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    Default Lets see your "CONVERTED" overland bikes.

    I built this for my wife to ride to Alaska and the North Slope.1994 GS500 Suzuki.








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    That looks great, Ive been looking for something similar, low budget bike to take exploring and to just get back out on a bike. What size are those tires? Any clearance issues with them?
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    Awesome.

    That little Zuke was probably real sure footed on all the dirt and gravel with that tire combo.

    I never converted anything. I just rode them where ever I wanted.

    My little 700s took me down plenty of dirt roads. So did my friends GPZ1100..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bushcoat View Post
    That looks great, Ive been looking for something similar, low budget bike to take exploring and to just get back out on a bike. What size are those tires? Any clearance issues with them?
    The front is a 120/70-17
    Rear is a 140/80-17
    Both fit,but VERY close!!!.
    Beware that any bike going up the Dalton will never be the same!!.You will be finding Dalton Dirt for years to come.




    This is one of many car washes we visted.I had to do some repairs on the GS so we washed her ( Dora the purple explora ) so I could fix her.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Cabrito View Post
    Awesome.

    That little Zuke was probably real sure footed on all the dirt and gravel with that tire combo.

    I never converted anything. I just rode them where ever I wanted.

    My little 700s took me down plenty of dirt roads. So did my friends GPZ1100..

    I remember trail riding my NightHawk S. Best bike I ever had, nobody told me that you needed a special bike and tires to offroad with...so I just rode the bike I had down any trail or gravel road there was. Guess that's kind of been my theme. I ride whatever bike I have at the time. I road my first century on a Mt Bike because nobody told me you needed skinny tires to ride a century.

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    This is probably going to be my favorite thread in the moto section. Love converted bikes and homemade scramblers.

    One of my all time favorites and hopefully some inspiration for your own GS500 [not mine], but the thread can be found here-

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...30726&page=33:





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    Yup that one and Chris Scotts were the insperations.


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    i guessed as much after i saw your bike on another forum. yours, or hers i suppose. looks great by the way.

    Quote Originally Posted by lonestrom View Post
    Yup that one and Chris Scotts were the insperations.


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    I have often thought about getting an older SV 650 and putting better tires and suspension on it just to use on dirt roads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jnich77 View Post
    I have often thought about getting an older SV 650 and putting better tires and suspension on it just to use on dirt roads.
    There has been several built over on ADVrider,they are pretty cool.


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