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Old 04-24-2013, 02:23 PM   #1321
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I find a low-mileage 82 Virago 920 (and yes I know about the starter issues) that had been sitting for about a year (because it was beginning to give him starter issues...shocker there!) and was stripped down in the process of becoming one UGLY bobber...long story short, the guy trucks it over...it had some TERRIBLE homemade straight pipes made out of galvanized car exhaust tube and pinched at the end to kind of resemble fishtails, I told him it's going to cost me about $150 to put factory exhaust back on...he knocks that off the asking price, so I hand over $350 cash.

Anywho...let's try and keep this going so I can feed my addiction! hahaha
Sounds like an excellent start for a great ADV bike build!
I have always liked the 920 engine and have thought it could be a great bike once the ugly is stripped away.

Like this bike at the One Motorcycle Show:



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Old 04-25-2013, 08:10 AM   #1322
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Reading the forum rules, I think this is ok to post a link:

http://lefthandcycles.blogspot.com/p...torcycles.html

I'm kind of shooting for something like the CB750 that LHC built, only focusing more on function than form. If you look closely at that pretty machine...it has no rear brake! but the reversible rear wheel to change gearing is certainly a different take on the two-sprocket idea (I almost did dual sprockets on my TW).

I think tonight I'm going to try taking some pictures of the mostly torn-apart VX. Last night the exhaust came in, and the DT100 rear fender as well. Looks like I have some hammering and welding to do!

I'm still debating on either picking up a set of crash bars from ebay to modify, or custom-building my own crashbar/skidplate (my manual tubing bender sucks so not looking forward to that).

RE: the One Motorycle Show bike...that's Classified Moto's take two on the VX920

http://www.bikeexif.com/yamaha-xv920

I kind of prefer the more raw appeal of the first edition:

http://www.bikeexif.com/1982-yamaha-virago

I do like the two-into-one exhaust better on the re-do though.

UPDATE: Started a build thread.
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Old 06-22-2013, 10:19 PM   #1323
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my 1981 Honda CM400e

I got this bike last year and it has been in storage other than periodic starts and rides.

I was going to maybe make it more cafe bike but would rather make it into a dirt road/fire road bike.

I have ordered some decals and am thinking yellow fenders, tank, side covers. PO had spray painted the frame and wheels/spokes black.

Once I get the painting going i will post more pics. But this is what the bike looks like with side covers off. I do have the side covers but they have broken tabs. I have started learning about plastic welding and repairs using ABS cement and ABS powder.

Mechanically the bike runs perfect, got a carb rebuild by a pro, new tires, etc.

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Old 06-23-2013, 05:35 AM   #1324
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I got this bike last year and it has been in storage other than periodic starts and rides.

I was going to maybe make it more cafe bike but would rather make it into a dirt road/fire road bike.

I have ordered some decals and am thinking yellow fenders, tank, side covers. PO had spray painted the frame and wheels/spokes black.

Once I get the painting going i will post more pics. But this is what the bike looks like with side covers off. I do have the side covers but they have broken tabs. I have started learning about plastic welding and repairs using ABS cement and ABS powder.

Mechanically the bike runs perfect, got a carb rebuild by a pro, new tires, etc.

Thanks,
Simba
Personally I think that is a great platform to build a D/S bike. I was looking for one of these for my wife to do just that. (I'm sure she would like the auto trans version).

Keep us posted - or post link if you do a specific build thread.
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Old 06-27-2013, 09:24 AM   #1325
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Yep, after two trips through Mexico and lots of daily commuting I'm going to cut up my 2005 Aprilia Tuono. I'm getting inspiration from the bikes the Icon1000 guys are building and the guys in this thread. Sort of Mad Max meets dual sport, but this wasteland warrior will have 6 speeds, 130 horsepower and a redline of 10k.

Starting with this...




Continental TKC80s arrived in the mail yesterday...





Inspired by these...













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Old 06-27-2013, 10:47 PM   #1326
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Yep, after two trips through Mexico and lots of daily commuting I'm going to cut up my 2005 Aprilia Tuono. I'm getting inspiration from the bikes the Icon1000 guys are building and the guys in this thread. Sort of Mad Max meets dual sport, but this wasteland warrior will have 6 speeds, 130 horsepower and a redline of 10k.
That is really gonna be a Beast for sure!
Be sure to start a build thread, it's gonna look awesome with TKCs for a start
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Old 06-28-2013, 07:48 AM   #1327
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That is really gonna be a Beast for sure!
Be sure to start a build thread, it's gonna look awesome with TKCs for a start
I sure will.

This was the last trip to Mexico in it's native form...

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Old 06-28-2013, 11:44 AM   #1328
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Holy inseam Batman!!
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Old 06-28-2013, 11:50 AM   #1329
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This...



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Build thread still in progress. Suspension upgrades coming soon. XR650R Forks and 16.5" Progressive Shock in back.
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Old 06-28-2013, 12:22 PM   #1330
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Holy inseam Batman!!
I'd need a ladder.
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:50 PM   #1331
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Minimalist TW200 in Kyoto Japan

No details, but it was nicely built and ran well when he left:

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to this:

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Old 07-04-2013, 06:13 AM   #1332
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Not really a convert. The bike was stolen and trashed. So I stripped it down. The previous Suzuki is cool. Good forks, looks lke DRZ forks.The main problem with a conversion is the front forks. That is my current main limitation with this bike. True off road forks are generally longer. I would like to get something like CR500 forks, but they are too long. I really need the whole front end. Then don't make it too tall or the bike will be too top heavy. These forks are piston ? type. The newer cartridge ? forks are much better. If you are just going to fake it ? and really only ride the good roads, it doesn't matter but if you want a true dualsporter, you need to look carefully at how to solve the suspension problems.
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:47 AM   #1333
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Old 07-07-2013, 11:15 AM   #1334
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This really isn't a dual sport but I built it for my wife to run dirt roads.We are 2/3 of the way thru our 6,000 mile Alaskan trip,which has included over 800 miles of dirt/gravel roads so far.It's a 94 GS500










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Old 07-07-2013, 05:34 PM   #1335
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New name for the GS.Dirt Dobber
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