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    Convert your street bike to a dual sport

    Ever though of modifying your bike to go offroad? I have, but I thought I was just crazy. Well, some guy in Sweden converted a shaft drive Yamaha Diversion 900 for offroading, then took it to Africa. Hmmm, maybe I could do the same with a ZR-7.

    For the full story see:>> http://www.xs4all.nl/~kimkodde/yam090i.html

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    Ronnie Skårner, Sweden, to Africa, Yamaha XJ900S Diversion,,

    "...as an alternative to all the BMW R80/100/1100/1150 GS, what about a offroad-modified Yamaha XJ900S Diversion? It has shaft drive, comfort, reliable and easy engine, large fuel tank, is available and inexpensive second hand... Heavy yes, but so is the BMW's and they don't seem to be trouble free...

    With modifications as for example Ohlins with longer wheel travel and increased ground clearance, cross handle bar, no fairing or clocks (only bicycle computer), offroad tyres (rear 130/80x17 backwards on front wheel and 150/70x17 rear wheel)...

    I have made my mind up to go for it, including an increased fuel tank (approx 45 litre) and some other modifications including weight savings..."

    The Diversion 900 offroader finished and ready for Africa. On the photo you see street tires for the Europe stretch, a wide home-made seat, alu-boxes and a top box made of offroad tyres and a lockable alu cover, inside a special made tarpaulin. SAE20 fork oil with some ml of Slick50 Gear and Ohlins fork springs, together with Ohlins rear shock absorber. Wheel travel is now 150 mm both front and rear. The box on the handlebars is for a small video camera, with the possibility to operate the camera without stopping, through a sealed hole. Dark colors have been avoided as it gets very hot in the sun, especially fuel tank and seat. The ugly looks will hopefully keep fees and bribes to a minimum (poor biker)."
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    I've often wondered about doing that to a skanked up Z1000 cheap project bike.

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    How about an enduro V-Max...

    Apparently the big plastic bits on the side are the fuel tanks.
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    Bloody 'ell

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    Why? I mean, to each his own, but there are manufacturers that make perfectly good machines that are "ready-to-ride"......no duct tape required.
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    Yeah, to each his own... But I think I'm gonna be sick.
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    There's a story in the current Cycle Canada that includes a guy from Quebec who once made a Yamaha Fazer into a dirt bike. Finished top ten in his first off road race. Said the roost would go straight up like a jetski! He rode it as a dual sport until it siezed up one day on the highway. I'll see if I can dig it up.

    The enduro 900 is just ugly, but the enduro V-Max looks pretty nice. I'd ride it.
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    WHY ???? Because a stock bike with endless do-dads won't draw the attention that a bass'tard bike will...it's just fun.

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    I've thought about it with my Z.

    Why? Cause I haven't seen a 100HP Enduro short of the Ducati Hypermoto.

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    You ain't got a hair on your arss if you don't.

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    Found. Ducati Monster dual sport, and full on SV 650 enduro racer.
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    Not the best Sportster conversion I've seen, but ...
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    Wait aminute. I think I have a photo somewhere of a VFR dual sport...
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    That VFR is... well......uhh... I guess I would call it Norwalk virus!
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    Now that's funny ,right there.

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