Yamaha forks on a BMW F650GS Dakar

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by skibum_1260, Oct 23, 2008.

  1. Southest US Thumper

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    Wow, do we still use the term "Trick"? If so, them's some of the Trickest parts I've seen in a while, Nice!
  2. tmotten

    tmotten Lefthand ride Dutchy

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    Will there be more made?
  3. Aries71

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    WOW!!! Those look awesome!!!:clap I hope you have another run in the planning RAD 'cause I'm a taker.

    Well done!!
  4. Brute

    Brute Melbourne , outer east .

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    Tha axle & caliper mount look great . Can`t wait till mine turn up in Aus .
  5. southbound

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    I would be up for a set if you are planning on doing any future runs, let me know if and how much. Thanks for putting in the work.
  6. JDRadman

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    Wow, what great reviews. I am flattered and this is all before anyone even had a chance to use them.

    Sorry I have been off in TX for some Vintage Racing this last weekend and had no connections to the net. Now I am back at the house for about 8 hours and off to CA on a WFO business trip. I wont see any light until Friday the 10th. At least I will have internet while I am traveling.

    Sorry to the guys that sent PMs for my no reply status.

    To that end, I don't know if we can do another run or not. We will have to build about 10-pc if we do, just to make it affordable. I was pulling in a favor from a buddy to get this first batch to get it done at cost.

    In reality, I just USED :wink: the other guys to make it affordable for me. After all, :norton it's all about me...


    I am really glad you guys like the parts. I designed and Peter built em...here is to Peter:clap:clap:clap

    If there is anybody wondering about doing this it may be a good time to chime in and see where we end up.

    In the meantime, I expect to get my forks back about the same time as Matt. We are taking the bike to MOAB for 10 days in mid April for some 2-up riding (jeep trails and passes) and a little light duty single track 1-up. By then I will have a real good idea how well it works.

    I will post it here.

    Rad
  7. Aries71

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    Well... if you're doing another run I'm in for sure!!! I'm certain that it won't be hard to find more interested parties on this forum. Hell you could make a lucrative a business just selling those!!!

    Don't make me start a petition LOL!!!!!:rofl

    cheers
  8. tmotten

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    :clap :clap :clap :clap to Peter!! PM sent.

    So has anyone fitted them yet? Have to admit that I'm not familiarwith that axle setup.
  9. stalia85

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    Hello everybody name is Michael and i am planning to put a USD WP 48 from a KTM on my 650 Dakar i would like to ask if you now if the yokes from the KTM much on the Dakar

    Thanks aloot:freaky
  10. drivenbydiscovery

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    dammit, i can't believe i missed this!!!!

    i've had my Yamaha 450 forks sitting in the garage for months because i didn't know what i would do about mounting the front wheel/brakes/abs (i didn't want to switch to Yamaha wheel and brakes).


    please please please say you'll do another batch of axles and brackets!!! i'm in!!!! :D :D :D
  11. drivenbydiscovery

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    i saw this as well over at F650.com and emailed Emig Racing. i asked how much the Dakar top clamp with accommodation for bigger Yamaha forks would be. here is the reply i received:

    that's, ummmmmm, a lot! :rofl but after seeing what has been achieved here already, i'm sure our collective minds can come up with something! :clap

    *edit - i just asked them how much a top clamp would be if we got a group of 10 together and they said 325 each. still a lot, but better than 500, and it's a really nice design. something to think about. :wink:

  12. Gravel Seeker

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  13. notmybikemodelname

    notmybikemodelname KOTW is a myth!

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    Emig only makes those for the stock forks. No USD.
  14. WayneC

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    Emig will make up the top clamp altered to take any of the USD it simply comes down to the cost as per the posts above

    They have all the dimesions sitting on CAD and as they indicate in the email excerpts above their production is CAD controlled no doubt laser cut

    It comes down to whether people wish to band together to increase volume & reduce price
  15. drivenbydiscovery

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    yup, that's correct. they will adjust their current design to fit our application ... for a price. so far a one-off would cost me 500, but buying 10 would drop the price to 325 (each). more people = cheaper per person cost.
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    on a separate note, i have 2 small issues with my Yamaha forks that i need help with.

    1. the headstem. the Yamaha bearings fit the BMW races, however, the headstem seems too long! when i install the assembly and tighten the headstem nut, i run out of threads on the headstem before everything is squished together. measuring the headstems, the BMW is about 14cm from base to where the threads start, while the Yamaha has about 15.5cm before the threads start.

    2. bar clamps. did you guys that did this also upgrade to fat bars, or are you using the stockers? because the bar clamps on the Yamaha triple clamp are huge!

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  17. JDLuke

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    My understanding is that you just need to put a shim between the nut and the bearing, something to take up that space.

    As for the bars, I'm wondering if this project wouldn't be the perfect excuse to go to fat bars anyway.
  18. drivenbydiscovery

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    thanks jdluke. a shim would make sense ... i'm surprised it's the first time i hear of this though, as everyone always says they fit right up! well, they almost fit :rofl i was actually thinking of having the headstem threads extended a further 1cm.

    as for the bars, yeah, i guess i could go with something more stout, but i didn't want to lose my heated grips!!! hehehe.
  19. JDLuke

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    LOL - I guess though, that if you lose the heated grips AND the ABS and you won't need to figure out how to get that switch plate at the center of the bars to fit!
  20. WayneC

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    You dont need to lose the heated grips on a bar change

    I have alloy bars & have retained the heated grips

    I cut an L shaped slot in the alloy bars for the wiring to enter on the throttle side & a slot on the LHS & a hole in the middle between the clamps for the wiring to exit, then had alloy adaptors turned up with alloy bar ends to retain the hand guards

    Unfortunately it seems I did not document it all well at the time cause I could not find the CAD the other day

    Others have used expanding bolts to hold the bar ends in, there is some info in the F650 FAQ from memory