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Pezz



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 5:20 am    Post subject: RG250 Mark 1 Dual Sport Reply with quote

G'day all, First post

I am about to start to build a bike for a fundraiser I run for Down Syndrome NSW and Australia called the Scrapheap Adventure Ride. www.scrapheapadventureride.com.au

Basically you have to buy a bike for less the $1000, fix it up and make it roadworthy, the ride to a destination and we have a party and fundraising night. We have raised over $220,000 over the last 4 years. I have ridden my XR460/4 which was a CB400/4 which I converted to Dual Sport.

For 2014 I am building a new Scrapheap bike amd have been given this nice RG250 and will be planning some pretty decent suspension mods to get it ready for some dirt action. I am looking for some 1984 DR600 swingarm and linkage and hope this will fit in the back of the RG frame.

I plan to keep the engine stock as it will go plenty quick enough for a dirt bike Smile

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My bike from last few years.



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great stuff, keep us up to date with the build ! Thumbs Up
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Pezz



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 8:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well I think ebay has been kind Smile

I picked up this 1986 DR600 Dakar for the sum of $184.50

My plan is to take the front and rear suspension off this and gentle shove it in the back and fron of the RG. Then sell the leftover parts to recoup the initial outlay.

Both Bikes run a full floater rear suspension setup and I am hoping the rocker pivot is the same distance on both bikes. Long shot I know Smile

I really want to make all the mods reversable on the RG.






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PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2013 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like an interesting mod, can't wait to see how it looks.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well . . . . .

The RG has arrived at the Skunkworks.

Thanks Andrew for the donation of the bike

I have it sitting in the shed next to the donor bike. It is a tiny bike. I have taken a few rough measurements and looks like the complete DR600 Front end will need to be bolted on. Had a look at the DR front rim and it has numerous cracks and will need replacing too. Then a closer check of the rear wheel and it has two big flat spots opposite each other .

Looking at the rear floater suspension rocker pivot and the differ by about 20mm. I may just use the RG swing arm and stick the DR rocker in and see how that works. Then get a heavier spring for the RG shock.

I put the 7lt Nomad tank on the rear seat and it fits right in there :thumb

I have to pick up a box of other bits from Andrew this week and then I will see what I have.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks interesting , love the 400/4

Any more info on it ?

Mike
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

mikee wrote:
Looks interesting , love the 400/4

Any more info on it ?

Mike


Build thread here

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=497905
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 17, 2013 7:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That photo above is not a true representation of the bike. There is much that is not servicable. Forks are rusty and pitted, most of the fittings, bolts and brackets are missing, it also has clutch issues, no airbox, no sidcovers. Basically a perfect place to start building a Scrapper

The Full Floater rear end is a bolt out and swap in. The tripples from the DR600 will slip right in the front end along with the forks etc.



The Fairing panels are sitting there held on with tie wire.



Let the DR teardown begin Smile

I intend to use the front end and as much of the rear susppension as possible



Forks out now to the back end



The rear axle was a bent tent post.



The Full Floater out



Whats left, to go back on flea bay


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 18, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, today I got the RG up on the bike lift.

A few things to cogitate here . . . . .

Looking at the front end, the RG triple trees have a decent amount of offset, so I will need to do some basic trigonometry after some careful measurements to work out of the DR600 forks will suit.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 19, 2013 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Went over today and picked up a boot load of spares including spare tank, some sidecovers, engine sidecovers, a clutch, 2 x wiring harness's and a couple of spiders and cockroaches.

Best of all a stock airbox!!

I want to run the stock airbox setup as I will be riding on dirt roads


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 23, 2013 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A mate ,OldDog and I installed the front end we would put the panels on and check for clearance issues. Need to remove some excess bits off the lower tripple clamp. Also move the Radiator down about 12 mm.

On initial measuring the front wheel wont hit either the header pipes or the Radiator



A few more from other angles. Steering head angle looks to be less than 30Deg but will be adjusted during the build. The screw drivers will be removed before its finished Smile



The rear end is under contemplation next. Seat height will be around 880mm


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thought I would add up some pictures of the RG without the body work.

The front end looks pretty straight forward and I can do some adjustments to get the geometry perfect.



I now need to focus on the rear end and coming up with a rear suspension that wont destroy me or the bike



Not a lot of space in there above the airbox. The swingarm will have to be extended to about 600 - 620 mm to make it work.


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 25, 2013 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Loving the pics and story of the build there fella.. Please keep it coming Clap
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 06, 2013 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still plugging away and will have an update shortly

I need to source a few parts

Kick start lever
Gear Lever
LH side cover

Is there a source for parts Fische and prices online, or are these bikes too old to be readily available? I have been looking at some sites but they dont have the RG250 on their sites
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 08, 2013 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am in Sydney and will have parts for you like the left cover, pm me
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