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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #40 on: April 27, 2014, 07:02:11 pm »
The jap 450 twins of that era where all crackers in my opinion. The CB could cruise at 150 all day long and almost touched 170 going full clappers. Beautiful sounding twins. Why they don't make these anymore I don't understand. 4 cylinders are so overrated.

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #41 on: April 27, 2014, 09:10:18 pm »
I agree, and you can build these 450 twins into a compact well-handling road chassis, or into a D/s chassis.

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #42 on: April 27, 2014, 09:36:34 pm »
Guess the Honda Hawk 400 would be a good choice too?
Not forgetting the LTD 400 Kawasaki's
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #43 on: April 27, 2014, 09:47:53 pm »
Al die 400/450's van daardie era was vir my skreeu lelik.
Seker oor ek toe n laaitie was en al wat getel het was pose value (horse power en geraas = groot kawas)  :lol8:
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #44 on: April 27, 2014, 09:49:01 pm »
Guess the Honda Hawk 400 would be a good choice too?
Not forgetting the LTD 400 Kawasaki's

Dink die LTD was n 440
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #45 on: April 29, 2014, 11:55:47 am »
Here's a comprehensive list of what I did to 'adventurise' my bike:
1. tyres


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Can you give us a list of what had to be fixed after the adventure...

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #46 on: April 29, 2014, 05:30:54 pm »
1. Suspension. Visit a guy like MP custom valve.
2. Bash plate. No fun in holing your sump
3. 21" front wheel if possible
4. 50/50 tyres

Any rough riding, and you will need crash protection for all the tupperware.

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #47 on: April 29, 2014, 05:53:05 pm »
i did my first gravel mostly trip of 200k's this weekend,, the trip was led by Mrs Marquez and she did not hang around,, the TDM roadish bike coped no issues,,, was very suprised actually impressed,, no need to upgrade at the moment !
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #48 on: April 29, 2014, 06:00:33 pm »
The jap 450 twins of that era where all crackers in my opinion. The CB could cruise at 150 all day long and almost touched 170 going full clappers. Beautiful sounding twins. Why they don't make these anymore I don't understand. 4 cylinders are so overrated.



Dan, will naturally disagree with me but I remember the Yamaha XS250/ XS400 / XS 500? of that period as being particularly fragile and sensitive beasts?  :sip:
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #49 on: May 02, 2014, 12:31:15 pm »
i did my first gravel mostly trip of 200k's this weekend,, the trip was led by Mrs Marquez and she did not hang around,, the TDM roadish bike coped no issues,,, was very suprised actually impressed,, no need to upgrade at the moment !


Nice website with some TDM dirt road riding    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=158911

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #50 on: May 02, 2014, 01:02:55 pm »
That Masterbrewer is a legend in TDM circles
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #51 on: May 02, 2014, 02:56:03 pm »
i did my first gravel mostly trip of 200k's this weekend,, the trip was led by Mrs Marquez and she did not hang around,, the TDM roadish bike coped no issues,,, was very suprised actually impressed,, no need to upgrade at the moment !

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #52 on: May 02, 2014, 08:41:59 pm »
will get better as I sort suspension out
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #53 on: May 04, 2014, 09:53:18 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!

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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #54 on: May 04, 2014, 04:53:17 pm »
I hope Freak will see this thread, so he can share his experiences from last weeks trip to the GKG, and the prepwork he put into a standard R100RS to do the trip with...
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike
« Reply #55 on: May 04, 2014, 06:17:23 pm »
With a 16" front wheel,,,, something fishy here
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Re: "Adventurising" a "roadish" bike 18" rear tyre on the front,
« Reply #56 on: May 04, 2014, 08:50:26 pm »
Here's my adventurish bike with new Big Bag,,
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