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02-07-2011, 8:10 PM
Well, here is a little 650 Savage project I'm messing with. Originally was going to run dirt bike bars and a motocross front tire. Mocked up these bars from a set that was laying in the weeds and its growing on me...Also only have one shock, I may have tossed the other :eek:(NEVER THROW SH*T OUT), so I gotta find one more (anyone?) or make a hardtail section for it. Going to run the belt for now but may change to chain after its on the road for gearing purposes.

Shoot me your thoughts fellows, good and bad.

Cheers all

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02-07-2011, 10:07 PM
We just finished a tail section for that frame. Total pain in the ass to work around the belt drive and all the twin tube main frame.


Dude is on a super tight budget, but its a roller now, just waiting on his photos to update the thread. I have the shocks here somewhere if you decide you need them. We also lowered the forks on his bike for a more aggressive stance.

The belt sucks for any kind of mods, the frame is goofy wide there to clear it. We converted to chain, and it was the only way to stretch 3" in the rear anyhow.

02-09-2011, 10:45 AM
NIce work. If I hard tail it I was thinking along the same idea you did. Agreed, its goofy wide to clear the belt.
Keep those shocks (at least one) handy, I might need it!
Any more pictures of the finished scoot?


02-09-2011, 11:58 AM
It not finished yet. Dude is building it on a budget of $10 every 2 weeks :cool:

02-09-2011, 6:47 PM
Seems semi popular to switch it over to a chain drive to be able to narrow the rear up some. Thats what kevinphan did on his project. Link (http://www.chopcult.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1700)

Ever since I read that tread I've been dreaming about doing an LS650 project, keep sharing your progress.

02-09-2011, 8:53 PM
Part of me really wants to keep the belt, but at the same time, it does take up a bunch of space, and with a chain drive I could get some good wheelie poppin low end. If if gets stretched or hardtailed, I think I will do the chain conversion.
Maybe it lives as a belt drive for this incarnation...hmmm
will post as progress is made. Vacation soon, so will be a way a while.

02-10-2011, 4:08 AM
I dig the chain, it looks a lot better than the belt and it really does slim the frame up since you don't have that awkward notch anymore. Also easier to replace a link versus a ripped belt.

Dave(www.tanksbytigman.com) did the hardtail on mine he kept the stock mounting points for the engine as well. Dude is good! :killerjob:

Can't wait to see what you come up with. These little bikes are plenty of fun!