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Old 12-01-2008, 01:07 AM   #721
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Hi Stagehand!


You're one of the US Team on the GS Challenge??? You met some friend's of mine in Douz;-) The Blue/white was Carsten with his HPN the Orange one is Thomas with his Getter/GS

Had fun in Tunisia??

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Old 12-01-2008, 06:47 AM   #722
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Hi Stagehand!


You're one of the US Team on the GS Challenge??? You met some friend's of mine in Douz;-) The Blue/white was Carsten with his HPN the Orange one is Thomas with his Getter/GS

Had fun in Tunisia??

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No kidding!? I fell in love with those bikes. I didnt get a chance to speak to Carsten or Thomas much, but I bowed before them! We were running parallel routes from Tsar Ghulaine all the way to the Cafe du Desert. They were absolutely kicking ass.
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Old 12-01-2008, 04:04 PM   #723
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Hi!

Have a look on www.wuestenkuh.de it's Carstens site. Like some more pic's? I can't post them here ..have look on www.claudi-und-werner-reisen-durch-die-welt.de it's not aprofessionel site just for friends and in german klick Reiseberichte and than Bilder

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Old 12-12-2008, 08:51 PM   #724
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My old Andrew Sexton special

Wonder where it is now. This one was built in Approx 1991 by Andrew. HPN reworked WP forks. Simply gorgeous swingarm. 10,000 trouble free miles in 1993 summer. Off road Pyrenees.
Would buy it back if was available.
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Old 12-13-2008, 10:09 PM   #725
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Not an airhead dirt bike - but an airhead gravel road bike.Omar's Slideways bars and Dunlop K70 4.00 x 18 front and rear.A streettracker seat is on the list to lighten up the look and feel of the rear end.

This bike makes dirt bikes look stupid on gravel - the front end does nothing but stay on line,when the rear steps out,it just steps out.I'm happy to know I wasn't looking back with badly tinted rose coloured glasses when I thought I could go much faster on my old British bikes than more modern dual purpose bikes.I was right - for gravel you need a lower centre of gravity and more even weight distribution.




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Old 12-14-2008, 06:30 AM   #726
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I like that gravel tracker concept. Especially that big honkin' front tire

If I ever wear out the street tires that are on the R80 ST, I want to try some dual sport tires for a similar effect. I just picked up a set of F650 GS handlebars to try out on it which will start the slow transformation in that direction.

I don't want to make a G/S clone - I already have the F 650 for that kind of fun on and off road. But something along the lines of the old factory "scramblers" from all the major manufacturers that simply had high pipes, wider bars, and more aggressive tires to set them apart from the purely street models. Something like yours that isn't a radical departure, but the changes are functional.
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Old 12-14-2008, 09:27 PM   #727
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Saw this at REI

REI Bellingham in Oct. didn't see the owner anywhere. He must have been in the restaurant next door.



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Old 12-15-2008, 11:29 PM   #728
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I like that gravel tracker concept. Especially that big honkin' front tire


I don't want to make a G/S clone - I already have the F 650 for that kind of fun on and off road. But something along the lines of the old factory "scramblers" from all the major manufacturers that simply had high pipes, wider bars, and more aggressive tires to set them apart from the purely street models. Something like yours that isn't a radical departure, but the changes are functional.
That was exactly my thinking - I don't want a GS,there is no need.The R65 is better on gravel anyway (apart from the short travel suspn).Rather than make a dirt bike into a road bike like a motard....I am making a road bike into a backroad bike,a bike able to take on anything I am likely to meet - just like the bikes of old.Ultimately I will be able to change it from a streetracker/day tripper to a tourer with panniers etc with just a night in the shed.
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Old 12-18-2008, 08:25 AM   #729
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Great Thread

I have a modified 800 I have raced in the UK in the past,
must get back to my 650 engined Gs for the future keep the info coming

pg

also came across this old movie of the R80 enduro bikes in the ISDT

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Old 12-18-2008, 10:23 AM   #730
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Great historical footage, Philgunn. Thanks for posting that. Those guys (and the bikes) make it look so easy and smooth. I especially like the way the ISDE bikes like to plant the rear wheel first on landing compared to more modern bikes that seem to take more rider input to control pitch fore and aft. And the motors just keep chugging along.
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Old 12-20-2008, 08:45 AM   #731
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More ISDE eye candy

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Old 12-20-2008, 10:13 AM   #732
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for a moment I thought that was period footage- until I bothered to look at the new car in the background...
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Old 12-20-2008, 01:36 PM   #733
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for a moment I thought that was period footage- until I bothered to look at the new car in the background...
i did the same...

what I don't know either is whether the white bike is vintage or repro?
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Old 01-12-2009, 05:39 PM   #734
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my witec

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Old 01-12-2009, 06:38 PM   #735
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for a moment I thought that was period footage- until I bothered to look at the new car in the background...
Odd that none of those Beemers had the stock left side exhaust (unless I missed something).

I would love to put one of my G/S through a similar challenge.
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