We've all heard the story. Boy dates many girls, and finally realizes that with beauty typically comes a lack of brains and the personality of a brick wall, with brains typically comes a lack of beauty and still no personality, with personality comes a "nice" girl, but not very smart and not much to look at. Yes, there's a million variations on the theme. (Leslie, if you're reading this, you've got it all xoxoxoxox) Similar with motorcycles. We've all owned and ridden many of them. Beautiful ones, fast ones, strong ones, agile ones, ones that will take you around the world, light ones, heavy ones, etc, etc, etc. But, not all of this in one bike. I've owned, Husky's, Honda's, Yamaha's, Suzuki's, Ossa's, Bultaco's, plus more and that's just the dirt bikes. A few years ago, I sold a 2004 Husky TC 450 and bought a BMW Dakar so that I could get in more riding and less trailering and trucking. I could leave the house at 0600, ride the slab for 30 minutes and be in the ANF or CNF and be home by noon, or in the dirt on the way to Mojave and Death VAlley, or even Baja. It just made sense. Unfortunately, I was missing something. Agility, beauty, performance, and a few other things. But I gained, freedom from the tow/truck, reliability, gas mileage, strength, and to a degree that most other dirt bikes will never attain, intelligent simplicity that only the Germans know how to achieve. So now what? I ride 90% dirt, rocks, hill climbs, sand washes, high speed desert and the occasional gravel road. I like stuff like this. And this. And for some reason.......this. And at times, this. Now before I go any further, let me say this: I don't want to own a KTM. Yes, I know they handle the dirt better right out of the box. No, I don't like Orange Kool-Aid and I don't want to drink the Jim Jones punch just because every one else does. Furthermore, I don't give a fuck what you think about my bike if you don't like it. I'm not trying to talk anyone into buying a BMW. I'm only posting this thread for three reasons: 1) To piss you off and make you say stupid things that have been said a million times before and weren't even intelligent the first time. 2) Because other FF's have asked me to detail what I've done to my bike. 3) Because no matter what you say, and remember I've heard it all, I love my BMW Dakar and love it more with every change I make. So let's take care of the unpleasantries here and now. For each and every one who does not like my thread, bike, mods, attitude, dog, cat, wife, your own wife, your own life, I'm issuing a blanket to each and every naysayer, nattering naybob of negativism, douche bag, negative Nelly, etc, etc, etc. It simple, if you don't like my bike, disapprove of my attitude, or disagree with my opinions, don't waste your time on my thread. Just unplug....OK Now back to the girl analogies. We all know that you can't make a beautiful dumb girl smart, right? But we all also know that with the right Dr. you can make a smart, not so well built girl, beautiful. Things like a boob job, butt lift, tummy tuck, shaving the unibrow and beating the cromagnon forehead back just a little with a blunt object. These are all worthwhile endeavors, right? Back to the motorcycle. Honestly, a KTM is a great bike, but I would not like to ride one across country, or even venture too far out in the desert on one by myself. And a KTM will never be as reliable as a BMW. Come on, we all know it. [COLOR="Red"]So, here's what my goal became.[/COLOR] To take a Bull dog-looking BMW Dakar at 389lbs dry, with 9.5" of travel, and it's beefier and wider build than most German female wrestlers, and make it a 300lb Gazelle with 11.5" of travel that won't have to worry about the lion catching it, because it will just keep going and going. Think the "Energizer Gazelle" Now many would say, build a TT Dakar. Sorry, but I think TT products are absolute Shite! So, I'm going from the ground up and many variations along the way. That's what this thread will document. Plain and simple, I like to build stuff and improve stuff (yes, I know the term "improve" is a matter of opinion). I especially like to build and improve stuff that has a good strong, reliable and well designed base to start with. So, I started with the strip. I will post a pic of everything that I've removed tomorrow and how much it weighed. But until then, here's a few pics of where I currently am with my Dakar. If you have any questions or want to see something in more detail, let me know and I'll try to get some pics for you.