Will she succeed…

Discussion in 'Airheads' started by Beam(st)er, Aug 10, 2014.

  1. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    Hi all,
    For offroad traveling I've been using a G650X Country for a few years now.
    Although there's nothing wrong with that bike and it's probably the best bike for the sort of trips I like to do, it doesn't make me smile like my R80 mono does.
    That's why I decided to gain some weight, loose some ground clearance, use and carry a lot more fuel by replacing the X Country for a R80G/S.

    So I bought this…

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    I think it looks :cry
    but now the question is will I succeed to build it into something beautiful to replace my X Country…

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    The idea is to:
    service the engine including some tuning
    replace bearings and seals in the gear box and final drive
    lower the foot pegs
    replace the rims for excel's
    improve the front brake
    improve the suspension
    replace the exhaust system
    powder coat and paint everything
    and trying to create most of the stock G/S looks again
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  2. nick949eldo

    nick949eldo Long timer

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    Just ride it. It looks perfect as is.

    Nick
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  3. mark1305

    mark1305 Old Enough To Know Better Supporter

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    Agreed, it has good patina and still the mostly stock look you want. That muffler doesn't spoil the effect at all. I'd say don't change much at all and put the money in the mechanicals, maybe upgrade the front with Racetech emulators to start, and do the basic engine tuning, clean every electrical connector on the whole bike and apply dialectric grease in them.

    Personally, I don't go for big front brake upgrades if its a dual sport bike like my F650 (which I have even used at Barber and Road ATL while dabbling as a track instructor). I go as far as getting the best pad/rotor combo so the brakes won't fade but won't be too sensitive in the loose stuff. But each to their own in braking preferences.

    Nice bike BTW.
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  4. SpikeC

    SpikeC Been here awhile

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    I wish I had more garage space. I would love to have that bike just like it is!
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  5. Mark Manley

    Mark Manley Long timer

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    If you are looking for standard parts don't forget to give BMW a try, some are no longer available new but others are and the price can be surprising, I recently bought a new rear mudguard for my R80G/S from my local dealer here in the UK and it was £70 or just over $100. Also keep and eye on Motorworks and Motobins who both occasionally still break a G/S or an ST.
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  6. Beater

    Beater The Bavarian Butcher

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    BRAVO.

    A quick question, you are going to replace and re-lace the rear rim? It's a standard 40 hole type? Excell Rim? Which one are you going to get? Can you post a linky?
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  7. Thorazine

    Thorazine Likes exhaust fumes

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    Nick's right. This is a motorcycle, not a piece of jewelry. Fix what keeps it from riding at its best, then go ride.

    BTW, the bike looks as happy as you do--now get back on it and keep your eyes on the road/path, dammit.
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  8. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    It might look ok on the pictures but if you would see it up close it looks like a mess.
    I think the fender is too long compared to the length of the swingarm.
    If I would leave this muffler on it will cure itself, because it's mounted like a chimney and it melts the plastic :rofl

    The fork that's in the bike now is already a lot better than a stock G/S fork, but before I made my decision to buy a G/S I have been riding at least ten different ones.
    The ones with a fork upgrade felt SO MUCH better and safer.
    I've been riding a few bikes with the gold valves and they were ok but I'm used to forks with a better damping system.

    You're right about the brakes but I'm replacing the front wheel and brake because it weights a ton and doesn't fit in my new fork.
    When I bought the bike it had a master cylinder which was way too big for the caliper, so I need to change it anyway.
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  9. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    Thanks for the advice Mark.
    I always check the dealer prices first because I prefer original parts.
    Some parts I try to find second hand, like the rear frame.
    I found two on eBay but unfortunately that didn't work out…
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  10. Padmei

    Padmei enamoured

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    Is that a DR Big seat & guard?
    Someone had a pretty eclectic parts supply.
    have fun with it!
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  11. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    I'm going to replace the rear rim for an Excel 2.50"18 laced to the stock hub.
    I've just sent the hub to Haan Wheels and they'll take care of the rest.
    Sorry I don't have a link.
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  12. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    I own the bike for a little more than one week now and this is what I've done the day after I bought it…

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    A few hours later…

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    Again a few hours later…

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    At the end of the day :evil

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  13. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    On the sort of trips I would like to make (Mongolia, Russia) with this bike, I don't like to run into trouble because of things like this.
    On both sides they used 800 head gaskets… but the bike has a 1988 R100 engine.

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  14. hardwaregrrl

    hardwaregrrl Can't shoot straight Supporter

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    You guys don't get it......this is Prutsers better half. The last thing she will do is leave the bike alone!:lol3

    @Linda.....don't forget to list your G/S here Will you be bracing the frame as Bas did to the ST???
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  15. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    Beam(st)er, what kind or brand is the boxes (and where do you get them)you use for storing your engine parts? I always keep everything separated but in good old cardboard, needless to say they don't hold up long.
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  16. Ben Carufel

    Ben Carufel Boxer Addict

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  17. Airhead Wrangler

    Airhead Wrangler Long timer Supporter

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    Yeah I think she knows somebody that works there. :D
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  18. jellycow

    jellycow NX NX NX NX NX NX NX NX NX

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    For some reason I like the look of that rearend. What is it from and are you going to use it or replace by something more OEM?
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  19. Beam(st)er

    Beam(st)er Miss Adventurer

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    I won't forget, I'll register the bike when it's done.
    I will take the risk without the bracing because I'm not going to make it higher than stock.

    The boxes are made by Engels
    http://www.engels.eu

    It's a custom made rear frame which bolts straight on to the main frame and all the plastic parts say KTM on the inside.
    I'm not going to use it, I really like the original looks so that's what I'm aiming for.
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  20. WVhillbilly

    WVhillbilly Long timer

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    All is have is :lurk
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