THE scrambler picture thread

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by Dorzok, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. mischief

    mischief misadventurer

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    When I sold bicycles, I came to realize that the best bike for a particular individual was the one they liked. Not the "best tool for the job" but the one that made them smile. Sometimes it is exactly about the less capable one. Like shoes, the ones you like get worn out, not the best ones. I like all the bikes. Some more than others, but it's really hard to find an actual "bad" one. So if someone wants to spend money and time making something I might not want to ride then good on them. I also happen to like the looks of fat tires, so that's what I choose to ride. These are some pix of the crap I've made and ride, I like them all

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  2. mischief

    mischief misadventurer

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    These two are my current favorites

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  3. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    I completely "get it"... dude. Also, nice heeler! They are the most awesome trail dogs. Mine has been with me cutting and maintaining trail for a long time. His left ear is dead because a rattlesnake bit it 2 years ago. He turned 10 yesterday.
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  4. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Yup, and the same reason some beat the hell out of their new GSs, because they can. It isn't always about being the fastest. But some whinny young fucks don't get that! :deal
  5. JCool

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    I certainly hope you aren't referring to me , I'm older than you are.
  6. mischief

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    I know it's easy to take things the wrong way here, and I apologize if anyone got their feelies hurt. My original comment was about the repetitive, boring, pointless, negative posts about the seats, the tires, the fenders, the kickstands. It just got old and I had a cranky moment. I think as a competitive model the scrambler failed long ago. It will never be as fast as a motocrosser or as versatile as a modern dual sport, or as fast as a sportbike, or as comfy as a tourer. The only aspect it can excel at is style, and that is ever evolving. There is another pix thread about vintage scramblers. I know everyone has opinions about what that style should be, so do I but I try not to just criticize what someone else likes. I don't necessarily like all the bikes posted here but I like the scrambler style and I like that others are keeping it going and evolving and I like seeing what others are coming up with. If I wanted to go fast or win a race I wouldn't ride a scrambler, I ride my version of one because it makes me happy and I would hope that everyone else does the same

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  7. snarlyjohn

    snarlyjohn Human money repellant

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    I'm just gonna have to admit that I don't get it and probably never will. I'll go back to my cave...
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  8. Mudclod

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  9. motu

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    It's the same for Cafes and Streettrackers - these days it's a look people want, and it has to look different from all the other scramblers, cafes, streettrackers and bobbers, form over function. A lot don't look riderable, but then I haven't ridden them so can't really comment on that. Then there is a small percentage that want the ergos and handling of that style, and build a bike they want to ride. I don't know where my bike fits in - I built a bike for gravel roads and tight twisty back roads. It has an XR Harley seat and flattrack bars, and I run the same size tyres front and rear...sort of between streettracker and scrambler - I had noticed my old twin shock dirttrack bike was great on gravel. Having spent some years on ADV bikes, I realised they are not that good on gravel, the weight needs to be lower and further forward, more work needs to be done by the front tyre. Anyway, it's not built for a certain ''look'' or style, it's built for me to ride and feel comfortable on.
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  10. JimVonBaden

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    Did you complain about old fucks?
  11. 2manyrides

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    Some 650 scrambling?

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    Don't laugh, it has the high pipes and a rear disc. Your kid could scramble all over the neighborhood!
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  12. ChopperCharles

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    Here ya go.

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    1979 CX500D frame with a 650 motor, GSXR 750 front end, modified with a monoshock rear end (GL500 swingarm, custom linkages, hayabusa shock, custom driveshaft), custom exhaust, custom wheel hubs, Warp-9 rims, and a ton of other mods. My "650 Street Scrambler"

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    1992 EX500 Ninja with longer rear shock (SV650 maybe?), forks slid down in the trees, drilled trees with risers and standard handlebars, all bodywork and bracketry removed, electronics and battery under the seat, 120/90/16 dual sport rubber front and rear. I did the seat cover and the deflector screen myself, with marine grade vinyl. This one's name is "Leo"... because it's blue... and... ninja turtles.

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  13. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    I dig the ninja.
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  14. ChopperCharles

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    Thanks! It basically needs a speedometer and then it's ready to go. Danmoto 180 is my plan.

    Charles.
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    I dig what ya have done to the cx500
  17. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    Did you alter the subframe? Looks like you've made a rack too?
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    I removed all the brackets that held on the bodywork and airbox and such, and welded a metal plate between the frame rails under the seat, to house all the electronics. Battery is tucked under the rear of the fuel tank, right beneath my nuts. The rear of the subframe where the taillight mounts has all been hacked apart, and a metal plate welded there to mount the license plate and the taillight. The rack is an aftermarket item made for the 1st gen EX500. I didn't make it, just bought it off of eBay. Shipped from Germany. There's a crash bar I want too, but I've only seen the chrome versions so far... and this bike is anti-chrome ;) I've never had good luck painting over chrome, so for now no crash bar.

    Thanks! It's a long, long labor of love. I started working on it in May 2010. It was rideable, but not finished by any means, in 2012. Took until 2013 until I had most of the bugs worked out. I have a whole notebook full of all the mods it took and which replacement parts to order. Stuff like bearing sizes, brake pad part numbers, which bike the levers came off of, service records, gas mileage, etc. There are so many one-off parts on this bike it's pretty much irreplaceable. Simple stuff like the radiator wings. They were GL1000 parts that I cut the middle out of and welded back together to shorten them so they fit the smaller CX650 radiator. After a bit of glass and bondo, and about 12 hours each, you can't tell that they were ever cut apart. They look stock! (Installed them because originally I had a high fender on the bike, which completely blocked radiator air flow. I only recently built a bracket so I can use a standard style fender on USD forks)

    Charles.
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