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Finally got everything from SF. Now to get organized and get busy!
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This isn’t all of them, there’s still the Motobecane VLX, Critical Miss, HobBAD Sparkle Butt, Ciao Ciao and the other DR350. But now everything’s more or less in one place and I’ve got my tools. I’m stoked!

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dirtbag challenge 2013 bike – critical miss v1

ryan and i dragged out the kawasaki roadrunner we tried to build a few years ago and made it our 2013 dirtbag build. everything we did all those years ago had to be done over, but in the end it turned out to be a fun little ripper.
well, until the piston melted down on the dirtbag ride. as it turns out, taking a 46 year old 120cc two stroke trail bike with stock gearing out on the freeway for miles isn’t a great idea. who would have thought?
obviously we didn’t “finish” it, but with ~$300 and probably ~15-20 hours invested, we didn’t do that bad. the bike had been sitting in a guy’s back yard for 20 years or more when we got it and i had to break up the stock piston with a hammer to get it out of the cylinder. we are pretty stoked we even got it running in time for the dbc.
we have a new piston and ryan will be rehashing it next year for his dirtbag 2014 bike and i’ll be building something new, so i figured i’d get some shitty pictures of version one before that happens.

video of the first start at the bottom!

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dirtbag virago

i’m mostly posting about this bike because i don’t have anything else i’m quite ready to post about just yet, plus it should be in here somewhere.
this is a bike that i built for the dirtbag challenge in 011, but didn’t quite finish in time. poll, the guy that puts on the dirtbag every year, told me to finish it and use it in 012, so that’s what i did! kinda.

here it is when i got my hands on it. 1984 yamaha virago xv700. hadn’t been ran in a year or more. abandoned at the shop, my boss sold it to me for $200, i think.
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i stripped it down and put most of the bits on ebay. i think i made back $175 in selling parts. i lowered the front by flipping the top triple tree, this allowed me to drop the front a good 3″ or so without pushing the fork sanctions up through the triple, which would interfere with the bars. i used the stock handle bar risers and threw some moped clubman bars on it and was stoked.
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i cut the rear subframe off and engineered a rigid rear end that would allow for the swing arm to drop so that the rear wheel could still be removed. because the bike is shaft drive, it took a little critical thinking.
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got a honda tank off ebay, hammered the tunnel a bit so it would fit over the frame, found an angle i liked and welded in some moped fender brackets to hold the tank there. that left a bunch of room in the tank tunnel, so that’s where most of the electrical lives. the seat almost had padding!
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modified a moped headlight bucket to bolt up to the forks, threw on a cheapo quick pull throttle, fashioned an intake out of some pvc and a k&n filter, made a seat pan out of some metal shelving, bolted on an autozone trailer tail light threw together a wiring harness, zip tied in a scooter battery and called it good.

here’s jamie lookin like a little bad ass on it-
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a useless mirror to try and make it a little more “legal”
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the bike and i made the 012 dirtbag challenge, but i got about 80 miles through the 100 mile ride my battery crapped out on me. here’s the bike where it left me stranded for about 3 hours in the woods with no reception while i waited on rescue.
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i was eventually able to get a hold of justin, and just as he was picking me up, a truck rolled by with another dirtbag bike in the back and they took the bike back to the party for me.

it’s such a fun ride. 15 year old tires, no fork oil (most of it has leaked onto the front brake and tire), no foot pegs (feet go on the engine cases), no padding for your butt and having to push start the bike makes it an interesting ride, but surprisingly not all that uncomfortable! and it’s so much fun to rip around on. it’s pretty fast for an early 80’s 700cc cruiser!

i know these photos are horrible, as are most in this blog. i’m working on getting a good camera, when that happens i’ll pull the virago down and take some quality photos.


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