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Forum: Racing 12-25-2014, 04:11 PM
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Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Yep... I'd say this one for example (also from...

Yep... I'd say this one for example (also from 2014) is far more contentious than the Peterhansel river incident ever was...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kOD_mkr_AWw

Note at 0.30 the driver...
Forum: Racing 12-24-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1,295
Views: 100,132
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
I apologise - I just had a google myself, and it...

I apologise - I just had a google myself, and it would appear I was reading about the new 250 after all... and that they are doing an e-start (and 6-speed wide ratio) MX version too dubbed the...
Forum: Beasts 12-24-2014, 03:36 AM
Replies: 5,226
Views: 985,938
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Yep - we'll be running in 'stealth' mode during...

Yep - we'll be running in 'stealth' mode during testing ;o)

I think without the stickers, you can actually appreciate the shape and detail of the tank and fairing - although I'd also say those...
Forum: Beasts 12-24-2014, 01:52 AM
Replies: 4,407
Views: 833,017
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
I understand the Thai bikes (there were two...

I understand the Thai bikes (there were two versions) used modified CRF450 and 250L forks.

As John Ashman suggests a few posts above - clearly the spring rate would need to be increased to support...
Forum: Beasts 12-24-2014, 01:31 AM
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Views: 833,017
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Tell me about it... btw. HRC were not...

Tell me about it...

btw. HRC were not directly involved with this Thai 500X project, it was done independently - however, I'm sure it provided useful feedback to the parent company that might, as...
Forum: Racing 12-24-2014, 01:14 AM
Replies: 1,295
Views: 100,132
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
The 2015 model WR450F now also has the reverse...

The 2015 model WR450F now also has the reverse cylinder engine - complete with electric and kick start (and a new, more compact and lighter frame) - and similarly the YZF450 also comes with e-start...
Forum: Australia 12-23-2014, 03:59 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 20,818
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Thank you! - it's starting to look even better...

Thank you! - it's starting to look even better now ;o)

http://i492.photobucket.com/albums/rr289/JMoandpiglet/CB500X%20Adventure/IMG_3020_zps4a6239d4.jpg

Jx
Forum: Beasts 12-23-2014, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5,226
Views: 985,938
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Hee hee - funny, I/we had the same idea using the...

Hee hee - funny, I/we had the same idea using the front end from a 690 Enduro (10" travel) - and may still do with any 18/21" conversion...

But we need to nail this Adventure kit first of course...
Forum: Vendors 12-23-2014, 03:42 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Hi Max' - you raise a good point here, which I...

Hi Max' - you raise a good point here, which I feel some people my not be immediately aware of and so is worth explaining...

Fundamentally, if you are to retain the comfortable ergonomics of the...
Forum: Vendors 12-23-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Hi Mike - you need to read back a few pages......

Hi Mike - you need to read back a few pages... the fender in the photos has already been raised +25mm on brackets to help clear the 19" tyre (it just still looks OEM in the photos ;o)

However, I...
Forum: Beasts 12-23-2014, 02:42 PM
Replies: 5,226
Views: 985,938
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Good luck making that fit ;o) (believe me,...

Good luck making that fit ;o)

(believe me, it ain't easy you know!)

Jx
Forum: Beasts 12-23-2014, 02:40 PM
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Views: 833,017
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Not as standard, but with a little work, great...

Not as standard, but with a little work, great things can be achieved...

http://i492.photobucket.com/albums/rr289/JMoandpiglet/other%20pix/CB500X3_zps87499758.jpg

You can bet the new AT won't...
Forum: Vendors 12-23-2014, 08:11 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Hi Mike - I've quoted your post for posterity, as...

Hi Mike - I've quoted your post for posterity, as again it pretty much summarises the whole ethos behind this project!

If you read back to post #157 on page 11, you will see a more detailed...
Forum: Vendors 12-23-2014, 02:26 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
I agree it is pretty neat on the Tenere version -...

I agree it is pretty neat on the Tenere version - however, traditionally a tubular frame is appreciably heavier and more complicated to fabricate than folded/welded plate design...

I'm not...
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5,226
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Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Thank you. Please feel free to copy it to...

Thank you.

Please feel free to copy it to the New Africa Twin 2014 sh!tfest, and any other 'why oh why oh why' unicorn bike threads ;o)

Jx
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 11:23 AM
Replies: 5,226
Views: 985,938
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
I agree... I think fundamentally what John...

I agree...

I think fundamentally what John is after is the convenience of running tubeless tyres on spoked wheels - and in that regard, there are options: various trials rims are tubeless (with...
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 5,226
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Posted By JMo (& piglet)
The reasons for zip-tying the cross of pairs of...

The reasons for zip-tying the cross of pairs of spokes is primarily to hold the spokes in place should one of them ever snap - otherwise it could flail around and potentially cause damage to the rest...
Forum: Vendors 12-22-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
All good points worth raising Max' - please...

All good points worth raising Max' - please don't think any of the following answers are knock-backs, rather hopefully they will illustrate what we're up against ;o)



I agree - as mentioned on...
Forum: Vendors 12-22-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Hi Dogjaw - as I mention above, it is still a...

Hi Dogjaw - as I mention above, it is still a work in progress, but yes, one element John was keen to include was some protection to the lower edges of the engine cases, which can be potentially...
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 05:18 AM
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Posted By JMo (& piglet)
To clarify - it is the rim itself which is made...

