Building the Ultimate Adventure bike for me

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by racingxtc7, Jan 19, 2015.

  1. riverflow

    riverflow Half Built

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    I just found out about Aprilia's 450/550 RXV the other day, and they just about have a bike in this category. The only issue is the service intervals. Which, with a slight tune down, should drop back near normal bikes.

    At the least, the frames and swingarm are pretty sweet.
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  2. racingxtc7

    racingxtc7 Been here awhile

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    The Aprilia RXV was way ahead of its time, awesome machines and they would have taken over the world IF not for the high maintance. Everyone that had one who wasn't a mechanic had to sell them because of how much maintance is involved in owning one. And this is coming for someone who has 2 stroke GP bikes. My Honda RS125 may need a new topend every three weekends BUT it only takes an hour to do and only costs $150.
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  3. dirt hokie

    dirt hokie Long timer

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    KTM 500 EXC is only good for about 2000 miles on a top end with non race dual sport trail rides by a medium fast rider. That's not off road race conditions or many highway miles. Plus the 500 EXC has almost no subframe to mount anything to.

    That ninja motor is sweet, a 400 ex ATV engine might me good also.

    Its basically a e-start xr 400, the gold standard in reliability.

    In the next year or two I plan to start a similar build with the same goals, right now I am practicing my fab skills on cheaper projects. Currently I am sticking a DR 250 motor in KTM 400 EXC frame, no street title however.
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  4. WILL_S

    WILL_S OUTLAW POSTIE 001

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  5. Quacamole

    Quacamole Been here awhile

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  6. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    :wink: let's rock!
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  7. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    +1 Looking forward to this build.

    Sub 300lbs fueled would be :clap:clap
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  8. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile Supporter

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    I have been waiting for someone to pave the way with the 300 motor, just didn't expect it to be in a dirt bike frame. Awesome.:clap
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  9. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo Nomad

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    Awesome, you seem to be building the bike so many of us are lusting for.
    I'm in with a grin and wainting for more! :clap
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  10. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    In!
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  11. NortwestRider

    NortwestRider TRIPOD ADVENTURER !!

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    Oh ya I'm in !!!.
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  12. racingxtc7

    racingxtc7 Been here awhile

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    I'm down in texas this week at Texas Tornado's Boot Camp but I hope to make some good progress on the bike next week. I'll be sure to take pictures as I take the saw to the crf's frame.
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  13. RiverCitySlicker

    RiverCitySlicker Completing The Worlds Longest Top End Kit Install

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    awesome build man, can't wait to hear and see more of it. Kind of what Im doing with my xr250l frame off right now, but better. Im just doing a stock rebuild with some enhancements for my enjoyment, this is more what I wanted to do.
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  14. Tgiby3

    Tgiby3 Triumph Street RAT

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    This is like, the best idea ever. I wanna see more of this too!
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  15. Tgiby3

    Tgiby3 Triumph Street RAT

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    If you a successful, you should consider selling the info. I think this is the most wonderful idea. And I would certainly be interested in doing something like this.
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  16. RBnite

    RBnite Been here awhile

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    I am glad to see this build, GREAT Idea!

    One question I have is: How about the swing arm and the forks (CRF) put on a Ninja bike? I always thought the Ninja would be a good conversion to a D/S.

    Just wondering
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  17. racingxtc7

    racingxtc7 Been here awhile

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    The crf chassis is much lighter and has better geometry for offroad.
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  18. brownvv

    brownvv Been here awhile

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    my mouth is watering over this build. that engine should be sweet in that bike!
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  19. pennswoodsed

    pennswoodsed lizards,bugs and me

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    Wow , in at the deep end , just freaking beautiful man !

    With admiration,Ed
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  20. TheCheesus

    TheCheesus Killing time

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    In for this build for sure. I'm a lightweight rider (<150 in gear) and my brother (LightWeightRider) and I both ride NX250's. My current scale weights are 260 lbs, 143 lbs rear wheel, 117 lbs front wheel. That's with stock steel fuel tank too. I'm always interested in a slightly more modern chassis with dead-to-nuts reliability.
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