    went to this on the frame:

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    and using an old DT tank with something like this:

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    Took her out for a run up and down the street with a funnel-ful of gas.... seems promising so far....:wink:
  10. 83XLX

    83XLX Been here awhile

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  11. ThomasVolomitz

    ThomasVolomitz New Old Stock

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    The Cobra 750 was at the cycle show in Cleveland in January. What a bike.
  12. DiabloADV

    DiabloADV Semi-Occasional

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    I have two of these, in their original packaging. :D
  13. CoyoteCowboy

    CoyoteCowboy Easily Distracted

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    Can ya post some pics? Kinda thinkin about building something like that!

    {nevermind, I figured it out!}
  14. hunter_greyghost

    hunter_greyghost XS650 Allroads Traveller

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    Not a scrambler as is more of an 'adventure' style :deal
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    Towing - a bit light for that sized trailer :deal[​IMG]
    Ugly but it works :puke1
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    Adventure in my front yard! :lol3
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    plays in water well :huh
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    doesn't like soft spots though :evil
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    long distance outback touring delight :wink:
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    likes sand [with the right tyres on!] :clap
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    done the 'Bridle Track' :lol3
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    even done a couple of Enduro rides :evil
    Cheers
    Baza
  15. waterboybueche

    waterboybueche Adventurer

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    hunter, That is awesome. I am looking at doing the same. Just a cc larger bike... I wish I fit better on a smaller bike...
  16. BIG ED XT FAN

    BIG ED XT FAN Long timer

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    Got more photos of the bike? Looks Cool!!:lol3:eek1:deal:freaky
  17. ilcylic

    ilcylic n00b

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    I logged in for the first time in I don't even know how long to say: This. Two! Two nights of staggering drunkenness! HA HA HA HA! :freaky

    And, sure, of course it's the 12 Monkeys logo, but the idea of the bike having been built by 12 monkeys with hammers and wrenches... well, I think the bikes I've got fit that sort of cut-rate "infinite monkeys producing Shakespeare" theme. I mean, it's not Shakespeare, but there's only so much you can accomplish with 12 monkeys... :D

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    Swank. Do you have any more shots of this bike?
  18. dxamet

    dxamet Adventurer

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    I 've never understood why all the modern dualsports bikes should have a bird's beak and have to look like woody woodpecker :puke1. I love so much more the old scrambler look. But I also love the power and the torque of my 2003 BMW 1150GS, so I choosed for the best of both worlds.
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    grtz, dxamet
  19. waterboybueche

    waterboybueche Adventurer

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    that BMW is what i am talkin about. BADASS... I love it and would like to do the same to an older Japanese bike!!!

    simply awesome,,,
  20. bpeckm

    bpeckm Grin!

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    Pretty much done except for the final tank graphics.... here is a link to the build


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    Digging out from 2 feet of snow today, can't wait til spring!

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