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Old 12-09-2012, 12:03 PM   #1561
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... no unfortunately they are NOT the same!
2003-2006 models have different mounting for skid plate than newer models.
Not to mention... we also have the popular 1998-2000 MK1 and the 2001-2002 MK1 (both with carburettor) which are different too regarding the mountings...!
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Old 01-01-2013, 06:38 PM   #1562
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First ride of 2013 Happy New Year to all Varadero riders

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Old 01-02-2013, 07:33 PM   #1563
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First ride of 2013 Happy New Year to all Varadero riders

Dang I like those bikes. Wish we had them in the states
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:34 PM   #1564
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Patrick, you are one crazy feller....goodwin said your an amazing rider....to see you take the vera through that....WOW....hopfully you get down here to newfoundland soon!...
Lot's of fun on the demo
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Old 01-07-2013, 01:50 PM   #1565
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Front Suspension

I wanted to put some extra pre-load on the forks springs and was surprised the right side had a spacer about 1.5 inches long and the left side had nothing. Both forks springs were the same length. Is one side for damping and the other side for compression? Thanks for your help. Cheers, Bruce
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Old 01-14-2013, 07:05 PM   #1566
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Greetings my fellow Varadero riders. Photo taken in upper Manhattan, New York City, USA!

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Old 01-14-2013, 08:25 PM   #1567
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Greetings my fellow Varadero riders. Photo taken in upper Manhattan, New York City, USA!

Looking good
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:33 PM   #1568
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I wanted to put some extra pre-load on the forks springs and was surprised the right side had a spacer about 1.5 inches long and the left side had nothing. Both forks springs were the same length. Is one side for damping and the other side for compression? Thanks for your help. Cheers, Bruce
Its normal for one side to have a spacer and the other not to, the forks are different internally. If you want to stiffen the front end you can add additional spacers or better yet install stiffer aftermarket springs. Another trick that I've seen used is to use an appropriately sized engine valve spring instead of a spacer. Valve springs are typically quite a bit stiffer than fork springs and so function similarly to a spacer but with a little more protection against coil bind in the fork spring by adding a little extra movement at full compression.
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:05 PM   #1569
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hello, im pedro from Portugal.
my motorcycle is an Honda Varadero 1000 .
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Old 01-21-2013, 03:10 PM   #1570
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Old 03-01-2013, 06:42 AM   #1571
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My new roadwarrior.
Honda Varadero XL 1000 SO (Super Offroad)




(This is a sketch)
During construction, is expected to be test-run 1/5 13
Marzocchi fork 45x270mm
Excel 19 "and 21"
Custom-built saddle.
New lightweight exhaust pipe and silencer.
estimated weight of the first phase around 200 kg empty.
Red / Silver.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:11 AM   #1572
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Very interesting project, but to be honest, I think your weight estimate is a bit optimistic.
However, I am so looking forward to see it!
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:41 AM   #1573
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Very interesting project, but to be honest, I think your weight estimate is a bit optimistic.
However, I am so looking forward to see it!
Sorry I forgot to tell you that the original weight empty is 216.4 kg at my 2001 (if my scale function correctly, and it is 220 kg in the registration certificate, recent model with abs o 6 gears weighs around 260 kg) just to change exhaust, fork, brakes (from 2 big calipers with combination pump and valves, triple hoses, etc. etc.., to a small light ktm 950 see calipers) and wheels with double dics and heavy chain sprocket is probably more than 16 kg, so around 200 kg is not impossible i think.

In this phase, the first step, it's okay, weighing around 200 kg in the next leg, with new alu rear frame, upgraded air filter, maybe a smaller gas tank, plastic, etc., I am aiming for 195 kg approx. Phase two begins now I November-December 2013.

Photo from the scale comes when our snow and cold is gone.







This tour goes on a 245 kg bike with 19 "front wheel so I'm not worried about the weight, weight challenges me to drive with driving technique rather than the routine.

Please ... Listen a little extra on engine noise!
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Old 03-02-2013, 07:41 AM   #1574
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It's entirely possible BUT you will have to chop off much more than your sketch showing and add some.
If weight is importan - CF sump guard is a must for that motor.
Tank is not lightest one too.
Footpegs assemblies kinda fragile and massive at same time - can be easily replaced by machining simpler ones and making same tabs for swingarm axle.
Fully agree - rear hub is lead heavy, but twin disks are not really culprit. Rear wheel as you probably noticed caryy XX more weight because of sprocket carrier. Calipers are not light ones thou and nice Beringer etc. would save a lot of weight.
It would be great if you can turn that Battlecruiser into Starfighter :) I always wanted to do it myself, but did not come across cheap accident Vara.


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Old 03-02-2013, 09:36 AM   #1575
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Ghostbrother, it would be really nice to know the weight of rolling frame (engine+frame+suspension+wheels), if its not too much of a hussle for you.
As a reference, the weight of a 950SE without fuel and with lightweight mufflers is around 180 kg. If you manage to keep it at 200Kg dry you will end up with a very interesting ride, but like Bluesman said, you will have to get the hacksaw ready.
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