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    COULD ANY DARING FOOL...make a TW into an ADVrider machine?

    The CSC RX3 thread has me thinking. Why we don't all buy one, is the questionable (or known) quality issues on Chinese products.

    The TW is a nine-tenths machine. It will do everything but the Interstates. It has load capacity.

    How about a REMAKE? A GS-style tank and seat. Styled and proportioned panniers. Front fairing to ease the wind (at 50 mph, that won't be a big issue).

    Thoughts?

    I don't get to the head of the line at CSC, because of previous Chinese experience.

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    Head over to the Performance and Customization section. Plenty of T-dubbers have modded their TWs into true adventure machines with bigger tanks, luggage capacity, and comfort features for touring.

    Head over to the Trails, Off Road, and Adventure Riding section. Plenty of T-dubbers are getting out there ADV style. This journey puts 99% of the inmates at ADVrider to shame.
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    No GS-style tank and seat...
    No styled and proportioned panniers...
    No front fairing...

    But then again, adventure is how you look at things not what you ride. In fact, one could argue that the less conforming the machine, the more adventurous the undertaking. Nice of Doc to include me in the list of far more accomplished adventurers.

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    Tank issue solved by Rotopax.
    Seat issue solved by enough saddle time to ride a stocker and not notice.
    Panniers solved by Happy Trail, admittedly not "styled" but they do fit the rugged and utilitarian look of the TW.
    Fairing solved by a good full face helmet and a warm jacket.
    Lack of highway speed solved by staying off of them.

    So, "Could any daring fool...?" No, probably not. But can a prepared and motivated rider? Certainly.

    200cc's is still probably 150 more than you really need.
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    Seventy miles of gravel to come before the next paved section. Fun even with that homicidal rubber ring of death on the front, Armageddon Boy (Shinko 244)

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    Quote Originally Posted by TWilight View Post
    DonBenito already said it well. There are many T-Dubs owned by members of this forum, that are adventure machines, and do adventure riding.

    Gina Marie (PPE) is one example. Jim (RhodeTrip....and Mrs. Trip) are another coule examples, for the trip they just did. Borneo is another example. Hoot and Nick are a couple more examples.

    Next year we have a ride planned called the TW West Coast Clam Chowder Adventure.....starting in Victoria, B.C., and ending in Tijuana, Mexico...all along the West Coast, and all on T-Dubs.

    In 2017 we have the biggie....TWAT17.....TW's Alaska Tour, where we will spend a full month riding our TWs all around the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, and all around Alaska...for approx. 5000 miles of dirt and gravel roads and trails.

    How many wannabees over at the ADV forum have ever ridden thru Alaska ?
    Somehow that trip all across America dropped off my radar. I tend to go to the NEW POSTS section; and I guess my time here never crossed with new posts.

    I like the setups shown; but I do wish there were a front fairing for the machine. When you're out in all weather on a long trip, it makes a difference.

    A bigger tank would be essential. From reading, the two Clarke options require more modding on the seat than I'm capable of without a shop.

    And an integral seat to the tall tank would also be much desirous. Maybe the latter isn't necessary..,

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustPassinThru View Post
    Somehow that trip all across America dropped off my radar. I tend to go to the NEW POSTS section; and I guess my time here never crossed with new posts.

    I like the setups shown; but I do wish there were a front fairing for the machine. When you're out in all weather on a long trip, it makes a difference.

    A bigger tank would be essential. From reading, the two Clarke options require more modding on the seat than I'm capable of without a shop.

    And an integral seat to the tall tank would also be much desirous. Maybe the latter isn't necessary..,
    Clarke offers a tank that is roughly a gallon larger than stock and there is zero modification required.


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    Over 25,000 miles on our TWs... 3 countries...29 states and provinces...if we only had the right bikes...it could have been an adventure!




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    Think the "doing" has a lot more to do with the dream and desire than the machine or the shop. Long-roof is another great example of melding your machine to your desire.14980d1426898597-my-epic-ride-2014-longroof-dsc02276-681x1024-.jpg ------- my epic ride of 2014...by Longroof Gerry
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    Think the "doing" has a lot more to do with the dream and desire than the machine or the shop.
    Nailed it.
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    And you can put a fairing on a TW if you really want to. http://www.britanniacomposites.com/ Some tools and skills are all that's needed. Or absent that, start hanging out with Doc and feeding him Sweet Tea. Because I guarantee he could fit one up.
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