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Old 10-10-2012, 05:09 PM   #61
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Originally Posted by kellymac530 View Post
Thanx to all for this lively discussion. I have an '86 R80gs and I am so wanting to Dakar HPN replica the bike. Thanx again

It is healthy and of course assumes the integrity of the welds are good. In essence you simply want it to work. Some use longer shocks mounted further down the swing arm, other shorter all to the same effect.

What ever you do, the rider will still need some mechanical empathy.

Read this build done in the 80's for the 1985 Australian Safari.


This guy engineerd an airhead to compete. Keep in mind the isolation and lack of information readily available. Good insights into how they had a longer shaft made etc. Starts page 44
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:17 PM   #62
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Originally Posted by kaijb View Post
Read this build done in the 80's for the 1985 Australian Safari.
That was a cool read.
R80ST Gets The HPN Treatment
Seattle to TDF on an airhead

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