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Old 03-08-2011, 08:33 PM   #1
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anyone convert a street bike to a dual sport?

I have been thinking about buying a cheap street bike and modifing it to be 80% on road 20% off. If anyone has done this and has pics please post them so I can get some ideas thanks
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:31 PM   #2
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I have a work in progress right now..

hopefully by the end of the week can show you the final product..




Niko is keeping an eye on the project..

BTW, paid $540 for the bike.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:39 PM   #3
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There is all kinds of them, in the Beasts sub-forum.
Ninja dirtbikes,
Versys,
even a few Harleys.
Welcome to the asylum.
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Old 03-10-2011, 08:32 AM   #4
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Niko is keeping an eye on the project..
Niko is thinking to himself...."I'm not sure this is such a good idea...I mean, after he's gone, who's gonna feed me, walk me, and scoop my poops?"
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:25 AM   #5
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Maybe defining one's opinion of "dual sport" is in order. If it's nothing more than a semi-rough dirt road, then something like this can be a decently fun project. Being honest with one's self, it's obvious that many bikes that could be candidates for this kind of project could literally shake themselves to death in a manner in which they were never designed to operate. Also, something that might start out appearing to be a low cost and fun experiment can end up being a painful and expensive project. I know I'm sounding like the proverbial wet blanket, but the variables in something like this can be huge.

I think back to "Geek's" modded VT500 Honda over on the "Rockies" forum as an example. He's a pretty savvy motorcycle guy who pursued a very "different" DS project with that bike and ended up riding it in some fairly gnarly places. I'd suggest going to that forum and searching for all posts by Geek related to that bike. Maybe even a PM could shed more light on the pros and cons of such an effort. It's important to remember that he had other motorcycles to seriously pursue his riding needs.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:35 AM   #6
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TonyMorr is THE MAN when it comes to this. There's a few of his tasteful creations on this site.

Check it: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=319441
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Old 03-10-2011, 11:07 AM   #7
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I have been thinking about buying a cheap street bike and modifing it to be 80% on road 20% off. If anyone has done this and has pics please post them so I can get some ideas thanks
I think Juanjo_NY interprets 20% off road to be sidewalk.
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Old 03-14-2011, 04:49 PM   #8
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I think Juanjo_NY interprets 20% off road to be sidewalk.

anyway.. at least I have the 20% off road tires..;)

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Old 03-14-2011, 05:03 PM   #9
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Till you get a piece of gravel in that open timing belt. Then eat the valves.
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Old 03-14-2011, 05:11 PM   #10
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Till you get a piece of gravel in that open timing belt. Then eat the valves.
true.
that's temporary, have the covers painted black ready to go back in..

this was my previous GL1100..

can't wait to try that with this tires..:)
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