2019 GPX 1980 Fanatic Enduro

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Navin, Jun 1, 2019.

  1. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    They are only new ONCE!

    Tires SUUUUUUUCK, but the bike is great. When I can get it going fast enough to move the suspension its very plush. 99% of the time I cant due to traction issues! :lol3

    Who decided to put those things on there? :D

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  2. Navin

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    Ok, enough of that foolishness! Its like riding a very tall 1972 XL250 with this rubber in Florida. Not great! :lol3

    Its got the power to be a great dirty gnar trail plonker, I just cant get it to hook up. A few logs actually did get crossed under bike power!
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  3. Navin

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    I made it from the southern end of Croom to the very Northern end. With the loop I rode its about +15 miles round trip of wandering, overlapping sandy and medium terrain ST. I tried my best to stay off the beaten paths as this is still in shake down mode. Still picked up some baggage! Better there than thru the leg, eh? :y0!
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  4. JagLite

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    Looks like you need a sand paddle tire to get traction there!

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  5. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    You need to hunt down a Supertrapp can of the era for maximum visual appearance. If your brakes have discs then the exhaust should have, too.

    If you can’t find a Supertrapp then at least a DG can. That stocker has to go.
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    The picture with the bike standing by itself in the sand reminds me of my Yamaha 90 endure I had when I was 16. It spent a lot of time like that. And it takes special talent to keep a bike moving in sugar sand. I haven't been to Croom since the 80's. Last time I went, I kept a Maico 450 pretty much sideways all the way around the perimeter road. That thing would outrun semis on the section that parallels I-75.
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  7. Navin

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    But its sooooooooooo quiet! Maybe a shot of flat black paint? :lol3

    It is still lovingly called “Perimeter Road”and it is a 13 mile long set of SX sand whoops now! :muuttGood stuff!
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    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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  9. Navin

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    Seat situation is shaping up! 77-79 Maico seat foam to start on a ply base that will mate to the stock base which supports the rear of the tank and keeps the stock mounting points intact.

    Thats the plan anyway! :freaky

    Seat foam needed a few chops to get situated. Lost some height, lost some length. I think its going to turn out OK though. I need to fab up a front staple point for the cover as the stock base rises there and the plywood had run out of room.

    I chose plywood because the beautiful seat I found at the wrecking yard was built on one and if the foam hadn't been brick hard and then crumble when you compressed it Id be using that. Nothing else in that place was in as goos a condition as the painted plywood seat base. :(

    Thinking the Acebis tool bag isnt going to cut it. MSR to the rescue for a big dorky XR style bag when I get it figured out.

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  10. Navin

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    Not even if I get the fancy BBQ grill paint?
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  11. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

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    Back in those days it was a maintained pool table flat clay road. A little summer shower would turn it into a most excellent flat track circuit.

    That is going to be an excellent retro/enduro bike when you get it sorted.
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  13. Navin

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    Gearing testing in progress. -2 rear was a good change, going to try -2 more. Florida roads are long, flat and fast. At 13/44 today it still purrs at 30 MPH in fifth gear.

    The current seat is about as effective as a dead salmon in a garbage bag. And its not a big salmon either. I cant get the new seat finished fast enough.

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  14. Bt10

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    At least pull off the big GPX sticker and get a DG sticker on there?

    Seat foam looks good and comfy.
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    I’m really hoping you round out the edges of the black rear fender that you cut off and sand the edge smooth and make that look a bit nicer.

    Also, a 3” drop will pull the whole thing into lookin half ass correct
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  16. Navin

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    As soon as the seat is complete Im going to mount the tool bag and work on trimming that all out. Hope to make it as invisible as possible while still supporting the fender. The composite subframe adds a new twist to extending the fender.

    I thought I was already there? Half assed was my main objective ! :lol3
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  17. Navin

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    That black plastic was intentionally left oversized just to get things started. It has four original bolts holding it on at the front end and some good angles cast in it to firm it up. I may add an aluminum plate on top under the tool bag and expect the old fender to be almost undetectable after its chopped down. :beer
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  18. Navin

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    Thinking a 3” front drop, 4” rear to bring the butt angle down. Im going to break out the straps and a tape measure to mock up the stance post haste/ post seat! I will be happy to get closer to horizontal lines if at all possible. Being this is a “sit down” enduro it can stand to lose the 12” of travel.

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  19. Ogre_fl

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    Is there an actual metal rear subframe under that black plastic?
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    I know I'm coming a little late to the party, but what would you (and Gary) think of something like this? It'd still be true to the Honda DNA, too. HONDAFTR223-1403_2.jpg
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