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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by neduro, Aug 16, 2008.
I had a visitor today...
Bike #98 is on it's way home with Gaspipe. The project is beginning...
Hi Ned , is the motor a 554cc or 570/600 stroker, I'm building a simliar project for next years Aust safari
Ol' #98 has had me thinking all day (while I drive myself home from a nice long ride). This one should be a really fun build.
I've been riding one of Charlies' 660 Rallyes around town (CA. plated don't 'cha know), and it's amazing the responses I get from people who either know what it is, or have no idea at all.
I had one guy ask me if I knew what I had in the back of my truck! I assured him I had some idea.
But by far the most common question (and my favorite) is simply "Why?".
Because it's cool. Because it's been there. And done that. Because I never will be there or do that. Because I can live vicariously through the stories the bike would tell me if it could.
And becasue it's still a really, really capable dirt bike!
Congratulations on a very cool project. I'm subscribed.
That's great!!!! You're just on a long liason section...yeah that's it.
You should have told the guy..."really? I just picked this up to save on gas. Got it for a screaming deal...I think. Is $2000 worth it?"
+1....I'm in, too.
I always figured that with 200+ riders each year (in the Dakar), most of which have been on 660's and other various KTM iterations lately that the used market would be a little stronger for them. Surely not all are reused year to year, but they are not the easiest things to come by. Way to go Ned and GP, glad to see the old dogs brought back to life.
Are we talking the bike or?
Way cool project Ned!
Good luck with it.
I've been looking for a stroker crank for several months now, and they're all but gone. KTM has more or less wrote off the RFS motor, pursuing the RC series. So the RFS has become instantly vintage....
Since I'm not waiting any longer to find a rebuildable stroker crank, I'm going to just build a 510cc  motor to get the project going. I need the motor in the frame to make the myriad of spacers and brackets required, and to attempt to repair the older generation bodywork. My bike has the three piece fairing, and it is pretty rough.
So, if anyone has a rebuildable stroker crank, I'd be interested in it, but for now, a 510 will have to do.
Lots of parts are beginning to arrive, so with a little luck, I can get this thing going soon and 'catch up'!
ooh yes suscribed !! keep it coming
You guys must be really excited about this project (holding hands and all... ) I will follow this with much interest (not the hand holding...) can't wait to see what two adv legends cook up (hey and what you fellas do in ya own time is up to you, none of us will think any the lesser of y'awl... hehehe ) build on lads, looks like this is gonna be a good one!
I love Australians!!! If I ever make it down there I might be holding a few doods hands myself.
PS - fixed one letter...
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We can hardly contain ourselves. I'm glad the May Pole pics didn't surface yet.
Look Gaspipe, you have this thread (I know, you are just "helping"), your newest Ride Report (loving it), and your BMW thread.
Spreading ourselves a bit thin?
Get to work before we natives get restless!!!
Cooool....I am on board, i think it is a great project to do and look forward to hearing how it all goes.