2017 CRF500L Rally Build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by sock, Jun 30, 2017.

  1. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    I have a VERY modified Flatlands guard on my rad for exactly that reason :-)

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  2. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    Sock/ Scutty...... Duly noted and action taken...!!
  3. sock

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    I'd have to really do some fanagling to get a brace to fit as the rad is already running into the fairing pretty good..not any extra room. Hmm I'll try and throw it on the ground less often..
  4. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    As I said, it was a pain in the ass to get it to fit with the Acerbis tank and still get the plastics to fit. You can see the modified rear bracket in that photo, there is another one at the bottom of the radiator there relocates the lower plastic bolt.
  5. tinwelp

    tinwelp Professional Idiot

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    Wonderful build guys... and fast too... but Scutty, and Sock, do neither of you own files? That radiator brace and sump base-plate are disgraceful! It looks like you've chewed them into shape. :-)

    Cheers... Paul
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  6. Scutty

    Scutty Been here awhile

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    Lol, mine is a lot tidier now. Well, a bit tidier now.

    Let's not focus on the minor bits!
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  7. sock

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    I have a pet hamster and he does a lot of the cutting for me :rofl
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  8. DesertSurfer

    DesertSurfer Tail sprayin

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    Wow, Very cool build here! I love seeing ambitious builds actually completed... And this was executed quickly, and with alot of visual notes.

    I know you're very effectively balancing budget and simplicity to create ridiing time as the end goal which I like.

    I had a few question (not trying to be an armchair QB here)...

    The suspension looks whimpy from the start. If time and money were more freely available would 450X forks and rear spring adapt?

    Also would 450x rear swingarm adapt? 250L swingarm looks suspect.

    I don't really see the current subframe of the 250L... but imagine it would need an upgrade if panniers were in the future? Your thoughts?

    Is the current radiator big enogh to handle the cooling? Just wondering.

    Great work here. It really shines a bad light on the lazy factory R and D people.

    Why Honda would say there is no market for this bike is ludicris. Who wouldn't want one?

    How's the current gearing now?... Favoring highway top end or off road low end?

    How does the bike feel at highway speeds?

    What's the diffeence between this CB500 motor and the one in that ugly 500x pseudo adventure turd they sell?

    Again, nice job!!!
  9. sock

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    crf450 forks have been installed on a 250L by others its not too difficult if you have access to a machine shop to bore the triples. Not sure on the spring.
    not sure if 450 swingarm would fit but theres no issue with the 250L one so not sure what looks suspect.
    Subframe is not bad for the small bags I use basically If it breaks I'll add beef to those areas.
    No issues with the rad even with it punched in from dropping it. Riding in 30 deg C+ no boiling over or overheating.
    Using the stock 500's 15t front and the stock 250's 40 rear its perfectly geared right in the middle. Good low for tight single/dual track and revs about 5500 at 110km/h IIRC. bike feels stable and understressed at highway speeds. On its first road trip I cruised at 140km/h for about 3 hours no issue.
    The CBR500R, CB500x, CB500f all share the same engine and tuning. only difference is the paint.
  10. Bonnie & Clyde

    Bonnie & Clyde Wishing I was riding RTW

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    excellent build! I hope Honda takes notice
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  11. sock

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    I installed a 1 gallon rotopax today. There's no aftermarket tanks available so this is the next best thing. Yes I need extra gas as I've run out on the side of the road already after only 150km riding at about 140km/h.
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    Fits neatly behind the rack for my wolfman bags. 20170811_194250.jpg 20170811_194454.jpg
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  12. BygDaddee

    BygDaddee Where do I get a pie

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    nice work, I like the idea of the 500 in the Honda rally version, gives that bit more factory look over the standard CRF, I suppose the tank size is the drawback.
  13. sock

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    With the 3.8L rotopax and the 10.5L tank if I ride it gently on backroads at around 50-80km/h I can get about 400km. If I ride high speed like 120km/h I'll get about 260k to right empty

    I painted the exhaust black, looks a little more stealthy.
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