2019 GPX 1980 Fanatic Enduro

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

  1. andrewgore

    andrewgore Gôremā

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    15,588
    Location:
    brrrrrrlington
    It's a 3 piece plastic unit that then integrates with the airbox assembly as well as some other interior\exterior panels. There would have to be some major cannibalization to the stock setup to make it look retro and integrate seamlessly with the new (old) seat. I'd guess simpler to ditch that assembly entirely and make something out of steel hoops, and do a pod filter. Then you could probably get away without lowering the bike, but still eliminating the high looking rear end. :dunno
    #61
    Bitingdog and Navin like this.
  2. villageidiot

    villageidiot Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2010
    Oddometer:
    10,959
    Location:
    Orange County, CA
    Ahh, the FTR250

    Schaaaaaaawiiiiing!
    #62
    Navin likes this.
  3. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Oddometer:
    7,563
    Location:
    Anchorage Alaska
    It will be plenty low if you lose the 12" of travel for sure! :imaposer
    That's what the "custom" bobber/cafe' racer crowd seems to do, remove all suspension.

    Might make it a bit uncomfortable to ride it sitting down though :hmmmmm

    :hide
    #63
  4. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    Ok, lets just say I will not need ALL 12”. :lol3
    #64
    Bitingdog, JagLite and villageidiot like this.
  5. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    I have no connection or history with flat track or the bikes of the sport. Still I can see why so many people like them, and with a base retro chassis someone could spin off those, street standards and early 1970s style DS bikes.

    I say you should build it!
    #65
    Bitingdog and JagLite like this.
  6. Franque

    Franque Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2015
    Oddometer:
    186
    Location:
    Dallas, Tx
    Haha, I'd love to, but I'm about to leave the States, I don't have time for it!
    #66
    Navin likes this.
  7. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    Today marks a week? Got a bit done this morning.

    Cut down the original rear fender to a clean rounded line. It might get cut further away when the side panels get here and fitted. For now its not too offensive. The tool bag will need shimming at the back.

    Yes, that is anne olde tee shirt & duct tape seat cover. I found a guy who makes new Maico covers and sent him my chopped foam dimensions, hope to see a new custom cover in a week or sew...

    And when @Bultaco206 tell saiez to pull a decnalzzz off, yew phullezzz!

    0DF2929B-187D-4FFB-AD19-E712723E14D6.jpeg

    Where is that BBQ spray paint can???
    #67
    Bitingdog, JagLite and Bultaco206 like this.
  8. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    37,686
    Location:
    Mineral Point, WI
    [​IMG]
    #68
    Bitingdog, Dirtleg and Navin like this.
  9. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    The Fantic side panels still aren’t in stock so eyeballing new options and I think these 81-83 Maico pieces would be even better considering the ride height. Awaiting a reply from the vendor.

    I think it will hide most if not all of the composite subframe and should be a relatively easy addition. The curve to clear the muffler may need a bit of heat and exaggeration.

    @Bultaco206 , this would also hide the hideous muffler that any factory rider would have killed for back in the 1970s! :lol3
    7478DCD2-13C3-48EB-A026-7DDDAB94FFD1.png 87B5D60A-AEF2-4144-9A15-955B346734F4.jpeg
    #69
  10. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    37,686
    Location:
    Mineral Point, WI
    :rofl
    #70
    Navin likes this.
  11. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    Just waitin on the dock of a bay.... with a very ugly, butt comfy seat.

    Fantic side panels are on the way, but no idea when.

    Two red oval number plates are coming just to eyeball if they MIGHT work if added to the rear of the stockers with a red stripe ahead of them. Meh. Very little confidence in this route but who knows till you try it?

    Maico side panels are ordered up and probably what I shoulda done first. In photos they hold the most promise.

    I have the forks dropped 14mm in the clamps. Thats it as the bars are in the way without a set of riser bushings.

    The rear is at minimum preload, and thats fine for the street. Im still on tippy toes on both sides, one foot hits the floor well.

    So I pulled her down with some straps just to eyeball it up.

    3.75”drop up front (total) and 3” back really retros it up nicely! And it leaves an at rest seat height of only 37”! :lol3

    Glad Im into tall bikes!
    8052AC63-A191-4174-A893-E7DDF170AC50.jpeg
    #71
    Bitingdog, Dirtleg, shinyribs and 2 others like this.
  12. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    Did a lil side panel hack today. Chopped out the stock covers “point” where it gets its widest and these fell relatively flat into place. Worst case I could live with them.

    Stock no tools air filter cover still works, but has a loose zip ty up front so it unplugs then hangs from that. The stock Husky style covers are fastened up high on the side of the tank too but thats all history here. :lol3

    30 street miles today, just bopping around. The engine is a smooth little sweetheart.
    28665618-14F5-4192-BCE0-F5A28805D6B0.jpeg
    #72
  13. Scubawerx

    Scubawerx Scubawerx

    Joined:
    Dec 19, 2012
    Oddometer:
    704
    Location:
    North Georgia
    Cool look!
    #73
    Navin likes this.
  14. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    Front fender finally cut, shimmed and set to full dork.
    UFO Maico side panels with a bit of help from @Bultaco206 ! :beer

    E4D16170-7CBC-47A5-907C-91A46AF62ACA.jpeg
    #74
  15. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    One if the few things missing for street use is a horn and mirrors. Horn is still in violation but this will just barely cover the mirror issue.

    The ebay ad warned it was “very small” but its not even half the size of very small! :imaposer

    8AA94442-6C7A-4190-ADE4-1A797461ED0E.png
    #75
  16. JagLite

    JagLite Long timer Supporter

    Joined:
    Jun 17, 2010
    Oddometer:
    7,563
    Location:
    Anchorage Alaska
    That's HUGE! :yikes

    Compared to a dental mirror held on the left grip with a few rubber bands :hide

    "Yes officer, this IS my mirror, and this rubber squeeze ball horn works great too."
    #76
    shinyribs and Navin like this.
  17. Bultaco206

    Bultaco206 Back-to-back motos suck Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 11, 2007
    Oddometer:
    37,686
    Location:
    Mineral Point, WI
    #77
    Bitingdog, Simosez and Navin like this.
  18. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    #78
    Bultaco206 likes this.
  19. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    Seat cover day has arrived!
    .
    My Maico guy nailed the chopped foam with my rough dimensions just about perfectly. $18 for a custom seat cover, darned if I aint impressed! Sure beats my tape & Tee shirt jobby!

    Original seat pan supports the rear of the Clarke gas tank. Factory bolt in action as is the rear fender slip joint that locks it in place out back. A rubber O-ring is thru the pan to loop over the gas tank hook.
    98982535-54E0-4E79-9938-C9D91FC13868.jpeg
    #79
  20. Navin

    Navin Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    23,029
    Fantic side covers emerged from the black hole they were lost in, they might end up on her at some point because they are super cool too. For now Ive hacked the side panels and attached the Maico units so full stock rubber bushing to pin attachments remain! Air filter fully covered like OEM. Seat fell on. BOOM!

    4C5CAC27-1B6C-4B4E-866D-7E254F2FA43D.jpeg
    #80
    Bitingdog, Dirtleg, shinyribs and 4 others like this.