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Old 10-28-2012, 10:27 PM   #1381
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airhead dirtbike expert

I keep reading about HPN in Germany, Richard Moore in the UK, and Paul Rooney in Australia, and a few other airhead dirtbike experts in far-flung locales (from my viewpoint). Are there any "airhead dirtbike experts" here in the United States?

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Old 10-29-2012, 06:24 AM   #1382
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This is about the closest we have on this side of the pond:
http://www.classicbikemechaniker.com...as-desert-sled
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:16 PM   #1383
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Chris

Chris does all my frames and sort some of my bikes as I have too many and never have the time to work on them. He is in Alpine, Texas city that borders with the Big Bend National park.

He works on everything you need to be worked on from the most obscure brands to the japs. He just tuned an old moto morini camel that a friend of mine bought and did a wonderful job. He likes old style bikes, doesn't like electronics and is probably the best welder i have ever met. He is a certified Aviation welder.

He likes dualsport airheads and is a great rider. I definitely cant keep up with him as he rides his creations offroad. On my opinions, his bikes are more spartan, mine are more aesthetically pleasing. We often share ideas and enjoy riding together once a year.

Once upon a time there was group called the lost boys and they developed very basic elongated shaft-dual purpose beemers to be ridden in NW texas. Chris, Paul and Rich developed these early bikes. Chris eventually evolved the same bike during the last few years, perhaps by his strive for innovation or perhaps because i could show him what others were doing in the old pond with the same bikes.

He is a good friend. He is straight forward and like serious people. He doesn't like to loose his time with "sheizters."



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I keep reading about HPN in Germany, Richard Moore in the UK, and Paul Rooney in Australia, and a few other airhead dirtbike experts in far-flung locales (from my viewpoint). Are there any "airhead dirtbike experts" here in the United States?

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Old 11-10-2012, 01:25 PM   #1384
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I remember hearing stories about those Texas beemers.
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:29 PM   #1385
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I remember hearing stories about those Texas beemers.
If I remember right there are a few of his bikes pictured in this very thread if you can find the time to go back through all 93 pages of it.
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:29 AM   #1386
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Wrangler,

Dont go too far......you an expert..... you know a lot about these bikes....and it is not a compliment

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This is about the closest we have on this side of the pond:
http://www.classicbikemechaniker.com...as-desert-sled
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Old 11-11-2012, 07:49 AM   #1387
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you know a lot about these bikes....

...says the guy with probably the largest collection of offroad BMWs and parts in the Americas.
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Old 11-11-2012, 11:46 AM   #1388
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you are right

any jokes aside.....when someone goes through a total rebuilt and investigates alternatives like you did...i believe you qualify as an expert. Your total rebuilt is extremely well documented (something I dont like to do) and is not a simple restoration but a huge strive forward...so really...i believe you are an expert.....
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:40 AM   #1389
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Bumping this thread back up to its rightful place at the top of the pile.

Getting back on message and moving away from the recent Kumbaya-fest

Images courtesy of Desert Pistons:

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Old 12-09-2012, 07:04 AM   #1390
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WHAT is that THING on the far right?
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:01 AM   #1391
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Oilhead. Looks suitably modified though. Those forks are massive ..
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Old 12-09-2012, 02:50 PM   #1392
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Oilhead. Looks suitably modified though. Those forks are massive ..
R1100GS to be precise; by far the best of the oilheads.


BTW: Here`s my, not quite ready bike. I`ve posted pics of this bike everywhere else, very remiss of me to not post it here.




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Old 12-09-2012, 05:00 PM   #1393
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looking good Dave.
What's left to do?
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Old 12-09-2012, 05:27 PM   #1394
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Waiting on a muffler(s) to clear customs, then tune and rego.
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Old 12-09-2012, 08:49 PM   #1395
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Waiting on a muffler(s) to clear customs, then tune and rego.
And raised & recovered seat...
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