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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    Minor details time as I look for bug-a-booze to correct. The rear light wires were taped under the fender but that’s not a long term solution with tires getting stuffed up in there. Drill in hand, bag off, tried one hole, liked the one in the fender cavity even better. Bag back on. Boom. Still zero cuts to the factory harness.

    I have a run of sig and tail wires visible for about 4” under the seat that really doesn’t bother me a bit. Tucked in and not worth the bother to try to hide them. Period correct n all that!

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    Exposed wires. Looks alright to me. :lol3

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    Cruised at 70 MPH today! Vibes in the grips if you are too loose on them but still good if you squeeze just a bit.

    NYC still meh. Maybe even extra-meh.

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    I wanted to give credit to an excellent vendor I met thru this project. I used a new Maico seat foam but due to the staggering height and length considerations it was cut to fit my eyeballed dimensions. I figured I’d get a local upholstery place to do something or figure it out myself.

    Thankfully I stumbled onto this ebay store who offered new repopped Maico seat covers and they were happy to adjust the dimensions. I just asked them to make another one as I put a tiny hole in mine and eventually I expect I will meet a tree branch and better to have it on hand being a custom piece.

    They were super easy to work with, the cover fit perfectly and no extra charge to adjust for my dimensions. It was also incredibly inexpensive! $24.15 shipped!

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  5. Navin

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    Still thinking about the suspension drop. 3-4” would set it “just right” but the height doesn’t bug me anyway. Nice to have fully useable legs that fit all my other bikes too, both the GPXs and the KTM.

    Perfect plonking around bike, haircut, coffee stop, found a few little spots to explore.

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    I just returned from 4 day ride in southern Utah (DR Rally at the 3 Step Hideaway) and your bike is just perfect for me in those conditions.
    The mighty DR has many good qualities (once you modify the suspension, seat, etc) but weight isn't one of them.
    Picking up 385 lbs when it decides to take a nap in the dirt gets more difficult in the heat of the desert. :knary
    I could do it once by myself but after that I needed help.

    Light is RIGHT!
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  8. Navin

    Navin Long timer

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    GPX Fanatic Retro midday banana break.
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    shinyribs Thumpers for life

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    When's this baby getting the twin shock conversion to make it complete :lol3

    For real, though, this is really cool. I love what you did here. The new seat made all the difference.
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  10. Navin

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    The composite subframe is thankfully in the way of a twin shock conversion! I’m a teen child of the 80s anyway. The early mono shocks are strong in my memory banks from glazing over DB magazines in study hall.
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  11. Navin

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    The finished bike is never really done I guess? Thanks to a generous inmate I got a steal of a deal and these are inbound with a proper wheel and correct brake caliper.... WP 50mm Extremes! I loved these on my MX bike back in 99/00 and they will look the part on the Retro Enduro.

    Going to make it all fit up, then a rebuild/restoration with a nice drop, leaving 8” of travel up front and the rear will get a lowering to match. Maybe relace the correct hub to a black rim too. Or find a silver rear. See how this front looks first!

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  12. Navin

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    Retro Enduro FSE250E project bike is getting a retro leg sidegrade. It’s not an upgrade, not a downgrade, but when it’s all restored after its 100% fitted it’s going to look very 1980s.

    OK, 1999 but convention forks were wet noodles back in the 80s and drum brakes won’t fly.

    Waiting on a 1999 SX brake caliper to hook to the GPX hose/master. An adapter bracket might find its way in here to use the new Zu-Hau Brembo like caliper later. See how the old stuff works first.

    Then a full fork restoration, inside wear parts and external cosmetics will be completed. Can’t have semi grungy forks on this classic! For being ex dirt bike stuff they are exceptionally nice! No stripped threads or funkyness!

    Thanks to @wiswoodsguy for a great deal!

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    Tossed on a new UFO 1980s replica enduro front fender the same as the white. I’m still leaning to red. The skinny one has its charms too. Maybe when it’s all lowered...

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    She is on the roads again! WP 50mm Extremes and a 1999 Brembo cal running GPX pads. Need to decide on a rim color to get those to match, thinking black right now.

    Dash bolted right on! Nice!

    I need to pop out a new speedo pick up bracket, a new set of proper bar mounts as the bolts are undersized on the GPX/KTM stuff for these triples and the top brace needed a chop to work for now. And then a full cosmetic and mechanical fork resto to follow with a drop of a few inches.... maybe.

    A guy just walked over in the park to eyeball it, thought it was an oddball bike from the 70s. Winning!

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  15. Navin

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    First ride was a smashing success! Left leg wept a little after about 40 miles. Got her home and pulled the dust covers to years of gunk under them and down inside the seals. Seal tool and soap, lil oil after... looking good. Rebuild is imminent regardless so they will be stripped down and gone thru.

    Far plusher on the streets than the SZC 48mm inverted open chambers it had from GPX.

    20 years of break in probably didn’t hurt there!

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    Love this! Been tinkering with the idea of getting a TSE250R for a trail bike (would be an upgrade from my XR250R) or maybe one of the smaller bikes they sell for getting better at throwing a bike around and doing single track. It's cool to know if went with the TSE I could make it look like an older Enduro without too much work or hackery.
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    Thanks Barney. TSE is a great bike but don’t forget it has radiators. The FSE250E engine really made this bike easy to play with regarding the tank swap. That DT230 engine in the TSE would be a better street bike motor with its 6 speed and counter balancer but I wanted the “air coolness” looks for this one.

    I think I could swap it back to the 2019 body in well under an hour.
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    Yeah, I was thinking about that as I read this thread. The headlight and fenders alone would scratch the itch for me.
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    Those and some retro decals go a long way. I didn’t try too to make my blue TSE look retro but a different decal kit and headlight could transform it into a modern repop of a classic IT175 or Penton Jackpiner.

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  20. Norman Foley

    Norman Foley Devotee of the Husqvarna Supporter

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    The bike is very cool! I rode this Sunday.....
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