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Old 05-06-2009, 02:47 AM   #16
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Quite possibly, but I own this one and ewan or his mate have already done a dakar gs?????? So maybe this will be a new one, I am sure someone will correct me on that.......
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Old 05-06-2009, 02:49 AM   #17
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I may have sourced a dead dual projector headlight unit to pilfer bits from so things keep falling into my lap.....yippee!!!!!
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Old 05-06-2009, 07:41 AM   #18
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Congratulations on a very creative engineering job and a sweet looking bike as a result
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:11 PM   #19
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Have you thought about making the wheels tubeless by sealing the spokes?
Couple ways to go with it. Have you looked into it?

Changing a tubed front flat on the road isn't too bad, but a rear can be tough.
I'd for sure do the rear wheel.

Maybe leave the front tubed as this is a bit tricky. But I would suggest using SLIME or Ultra Seal in any case in your tubes. Even though this may not totally prevent a flat, it can slow sudden air loss.

This is nice mid corner whilst leaned over hard at about 70 mph.

Good luck .... looks good.
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Old 05-08-2009, 12:05 AM   #20
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I haven't looked at it but.........70 mph.........
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Old 05-08-2009, 04:40 PM   #21
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You haven't lived until you experience a high speed front flat with tubed tires.
What happens is ALL AIR Leaves nearly instantly. Next thing you know your riding on the rim. If leaned over in a corner at speed ... well this is not an ideal situation.
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:39 PM   #22
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update

I am getting ABS sheets delivered tomorrow so we can begin the front end.

But......

I am undecided about the rear end. Originally I was planning a dual exhaust but after a short look under the left hand side, this plan was scuttled.

But this morning I had a look again at the standard headers and I am once again thinking of making a single exhaust at the rear, then fabricating new lower subframe rails and manufacture a kind of hard rear pannier (not fuel tank) similar to 690's in the below link;

http://www.rallye-tenere.net/KTM690.htm

Looking and doing some quick measurements round the swing arm and rear end I think its realistically possible even doing it in the backyard. I still have to mount up the battery box which has rotated 90 degrees to fit the ZX9r rear shock, necessitating a new undertray. I was going to use the old one but I'll just make a new one out of the ABS arriving tomorrow. should be easy compared to the other plans.

Thoughts about the point of modifying the rear subframe to gain space etc.... would be appreciated. Just for peoples knowledge;

1. I am not planning on attempting the dakar or anything close
2. This is an engineering project for fun and enjoyment
3. I dont plan that this will remarkablly increase the ability of the dl offroad
(although it may)
4. This also is clearly not everyones cup of tea, but since its on this site I have to expect ideas (liked or disliked), and I can't be precious about my ideas....


Having said all that, blast away.....
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:42 PM   #23
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dreaming link...

The website listed has some amazing work and utter obsessional engineering, but well worth the look. Also acts as a bit of an inspiration......
http://durbahn.de/
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Old 05-10-2009, 09:44 PM   #24
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the ride...

I have had a few emails about the ride......well its all still in bits so at the moment I have only sat on it......... I'll add more once I go for a spin..
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:29 PM   #25
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I got the ABS plastic sheet this morning (8 x 4 foot) so work hopefully will comence on the fairings in the next couple of days. My cousin who has worked with the material said it can nearly be used like cardboard as a template, so hopefully the project can move along with some steam now......
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Old 05-13-2009, 07:06 PM   #26
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Stripped the front fairings and lights etc off this morning. The light unit with instruments and surrounds comes in at just under 6.5 kilos....hopefully I can lose some weight there. Decided to leave the rear subframe design as original although lose tabs and other mounts points that aren't needed for the attachment points.....hopefully I'll have some more pics by next week of some progress????? Bloody cold at the mo......
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Old 05-13-2009, 08:13 PM   #27
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Ignoramous question...

Is there any advantage to spoked rims over the cast, other than looks?

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P.S. It does look kick@$$ though!
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Old 05-13-2009, 10:59 PM   #28
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From posts I have read some people believe there is advantages, some people believe there isn't?????? personally I don't know as of yet as I haven't ridden the bike with the new rear, front seems fine so far.

but as you said, looks cool I think, and well I needed a project, and I think the end result for me is going to be worth it....
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Old 05-13-2009, 11:09 PM   #29
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the front end

Heres some pics of the front end where the mounts of the new headlights will be. Also is another of the front without all the plastics attached...
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