Suzuki VX 800

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by M@gneto, Mar 24, 2011.

  1. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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  2. M@gneto

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  3. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    "Going back together, going to get some boots to cover the upper portion of forks in triple tree, and boots for the slider portion also."

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  4. John Steed

    John Steed Too cheap to buy one

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    That's one nasty bearing! :eek1

    What's wrong with the handlebar, is it welded back together?

    Also, nice job with the Tach and speedo


    Keep it up!

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  5. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    You see it right. That's a weld on the right side of the clamp (left side in the picture). I'm thinking a set of ATV high motorcross style bars would fit the bill nicely. Those would sit him stright up in the typical adventure seating position.
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  6. JagLite

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    I agree that high ATV bars will be an excellent choice.

    How far you can get the clutch and throttle cables as well as the front brake line to reach is the limiting factor unless you are planning to replace them. I used super bike bars and had to reroute the cables to get them not to bind.
    If you are planning to make longer cables (probably a good idea anyway) you can make them plenty long to allow a wide variety of bar choices.

    The electrical wires to the controls will probably need to have some extra length spliced in too.

    Looking good!
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  7. M@gneto

    M@gneto Esoteric Moto-Nomad

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    Thanks for the info, JagLite. We had talked about extending the brake and clutch lines (I think it has a hydraulic clutch, but now I'm not sure). Anyway, we've done that before on UJMs. I didn't think about the wires. That's an easy fix, just time consuming. Good thing Dad is retired and has absolutely nothing else to do other than play with his toys.
    Wait till next year when you see pictures of this bike on a trip to Prudhoe Bay. I was thinking or riding my GS, but he's having so much fun with this, I've been eyeing my Buell tuber Lightning lately for a conversion. It isn't worth much anymore anyway and has almost as much suspension travel as a Ulysses (I say almost as much, but in reality mine has almost 5 and Ulys have over 6). Anyway, it has more than an XR1200 in the rear and guys are doing light adventure rides on those. If it works out, I'll post my conversion on: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=330726 "Converted to dual-sport" thread.
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  8. keystiger

    keystiger rat on a roll

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    Keep up the great work, can't wait to see the finished product.
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  9. JagLite

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    I am looking forward to the finished bike pictures too.

    And all the in between build pictures and comments.

    If you swing through Anchorage before or after the ride up the haul road, maybe I can see the bike in person. You could stop by Alaska Leather and get a sheepskin seat cover so you blend in with the rest of the Long Rangers up here. :rofl

    This week there was a VX on craigslist for a reasonable (for the good condition) price of $2,500. I thought about looking at it but I am forcing myself to limit bike buying to only 1 per month and I have already bought the April bike. :D

    Tonight there is another two bikes I like at great prices on CL... Must use self control....
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  10. LikeItLoud

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    Hello JagLite, My Son and I were talking a few days ago about weather or not we would get to see anyone on our trip that we communicate with on this forum. Anchorage is on our route and we will be looking forward to stoping by. Maybe if you don't mind, you could help us out with road conditions and other helpfull info. Thanks for watching out progress.

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  11. Drunk_Uncle

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    Likeitloud the Drunk Uncle here. The other one on the great alaska expidition next August. I did have my dad interested in going until I mentioned camping. I have to give him credit though he is a goldwinger. I don't think they do much roughin it. I will buying the fiance a V Strom 650 that I will use for the ride to alaska. Unfortunately there really aren't any tires for the Ulysses for the Dalton HWY and that 17" front can get squirrely on the slick stuff.
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    Hello Drunk Uncle, It's good to hear from you. Even though the trip is still over 15 months away, it feels good to be excited about it and already prepairing for it. I'm sure you have already heard about some of our bike trips, so you know we are up to it. It will be a 9000 mile round trip. I plan to come down so we head out together. Maybe someone else out there has good experience with a 17" tire that will be helpfull. Thanks for checking in Drunk_Uncle. Will be communicating with you.
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  13. John Steed

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    Well, you can ask that guy for the tyres:

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=578506

    17 inch front, I think Avon? Can't remember, pm him!


    Also, you can use a rear to the front, not a big deal, as I have read from here, alot of people do it, ie on the Versys for a little dual sport capability!


    Hope I was helpful, best of luck, will be watching!!:D:D:D:D
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    I am running a 120/70-17 Avon Distanzia on the front of my Buell.
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  15. M@gneto

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    New paint. Now it really will be the most unusual VX (A) ever!

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  16. M@gneto

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    I can't wait to see it put back together.

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  17. zen rider

    zen rider veteran rider

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    Hey the VX is already an unusual but cool bike. With some off road pretensions it is becoming sort of like a Japanese Triumph Scrambler, also in a cool-unusual way. IMO that color is just weird though.

    I had a VX for a few years in metallic black. I set-up the suspension with better fork springs while replacing my fork seals (too many wheelies). That bike did much better first gear wheelies than my Wee, though in all other ways the Wee outshines it. For a longer wheelbase bike it handled pretty well and had great torque. Finicky carbs were a pain I recall. It didn't depreciate a bit when I sold it, as these bikes appeal to a wide range of buyers.

    Your ground clearance and suspension travel will always be a real limitation off road.
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  18. M@gneto

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    Dad put a note in the email he sent with the pictures about the paint. Bottom line is....it was free. Remember, this is a budget build.
    Thanks for the comments about the suspension. Unfortunately for Dad, he is a little bit height challenged to start with, so even a bike like the Wee would have to be lowered for him. No matter what he rides, he would have to give up some of the suspension that makes the bike truly better off-road. A set of progressive springs in the front might do the trick, about as well as any with the limitation on ground clearance we have to work with.
    Back to the paint, I'm sure he'll put it all together this weekend so we can see it. It may end up being one of those love-hate bikes where you either love it or hate it. Or maybe everyone will just hate it and he'll get enough peer pressure to just cover it with Rhinoliner. Don't hesitate to let him know, he has pretty thick skin.
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  19. M@gneto

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    New handlebars are in.

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  20. M@gneto

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    Another view.

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