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Author Topic: XV750 - "The Rust Bucket" - #500x500 Challenge  (Read 9072 times)

Offline treitz

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XV750 - "The Rust Bucket" - #500x500 Challenge
« on: Oct 20, 2015, 12:45:31 »
Hey crew. Just picked up this XV750 for a little 500x500 challenge we have going in the Portland area next spring. The goal is to spend less than $500 on a bike, then all go for a 500 mile weekend ride. So, here's the ride. I'll document progress and also how much I spend on it here for fun and also just to keep track.

What I have...
- XV750 - non-runner (but titled)
- Tires - probably good enough

The plan...
- Get it running (and reliable enough for a 500 mile ride... hopefully)
- Make it look cool (just because)
-- Going for a solo seat + sissy bar + cargo rack treatment. Sounds weird, I know, but I have a vision.

What I need...
- Battery
- Headlight
- Seat
- Metal (hopefully rusty metal)

Spent so far...
- $200 (bike)
« Last Edit: Jan 19, 2016, 19:20:59 by treitz »

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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #1 on: Oct 20, 2015, 12:52:56 »
Cool concept. I'm in.
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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #2 on: Oct 20, 2015, 13:00:10 »
yessir, I can digit.

Do like bert Monroe and fix dem tires with shoe polish and have some fun =)

Im looking forward to watching this project
"If you just picked up a drug habbit instead of a kawasaki triple at least you could get high while you waste money"
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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #3 on: Oct 20, 2015, 13:14:32 »
Make it happen man.
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Offline treitz

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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #4 on: Oct 21, 2015, 20:33:28 »
So obviously the goal here is to get the thing road worthy for the least amount of money as possible, but I can't bring myself to doing it without a creative / stylistic vision in mind. Maybe I've put too much thought into it, but I really like the direction my mind is headed. However there is one big question mark... suicide shifter. Do it, or don't do it?

Stylistically, and just for the hell of it, I think it's a great idea. But for a 500 mile ride, much of which may be twisty, is this a really bad idea?

I've never ridden a bike with suicide shift, so I don't know really know what I would be getting myself into. Looking for personal opinion.

and if it makes a difference, I was planning on mounting the clutch lever to the shift rod rather than going with a foot operated clutch. Just FYI.

Something like shown here: http://cdn.xs650chopper.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/03/craig-pics-001.jpg?cf890d

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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #5 on: Oct 21, 2015, 21:01:56 »
man, im gonna be the Debbie downer on the suicide clutch and say no. (obviously opinion only)

As a rider, how many times in ONE RIDE do you have to simultaneously grab a handful of clutch and brake to get stopped. Beit for a cell phone jockey, a chuckhole or what have you.

Bikes are cool, suicide shifters are neat, but going home at the end of the day is cooler.

Your brain gets conditioned after some time at the helm that when you need to react fast, you have BOTH HANDS on the bars and you pull the levers without having to think about it.

It also just doesn't seem like fun to me to be riding twisties and having to grab ahold of the levers to shift instead of the bars. Again, just my opinion, and I have never claimed my opinion to be fact =)
"If you just picked up a drug habbit instead of a kawasaki triple at least you could get high while you waste money"
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1988 tw200, the swamp donkey: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75455.0
2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75033.0
1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
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1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
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Offline treitz

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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #6 on: Oct 21, 2015, 21:04:32 »
man, im gonna be the Debbie downer on the suicide clutch and say no. (obviously opinion only)

As a rider, how many times in ONE RIDE do you have to simultaneously grab a handful of clutch and brake to get stopped. Beit for a cell phone jockey, a chuckhole or what have you.

Bikes are cool, suicide shifters are neat, but going home at the end of the day is cooler.

Your brain gets conditioned after some time at the helm that when you need to react fast, you have BOTH HANDS on the bars and you pull the levers without having to think about it.

It also just doesn't seem like fun to me to be riding twisties and having to grab ahold of the levers to shift instead of the bars. Again, just my opinion, and I have never claimed my opinion to be fact =)

Haha I appreciating you presenting your opinion in such a gentle way. Lol. Honestly, safety and practicality are leading me down the same path, just thought I'd post it up on here in case someone chimed in and said "do it! it's so fun and you won't regret it!" then I'd think about it... but I think your opinion will be echoed.

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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #7 on: Oct 22, 2015, 10:47:32 »
Totally on board with the over all concept - but NOT the suicide shift.  Bar hopper bike (gotta wonder about the logic here) maybe, but generally there are way too many occasions you really REALLY want to change gear without taking your hand off the bars.  (I personally take one (or both) hands of the bars all the time, but can't get my head around doing so to pull the remote clutch and shift gear in anything but a very casual circumstance) Plus, having such a long lever on a modern trans seems like trouble waiting to happen.  You have a massive amount of leverage on a pretty spindly axle, plus quite a lot of throw as a result.  Seems like a pretty ungainly scheme and an easy way to have a small mishap turn into a big problem.  Of course the dangerous aspect goes without saying.  Have to admit it sounds really cool though, and an easy thing to convert back to "normal" if it doesn't work out.
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Offline treitz

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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #8 on: Oct 22, 2015, 12:06:55 »
I'm on the same page you guys. In my mind this thing becomes a "bar hopper" after the 500x500 ride... so maybe I'll mess around with the idea then. To your point, it's not an irreversible modification by any means. Hell, I'm sure someone could rig up a 2-1 clutch cable so that it could have both! hehe

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Re: VX750 - Rat Bob - #500x500
« Reply #9 on: Oct 22, 2015, 12:09:05 »
I'm on the same page you guys. In my mind this thing becomes a "bar hopper" after the 500x500 ride... so maybe I'll mess around with the idea then. To your point, it's not an irreversible modification by any means. Hell, I'm sure someone could rig up a 2-1 clutch cable so that it could have both! hehe

HAHAHA there ya go, clutch handle on both anddddd leave the foot shift on and just weld a bar up from it so you could hand or foot shift lol


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~ bradj
1988 tw200, the swamp donkey: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75455.0
2006 Suzuki DR650 Adventure monowheel trailer build: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=75033.0
1976 BMW R90/6 farkilitious: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=74349.msg882477#msg882477
1975 RD350 Road Racer: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70652.msg833688#msg833688
1976 GT250 Rebuild: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=64973.new#new
Full Custom Pit Bike: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=66954.new#new
1971 Yamaha 90cc twin HS1: http://www.dotheton.com/forum/index.php?topic=70498.0
"much ingenuity with a little money is more profitable and amusing than much money without ingenuity" - Arnold Bennet