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Old 01-20-2007, 05:49 AM   #46
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Old 01-20-2007, 08:08 AM   #47
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Really great work, Eric. Have you thought about doing any mods to increase the fuel capacity?
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:11 AM   #48
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That is some impressive work.
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Old 01-20-2007, 11:53 AM   #49
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If those holes are working okay for you than what I have planned should work. I have a borrowed hole punch, a roll of exhaust wrap and stainless ties all laying on my bench, so the timing of the info is perfect. I really wanted to put slots in the pan instead of holes (they would look better) but there is no way to mount the pan in a mill and I don't know anyone with a plasma cutter I could borrow (and I don't really want to spend eight or ten hours making them with a file either).

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I agree with the idea of drill holes at the end and connect the dots with a cut off wheel. A die grinder 3" cutoff works for shorter slots, and a 4" right angle grinder with a cutoff mounted works for longer ones. You could also end drill and use a jig saw to connect them. Don't forget you are working with aluminum. I use my table saw and routers with carbide cutters on 6061 frequently. I think I remember your plate being .125 so hand slotting should be easy with any above method. btw, since I put holes in my .250 plate as an after thought, I used hole saws from my woodworking boxes.

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Old 01-20-2007, 01:42 PM   #50
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Great job. It looks great and it improves function. True craftsmanship.
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Old 01-20-2007, 09:51 PM   #51
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First I have to say "THANKS!" for all the kind comments

I have some scrap left over from the bash pan so I am going to try out some of the suggestions made regarding putting slots in. I am nervous about it because that pan was time consuming to make and I don't want to screw it up. The idea of a plasma cutter appeals to me because you just make up a form and run the cutter around in it, no real chance to get it crooked, no real time spent cleaning it up with a file. I will report back the results (or lack of) when I give it a try on monday.

I am thinking that a regular 3 inch cutting wheel may be too big for the size slots I need.....but I also have a Dremel tool with a 1.25 cutting wheel that may work too.

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Old 01-21-2007, 01:13 AM   #52
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Man,what a great job.If it was parked in my garage I would be smilin' too!
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:11 PM   #53
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Man that looks sweet. I really dig that two headlight set up. So much cooler that the TT stuff. I've a 2005 Dakar.

The thing I keep dreaming about changing is going to a single exhaust can (like you did) and using the other side for additional fuel. You seem to have the skills... get on it man. I'll take the second generation one... I'm sure you'd have others... Might defeat the purpose of your lightening through.

I've got the Happy Trails panniers with Pelicans... Hanging fuel from that inside pannier location seems like the fix... rather than the outside location like all the current PD rally bikes. Already surrounded with the pannier cage for protection and all.

Sweet Job man!
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Old 01-21-2007, 10:16 PM   #54
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Very, very nice job!

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Old 01-21-2007, 11:10 PM   #55
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Yow Eric!!! To say that you're extremely talented would be a huge understatement. I'm truly in awe at the modifications that you've made.
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Old 02-02-2007, 04:08 PM   #56
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Oh Great !!!!

I was just thinking to myself how good my (newish to me) Dakar 650 looks. And now you come along and roll out an eye popper - How do you sleep at night ?


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Old 02-02-2007, 05:02 PM   #57
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Eric,

What would it cost to retain your expert services to give my beloved transalp a similar facelift?
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Old 02-02-2007, 11:27 PM   #58
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Eric,

What would it cost to retain your expert services to give my beloved transalp a similar facelift?
Jas,

Give a TA a facelift? They are incredably good looking bikes with no help at all. Plus they are kinda rare (in the US) so they get plenty of attention too. I thought long and hard about getting one myself instead of doing the Dakar project.

One off work is prohibitively expensive to have done. Even just workman quality fit and finish like what my bike has is ridiculously costly. For the cost of a one off project like mine you could buy a KTM 950. It does not make any sense unless you really enjoy the work and do it yourself (which I do!)

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Old 02-03-2007, 08:36 AM   #59
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Jas,

Give a TA a facelift? They are incredably good looking bikes with no help at all. Plus they are kinda rare (in the US) so they get plenty of attention too. I thought long and hard about getting one myself instead of doing the Dakar project.

One off work is prohibitively expensive to have done. Even just workman quality fit and finish like what my bike has is ridiculously costly. For the cost of a one off project like mine you could buy a KTM 950. It does not make any sense unless you really enjoy the work and do it yourself (which I do!)

Eric
Not to worry- even if i had the talent, i don't have the money!

I really like the looks of my '87 (and also the looks i get when i ride it!), but i'm a bit of a tinkerer and, as my fiance keeps telling me, i just can't leave well enough alone! When i see large scale projects like yours (and the absolutely beautiful results) it just gets the imagination going. Builds like yours are why i love this site. Keep up the great work, and keep sharing your results with us. Can't wait to see what you come up with next!
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Old 02-03-2007, 10:22 AM   #60
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Eric,
How many hours you think you put into the project?
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