To clarify - it is the rim itself which is made from a softer material (compared to a cast wheel) and therefore more resilient to damage, not the fact it is spoked to a hub.

I would agree than in...
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 05:05 AM
Replies: 5,226
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Posted By JMo (& piglet)
I agree - and concluded much the same over on the...

I agree - and concluded much the same over on the 'other' thread regarding the rally prep on my 660 Tenere a few years back...

Fundamentally, the primary cycle parts (forks, shock, swing arm,...
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 5,226
Views: 985,938
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
John - with the greatest of respect, that is NOT...

John - with the greatest of respect, that is NOT the reason for wired/spoked wheels... you can still break a spoked rim, its just usually they are more resilient to impact damage because of the...
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 04:19 AM
Replies: 5,226
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Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Thanks GezwindeSpoed - I did wonder... presumably...

Thanks GezwindeSpoed - I did wonder... presumably you do still have to lift the tank too though?

Jx
Forum: Vendors 12-22-2014, 03:58 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
OEM low fender adaptor kit

We were surprised how well the stock front fender sits around the appreciably larger 19" front tyre:

http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu281/ktmmitch111/Honda%20CB500X/imagejpg6_zps26820a95.jpg...
Forum: Vendors 12-22-2014, 03:51 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Exhaust and luggage racks...

The exhaust and luggage racks are effectively production ready:

http://i656.photobucket.com/albums/uu281/ktmmitch111/Honda%20CB500X/imagejpg9_zpse207dc04.jpg...
Forum: Vendors 12-22-2014, 03:41 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Skid-plate - work in progress...

The current engine guard fitted is very much a prototype to protect the engine while testing and will be further refined once John has returned from Dakar.
...
Forum: Vendors 12-22-2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Wheel specification

I can confirm that I have ridden it... but only up my driveway and into the garage ;o)

There are a couple of 'finishing-off' things to deal with before we can properly road-test the bike, but...
Forum: Beasts 12-22-2014, 01:04 AM
Replies: 5,226
Views: 985,938
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Nice series of photos Max' - I'm sure they will...

Nice series of photos Max' - I'm sure they will prove invaluable over the next few weeks while I get to grips with this bike too ;o)

One thing I noticed immediately is the front hose routing on...
Forum: Vendors 12-20-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
It will look even better once it has the sides on...

It will look even better once it has the sides on ;o)

Jx
Forum: Racing 12-20-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 1,295
Views: 100,132
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
You can bet they do. You have to remember...

You can bet they do.

You have to remember that these aren't short-course 'race' cars, or BITD buggies - but vehicles that the occupants are likely to spend up to ten hours a day in (sometimes...
Forum: Beasts 12-20-2014, 01:52 PM
Replies: 5,226
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Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Hi James - 'comfort' is going to be subjective,...

Hi James - 'comfort' is going to be subjective, and dependent on your own body size etc. but on the whole I'd say the bike is very comfortable at higher highway speeds - it only has a small fly...
Forum: Beasts 12-20-2014, 01:41 PM
Replies: 5,226
Views: 985,938
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Yep - the standard bars are 7/8ths, so your...

Yep - the standard bars are 7/8ths, so your risers should work just fine. Be aware that there is not a huge amount of spare clutch cable or brake hose, so you might be limited about how high you can...
Forum: Beasts 12-20-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5,226
Views: 985,938
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Fortunately that comes off pretty easily with a...

Fortunately that comes off pretty easily with a hair-dryer... Lisa's bike had them on for about 35 miles... (the ride home from the dealer ;o)
...
Forum: Vendors 12-20-2014, 08:49 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Hi Tony! We initially considered trying to...

Hi Tony!

We initially considered trying to incorporate a Rotopax bracket on the inside of the frames on the CB-X, but it really was too compromised - it works on the [left hand side of the]...
Forum: Vendors 12-20-2014, 06:11 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Exhausting!

Finally for now, we took delivery this week of the pre-production aluminium silencer. This made in the UK by performance exhaust specialists DEP, exclusively for Rally Raid Products.

Fundamentally...
Forum: Vendors 12-20-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Soft luggage rack system.

In the meantime, John has already been busy developing a soft-luggage rack system for the CB-X, and we now have the pre-production parts fitted and ready for evaluation testing next month...
...
Forum: Vendors 12-20-2014, 05:17 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Suspension.

Once the wheels were fitted, it was time to take a few measurements as part of finalising our suspension design.

One question that has been asked regularly during the development of this project...
Forum: Vendors 12-20-2014, 04:37 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Pre-production wheels

So here is a little taster of what's to come over the next few weeks...

first up, perhaps the most important part of this whole 'Adventure' conversion, a heavy-duty spoked wheel-set in 17" rear...
Forum: Vendors 12-20-2014, 03:25 AM
Replies: 216
Views: 28,635
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
Hi Cruz! Not at this moment - I like what...

Hi Cruz!

Not at this moment - I like what Maxacceleration is suggesting for example though...

It is certainly something we will look at once the basic kit is finalised, as the stock bars not...
Forum: Racing 12-19-2014, 05:29 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,002
Posted By JMo (& piglet)
It's the same shirt, I'm just wearing my blue...

It's the same shirt, I'm just wearing my blue jacket (without the sleeves) over it ;o)

Jx
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