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Old 09-17-2012, 04:50 PM   #556
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....I had my riding position set up so I could comfortably stand up for many kilometres if I wanted to; it certainly helped banging over the corrugations in the Northern Territory some years ago.
Know what you mean.

There's 10" of suspension travel in your legs - great compensator for short travel suspension on the bike.

I prefer a low bike so I can windmill my way through tricky stuff.
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Old 09-26-2012, 05:42 PM   #557
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:49 PM   #558
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Know what you mean.

There's 10" of suspension travel in your legs - great compensator for short travel suspension on the bike.

I prefer a low bike so I can windmill my way through tricky stuff.
damned straight, the ground is sooo far away on my 640A
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:34 PM   #559
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I have rode TONS of dirt bike miles with four inches of travel. A jump up ahead? I have rode plenty enough in the dirt on beemers and real dirt bikes to reconize a pose when I see one. I enjoy seeing photos of poeple hauling ass and RIDING. Not posing. And lately I see more posing than anything else! It's a sad state of affairs if you ask me.
Nothing wrong in my book. If someone loves the sport enough to build or buy a custom bike more power to them.
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:53 PM   #560
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Starting.

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?

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ps: i am all new to this.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:25 AM   #561
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FR - I think I’ve seen every airhead variant used as a basis for a bike in this thread. Most of those would’ve come with an 18” rear, stock. It only gets tricky when you start with a paralever if you want an 18” wheel.

It would seem that a twin shock model might give you a greater range of options for longer suspension in the rear, but it’s do-able regardless. Just a matter of what you’ve got to start with and what parts you can get your hands on with the budget you have.

Find a bike and start from there. Also bear in mind that not everything you see here will function as well as it looks. That said, airheads have fairly long travel suspension as stock bikes, and people have been “scrambling” them since well before someone decided to call it that.
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Old 09-28-2012, 01:51 AM   #562
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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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Old 09-29-2012, 11:56 PM   #563
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FR - I think I’ve seen every airhead variant used as a basis for a bike in this thread. Most of those would’ve come with an 18” rear, stock. It only gets tricky when you start with a paralever if you want an 18” wheel.

It would seem that a twin shock model might give you a greater range of options for longer suspension in the rear, but it’s do-able regardless. Just a matter of what you’ve got to start with and what parts you can get your hands on with the budget you have.

Find a bike and start from there. Also bear in mind that not everything you see here will function as well as it looks. That said, airheads have fairly long travel suspension as stock bikes, and people have been “scrambling” them since well before someone decided to call it that.
Hi, that's for the info, but is 1978 or 1980 R80 a good start? I'd prefer spoke wheels. If you could give me a list that be good,

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Old 10-01-2012, 06:27 AM   #564
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Hi, that's for the info, but is 1978 or 1980 R80 a good start? I'd prefer spoke wheels. If you could give me a list that be good,

Thanks,
fR
what about a '79 R65?
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Old 10-01-2012, 11:33 AM   #565
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Old 10-02-2012, 06:33 PM   #566
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It is a /3 with a rare swingarm conversion. I beleive Hoske made them for the ISDT bikes. I know of one R-68 with the conversion here in the USA. It is not a marusho.
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:07 PM   #567
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Never seen this one before, but I really really like it. Anybody know anything about it?


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Old 10-04-2012, 09:48 AM   #568
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a like that
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Old 10-04-2012, 10:01 AM   #569
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Really like it.
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Old 10-04-2012, 05:46 PM   #570
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Just somthing about this one.......................love it.
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