Has anybody done one of These yet?

Discussion in 'Hacks' started by JustKip, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    I have indeed, considered just keeping the chair. My only complaint about the tug is that it's waaaayyyy too low, and lacks suspension travel. I've considered making drastic changes to suspension, but that would probably involve making a longer swingarm, cutting the rear mud guard, and switching the forks and wheels. A custom front wheel, to fit the Bonne SE axle spacing, will run about $2,000, and require $4-500 in fork changes. A new bike would probly be cheaper, and not require endless research.
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  2. FLYING EYEBALL

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    Sorry, I meant hang your chair on an AT and sell off the trump.
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  3. JustKip

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    Yep, that's what I was responding to. I was being a little facetious, in that it wouldn't really be cheaper to buy a new bike (AT), but the value of the Bonnie + $3-4k to try to make it something it's not, goes a long way towards a more suitable tug.
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    Ran into a guy at a rally two weeks ago with a AT DCT. He's a pretty hard core dual sport guy and he's in love with it. I sat on it and the ergo's are really nice for a guy my size (except for the itty-bitty footpegs). But, doing the same research as you and @strongbad, it doesn't seem like the DCT would make for a good "adventure" tug because it's so finicky about tire/wheel sizes and sprocket combos which I would definitely want to mess around with. The conventionally-clutched AT looks do-able, though as @phyllis points out, the exhaust is on the wrong side for U.S.-based rigs. Also, the rims are tube-type (which can be easily remedied) and the front rim is quite narrow (which can't). The front rim is 2.15 x 21. Rear is 4x18.

    I suppose you could use the AT DCT as a street rig with the OEM sprockets and wheels but, if what you really want is DCT, prolly the VFR would be a better choice.
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    I do agree on the VFR adventure choice! Saw it at the local shop and it would be a great tug.... V4!


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  8. DRONE

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    Twistgrip, nice rig but this thread is about the current generation AT -- the CRF1000L.
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  9. JustKip

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    While the Viffer does represent a pretty good increase in power over the AT, it's also shaft drive, so gearing changes are impossible...like the almost new GS in my garage. And I'm absolutely sure it's not as good off pavement as the GS, which is getting some major consideration right now. Can't change the gearing, but it will probably still bounce over anything I'd be willing to try.
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  10. leethal

    leethal 3 wheel Monarch #37

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    Did 2000km last weekend on all sorts of sealed roads and some very moderate dirt.......still have not done any serious dirt though..... very very happy so far.

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  11. Sidecarjohn

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    Cannot comment about the viability of the Honda's V4 DCT alternative for off road, but initial riding observations suggest the big 1200 makes a good tug.
    New thread in due course............
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