Large cc scrambler/tracker/brat style??

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by waterboybueche, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. waterboybueche

    waterboybueche Adventurer

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    Thanks for reading... I have some questions for all you that are into the scrambler/tracker/brat style bikes....

    I sold my KLR 1.5 yrs ago and would like another bike soon... I am interested in an older 80's style standard bike...

    I want to throw some dual sport/knobbies, dirt handlebars, strip it of extra things I dont like and ride the crap out of it...I dont see any larger displacement (1000-1100 cc's) I have searched and searched, seems like most of the types/styles of bikes I like are 650cc and under....

    My reasoning??? I am 6'2: and 275 lbs... I am kinda a big guy and always feel like an idiot riding small bikes.....

    I hated the KLR at speed... I think I should had tried changing the rear shock before I sold it to hold my weight better... the bike seemed to float around with the front tire ready to wash out at anytime,,,,

    I want a bike to take down dirt roads and take me home after... plus I like the look of an old standard bike made custom to the owners wants and needs....


    Any thoughts??? PICS???

    I had a 75 Goldwing years ago and have been thinking about another... Kinda a rat, tracker looking mean machine???


    Thanks for your help and please be kind!!
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  3. Doug Matson

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  4. waterboybueche

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    Thanks for the pics Steve... bike in the video, is way more than I am qualified to do...but like the trailed one best... I want to keep the round headlight and probably raise the front fender or remove completely...

    That is what I want to do.... maybe not on a race track, but a cool town/dirt road cheap project would be what I want.

    I will continue to search CL and see if I can find the GL that wants to tear some stuff up!!!

    Thanks again!
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    TR1 in the rest of the world 980cc. XV920 for 2 years in the U.S. 920cc. This one has been modified a bit.

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    83XLX Been here awhile

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    An older, non-rubbermount EVO Sportster would be a good start.
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  10. zap2504

    zap2504 Dave E.

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    I am just a little taller than you and find most of the Jap bikes are made for shorter folks - except for purpose-build dual-sports. Take a look at http://cycle-ergo.com/, plug in your dimensions, and take a look at how you would fit on a variety of bikes.

    Trying to find an '80s standard bike (dual rear shock, round headlight, no "cruiserish" elements like stepped seat or leading front axle with overly-long forks) that can be made into a scrambler and fit you comfortably might be hard unless you are able to/can afford to have one modified. For a tall person, you may want to take a look at the Suzuki VX800 (there is a discussion thread in the Some Assembly Required sub-forum), or maybe the KZ650/750/1000 standards (i.e., not LTD or CSR), the latter-generation Triumph Bonnevilles, the CB650/750 (maybe with different bodywork?), the Suzuki GS850G/1100G (not the L), or the Yamaha 650/750 Seca/Maxim (the 650 Seca would be best but is the most rare).
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    I like that, it's a really good special
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  12. waterboybueche

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    Thanks for the input to all. I dont know what the heck I will do...

    I guess the right bike will come along... I did the cycle ergo site, very cool and I also joined Chop cult tonight and awaiting my acceptance email...
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  13. waterboybueche

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    You stated that a good bike is a GS850 But not the L model... Can you elaborate?? There is one in my area that I have had my eye on. Its a gs850L

    Thanks again guys
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    The L suffix on '80s Suzukis was to designate a custom or cruiser model, usually with higher bars, stepped seat, shaft drive, leading axle front fork, etc. A standard would be a more suitable starting point, from what you've said. There's a build thread here somewhere that a guy did on a GS650 to cafe it, and he had to undo a lot.
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  17. chasbmw

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    I know you can. But why would you?
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    Funny, but I was thinking the exact same thing. :lol3
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    A Honda GS! I think it's cool looking, probably fun to ride also.
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  20. chasbmw

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    A friend was riding one of the earliest gold wings across the nullabor plain in western Australia, it a very long straight road think 1000 miles or thereabouts, he fell asleep and ended up in the ditch beside the road, he was fine, but the bike was so heavy that he could not get the silencer off his leg, by the time his mate realized that he was not behind him and turned back to find him, the poor Golding rider has 3rd degree burns on his leg.

    A good reason why not?
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