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twinshock conversion on a 1981 XR 500 mono shocker

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I am Matt from Cape Town , South Africa. I have been on dirt bikes for many years, and started VMX a few years back, restoring a 82, CR 480.

I raced this bike a few times and love the VMX crowd and atmosphere! I also race modern MX and endure and trials, basically anything done on dirt with 2 wheels.

I had to sell the 480 again, but have a new one in bits, waiting for time and $$$, but should be in the first corner before long.

I recently got given a 1981 XR500 by my brother to sell for him, but decided to keep it. After looking at what it will need to look decent, I decided to investigate the possibility of turning it into a twin-shocker. Weld lugs to the swing-arm and frame and build a proper race bike out of it.

What are your thoughts on this option, and pointers pleas.

Regards

Matt

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Hi YZTec,

This XR is really in bad shape. it has the wrong seat and tank, and is just very untidy. I love XR's, but cant stand ratty ones.

this one is strong , motor wise and stable running, just to much little things that will take to much time and precision to get just right.

I recon that turning it into something like a Mugen replica, has a lot more room for variance, and you can fit a very wide variety of parts, and still look good, if you catch my drift? Having a Twin Shock race bike will also allow me to enter a bigger variety of VMX race classes.

I have since looked at plenty pictures of C&J framed 500 Hondas, and I will modify the sub-frame myself to accommodate the shockers.

I will start taking pictures and post for anyone interested.

Matt

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