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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by vernon dent, Apr 17, 2011.
Not a hardcore scrambler, but a scrambler non the less:
Nice bike Miob, a scrambler is not a motocrosser, your bike looks like it fits the bill to me.
Shocks - just curious anybody using longer than standard shocks on their twin shock BMW. Many times I have considered adding alittle bit more length to the rear suspension. As long as the reliability isn't ruined. What do you think can a guy get an extra inch of travel or even an inch and a half, and not destroy the rearend. I have a great little R80 that will never be a GS, but a light scrambler - maybe!
It's not my bike, I just made the photo's
I can't answer your suspension questions, I've never had to look into that.
Bump -- wondering the same...can you go an inch higher with twin shocks and not stress out the drivetrain...?
Not super scrambled, but... what da heck. It get around places.
good job man
looks like great fun. you must know evey nut & bolt by now
Yep, nothing beats moving a mostly finished bike into a new frame for an intimate learning experience.
Very nice. I love that solo seat and rear fender combo. Nice work!
Beautiful! What kind of tires / sizes are you running?
OldRoadie -- are the rear shocks longer than stock? Also...what seat is that?
I don't know, they're the shocks that came on it and I just assume they're stock. The seat was sourced from Chris (bmweuro) and its a regular /5,6 police/solo seat from Germany. 3.50X19 and 4.00 X18 Dunlop K-70 tires ( I like them on my 64 Triumph so no reason to suspect that I won't like them here too). I've got a starter/battery issue to sort out and she's ready to roll.
Does anyone know what type of seat is on this bike? Is this a custom seat?
It looks like a universal saddle you can pick up off ebay like this.
I have run longer shocks in the interest of more cornering clearance. I am sure it is a bit harder on the U joint although I didn't run them long enough to find out. IMO, they make the bike too twitchy and tank slap happy. I think those shocks are shorter than stock by the photo of the bike being ridden and how it looks on the centerstand.
IMO those photos are a perfect example of why you want to run your gaiters down where they are suppose to be. They bunch up too much like that and they do restrict fork travel. Next time you have your springs out see for yourself. They should be pulled down to the ridge on the slider. That is what it is there for.
I don't look at this thread much because it pains me but here I am so . . . . I am no purist whatsoever. My bikes are modified quite a bit but I modify them in the interest of performance, not looks for the most part. I try not to laugh at all these posed photos of people standing up on beemers. A real scrambler would be down on the seat and leaning into a power slide on that smooth dirt or pea gravel! Lets see some roost!!! Oh well, even American glossy mags are full of photos of someone trying harder to stick their knee out than they are trying to go around the corner faster than a turtle. I can spot them a mile off! It's the same only worse with the standing airhead riders. Don't get me wrong, I grew up riding MX and TT and I do stand up whenever it gets me down the whatever better but on smooth pea gravel? When I could be hauling ass? AND someone is there with a camera?!? Sit down and RIDE less you are hauling though some rough stuff! Then you will be standing up for real. That or get on a speedway bike!
I really am just trying to help. I have heard a lot of real dirt bike riders laughing about it and it is pretty silly.
When are you going to unveil supershaft.com?
Think i may just subscribe to this thread, just to look at the pritty pictures.
not a bad idea Locky
More pics here: http://laraizmotorcycles.com/index.php/category/bmw/