adventure bikes vs Harley

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  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    28 days ago
    Quoting paulybronco on 27 Jan 2024 09:43 PM

    Hard to pick up a Harley out on the trail...LOL

    Quoting Grease Monkey on 27 Jan 2024 10:34 PM

    By the look of him he could do that with a sporty!

    He may even be able to do it with a bagger!...lol
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    27 days ago
    Quoting paulybronco on 27 Jan 2024 09:43 PM

    Hard to pick up a Harley out on the trail...LOL

    What's wrong with taking a break during the ride for some stretching and weight training?
    OK, I've posted this pic before, but I still get a laugh from it.
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    26 days ago
    When lack of talent meets lack of grip...LOL. As with most things this happened on a lovely 34 degree day after a week of rain and as steamy as fuck, took me around 10minutes to drag the arse end into the rut. Picking the rhino up was the easy part.
  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    26 days ago
    When there is mud they seem to grow a few kilos when you try to stand them up, mud = RM250 or the like
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    25 days ago
    Wasn't expecting to be back on this thread so soon
    Went up the valley to see if the upper Brisbane River was rising much after the rain, stopped in the middle of the crossing for a pic then thought I'd go up a U turn track on the other side. Normal traffic here is 4WDs, but I've run both my Vic's up and around it, saves backing and filling on the single lane road. The U turn track is a bit steep, big river rocks in packed river sand, a bit rutted from all the recent rain. I was pretty surprised when I only got a few metres up and the back wheel dug into the sand rather than climb over one of the rocks. Tried rocking it back and forwards a bit and ended up with sump on the ground. Got off, pulled the bigger rocks out of the rut, then in the next lurch forward the front wheel slipped sideways into the rut of the other wheel track. No, not going up there today. Turned it off, tried rolling it back using the clutch as the brake hoping to get it turned and then ride down. Got across slope then the primary grounded out. OK, layed it over on its side, skull dragged the front end to point downhill, stood it up then rode it down to the road and home.


  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    25 days ago
    It happens Steve....the old drag it thru the mud has always been a life saver for me in the past, guess why our bikes look ridden and loved not polished and a trailer queen.
  • WideglidingNZ
    WideglidingNZ
    25 days ago
    Quoting obisteve on 31 Jan 2024 10:18 AMedited: 31 Jan 2024 10:28 AM

    Wasn't expecting to be back on this thread so soon

    Went up the valley to see if the upper Brisbane River was rising much after the rain, stopped in the middle of the crossing for a pic then thought I'd go up a U turn track on the other side. Normal traffic here is 4WDs, but I've run both my Vic's up and around it, saves backing and filling on the single lane road. The U turn track is a bit steep, big river rocks in packed river sand, a bit rutted from all the recent rain. I was pretty surprised when I only got a few metres up and the back wheel dug into the sand rather than climb over one of the rocks. Tried rocking it back and forwards a bit and ended up with sump on the ground. Got off, pulled the bigger rocks out of the rut, then in the next lurch forward the front wheel slipped sideways into the rut of the other wheel track. No, not going up there today. Turned it off, tried rolling it back using the clutch as the brake hoping to get it turned and then ride down. Got across slope then the primary grounded out. OK, layed it over on its side, skull dragged the front end to point downhill, stood it up then rode it down to the road and home.


    nice one Steve you definitely get your money's worth out of your bikes 
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    20 days ago
    Well yeah, they all have to earn their keep.
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    14 days ago
  • Grease Monkey
    Grease Monkey
    14 days ago
    I like that one PB, I'd have to stand up to ride it but I'm thinking it'd be fun.
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    14 days ago
    Its the best way to ride them on the dirt...feels a little strange first up.
  • WideglidingNZ
    WideglidingNZ
    14 days ago
    Quoting paulybronco on 11 Feb 2024 01:46 AM

    Now that's an adventure bike! even looks good
  • bloodog
    bloodog
    13 days ago
    Quoting paulybronco on 11 Feb 2024 01:46 AM

    Bloodog likes this bike 
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    13 days ago
    Nice one PB. It's a flash build alright. I've occasionally thought about doing something similar to mine, but a bit more basic. Set of forks off an old XT600, 16 inch long IKONs, relace one of my old spoked back wheels to 18 inch or 17 inch rims. I've swapped forks around before, put a front end off an old XS750 Yam triple onto a Commando, and one off a Z650 Kawa onto an old W2 650 Kawa twin, so not really a big deal. But I'd have to go back to mid mounted pegs, gear it down a lot and I'm pretty sure that when I hit the edge of town 200 metres away and clunked it into top and rolled on the throttle I wouldn't hear the opening chords of God damn the pusher start echoing in what's left of my brain like I do now. Maybe I need a change of music though.
    Been running some power line tracks out of Yarraman, the pics looking off the range down towards Kooralgin.
  • paulybronco
    paulybronco
    12 days ago
    Quoting obisteve on 12 Feb 2024 12:48 PMedited: 12 Feb 2024 12:52 PM

    Nice one PB. It's a flash build alright. I've occasionally thought about doing something similar to mine, but a bit more basic. Set of forks off an old XT600, 16 inch long IKONs, relace one of my old spoked back wheels to 18 inch or 17 inch rims. I've swapped forks around before, put a front end off an old XS750 Yam triple onto a Commando, and one off a Z650 Kawa onto an old W2 650 Kawa twin, so not really a big deal. But I'd have to go back to mid mounted pegs, gear it down a lot and I'm pretty sure that when I hit the edge of town 200 metres away and clunked it into top and rolled on the throttle I wouldn't hear the opening chords of God damn the pusher start echoing in what's left of my brain like I do now. Maybe I need a change of music though.

    Been running some power line tracks out of Yarraman, the pics looking off the range down towards Kooralgin.

    Brian from Farrows at Nambour did a very similar bike to the one pictured and raced it at the Finke a few yrs back. 
    It would be a bit of fun to build but like most things today costly.
  • Benno
    Benno
    12 days ago
    I have a mate that has fitted a Yamaha YZ front end to an Iron head sporty that he picked up for chips, he is building it as a flat tracker, I'll get some pics, it looks cool AF.
  • obisteve
    obisteve
    12 days ago
    Brian would be able to make full use of the one you posted, he's a way better rider than me. I'm never gonna ride the Finke race, although I might make it back out that way again and have a good look along the river's course, apparently it's the oldest river in the world.
    Anything I make is gonna look more like an old XLCH ironhead. I do like that old desert sled look. Like the looks of the old pommy ones too, like the Norton Ranger Dennis Hopper rode in the movie Easy Rider, and even the Triumph Adventurer I had for a few years in the late 80s.
    Just something to give a bit more comfort on bush tracks, don't want to jump logs. Oh, and a bit more ability on river sand creek crossings, and may be out on the beach, and be able to almost stay in sight of my mate when he's out running his Indian FTR.........
    Dreaming.....

  • obisteve
    obisteve
    12 days ago
    I know the last pic is of a TT bike, the desert sleds had more rear suspension travel. So here's a good Evo version from Biltwell.
    This ones more cheaply doable, still using stock parts like rear master cylinder. I like the reinforced upper and lower shock mounts.
    No bites yet about Dennis Hopper riding a Norton in Easy Rider?

  • T4
    T4
    12 days ago
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