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Old 03-09-2011, 12:00 PM   #16
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Nice. Nice Dub also.
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Old 03-09-2011, 12:03 PM   #17
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Sweet bike! i'm so subscribed to this one.
Strip what you don't need & get her going!

I bought an old honda cb125s base of a trails bike.

A couple of things:
-You need a soft clutch!
-Easy to work on (clean & maintain)
-Lightweight
-Heigher ground clearance
-low rake angle -> for those tight turns one observed trails! (WATCH OUT WITH HIGH SPEEDS!)
-Low gearing! (i'm thinking of 2 different front sprockets one for cruising & 1 for trails)

http://bikearama.com/theory/motorcyc...ail-explained/

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Old 03-09-2011, 06:06 PM   #18
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Looks good for a trials conversion. By the way is that an old VW pickup?
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:47 PM   #19
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 By the way is that an old VW pickup?
Yea. That's my shorty VW truck. Took four feet out of the middle. The XL barely fits in the bed.
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Old 03-09-2011, 07:52 PM   #20
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I've been thinking about the same thing so keep us informed and show some pics of the progress. I think it would be as good as some of the old thumper trials bikes from years ago. Maybe a little twin shock, vintage, novice trials for fun.

Check this out. I like it!
http://www.twnclub.ch/classic_trial_...friesXL250.htm
I really like the look of this one..



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Old 03-10-2011, 08:53 AM   #21
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Interesting article and subject.
Considering that two strokes had been dominating the sport for ten years or so at the time of writing, that first XL-based trials mount was definitely something different!
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:40 PM   #22
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Amal?

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I think it would be as good as some of the old thumper trials bikes from years ago. Maybe a little twin shock, vintage, novice trials for fun. Check this out. I like it!
http://www.twnclub.ch/classic_trial_...friesXL250.htm
Problem is, this bike (at 230 lbs as noted) is not only heavier then the two strokes of the era but even Sammy Miller's famous 500 Ariel thumper of 15 years earlier... by 25 lb!

Still an interesting project though and an important stepping stone to the later TL models and of course the championship winning works bikes.

BTW, is that a British carb mounted on a Japanese bike? Someone is a glutten for punishment...you usually see the reverse!

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Old 03-10-2011, 05:24 PM   #23
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I'm not to worried about weight. I just want to build something with some trials ability, that I can trail ride and sit down on. I'm partial to four strokes to. I had chances to buy a Susuki or a Cotton trials, but was just not into mixing gas and all that ring ding ding. So this is my path, I hope it turns out successful.
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:05 AM   #24
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How about posting some pic's of that CT90.
And starting the real work?
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Old 03-13-2011, 09:18 AM   #25
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Bultaco Alpinas convert easily. Clark tank and a glass seat.
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Old 03-13-2011, 03:59 PM   #26
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You could always find an early 90s Beta...

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Old 03-13-2011, 05:35 PM   #27
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quit giving me ideas

You guys are giving me really bad ideas for old bikes I have laying around. I could build myself an bike to use for vintage... But I REALLY don't need another project!!
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Old 03-13-2011, 06:12 PM   #28
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everybody has a piece of one of these in the storage shed. IMHO this is the best use they can be put to. A set of cheap trials tires and rearrange and bend a few parts.
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Old 03-14-2011, 06:29 AM   #29
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I had a Hodaka 100B many years ago and what a dirt bike. It was indistructable and the engine must be the best 100cc single ever built. I thrashed that bike and never had a problem with it. I sold it to as friend for his boy when I thought I had outgrown it. Great bike.


Jay Leal's Hodaka trials. Great looking bike.
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Old 03-19-2011, 03:18 PM   #30
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hi everyone

I had this thought over last christmas but did it with a slightly different machine down in Australia.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=662414

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