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Old 06-28-2007, 10:42 AM   #46
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Looks unreal mate.

Long time lurker and R65 rider, you've coaxed me out to make a post.

Would love to do somethin simmilar, can't wait to see how it tests.
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Old 07-04-2007, 10:24 AM   #47
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Udo????? I realize things like work, life and family get in the way but we are waiting for an update.....
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:52 AM   #48
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Not abandoned

No, haven't abandoned the project. Yes, work has been in the way. The shop is slammed with cages needing repairs, maintenance, work. The crew is taking turns going on vacations, and I'm up to my ears.
But, a tach, speedo, and a few other bits are on the way - want to have it running within the next week. The sub-frame supports have me hung up. Trying to bend 3/4" thin wall tubing to clear the rear shocks. Bought a Harbor Freight hydraulic pipe bender with the hope of bending smooth curves - Not. The tubing kinks every try, even filled with sand, heating, cussing. Need to get a line on a local who can do mandrel bending.
More pics this week.
Anyone been following Lonestar's thread riding a R1100GS from Texas to Montana? He stopped at the shop on his way through here. Nice guy and a great ride report. Here's the link:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...20#post4863020

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Old 08-03-2007, 04:05 PM   #49
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Progress at last

Had some free time so I got myself motivated to make this beast a rider. The seat frame supports had us hung up for awhile. Didn't think that part would be so difficult. Have you ever tried bending 3/4" thin wall steel tubing without kinking it? Finally had a buddy bend some thick wall tubing to shape and was able to make the supports. To join the supports to the stubs I left after cutting off the old supports I used some 3/4" ID sections as collars. Able to then braze everything together. A grinder will clean them up nicely before powder coating.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:09 PM   #50
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Seat support

The back of the R80ST seat needed something to keep it from moving backwards and coming off. The front has a tab that slides under the rear/bottom of the tank. So, some more 1/8" metal fabrication. Work real slick.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:12 PM   #51
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Ignition switch

Till I figure out how to mount the tach, speedo, warning lights I needed to somehow fasten the ignition switch. A simple bracket bolted to the triple tree works just fine.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:17 PM   #52
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A runner

Here's a shot of the bike, ready for a good road test. Right now the exhaust is wide open, waiting to fabricate a y-pipe, two into one to a Supertrapp muffler high at the right side. I had guessed at the ignition timing and found it right on when I checked it with a light. Carbs also work fine, right out of the box. Better lucky than good. I'll make final adjustments once I have the exhaust completed.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:19 PM   #53
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Another view

Almost ready for disassembly for the "make pretty" phase.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:26 PM   #54
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Road test

At first, carefully, gingerly, fearfully, took it up and down the road. Slowly, and then faster and faster. What a gas. At first the longer front caster felt a little weird, but soon got used to it. The suspension is very compliant, but never bottomed out. The test track is a very rutted, washboardy dirt and rock road next to the shop. No problem. I had Noah, our most experienced dirt rider take it out. He loves it. And this is from a Harley trained mechanic. Here he is at speed.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:29 PM   #55
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More fuzzy at speed

The engine has a flat spot at lower RPM's. Should be OK after we put on a muffler and do final tuning. Even with that, you can feel the torque in that small frame. It feels like wheelies should come easy.
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Old 08-03-2007, 04:44 PM   #56
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Buell bits are usually reasonably priced and durable. Lights turn sigs. OEM sportbike mufflers are usually cheap and sturdy if heavy. Keep thinking of gsxr 1000 05-06 but Ducati or sv (1000 had twin pipes?) or such. or ebay.
Beautiful.
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Old 08-03-2007, 08:57 PM   #57
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Almost ready for disassembly for the "make pretty" phase.
Well Done Udo

One approach you could used was to come off the cross brace beneath the battery with the curve inside the shocks to the seat support. I imagine you tried that anyhow.

Coming together nicely

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Old 08-03-2007, 09:07 PM   #58
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Thats cool, man!


tell that guy to put a helmet on and pop a wheelie.
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Old 08-05-2007, 03:25 PM   #59
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Udo, fantastic, always great to see a project on the road again. That front end needs a big Baja Designs 8" headlight.
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Old 08-05-2007, 03:51 PM   #60
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That looks great. Please don't keep us in the dark. I can't wait to see it finished.
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