I thought I’d share with you guys a journey I’ve been on for a little over a year now. I hesitate to call it a build because it’s more like a collection of small mods and sorting than a build. I’ll keep updating as time allows but it started here...
I met a guy at a BBQ here in Queensland and he told me a lot of his mates had given away sports bikes to get Adventure bikes due to the fun factor and bad backs. My back wouldn’t allow a ride longer than a couple of hours so I started looking.
I am a mechanic by trade so went for something I liked the sound of and the look of. Everything else is fixable or changeable. BMW’s were instantly disqualified. I always loved the unique look of a 955i tiger. So I waited until I found an unloved one. I could see the suspension travel was much more than many other road biased adventure bikes and this was a big deciding factor. The first adventure bike I test rode was this one. I fell deeply, madly for it. The guy was a headmaster. I could see his ability to understand maintenance was about as good as my understanding of how to teach complex algorithms to pimple faced kids who didn’t want to be there. It was old, scratched and clearly left for dead.
I’ve owned 8 new cars and two new bikes and hate the fact I bought them new and I was responsible for their deterioration. I’ve always preferred to buy old and make better than buy new and slowly scratch, dent and watch it age. So after an exchange of cash my flawed beauty was mine.
So began my quest for slow evolution until I was happy. I still have a few things left but it’s close.
The first mod was to eliminate the wind buffeting. It cost me less than ten Aussie dollars and worked a treat. I went from my head shaking so badly I could hardly read street signs to a really stable and smooth air space.
I’ll post up pics and an explanation later.
Thanks for your time.
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