We’re back with our much-anticipated special project: fitting a set of KTM inverted or USD forks to Richard’s BMW F650 Dakar.
Now that we’ve got Richard’s “number two bike” back on the road, it’s time to get cracking on “number one” – the F650 Dakar that he rode to Singapore in 2003.
While no.2 (also an F650 Dakar) is Richard’s daily hack, no.1 is the sentimental favourite because of its history. A while back Richard decided to turn it into something special and has been progressively getting things overhauled, powdercoated, polished and blinged up with stainless steel bolts.
But the big-ticket item is a set of KTM inverted or upside-down (USD) forks – the factory-fitted variety made by WP Suspension. Whenever we’ve mentioned this on ADVRider or other forums there’s been a big response – so this episode, where we explain the conversion, should prove popular.
Richard started out with a set of 43mm forks he bought off eBay, and things were looking promising as it appeared a little machining on the steering stem would be the only major job to make it all mate up. Sadly, these particular forks proved unsuitable for our specific purposes because they were from a 640 Supermoto.
We give the full story in the video, but these forks could most certainly be used on an F650 depending on whether you were building a street motard or a dirt-oriented machine. Getting the steering post and bottom yoke machined to take BMW bearings is relatively straightforward.
In the end, Richard bit the bullet and got some 48mm forks from a KTM 950 Adventure like Pete’s. We have carefully planned how we will make these fit, and issues like the steering stem, ignition lock, brakes and various small modifications are well in hand.
Watch the video and you’ll get the picture. Then fire away with your comments and questions.