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CR85/XR100 Conversion Terrain Suitability?

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For the guys  who have done a CR85/XR100 conversion, how are they suited for the desert and trails?  My XR100 is primarily used for open desert and tight, desert trails.  Honestly, it's really only used once a year and for a specific area (NW of Phoenix, the Wickenburg area).  The area includes wide-open desert and tight, rocky trails.  My brother-in-law and I get together once a year and hang out for 5-7 days there.  We both currently ride heavily modded XR100s.  I hate the XR100 in the wide-open, open-desert sections but am concerned about the CR85 (more MX suspension) in the tight sections. 

What have been your experiences?

For comparison, my XR100 has a Works shock and BBR sprung front end.  For my weight (160#) and for a "pit-bike," it does well.  I guess what I'm really looking for is an idea of if a CR85/XR100 conversion will produce a scaled-down version of a more desert oriented bike.  That is, does the CR85 chassis provide a better desert platform for the XR100 motor.

I'm afraid this is really an apples and oranges question.  I'm confident the XR100 is the better goat for the tight stuff.  With that said, it is miserable in the wide-open areas.  If I were to do the conversion, would I be trading the "comfort-zone"?  That is, would I have a good bike for the wide-open and a miserable bike for the tight stuff?  Thoughts?

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my grandson ran 12 miles of tight Idaho mountain trails then faster open fields and CRP ground over the weekend on this and loved every minuteDSCN0846.JPG.e89bf39ed55b8113164b23ea609d89d1.JPG

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I've had my conversion do stuff that there is no way a modded 100 can do.  A conversion that is built right can do anything from desert, track, tails, rocks, or whatever.  Plus, you can build the motor more, since you have a more stable frame.  

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On 6/2/2017 at 0:19 PM, michaelchristie207 said:

Why not have 2-bike's a motor swap is a lot more work than it is worth riding once a year. If u have decent riding skills a 85 is good in everything. And a lot faster. Good luck 

2 reasons.  One, I already have a garage full of bikes and getting another one in there will result in more marital strain than I'm willing to deal with right now.  And two, I'm not a 2T guy. 

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Conversion! Better suspension, brakes, handling. You can get just about every aftermarket part that you can get for a big bike too. Plus your bike will be cooler than his :D.  And what socalxr said. 

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