Honda VFR 750 XC Makeover

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Quacamole, Aug 19, 2012.

  1. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Wow, thats an ambitious project. I will be watching.:lurk
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  2. MacNoob

    MacNoob piney fresh

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    This is so outrageous I have to see how it works.
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  3. Twin-shocker

    Twin-shocker Long timer

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    Might be a good idea before going any further with this, to fit front forks and wheel into the sttering head (less fork springs) and see if you are going to have enough clearance?
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  4. Alleycatdad

    Alleycatdad Unbunch yer panties!

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  5. markjenn

    markjenn Long timer

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    I love the project as a project, but I gotta ask - what was wrong with the original frame?

    - Mark
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  6. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    Really nothing wrong with the original frame (VFR it that's what you mean), just the Adventure suspension does not
    really go with it, the engine will be too high from the ground and I want to keep KTM frame look alike.
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  7. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    I hoped that I'll be finished with the frame by now, but its a nightmare at work at the moment.
    After long days I'm so exhausted to lift up any tools for bike buildin.

    To get things straight I used an old Harley jig, but after installing all parts I noticed the the steering neck not
    straight. Looks like my tubes are not equally bent, since the jig is in proper alignment, so I used chainblocks
    to pull all even and tacked the parts together. Gotta use laser level befor welding I quess.

    But here's some shots of the progress:

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  8. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    I know exactly how you feel somedays I just don't have the drive to work on my bikes and I put it off until it will be enjoyable, it's a hobby not a job :D
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  9. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    +100000:D

    My first big project I worked on relentlessly. Lately I find it tough to get really motivated.out has to be fun or you'll hate it. since you have a really ambitious project just try and get small goals done to advance along helps with morale.

    I also found making a list of small sub projects posted in the shop, and then crossing them off was good fun too. Keeps focus, easy to look at the entire thing and get over whelmed.

    Looks awesome, admiring the fortitude it took to commit to that frame cut :wink:
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  10. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    I had a 91 VFR,hard to imagine wanting to put that engine in an adventure bike.

    After this maybe turn a Gold Wing into a trials bike? But seriously,I'll be watching.
    Best of luck!

    In that last picture,from the side,appears to be no room for a front wheel to go up and down? Must be my imagination.
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  11. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    I know what you mean - original VFR weighs too much and feels too heavy for offroading, but when you strip everything
    and leave only engine, it's quite light. Difference compared to KTM LC8 is around 10kg (22lbs) and VFR engine is only
    120mm (4.7inch) wider that LC8.

    About the Gold Wing...

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    Cheers to all Followers!
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  12. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    Yesterday afternoon was good old tube measure/cutting/grinding/welding in the shop, frame pretty much ready now
    only engine, subframe and accessories mounts left.
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  13. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    Today I paid quick visit to the shop to install the fork and wheel to see am I on the right track.

    Enough clearance I think?



    Sarting to look like a motorcycle

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    What's a build without setbacks? Have to grind/weld the upper tubes to be able to steer more, the fork is touching the upper tube, will be solved next week.

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    Nice sunny morning today, time to satisfy the need for speed with my T-Rex!

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  14. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Awesome, great looking project so far. I'm sure you have thought about scalloping out the upper tubes to get a little more angle.

    Your frame looks great btw.
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  15. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    I have to tell you that your frame is an unbelievable beauty!
    To solve the steering-problem: Could you get hold of another triple-tree? To me it seems that the stanchions and the steering-bolt are (nearly?) in-line. I'm more used to stanchions that are a bit ahead of the steering-bolt. An arrangement like that would give you more space from contact to contact. I know that finding another triple-tree isn't easy. Maybe your fork is used in several bikes, perhaps you find a combination that fits.
    Keep up that superb work! Usually, I'm more into singles and twins, even on the road, but your project strikes me like lightning.
    Kind regards, Bambi
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  16. Kai Ju

    Kai Ju Long timer

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    Honda thought it'd be a good idea to stuff a 1200 into an Adventure bike:

    http://tinyurl.com/8w27stf
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  17. *GG*

    *GG* n00b

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    R u sure about the clearance? I mean, looking at the pic it seems a bit too tight.
    Anyway, great project! :evil:evil:clap
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  18. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    To put all the doubts to rest, remove the fork caps and fork springs and push the wheel up as far as it will go. Then take a picture for those of us around the world.
    Remember you will need room for exhaust pipes. Are you going to use side mounted radiators ?

    Oh, beautiful tube work and welds !
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  19. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    Thanks, no fancy machinery used all hand cut/bent tubes. VFR 750 has single radiator, but I'll wait for SMT tank to
    arrive then I'll see where to stick the rad and modify the tank. I think I can fit the original exhaust pipes, just going to chop
    the big chamber/muffler kinda a thing.
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  20. Quacamole

    Quacamole Adventurer

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    Minor update:

    The swingarm I had appered to be Super Duke's so the guy who sold it to me swapped it to Adventure one, bit longer
    and better fit for Adventure shock. Also got the engine mounts welded on and wheels on.

    It looks alot better in live than on picture taken with crappy camera

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    Also rear shock touching a frame tube, some modification needed.

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    For clearance check I pressed the forks down, seems to be ok for me - no picture though.
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