Safari Pacific – Page 2 – Travel & Exploration
DS1 – Gear Storage ?>

DS1 – Gear Storage

With the purchase of my first dual sport comes the inevitable upgrades. The goal of loading more shit onto your bike that it probably can handle for most. Thought, having become more of a minimalist, I want to try to keep gear, as the term suggest, to a minimum. For the first few weeks I had the bike nothing really happened. All I did was get some new riding gear; helmet, jacket and water resistant backpack. Then a few weeks…

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Overland Expo East 2014 ?>

Overland Expo East 2014

Back in 2014 I rode my 1982 Honda XL500R from California to West Virginia. While I was out I decided to take a trip to Asheville, North Carolina to visit the Overland Expo East. It was kind of last minute, though I hadn’t been to an expo in a couple years and figured since it was sort of close I should make it. Packing up my bike I hit the road 280 miles south. Back on the road again was…

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HBDA-T2: Final Construction ?>

HBDA-T2: Final Construction

With the lifts working properly we finished skinning the exterior and installed the windows. The door was trimmed with 2 inch wide aluminum strips for an outside edge for the weather stripping. The split between the doors has weather stripping as well. Final adjustments on the latch catch are made. All the edges then got trim. Attached with 3M VHB tape. This took a few days. The final results were awesome. One thing that wasn’t finished on time was the…

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HBDA-T2: Body Skin, Door & Electric Lift ?>

HBDA-T2: Body Skin, Door & Electric Lift

The body skeleton is reattached and floor set in place. Then its onto finishing the skin. The upper portion gets skins cut to fit. More cutting sheets of aluminum to fit then attaching using 3M’s VHB tape. Between installing the skin I start working on the doors and latch. The two doors allow access when the lid is up or down. Inside view of latch and door jam. Doors get skinned once latch, door jam and seals are in place….

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HBDA-T2: Chassis Paint & Assembly ?>

HBDA-T2: Chassis Paint & Assembly

Next I pull off the body from the frame. Then take it outside to sand blast. The tires are covered and chassis is cleaned with thinner. The whole chassis gets a layer of heavy duty paint. (Customer requested paint over powder coat) Once dry I roll it back inside and place strips of neoprene foam on the edges. This is to keep the aluminum from rubbing against the steel chassis. Suspension components are installed. Air line is connected and electrical…

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