Customizing a XL600R into a Cafe Racer/Street tracker to ride South

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  1. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Ive been working on my newly purchased 1984 XL600R that i plan to ride South of the border into Mexico and Central America...
    I havent found much on this topic, i guess its not the practical thing to do.
    so i wasnt sure where to post this, but i thought id share....

    here are some pics of the bike as bought....


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  2. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Can you see those pics?
    i cant... :huh

    hmmm i need a shop manual to navigate me through these forums...
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  4. MagneticSouth

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  5. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    dammit, it doesnt want to upload, i noticed in a few threads the image icon question mark... whats the best way to put photos up? i cut an pasted a link from my instagram...no luck
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  9. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    yer great, thats just what i needed in my life- another social media site...

    well heres a test from photobucket


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  11. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    giant photos huh, sorry

    At least it worked soo thanks

    Id never liked the look of trail bikes, i fell in love with the look and feel of vintage cafe racer style bikes, i own a SR400 in Australia, and originally bought a CB750 in SanFrancisco to do this trip...

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  12. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Im not the tallest guy in the planet, so first thing i did was cut down the seat, i like to feel the road when im at a stop...

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    I taped it up in gaffa tape , i hope to find someone in mexico or wherever to do it in leather for alot cheaper than here in the States

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  13. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Can anyone tell me how to make those pics smaller??
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  14. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    I guess not... so heres some more.



    ifound this old ducati headlight with a birds nest inside it.

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    still looking for some headlight brackets that will fit properly....

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    off with headlights and 80's fairing..

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  15. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    trying to find an alternative tank that could fit....

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    The XL frame is a strange shape, unfortunately wasnt going to happen :scratch

    but I got inspired from this old tank...

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  16. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    I was told by Yoshi from the Garage Company that it wasnt going to happen so i thought id have to use the old tank..

    Did a search on you tube for how to clean out a rusty tank and thought id give this a try...

    Fill the tank with a bag of aquarium stones

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    wrap it up with some blankets and towels

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    And put it in the clothes dryer without heat, fill gaps with pillows so you dont wreck your dryer..

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    It kinda worked...

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  17. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    I really wanted to change the look so i thought i had nothing to lose...
    So i found some styrofoam in the trash...
    Shaped it, and thought id have a go at learning to do some fibreglassing...

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  19. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Thanks, Im not sure it will go down well for all those XL600/off road purists, or those round the world touring guys, with their perfectly terrain specific motorcycles and gear...
    its not the most practical lil custom job i know, its not perfect but im learning, i'll just have to make work with what ive got .... :bmwrider
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  20. MagneticSouth

    MagneticSouth Been here awhile

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    Here's some of my ignorant my mistakes..
    I wanted a quick temporary fix, so i didnt want to sand it down to the metal
    I was never good at fixing my surfboards with fibreglass, i didn't know resin eats styrofoam..:stupid

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    heres the second attempt

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    hand sanded it down

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    Wrapped the styrofoam with foil, you can see the lumps on top where the resin started hardening. doh

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    It was a preety rough job... so bought myself an electric sander.

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    Started to fill in the gaps with some body filler.

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