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Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Stagehand, Jan 20, 2011.
Hey Stage, congratulations!
You're a great inspiration for us airhead gs folks around here!
Thanks for sharing the whole experience with us.
Do it again?
Or move onto something bigger?
Excellent job. You are an inspiration!
I have been wondering the same thing over the last two days. What do you think? If I am going to do SAfari again, I'll probably have to wait till 2014... try to build a bike this time, and get sponsors or at it will take me that long to afford it- pretty sure Paul wants somebody whose faster than I am. Regardless, I have a much better idea of what this all takes, now, and was thinking maybe MAx would be interested in supplying a bunch of parts on a return them unused or pay type deal, for me to take with me- I think I can find a good mechanic who would be able to afford his own flight at least, and maybe i could split a service vehicle rental with another American going down? who knows...
WHat else is there? Dakar is not in my world. So what is the next thing? I am dying to find out, myself
There's a '79 R65 in Ibmwr right now for $4200
Thanks very much- its good to be an inspiration
Holy Hell...Big Props for pushing that big cow thru all that sand and whoops!RESPECT! :eek1:eek1:eek1
+1! I wouldn't have the scope creep I do without you !
You can do way better than $4200 for a R65.
Put this into Google and knock yourself out --> intitle:bmw r65 -classifieds site:craigslist.org
The Rally they have in Morocco would probably be cheaper to get to but don't know what the entry fees run.
When you get time we want your thoughts on Paul's bike. Is he still building frames? Is it an R100gs frame? Would you try building your own? Is the R65 engine where a lot of the weight savings is?
I busted up my only good shoulder while you were out having fun so I am out of commission again but bike building could keep me occupied for awhile.
Glad you made it back in one piece.
The part I pushed through was much more hard packed (thank god)
R65 is a good place to start, simply becuase of the 20mils a side that its thinner. I guess its not a deal breaker, but the engine is lighter by a little bit, and for modified bike like this, every weight savings come from little tiny gains everywhere, not any one big thing.
Also I think you can stuff some 1000cc pistons in it, making it better than a 650.
I dont want to steal any of Paul's hard earned ideas, but imitiation is the sincerely form of flattery
He's still building frames. Possibly I could put in a dime on one of his new frames, that would be pretty sweet, actually.
A chromoly frame would help a lot
The Morrocco rally, Tuareg do you mean?
Ya, that's the one.
Could you get used to the mono lever ? Or would you prefer the paralever ?
Getting used to the monolever was no problem. I dont think I care, handling wise. We've proved my speed is not going to be a factor, so lets just have fun and make it easy, if possible Paul was talking about going 1150 swingarm just for the extra length and travel you get out of it, and possibly its lighter? dont have to fabricate a longer swingarm and shaft, its all right there. Dont know if it will fit inside the frame pivots easily, though. Would have to make new schock mounts regardless.
And also 3 lug hubs are becoming rarer and more expensive, so it would be nice to get a four-lug wheel out of the deal.
I never found data about the travel that a 1150 swing arm could make in an Airhead frame.
The 3 lug hubs are getting a bit expensive indeed.
Still got 4 hubs, so I have some time before they are all worn out.
There is a possibility that some new 3 nuts hubs could potentially be cast in the not so far future. Fingers crossed!
That would be great !!!
I was thinking of having a smaller diameter hub machined with disc brake mounts. It'd really only need to be the outer diameter of the 3 lug holes. Ditch that big thick cast iron ring for a pretty useful reduction in rotating unsprung weight as well. The stock hub weighs 7 pounds. I bet I could get it down to about 3 or 4.
Dude..... I'll help you build it! We got milling machines at the shop Tig welder...... Mmmmmmmm
Now we just need one of those frames
Jason, we need to know the full story of the cattle grid.