The GSification of a Poor Unsuspecting RT

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Beater, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    It's working great! Thanks! The wire feeder slowed down today ... but I tightened the screw and took the copper tip off, and cleaned it. Now it's working REAL well. A big Thanks!

    PS - I have 2 gallons of lemon oil if you need it for cleaning two-stroke parts :evil
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    I will. Thanks
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Maybe you can heat the brake lever and bend a 90 in it. You can chop off the square pedal part if it sticks out too far. A little peg is all you need.

    Or heck, ride it like it is. The footpegs are probably 3" farther forward compared to the G/S, which is a lot, but it's not something that'll keep you from having fun on it.
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    Wait, what?
  6. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    :nod
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    Doode, those bings were free, and there, and you need money for MX boots and Xrays!!!! What are you doin'???? Nag off.
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    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Selling the Bings!

    Besides ... I'm wearing steel toed boots right now :evil

    Errr ... what're Xrays?
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Shouldn't this thing be rideable now? Other than paperwork?

    Riding around the neighborhood would be a good idea before you get the paperwork straightened out anyways. That suspension is gonna be wonky and we'll need to do some tuning to compensate.

    Do things like grab the front brake hard and check the dive. Luckily those forks have adjustable compression damping. We'll need to figure out how that system works. Maybe get some heavier fork oil if it does dive. You've got some speedbumps that we could hit at 15-20mph. That's what your trail speed is likely to be on it. That'd give us an idea of how the front compares with the back.

    Also I'd like to see how the gearing compares to the G/S. I'm usually shifting into 2nd around 20. It can be annoying since first is so low that I can't just leave it there. The taller gearing we expect you to have might mean you can leave it in first and forget about shifting in the woods.

    I'd feel safer taking this thing on the interstate if you've given it some shakedown runs at lower speeds, near hospitals.
  10. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Your faith in this is verrrrry reasuring :lol3

    Same final drive and gearbox ... I'll bet it behaves just like the G/S (as far as shifting). The dive should be quite interesting. There are speed bumps one street over ... I've ht them going 35 ... Greta likes it :evil

    Got some more extraneous stuff ... battery box, headlight (Ebay) ... mikunis are installed. Still need a bit of work on the exhaust. Also got the throttle working (A Triumph twin pull) ... Rebuilt the petcocks. The rest just needs to be put together. I do need to custom make an ignition switch mount.

    This week's been pretty rough. I present a LARGE ppt presentation to some VERY senior people at work. This weekend, while nursing a hangover, I plant to put much of the bike together.

    The good news is that I've taken Greta in to work the past three days. Boo-yah!
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    Yeah, sorry about the job. At least you get paid for it. And have health insurance. It beats the other option: unemployment.

    I just noticed that Len's got a crumpled exhaust header and some less-than-beautiful mufflers over here. I think they're stainless. I'm pretty sure he won't need 'em. Wanna take a crack at welding up a 2 into 1 outta some of this stuff? It'd match the rest of the bike: free :lol3

    It looks like one of his sub-frame mounts is a bent a little. His sub-frame may actually be alright. We only need to hammer over that tab a little.
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    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Oooo ... I'm all about playing with an exhaust header. Is his the 35mm? I have a 'rusted' set of 35mm headers if he needs em. They aren't doing me any good. I'll ask the SS welding guys here for the trick ... I already know the answer though ... TIG

    PS - I also have a big hammer :lol3
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    I too have been thinking about the suspension...but look at this.

    <a href="http://hardwaregrrl.smugmug.com/Other/misc/16038929_btsAe#1205419543_ELCne-A-LB" title=""><img src="http://hardwaregrrl.smugmug.com/Other/misc/R100GS-blue-white-1/1205419543_ELCne-L.jpg" title="" alt=""></a>

    I never noticed the para rear shock mount point is in the same place as your RT! So, obviously it can take some abuse. I would say to look into measurements of the para shock vs the mono. I swear, looking at how low the rear is to the front it isn't going to be easy to handle. Fred, I'm still looking into getting a s damper installed as I have had some tank/slap close calls. Even a little bit of change will alter the s geometry.

    Forgive me if this is a "dumb" discovery, this modification thing is a new world to me! :D
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    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    Yep ... I noticed that rear shock mount about two weeks ago ... and it's one of the big reasons I'm not going big on the rear until I've had a chance to ride it. I might even just upgrade the shock and drive on. Don't know yet.

    As far as the front end being high ... it is ... but when I put my 200 pounds on it, I immediately loose 2-3 inches on the front, and maybe an inch on the back. It evens out. Brad had a great point about 'diving' during braking ... so we'll have to titrate that one.

    I'm running to Atlanta BMW today ... ya'll need anything? I've got to pick up some nuts (and bolts) :lol3
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    baldwithglasses Godspeed, Robert

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    I'll trade you some crushed header and dinged muffler action for some fresh crush washers and a couple float bowl seals.
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    Why does that statement make me hungry? Sounds like a lovely salad:D Len, sorry I didn't text you back, I was teaching. Hoping to have Brad over on Thursday to help my replace my hub assembly on the car.... And maybe time to play with the suk! I'll let you know...
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    Sure, can you pick up an f800gs for me? I'll pay ya back over a series of months.
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    I sat on one. I immediately had to jump off for fear of irreparably damaging my perspective of 'The Dobber'. :lol3

    So ... Headlight installed (PS - The DR650 uses the same headlight bulb .. so the BMW 'plug' fit's it perfectly). No rewiring needed.

    bgoodsoil's heads on his R80 started giving him real problems. Big rattle in the left head. I had a pair of R65 heads on the shelf, with a complete exhaust system stuffed into the joyce's. And The Dobber's exhaust was incomplete ... and I was trying to see how I could make it all work.

    So ... I hit on a bright idea that would solve all our problems. We put the R65 heads on Dobber (as it would be my trail bike, ~70 mph tops but fun in the woods) and the complete exhaust (with rusted headers that I have no problems bashing throught the woods). I get the R80 heads (that have 19K miles on them) to Brad so he can continue running.

    At the end of the day, The Dobber will have not so much top end, but increased low end grunt for the trails. Brad gets almost new heads to keep is only transportation going. The Dobber has a complete exhaust. I think everyone wins here.

    I need to run to the hardware store and grab some bolts to hold the transmission on :D

    The Dobber is coming together nicely. :evil
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    bgoodsoil Dare to be Stupid

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    thanks again, Fred. Blue Moon & BMW of Atl are closed today & tomorrow. Got any pushrod seals sitting around?
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    I got some 'used' ones :lol3