SV1000 rear will fit the DL1000 w/ some blacksmithing - it's not the easiest swap but it seems to be doable by mere mortals. I'm working out the details of the SV1000 rear caliper bracket alterations right now. I'll post some pics when it's done, assuming that I don't hit any last-minute show-stoppers.
I'm also grafting a GSXR600 front wheel to the front end so I'll post those pics as well.
There's lots of good information over on the Vstrom dot info website if you're curious.
Look what the Brown Goodie Truck dropped onto the front porch this afternoon -
A pair of Pirelli Night Dragons. Pirelli appears to be the only manufacturer other than Dunlop that makes a cruiser tire in 180/xx-17. I bought the bias belted version with an 81 load rating so I'm hoping that it delivers the mileage. If it doesn't then look out darkside, here I come.
The carcass on the rear, by the way, is as stiff as a semi-tractor tire. Mounting will be interesting.... :headbang:
Mounting the stiff-walled rear cruiser tire was less interesting than I thought it might be. No muscle pulls, cuts or smashed knuckles - life is good... for this afternoon anyway. :mrgreen:
The stars of the show were the No-Scuff tire bar, the long tire iron (for the last few inches of bead) and Ru-Glyde. The Moose Racing tire stand is bolted to the floor, which makes all of this work. :thumbup:
Here they are boys & girls - all done except for trimming the front fender to accommodate the fat front tire. I sawed out the extraneous aluminum from the rear rotor spacer to make things look a little tidier - OCD runs in the family.
I had some serious sticker shock :yikes: with the 3 new rotors but I'd rather spend the money on myself than leave it to the kids - I'm that kind of guy.
Thanks. I've been pretty long-winded about this project but I felt that Flat4awd deserved an answer to his question. Once I get the wheels on the bike and scuff in the tires I'll post some final pics and tie this off.
Edit - At day's end....
In the mean time, here's where we are by Thursday evening -
Even after trimming the front fender it still reminds me of the Rick Moranis character Dark Helmet in the Mel Brooks comedy "Spaceballs."
Nothing to do now but go for a ride... if it ever stops raining.
OK, last post - scout's honor. I took the bike out for a brief test with a cruiser-riding friend this morning. No handling quirks were noted other than a slightly slower response to counter-steering maneuvers, possibly because of the greater rotating mass of that big old cruiser tire on the front rim.
I'm pleased with the outcome. The bike is eerily smooth, maybe because I took the time while everything was apart to sort through the spacer issues to get both the sprockets and wheels aligned. Now to see if the tire choice delivers the hoped-for mileage.
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