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Offline StuartC

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"Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« on: April 15, 2014, 05:40:57 pm »
Besides those who ride BM's  :imaposer:,, has anyone else taken a so so (limited ability)  bike and transformed it into a more capable adventure scooter?  what did you do,, how did you do it and post pics!
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2014, 07:09:56 pm »
In these times of a niche for every dish, there is hardly a need anymore to mod a roadish bike to do gravel.

When I was young we use to ride Z1000's and GT750 Suzukis all over the Tankwa and beyond. Proper roadbikes with road tyres. And they went well enough.

Today many are scared to go onto dirt with D/S tyres. :peepwall:
 

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #2 on: April 15, 2014, 07:49:38 pm »
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #3 on: April 15, 2014, 08:32:00 pm »
In these times of a niche for every dish, there is hardly a need anymore to mod a roadish bike to do gravel.

When I was young we use to ride Z1000's and GT750 Suzukis all over the Tankwa and beyond. Proper roadbikes with road tyres. And they went well enough.

Today many are scared to go onto dirt with D/S tyres. :peepwall:

We stayed on a plot, 7km from the tar road. In the rainy season, going to work, that was 14 kays of slip-n-slide on my GT 750. Complete with drop handles.............   ;D
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2014, 12:17:41 am »
Ok,, all well and fair, there are plenty Adventure/Dual specific bikes,, what about the guy on a budget, 25-30k that wants to get a fair 70-30/80-20 ride?
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2014, 06:45:06 am »
I had a TDM like your avatar but slightly older and I modified it to be a bit more 'adventurous'.
Suspension, handlebars, guards, exhaust tyres etc. Not bad but still not an adventure bike and required more work and couldn't keep up with guys on bikes like KLR, Africa Twin etc.
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #6 on: April 16, 2014, 07:21:40 am »
Ok,, all well and fair, there are plenty Adventure/Dual specific bikes,, what about the guy on a budget, 25-30k that wants to get a fair 70-30/80-20 ride?
KLE500 immediately jumps to mind! Very nice for commuting and the 2cyl engine is very capable + you have the luxury of good brakes and a 21inch front wheel when you go on dirt. Finding a good one is easy and it will fall into your budget easily. Maybe even have some pennies left over for kit. If you have a road bike already it changes the scenario completely.
 

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2014, 07:27:44 am »
Besides those who ride BM's  :imaposer:,, has anyone else taken a so so (limited ability)  bike and transformed it into a more capable adventure scooter?  what did you do,, how did you do it and post pics!

I think your biggest issue is your front wheel being small, but that can be got around by fitting either a different wheel of bigger tyres if they will fit 8)
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2014, 09:17:07 am »
Two weekends ago I met a guy at Cederberg Oasis who did up a Harley Davidson XR1200 into a pretty sick DS bike. Cant remember his name though, he seemed to be a regular, can anyone help me out? Is he a dog?
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2014, 09:23:47 am »
I stuck a WD sticker on my baby XR.... :ricky:
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #10 on: April 16, 2014, 09:24:58 am »
Two weekends ago I met a guy at Cederberg Oasis who did up a Harley Davidson XR1200 into a pretty sick DS bike. Cant remember his name though, he seemed to be a regular, can anyone help me out? Is he a dog?

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #11 on: April 16, 2014, 10:21:17 am »
Here's a comprehensive list of what I did to 'adventurise' my bike:
1. tyres


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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #12 on: April 16, 2014, 10:29:07 am »
Here's a comprehensive list of what I did to 'adventurise' my bike:
1. tyres


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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #13 on: April 16, 2014, 08:17:16 pm »
I had a TDM like your avatar but slightly older and I modified it to be a bit more 'adventurous'.
Suspension, handlebars, guards, exhaust tyres etc. Not bad but still not an adventure bike and required more work and couldn't keep up with guys on bikes like KLR, Africa Twin etc.
Barry, how did you get so much clearance on the back? the only thing I need now is a bit more ground clearence
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #14 on: April 16, 2014, 08:22:53 pm »
I have done a fair bit to my scooter and in all reality can ride most of the places where my mates with full DS bikes will ever go,, my theory is that if we are going to climb a steep mountain with proper rocks I'll ride my plastic, majority of the "Adventure" riding we do is dirt roads, nothing too hectic !
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #15 on: April 16, 2014, 08:48:02 pm »
Here's a comprehensive list of what I did to 'adventurise' my bike:
1. tyres


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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #16 on: April 16, 2014, 08:48:40 pm »
I have done a fair bit to my scooter and in all reality can ride most of the places where my mates with full DS bikes will ever go,, my theory is that if we are going to climb a steep mountain with proper rocks I'll ride my plastic, majority of the "Adventure" riding we do is dirt roads, nothing too hectic !

I agree with the statement above that the majority of our adventure rides are on mostly good dirt roads.

Therefore, some roadbikes, especially the older style bikes (like Honda CB's, Kawasaki W650 etc) with dualshock rear suspension can prove to be rugged enough for the task.

In India & Nepal, they only use Royal Enfield roadbikes for all the Himilayan tours. These bikes are being used & abused MUCH harder than the average dualsport tourer on this forum. They are quite low & slow, but I think the reason they work so well in that application is because they are light & torquey, and very easy to ride.
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #17 on: April 16, 2014, 08:49:24 pm »
Ok,, all well and fair, there are plenty Adventure/Dual specific bikes,, what about the guy on a budget, 25-30k that wants to get a fair 70-30/80-20 ride?
KLE500 immediately jumps to mind! Very nice for commuting and the 2cyl engine is very capable + you have the luxury of good brakes and a 21inch front wheel when you go on dirt. Finding a good one is easy and it will fall into your budget easily. Maybe even have some pennies left over for kit. If you have a road bike already it changes the scenario completely.

Ditto. The most bike you will get with the least amount of money.
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #18 on: April 16, 2014, 09:05:02 pm »
Ok,, all well and fair, there are plenty Adventure/Dual specific bikes,, what about the guy on a budget, 25-30k that wants to get a fair 70-30/80-20 ride?
KLE500 immediately jumps to mind! Very nice for commuting and the 2cyl engine is very capable + you have the luxury of good brakes and a 21inch front wheel when you go on dirt. Finding a good one is easy and it will fall into your budget easily. Maybe even have some pennies left over for kit. If you have a road bike already it changes the scenario completely.

Ditto. The most bike you will get with the least amount of money.
Although the KRR is a great bike,, some of us have standards,,,, it's a Kawasaki for goodness sakes,,,hahahaha
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #19 on: April 16, 2014, 09:14:10 pm »
it's a Kawasaki for goodness sakes,,,hahahaha

now now, to be fair, there are some nice Kawasakis...  :bueller: :thumleft: