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Tenerising a TDM900

“It all started back in the beginning of the nineties, when we wanted to create a bike, which would be ultimate fun on bumpy small roads…” [Link] I was recently reading an article by Brett Smith about a documentary on American dirt legend John Penton which included the line: ‘… studying his life … Continue reading

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Weighing your bike

Unlike most people, I was curious to know what my GS-R actually weighed. Now it’s taller (higher CoG) it doesn’t feel so light to push around, for what it is. Lacking other resources, I decided to try the bathroom scales … Continue reading

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GS500R – A Ride Across Britain

Since I rode the GS up to Scotland in June it’s received a few mods and the 700 mile ride back south (right) was a chance to put them to the test. Among other things I’d fitted K60 tyres on … Continue reading

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GS500R – rear wheel conversion

My 2004 GS runs a 2000 DR650 hub, rotor, calliper and just lately, a DR slave cylinder too, all fitted to a 19-inch Excel rim in the original swing arm. My non-bikey mechanic mate did the job, taking some suggestions from … Continue reading

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Building a rack – 2 of 3

Building a rack – Part 1 is here Some 30 years ago, when it came to making a rack for my first Sahara bike, the design was fairly obvious: a platform (left). Even though I’d been riding for a few … Continue reading

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Shopping with the Magadans

Supplies were getting low so it was time to saddle up and head to town, a good opportunity to try out the Magadans and also see how the bike managed with a heavy load. I’m still dithering about exactly what … Continue reading

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GS500R Overlander – First Ride

A little more than three years after I bought it, my GS-R got wheeled out of a Derbyshire hilltop hangar to prepare for it’s maiden flight – a run of a few hundred miles to far northern Scotland where development … Continue reading

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