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Old 09-28-2012, 02:51 AM   #562
R85/8
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Joined: Aug 2011
Location: Highlands Scotland
Oddometer: 243
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Originally Posted by Falcon Rust View Post
Hi,
if you wanted to to start with a bike which would be the best model?
I've read the DR650 forks are good, but do you need to modify the rear?
Can you have an 18" rear without extending the shaft?...
After riding an R850C which has a long swing arm (as opposed to the paralever on the later models) I would seriously consider extending the rear. It removes most of the undesirable aspects of the shaft drive.
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