2019 GPX 1980 Fanatic Enduro

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  1. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    For a few years Ive been wanting to build a retro enduro like the bikes I lusted after on the pages of Dirt Bike Magazine. I had a few clappers from that era, late 70s early 80s (ad esrlier that I really want to forget!) but they were all many years old, beat to crap, and I had neither the time or cash to correct them back then. Career, kids, house, etc.

    FFW to now and some free time to play around. Years of modern bikes has spoiled me though. The old beaters gave way to MX racing as it was accessible and family friendly for my kids. No melted, lint covered malted milk balls in my riding jackets, it was a few decades of starting gates, table tops and deep loamy dirt. I raced loaners and then beaters while the boys got nice lil 50s. Lol.

    Eventually I made the leap from fifteen year old stuff to ten year old stuff and finally to new bikes. I was lucky I survived!

    So, a drum braked, points ignition, tetanus carrying restoration of a true old bike held little charm for me. I wanted the looks of my high school poster bikes but push button starting, disc brakes, actual parts inventory that I could order in the net or phone without chasing spare junk bikes for oddball stuff.

    Enter Pitster Pro a couple years ago. They had these little CRF230 motored kinda KTM chassie cheapo bikes for $2500! Well I get side tracked by their Zongshen 250f KTM/Honda hybrid enduro and that lead to their new brand GPX 2 stroke with a Yamaha DT230 engine and in the back of my meatball brain I'm still thinking it sure would be nice to have an old school style enduro bike around.

    So here we go. GPX has a new design air cooled 250 thumper by Zongshen. If Id waited it would maybe be fuel injected at some point but Im not getting any younger so I can live with a carb just fine.

    Pics Ahead!
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  2. Navin

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    This is how they arrive when you skip past the dealer network and DIY prep the machine. Within an hour she was running and going around the block.

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  3. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Inspiration has been gleaned in both this forum section and the Old School section with various XLs, Yamahas and Bultacos and the other cool stuff in the vintage threads. These are just the tip of the stash Ive kept around to ogle.

    I decided to go pre-seat tongue swept up the tank era, but mono shock is kinda nice, so its right on the edge of 1980 Euro I guess. If I went to the next gen it would look like a 2019 Suzuki so that wont do. :lol3
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  4. Navin

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    Im not into the latest hipster scrambles thing, the skateboard seats, the beards, the skinny jeans, low seat BS. Im too old, too chubby and too grouchy and set in my ways to adopt a trendy lifestyle at 53. This will need enough travel and ground clearance to actually ride dirt. Dirt in Fla means whoops. I plan to ride this as a chase bike behind my buddy in next years GNCC in Florida. He won a couple three and is now in his 70s, wants to just go ride it for fun. Perfect!

    So whaddida we get after calling @Pitster and dropping $3500?

    A tractor trailer left this in the garage a few days later!

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  5. Navin

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    After much hand wringing it was decided the Euro Fantics were right in the wheel house for my plans.

    UFO Plast still repops plastics for them, but I cant find a source in the USA so off to the UK! Preston Petty was out of stock on the high powered old school headlights so that idea was shelved after finding the UFO stash on Ebay.

    The front fender was a gamble. I went with the skinny version and damn its a goofy looking piece but thats right on the $$$ for this bike! Pics on the bike in a bit...

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  6. Navin

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    Im waiting for a Clarke 2.7g red tank with a 2-3/4” tunnel. Id have preferred a super thin MX version and that might still happen, thinking of those old thumper conversions the factorys did waaaaay back when. Till then this is the part Im waiting on.

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  7. Navin

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    GPX taillight slid right into the Fantic lens!

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    i like where this is going!
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  9. Navin

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    The GPX shell gave up its reflector and H4 buld/harness to slide into the Fantic headlight. Bit of safety wire and it plugs right into the GPX harness. I decided to use the included LED turn signals for now. Being a bit if a bass-turd bike/retrorod I think I can let it slide. Big olde fashioned round ones can always get thrown on it later.

