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Old 12-29-2011, 06:07 AM   #151
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Nice pair of BIg Wheels Matt. Someday I'd like to get mine to look that nice. This is how mine looked when I first got it. The previous owner bought it new and used it to get around the ranch for years. It had tons of ride time on it and everything was worn out. Then they got a quad and it sat, with the exception of when some kids would ride it around with a front flat tire. Mine looks a lot better now, but I still have a lot more to fix.

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Old 12-29-2011, 02:23 PM   #152
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Happy Seal,

That is not me in the Cub. That's my unsteady and shaky hand on the camera. It's remarkable what 20 knots of wind on the nose does for the performance of a lightly loaded Cub, no?

Cliff,

You don't need the studs for 95% of the snow riding. However, if you come across any ice you will be on the ground in a heartbeat. There will be untold numbers of times that you will use the studs without knowing it. I find that I sometimes cross creeks without even realizing that there was ice because I mistook the opening in the trees as meadow.

The primary caveat is: you're going to crash anyway. That's why it's nice to have company in the winter.

I have a not-so-great front and rear set of wheels that are studded up. That might be the easiest way for us to get you on studs. They are not being used right now.

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Old 12-29-2011, 11:52 PM   #153
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Mr. Bigwheel, that would be great if you would allow me to use your wheels, I would very much appreciate the use of them! Yes, creek crossing are my major concern. I would like to (eventually) get another set of wheels with studded tires mounted up, but I would like to try the studs out first so that I can make an informed decision on what style of stud would work best for me, so that I don't end up crashing (too much anyway).
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Old 12-30-2011, 12:14 PM   #154
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The only bad thing about my spare studded tires is that the rear is a failed experiment. I used a 22x11 - 9 tire and it has a flatter profile than is ideal. It has some curvature to it but is more like one of the tires used on racing ATVs.

In the snow, the flatness is unnoticeable but on pure ice it's not that much fun to flat-track turns because the traction has an on/off quality that is unnerving when over on the edge. You don't spend much time leaned over that far in most situations, I find.

Regardless, they will be a whole lot more fun than riding unstudded. We should be able to get you situated soon. I just need an excuse to run into Los Anchorage.

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Old 12-30-2011, 10:24 PM   #155
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Sounds great!
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:20 PM   #156
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I once owned a bw 350. but i sold it. I cant belive i sold it. I sure miss it.
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:22 AM   #157
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Just discovered this thread.Very cool!
I have a BW350 with a YZ400 2 stroke in it.
Found the rolling chassis in a bike junkyard.Couldn't find a stock engine so fabricated this into the frame instead.
I wasn't able to find a stock tank or seat so had to get creative there also.

Next project is to paint everything to match.

It's really a lot of fun with so much power.

Click the link to see some pics.


http://s922.photobucket.com/albums/a...an_2010/BW400/

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Old 01-01-2012, 02:52 PM   #158
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Shercoman,

That is truly awesome. You have some very innovative fabbing skills. That is the first twin downtube cradle frame I've seen on a BW.

It's also the first two-stroke I've seen on a BW, outside of the BW80. That's exactly what every BigWheel out there needs....a weight loss program. Very impressive.

How does she handle?

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Old 01-01-2012, 04:59 PM   #159
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Thank you!

It's a work still in progress. I still need a better air box and paint.

The center exhaust required the twin down tubes. And surprisingly,the engine t was a little longer so the single down tube did not clear the head.
The rear mounts are the entire mounting system from the YZ400.It fit the swing arm bolt and the chain line was corrected with some spacers.
The exhaust was the hardest part.

I would like to find a stock tank and seat for it.I bet most wouldn't notice the change until they heard it.

It is really fast and handles well until the trail gets too rough and you over ride the limited suspension. It is small and light and feels like a mini bike with big power..at least compared to my XR650.
It will spin the back tire at will and is eating the stock tire quickly.

Any suggestions for a good back tire?

I cannot wait to go to the dunes.I think it will really be awesome there.
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:23 PM   #160
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Shercoman View Post
Just discovered this thread.Very cool!
I have a BW350 with a YZ400 2 stroke in it.
Found the rolling chassis in a bike junkyard.Couldn't find a stock engine so fabricated this into the frame instead.
I wasn't able to find a stock tank or seat so had to get creative there also.

Next project is to paint everything to match.

It's really a lot of fun with so much power.

Click the link to see some pics.


http://s922.photobucket.com/albums/a...an_2010/BW400/
Hey, sorry if I interrupt you or anything, but that's a nice bike!

Next time, it wold be nice to see a video jej!

Greetings!
And happy new year to all the guys of the BW!
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:49 PM   #161
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I'll try to get some video this summer at the dunes!!!

I have a paddle tire for it....
Happy New Year!
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Old 01-01-2012, 07:25 PM   #162
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OK , add one more BW owner to the list on this thread that find it highly entertaining and informative !
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Old 01-01-2012, 08:08 PM   #163
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Que pasa, Leo?

LDL,

Welcome to the thread. Here you will be treated as though you were normal. It's good to have you along for the ride.

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Old 01-01-2012, 08:27 PM   #164
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Mr. Bigwheel
I see you have a Scorpa Easy. That was my first Trials bike. Very powerful for Trials!
Is there much Trials in Alaska?
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:30 AM   #165
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Shercoman,

Trials riding is virtually nonexistent in Alaska. There are certainly no official events, which is remarkable, considering the terrain available around the population centers. There are a few riders in Fairbanks that may try to change that this summer. I guess we'll see.

As far as the rear tire goes, your choice lies between a 25" or 22" tire. The 25s are usually heavier and slow acceleration, but you certainly have an abundance of power where that is not an issue. The 25s also raise the gearing noticeably but first gear is still quite low.

The difference between the 22s and 25s will raise or lower the rear of your bike, so if you have a preference, that might affect your choice. The selection available for 9" rims is not very broad since no modern 4 wheelers use them. A lot of them have a profile that is simply too flat for our usage.

Once you figure out what size you are going to use and then eliminate the square racing tires, you'll have a small population to choose from.

Decision making is usually easy with BW ownership since there are usually not many choices.

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