Converting into hard tail w 260 metzler, 14 degree rake
My name is Bryan. I don't write much on the forum, however I came across this thread; I am waiting for Sandy from Kosman wheel widening to send me back my widened stock tire back (now 18 x 8.5") so I can slap a Metzler 260 on it(already have the tire, so the wait is a torturous!!).
I am turning my bike into a hard tail, at least temporarily. If the ride becomes to unbearable, I will put some air shocks when I get some more "disposable" $$$. Probably will go with Low and Mean's system. I am throwing out the rear fender (Honda's worst mistake in my humble opinion) and "molding a custom fender to the shape of the tire hopefully not leaving more than a quarter inch clearance. I want the the length of the fender behind the seat to be just long enough for one of those suction cup rear seats for the ladys (I know, no long rides!). I want to emphasize on the tire.
I am also raking the front out about 14 degrees by cutting and welding the frame. I will know for sure the "max rake" degree I can use once I have the new tire mounted on the 8.5" rim. Work is being done at a reputable machine shop a by veteran welder" (owner of the shop just happens to be my friend!! lucky me)
Any feed back would be great! I know I am going to have a lot of people saying I am nuts for making such a nice riding bike into a hard tail and for cutting the frame, but air shocks will be an option in the future and I trust my welder!
Last edited by Bryan305; 02-15-2012 at 11:07 PM.