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Old 07-23-2014, 07:40 AM   #1
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I'm looking for a list of older dualsport thumpers or twins

I'm hunting a project bike, and I want an old big-bore enduro.

Anyone have a list of models? I've been eyeballing the XT550, but wondering what other models would be good for a restore project.

I'm looking for kickstart, metal tank, maybe magneto, if I get lucky.
'00 WR400 (street legalized)
'82 CB900C
'99 Sportster
'73 Ironhead
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Old 07-23-2014, 09:01 AM   #2
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How far back do you want to go? BSA 441 Victor?

Ducati 450 Scrambler?

Honda SL350?

The TT500 had a magneto

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Old 07-23-2014, 10:12 AM   #3
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husqvarna 390 OR

i had one when i was in high school. loved that bike. i think one would make a great restoration project.
2009 KTM 450 xc-w (plated)
2009 DRZ400s
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Old 07-23-2014, 03:20 PM   #4
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This guy does NOT like thumpers, but there are truckloads of stuff on old school dirtbikes. Might give some inspiration?
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Old 02-20-2015, 10:57 AM   #5
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I would get a xt600 before a Xt550 and I have an xt550. Xt600 has front disc, xt550 has drum. More suspension travel also. Easier to work on since the shock is under the seat rather than under the tank, gets crowded around the carbs.Wider rear rim. On my bike I've added the xt600 front forks and a IT465 rear shock and plan to do the IT465 rear swingarm soon.
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