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Hi Folks and you too, Darth! Got a question for you. There are about a zillion dirt roads and "Seasonal Roads", ie, not plowed in winter and poorly maintained in summer if maintained at all. They have been pulling on my heart strings for years. Yes Darth I do have a heart. I tell you, these people from southern Michigan! Geez! Anyway, back to the topic. Where do these roads go? Wow, this road is not listed on the state highway map or even a county map, so, I have been thinking about raising the ground clearance about 2" front and rear and doing some exploring. Yeah, I hear what you're saying, go buy a Honda or a KLR to which I say, get a life!
Have any of you gentleman and I do use the term loosly, ever had the opportunity to raise the suspension 2"? Changing the rear shock mount? Change shocks? Longer front fork tubes? What about the belt? Will it affect the operation of the belt? Aside from forget it, any other suggestions?

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The belt system isn't designed for off road use and would need to be upgraded to a chain, but considering the expense and the fact that the HD is only medicore on road it would be a really bad choice for an off road machine.
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I'd love to build an 'adventure' sportie

http://dirtbike.off-road.com/dirtbik....jsp?id=328853

http://thekneeslider.com/archives/20...d-conversions/

Cool project. Make sure to post photos!!
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Do a search for Off Road Sportster....
I recently saw a Motocross style bike with sportster power palnt....
There was an off road modle and an On/off road modle....
The above links are the ones I was thinking of....
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I find those back roads from time to time but at 71 do not ride them as fast as I use to.



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Hi Folks and you too, Darth! Got a question for you. There are about a zillion dirt roads and "Seasonal Roads", ie, not plowed in winter and poorly maintained in summer if maintained at all. They have been pulling on my heart strings for years. Yes Darth I do have a heart. I tell you, these people from southern Michigan! Geez! Anyway, back to the topic. Where do these roads go? Wow, this road is not listed on the state highway map or even a county map, so, I have been thinking about raising the ground clearance about 2" front and rear and doing some exploring. Yeah, I hear what you're saying, go buy a Honda or a KLR to which I say, get a life!
Have any of you gentleman and I do use the term loosly, ever had the opportunity to raise the suspension 2"? Changing the rear shock mount? Change shocks? Longer front fork tubes? What about the belt? Will it affect the operation of the belt? Aside from forget it, any other suggestions?

Thanks, 883bob
I do unmaintained dirt roads from time to time on my 1200. It depends on how rough you wanna tackle. My suspension is stock, and I still run a belt. Unless you are talking single track, you can go around most large obstacles. If your talking single track, that's where I'd say get a dirt bike.

To put it in a nut shell, I'd say I take my Sporty down most roads where an unmodified SUV (my wife's Escape for example) might go. If it gets rough enough to require my Jeep. That's when I'd take my dirt bike.

I inspect my belt after every extended ride on dirt, even if it's a plowed road. There is lot's of great riding off pavement that I wouldn't consider "dirt riding".
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This guy did it with a belt, Excel rim, Maxxis knobbies, and a raised front fender (yes I know it's been posted before) he is a trained professional so would probably say "don't try this at home kids..."

http://m.vitalmx.com/videos/features...rt,389/GuyB,64
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Once in awhile I run gravel roads on my 1200 R. It's lots of fun to grab a handful of throttle in 2nd, get the tire spinning and throw gravel!

These are heavy bikes though so you need to be careful, and I don't think I'd ever consider taking it into serious off-raod stuff........but a 1-2 lane dirt road...Why not?
I agree that a chain would certainly be less worrisome though, as well as the suspension upgrades.
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Haven't seen this one before Gojira, wonder how much the drop costed him.

A stripped down dresser would probably handle quite nicely, I heard they used one as the base for Wolverine's bike in the movie. Though for the same money you could probably get a proper MX...and another for spare ones.
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