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Old 08-15-2014, 08:05 AM   #1
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Want to build a stripped street bike, what donor bike?

I need a new project, I have been thinking how much fun my DR650 would be if it was a supermoto but don't really like the supermoto look.
I would like to build something that is a bare bones street machine.
My criteria to start would be,
-Carbureted to keep the electronics simple, not opposed to liquid cooled but an air cooled motor would also keep things simple.
I need as big a motor as possible to haul my 230 lb. bulk.
Something that is easily obtainable.
Another DR650?
An older Honda XL600?
Any recommendations???
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Old 08-15-2014, 09:02 AM   #2
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Suzuki S40 if you don't mind a thumper. And if you want to keep the bike carbed, I would want it to be a thumper. Rebuilding 4 carbs are a pain but yanking one carb and cleaning it up is a breeze. It's pricey but the RYCA kits for the S40 are cooooool.

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Old 08-15-2014, 09:09 AM   #3
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+1 on the S40, it's a great bike and as simple as you get. It's not easy to get your hands on one though, most dealers don't carry them and used ones are somewhat scarce. Be forewarned though, it's definitely got the cruiser traits (rake, cornering, etc.) so you'll definitely need to modify the front at least to get some better riding characteristics. Also +1 on the RYCA kit, they've always looked awesome.
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:32 PM   #4
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Thank you but that motor seems a bit wimpy and I will be doing all the fabrication myself, ne need for a kit.
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:44 PM   #5
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XR600 cafe, Ive seen a 400 but a 6 would be better. Light, durable, tons of aftermarket go fast goods plus supermoto 17" wheels, brakes ect. Also options to swap a CR500 motor in for sweet corner exit drifts.....good luck
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:51 PM   #6
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any.
either what you have already or an opportunity.
this is the method i use & it keeps cost under control.
decide how little or big of motor you can live with.
a 350 or 400 single has adequate power for non-racing use.
i continue to downsize & it keeps getting more fun
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:56 PM   #7
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Any of the big-bore Japanese thumpers would make for a fun, lightweight street machine. Basically you can just take your pick of what's available near you for a good deal.

I'd prefer air-cooled for this kind of project, personally. You're going to be changing pretty much the whole aesthetic of the bike, and not having to deal with relocating radiators and plumbing will make things a little easier and simpler.

Edit: Some of the thumpers available in the US were also available as street bikes elsewhere. I'd love to have an SG350, the roadgoing version of the DR350:

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Old 08-15-2014, 06:33 PM   #8
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What about a KLR650?
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:20 PM   #9
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I'm gonna say Yamaha TT, XT, XS, SR, ST... 500, 550, 600. there are performance parts available as well as Street Tracker kits and other parts (ya never know.... might need pipes, tank, etc). it's been done a fair bit, but always room for a new interpretation. I had an TT500 and a xt550.... good strong engines. the 550 & 600 have a bizzaro 2 bbl carb though... hard to get right if you dick with the exhaust.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:48 PM   #10
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There are some cheap '96-up ATK 605s out there for sale. One in Maine for $1000 recently had me thinking.
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Old 08-16-2014, 05:43 AM   #11
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ATK 605 Rotax, yes that's a great motor!
Why 96 and up though?
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:39 AM   #12
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How about an XR650L
I went from this....


To this...



She's fast and sweet to ride. Air cooled and relatively maintenance free. On the road, I get more looks than any bike I own.
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:42 AM   #13
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yikes
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Old 08-16-2014, 08:51 AM   #14
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I usually cringe when I see the term "XRL donor bike", BUT yours is very well done. I like it!
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Originally Posted by Motomochila View Post
How about an XR650L
I went from this....
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To this...



She's fast and sweet to ride. Air cooled and relatively maintenance free. On the road, I get more looks than any bike I own.
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:59 AM   #15
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ATK 605 Rotax, yes that's a great motor!
Why 96 and up though?
Wouldn't have to be '96 up, there just seems to be more of them available. That period also has the wild "banana" frame.
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