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Old 08-05-2007, 07:35 PM   #61
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Check on the headlamp

So close. Headlamp, instrument cluster, and muffler. Oh yes, getting it titled. The frame is an ebay item I aquired without title last year. I went through the dance with the state after I restored an MGA. A bonded title should be easy. I hope.
More pics as soon as I have the rest figured out. Anyone have an old GS fuel tank lying around? Cash money.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:22 PM   #62
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exhaust collector can

After much searching I finally gave up trying to buy an exhaust sytem that would be proper for this project. "Let's make one", Noah exclaims with enthusiasm. Noah is our ace welder. So here we go. Bought a set of chrome header pipes on Ebay. Snipped off the ends that bend out to fit into low mufflers, and fabricated a collector box. Pictures follow.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:26 PM   #63
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Assembled can

Got a piece of 4" exhaust pipe, some flat 16 gauge. Squeezed the pipe oval, welded on ends. Muffler shop in Boulder bent us some 1 1/2" pipe that we then trimmed to fit. Cut tight fitting holes on sides and top of cannister, some of Noah's welding magic, voila - an exhaust can to fit an R65 system.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:28 PM   #64
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Will it fit?

Here it is, loosely attached to bike.
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Old 10-31-2007, 02:35 PM   #65
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Reverse view w/up pipe

A small Supertrapp on the end should do it. Took it for a ride and was pleasantly surprised that the bad flat spot on acceleration is now totally gone.
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Old 10-31-2007, 03:09 PM   #66
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Now, that's sweet!!!!
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Old 10-31-2007, 04:17 PM   #67
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Looks great alrighty.

I like thinking outside the box.

Heat sheild too maybe??

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Old 10-31-2007, 06:37 PM   #68
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Heat shield probably

Found that when I'm on it my left leg is clear of the pipe, but, a heatshield would be wise. There's a MC wrecking yard in Longmont that would probably have something than can be adapted. Tely you what, this project has been fun. Nothing like a restoration where things have to be "proper", correct part numbers, etc. And riding it - WAHOO!!!!
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:28 PM   #69
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Found that when I'm on it my left leg is clear of the pipe, but, a heatshield would be wise. There's a MC wrecking yard in Longmont that would probably have something than can be adapted. Tely you what, this project has been fun. Nothing like a restoration where things have to be "proper", correct part numbers, etc. And riding it - WAHOO!!!!
as long as your fabbing- maybe a piece that essentially just becomes a side cover. Uses the subframe upper and lower bolts?
Looks totally fantastic.
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Old 10-31-2007, 07:46 PM   #70
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Old 10-31-2007, 08:49 PM   #71
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I am thinking of doing this to my r65 this winter, really curious about how it changed handling, both on and off road. If I do this it will be used as a touring/adv bike so it still needs to handle well on pavement.

Any idea how much travel you are getting in the rear? How much more down angle does the swingarm have? About how much ground clearance do you have now?

Thanks, it looks awsome, just what I had in mind for mine.

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Old 11-01-2007, 06:32 AM   #72
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Rear suspension travel

Good Morning Ben. I haven't really measured the ground clearance, length of travel, swing arm angle, or the rest. It's mostly a "seat of the pants" testing. The rear suspension is very compliant when I first sit on it, but then stiffens as it compresses. I guess that the Progressive shocks/springs have something to do with that. So far, test riding on some fairly rough surfaces, at speed, the suspension has never bottomed out. It's always felt like it was in total control. To stiffen it I could add a few more coils to the rear springs. Something for future fine tuning. I'm looking real hard at the fork to frame angle. Steering is not very quick, so I'm thinking the angle has to be decreased. Maybe a snip and re-weld at the steering head. Keep the questions coming, theyre making be more aware of ways to make this toy even better.
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Old 11-01-2007, 06:46 AM   #73
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I'm looking real hard at the fork to frame angle. Steering is not very quick, so I'm thinking the angle has to be decreased. Maybe a snip and re-weld at the steering head. Keep the questions coming, theyre making be more aware of ways to make this toy even better.
Could you start by just raising the forks in the clamps?
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Old 11-01-2007, 07:49 AM   #74
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Fantastic stuff, Udo!! Love the exhaust!
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Old 11-01-2007, 04:22 PM   #75
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I wonder if stiffer rear springs would help the steering by getting rid of some sag? or maybe a lift block on the shocks to raise the rear. Seems better then raising the fork tubes since it would increase ground clearance. Might even be as easy as a taller profile rear tire.

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