Originally Posted by klatelm
With all due respect, why would n't you build up a 530 or an ex Dakaro bike? Cutting that bike up is kinda like taking a sawzall to a 1957 Oval window Volkswagen and making into a baja bug. Don't get me wrong I'm American and I like hot rodding shit. Maybe I'm jealous of such a beautiful bike.
I'm not cutting it up, just adding to it! Most of the mods have to do with ERGONOMICS ( I'm 6'3"). (Pegs, Bars, Seat).
Springing the bikes suspension is the 1st thing that needed to be done in order for it to work properly (I'm 210#). An undersprung bike rides like crap.
I already own a Stabilizer- so just needed to mount the tower (that's the only piece that was cut.) Running a bike in Baja without a stabilizer is like wrestling a bull by the horns for 1000+ miles. I did it last year, and wont do it again.
What else... the CARB. The BST stocker made the bike run like a moped. The FCR41 Carb makes it a real gravel scratcher.
I rode a 530 last year and got passed like I was standing still by guys on 640's on most of the course. The 530 was a GREAT bike, but the 640 has the fuel capacity and engine oomph to take my sorry rear end to the finish in comfort and reliability.