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  10. Navin

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    Bike in running form, no sense in leaving the fake rad shrouds on it.

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  11. Navin

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    The 77-79 Maico seat foam is in transit, and the side covers are still on back order but are expected soon.

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  12. Navin

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    And here is how she sits today. Rear turn sigs will be run after the tank, seat, rear fender tool bag and top rear fender support is trimmed to final size. So far, all the electronics have plugged in, I need to pop in a horn as the harness is there for it, master control switch has horn, lights off, low/high, flash to pass trigger, turn signals and ignition kill.

    I might and only might, drop the suspension to about 9” of travel. 3-4” drop is seriously back burnered. Im still tall enough for this seat height though in a few more years I guess I wont be! :lol3
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  13. Kt-88

    Kt-88 I like everything.

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    Exciting! Pitster Pro is right down the street from me- I ride by there on my way to work daily.
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  14. jank

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    WHOA! looks like my next build :) I like it a lot!
    Ufo Plastics vintage series makes my imagination run wild!
    I used their stuff to modify my SR 500 into something between a scrambler and a 70's enduro bike. Just because I can't afford a XT500 in a decent shape.

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    I'm planning to build something similar in future on a modern base bike like a CRF250L (which I love).

    I can't wait for more updates on this project!
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  15. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    Thats awesome!

    I considered doing a SR or a TU250 but Im glad the GPX both became available and is stupid inexpensive.

    At $3500 I can easily justify building it and even romping thru the woods on it. Its got a street tag and its brand new. Knowing the performance of the excellent brakes and how much the frame/wheels etc will tolerate is nice too. My TSE250R gets its arse pounded and has yet to complain. I finally bent the rear brake pedal for the last time but Im getting the newer upgraded version so.... really thats such a plus. Im not hoping to find a brake pedal (that isnt as functional as this one) for a 1977 TS250 on ebay.

    Not that theres anything wrong with that! Its just not for me right now.

    TSE250R in action. Same frame, subframe, triples, rims, spokes, brakes etc. as the FSE, just a different engine and the FSE has the newer suspension components they all come with. Double comp adjust + rebound andpreload rebuildable rear shock and fully adjustable 48mm cartridge forks.

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    Me too!
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  17. Bt10

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    I know it was part of the dorky look, but it looks like there’s room to the downtube to shim the front fender a little closer to normal? Like janks? Funny on the brake pedal, I had a 77 TS250!

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  18. Navin

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    Yes, a little anyway. The exhaust was hitting it so I grabbed what was handy as spacers and just got it on there. I expect the front tip to go down at least a little eventually. Or like my bikes of my youth it can have a big burn scar in the fender due to my teenage mechanical skills!

    I had one too, or a 78? :lol3
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    Bt10 Been here awhile

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    My ‘78 was the TS400, 34hp by 6000 rpm. Geared for 115 at 7700, clutch slipping 1st thru the woods. Commuted for 3 summers. Runner up pavement drag racing at 16 yrs old, carrying the front wheel into 3rd. Then won a 6 mile high speed old railroad bed dirt bomb run type race. 95 in the gravel, bikes could do it all, except land a jump.:lol3 How I wished for e start and suspension!
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  20. Navin

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    Ok, scratch my guesstimate in year. Mine was a junker special of the blue 1980 variety. It was bike #2 on my return to dirt after a 1975 ish TS125 I bought at my neighbors garage sale for $20.

    There a pic of the orange 125 somewhere and this is not my 250, just one like it. My older two kids were just starting on the 50cc bikes and these old clappers let me chase them around. I had a break in moto ownership from after HS to about age 26. A few bikes got borrowed in that span but work n toddlers were filling my time pretty good.

    Fond memories of the TS250 but no, I don't want it back! :lol3

    With discs and a smooth engine Id enjoy the style of it though. Pure goonery!
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