|04-14-2008, 12:19 PM||#1|
'81 R80 G/S, '74 R90S
Joined: Apr 2005
Location: New Mexico
preparing an airhead for RTW
I will be leaving in July on a 14 month solo trip, heading west around the world. My bike, Jesse, is coming together, and I hope to have her on the road in a month to be ready for testing.
Here's what I started with:
I had done a lot of work on the bike preparing it for South America, but after that trip, I discovered that many improvements were necessary. For starters, I wanted to replace the front end, so I decided to use WP 50mm Extreme forks, shortened and revalved, and custom clamps (designed by R-dubb), a talon hub and excel rim, galfer 270mm rotor and KTM Brembo caliper, BRP mounts with a ProTaper handlebar. I added a brace to the right side of the subframe (the left is supported by the muffler) and strengthened the shock mount.
I got an odd-sized fleece seat cover for $20 on ebay and sewed it to fit. I'm still waiting on my transmission rebuild (having trouble finding a gear).
I designed and stitched together a pair of tank bags made of 7-8 oz. leather, and they turned out great.
If anyone needs any advice on making leather bags, I'd be glad to help. This was my first leather project, and a friend of mine who owns a leather shop advised me on tools, materials, and stitching that saved me a lot of time and trouble.
I bought a fairing and headlight from a wrecked BMW K75C, repaired it, modified the mounting pieces, tinted and painted the windshield, and am making an aluminum dashboard. I thought about removing the signal housings on the sides of the fairing and fiberglassing the gap, as I feel like damage to them is inevitable, but I have the signals already and I like the extra support of the mounting piece on the back of the fairing. The stock G/S headlight is 5" in diameter. This bad boy is over 7".
- frame and many other parts painted with POR-15 chassis coat and topcaot
- PD tank and seat
- thunderchild diode board
- rebuilt final drive
- 1000cc cylinders (nikasil from an R100GS)
- reworked heads
- peanut valve covers
- rebuilt gearbox w/ long 5th gear
- custom front wheel (talon/excel)
- custom front end w/ WP 50mm Extreme forks
- extended rear rack
- ProTaper handlebars
- galfer ss brake line
- aluminum bash plate
- lowered footpegs
- Cagiva exhaust
- aluminum exhaust pipe protection
- Ohlins rear shock
- lots of stainless parts from Boxer Toko
- custom aluminum sidecases and rack
- reinforced rear shock mount and subframe
TRIP PLANNING THREAD IS HERE
roadsacallin screwed with this post 04-14-2008 at 12:24 PM
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