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    Quote Originally Posted by prairieguy View Post
    I'm certainly not going to be able to out-engineer BMW!
    It is quite possible to improve on things they did 40 years ago.
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    I certainly agree that modern bikes are more powerful, have better brakes, and are very highly engineered and styled.
    Fitting a vintage airhead with better/newer technology is something I'd love to do, but probably not on this bike. I'm really just learning how to work on them, so familiarity with how the stock parts interchange is a big deal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by prairieguy View Post
    I certainly agree that modern bikes are more (snip) styled.

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    Be comforted that the snowflake wheel has yet to be equaled in grace, style and proportions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob_M View Post
    Be comforted that the snowflake wheel has yet to be equaled in grace, style and proportions.
    IMHO
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    Haven't had much experience with the '85-on single side bikes until recent weeks when we've come upon an '86 R65 for restoration.

    The top shock mount is a piece of iron welded to the frame. I'm fairly certain from other experience that the oval tubed frame is not exactly the same as previous dual shock airheads (there is no oil cooler thermostat clearance issue).

    In any event, this uses the four-bolt wheel and you'll only find one with a rear drum brake.

    Also in any event, I'd predict any shadetree effort to convert an earlier bike to single side will result in ZERO performance improvement.
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    Well guys, with all the comments and information, I've made a decision regarding the rear suspension - which is to leave it stock for now.
    When I want a single sided swingarm, I'll save up and buy a bike already equipped!
    Thanks for all the help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lkchris View Post
    Or in difficulty cleaning!
    True dat!

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