Who has built an HPN motorcycle ?

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Garthe, Feb 13, 2007.

  1. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    I have been admiring HPN motorcycles forever. I would like to assemble one. Has anyone done the same thing ? I'm thinking of buying the rolling frame kit first from HPN. Cost ? Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks, Jim:ear :ear :ear
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  2. jtwind

    jtwind Wisconsin Airhead

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    I've a buddy who is putting one together at the moment. Here's some photos of what he's up to.
    http://www.pbase.com/d_paulus/hpn_project
    He hasn't done much on it lately busy buying a house and working on the airplane. I'd imagine he'd get in touch with you if you leave your email etc. in the comments area. Otherwise he's active on the airheads email list and if you posted over there I'm sure he'd chime in. JT
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  3. Joerg

    Joerg Long timer

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    Hi,
    Not me, but quite a number of people have done this :D ... HPN is best at frame/suspension work, so it's quite a good idea to get this as a "complete package".
    http://www.hpn.de/pdf/umbauleitfaden_english.pdf ... btw, prices given in this list are not up to date since Germany has recently icreased VAT from 16 to 19% ... and don't think of e-mailing them; they reply rarely by mail. If you're seriously interested, use any "other" means of communication: phone, fax, letter.
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  4. AliBaba

    AliBaba Been here awhile

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    I’ve built one and it’s an interesting project. But be prepared it will take some time - and money.
    Every bike is unique, it’s not like you order a Rallyesport or Baja. The different models are more like a startingpoint for your own version. Decisions like type of suspension, tank, color, subframe, wheels, brakes and type of swingarm has to be taken. It’s a nice process and you will probably learn a lot.

    The price depends on what you would like to do but will probably end up between 7000 an 50.000 euro:evil The document Joerg refers to is a good start.

    Good luck!
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  5. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    BUMP for any new info...
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  6. opposedcyljunkie

    opposedcyljunkie Heavyweight Boxer

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    Letter? As in snail-mail? :lol3
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  7. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    I finally called Klaus yesterday...:clap

    He was very nice on the phone. We laughed about a couple of motorcycle related topics. He explained their building process and I've submitted the info back to him that he's requested.

    I'm waiting on a Project #, from Klaus...

    Now, my work begins...
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  8. jellycow

    jellycow Back on track.. Oh, wait, new track found!

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    6.5 years since first post, you must be well prepared!

    Good luck, I do hope things will speed up from here.
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  9. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer

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    Aren't you going to tell us what you plan to build? :ear
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  10. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    Well prepared...no, but yes. Most of those years have be spent raising my first son (we have two now). He's a BMX racer and is still racing/training full time. My motorcycle riding took a back seat to family life. But, it's time for that to change...a little.

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    I've been building this bike in my head, for at least 15 years. Now, comes the hard part. I have to commit to a concept and figure out the little details. Which always seem to be the hardest.


    Ok...Spencer, I'll tell.

    Here's what I'm starting with.

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    This was my wife's first motorcycle, that we bought 15 years ago. We did a lot of touring together, in the early years. Her on the R100GS and me on my R1100GS. My motorcycle has long since been parted out. But, we kept this one, for a future HPN Project. That I'd hope to do someday.

    Although I would like to build two HPN motorcycles. The one that is the most useful to me right now, is going to be based on this one.

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    I saw these two pictures on ADV years ago. They have never left my mind. I'm a dirt biker, so I really like the K.I.S.S. principle of dirt bike building. I will be using my R1100GS swingarm, from my first BMW motorcycle. I saved it, when I parted out that motorcycle years ago.

    I have a lot of work to do...
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  11. Deadly99

    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  12. gsd4me

    gsd4me 90% bluff

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  13. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    Looks like I've graduated up the HPN scheduling ladder :clap.

    I talked to Klaus today and received my project/frame number.

    The frame number is 912 :evil

    Which, just happens to be my wife's and I wedding anniversary (Sept, 12). My wife and I had a big laugh, over this development. The R100GS is really hers and she rode the bike on our wedding trip. We toured across the States together, I rode my 1100GS. This bike will get passed down to our two sons, when we kick the bucket. So, the frame number/anniversary date is a fun fact of the project.

    Klaus informed me that their working on frame # 860, right now. So, it could be up to a year. Before I send the frame in for fabrication to begin.

    Now that I've confirmed the frame # development. I'll be disassembling the GS. Then I can start selling off all the parts, that are not needed.
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  14. Stagehand

    Stagehand Imperfectionist

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    like wathcing really exciting paint dry :lol3

    congrats, and may the time to enjoy it come soon enough
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  15. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    Sooooo true.

    Although I've wanted to do this project for years. Until recently, I never had the patience to get through a project of this scope/time.

    FYI, I'm watching your dirtbike/GS thread as well :freaky.
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  16. b0mb3r

    b0mb3r Old Git

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    any news here
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  17. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl ignore list

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    A little birdie told me he was prepping the frame for a trip to the motherland. :deal
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  18. Garthe

    Garthe ROCKS ARE YOUR FRIENDS...

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    YES, it's true. The patient has been put up on the operating table. The last photos of her as a complete bike have been taken. I even took some pictures of my young boys next to her. It felt like those pictures you see of the record big dead fish, hanging on a big hook. With the eager fishermen at her side.

    There is six months left, till my send in the frame date. I'm going to give HPN a call this week. Just to make sure all is well, on their end. I'm excited about the project. I've wanted to do this project, for the last ten years. But, it just seems weird to take apart a perfectly good motorcycle. But, that won't stop me...
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