Dual Sporter Magazine
DSM Project Bike
Although this small
displacement bike from Honda may seem a bit out of place
with all the
Obviously, we first need to make it street legal. For that, we inlisted the services
of Four Strokes Only of North Hollywood, California, which sells and installs a custom-fitted wiring kit.
This kit, costing less than $450.00 plus professional modification and installation if desired,
comes complete with hi-lo headlight, horn, turn signals, brake, tail, and license plate light assembly, and all
switchces and buttons, plus complete instructions for anyone who decides to undertake the installation themselves.
In addition, there is a small maintenance-free, 3/4"
of a pound battery12vDC that hides easily wherever it's convenient. But in order to make the whole package functional,
the engine has to produce more amperage than stock, which was concerned only with keeping the spark.
Fortunately, that's not a big problem, for Honda has
thoughtfully provided the bike with a stator that has several unused winding cores.
Four Strokes Only pulled the case cover, removed the stator, added the proper windings,
and had the bike back running in four days.
For those owners who don't have such a facility
near-by, any reputable bike shop can pull the stator for you,
(if you lend them the factory shop manual which is not provided the the bike but available from
the dealer) leaving you only the task of shipping it to
Four Strokes Only, and leave it to the same shop to reinstall the modified unit.
Now you've got a street-legal bike that will pass any department of motor vehicle legality scrutineering, and get you your
all-important license plate. Next comes some other considerations. First, as you'll discover as soon as you ride the XR100R,
the overall gearing is more suited to pulling stumps than Dual Sport riding. Stock 1st gear is essentially useless, unless you
wish to try trials riding or want to be the first person uo the vertical face of Half Dome. Again the solution is easy. Depending
upon the rider's weight, change the rear sprocket to between 40 and 44 teeth, and suddenly you've got five usable gears that
give enough pull for the steep trail, and good tractability for keeping up with (or past) traffic in the street.
Next issue we'll attack some of the other items that need to be put right, such as the missing rear rack, speedometer/odometer
(so important for being independent on any organized Dual Sport ride, and several other tricks that take this great design and
make it even better. But in the meantime if you know some one around you who wants to go Dual Sporting-especially your
family members, because this bike fits ust about ever body-get yourself one of these super XR100Rs (or Honda's XR 80R and
XR200R for larger and smaller riders). The price is right, the Dual Sport potential is easily attainable,
and with the modifications we suggest, you've got a street legal little rocket that's going to have
everybody around begging for a ride. And that includes
all those riders usually on there 500's and 600's and 700's...
Call 1-818-765-5616 (PST)
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