Originally Posted by Ras Thurlo
was asking about mounting one of these 1200 bad boys onto an airhead. Had just never seen this come up as a topic, maybe for good reason...
A few reasons:
- The swingarm bolts are not in the center of the gearbox anymore, but offset.
- The final drives are more likely to fail, where the 11XX ones are basically the same design as the paralever ones. (bearing wise).
- There's also only very tall gear ratio's with the 1200 final drives. The R850's and early R1100RS bikes have got the same ratio as the R80GS and R100GS.
BTW, Increasing suspension travel and keeping the bike the same height is also very difficult...