Mini ADV Bike Rides the Sierras

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by ShapeShifter, Jul 7, 2013.

  1. ShapeShifter

    ShapeShifter M0d+Rocker = Mocker

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    88cc race head and stock Honda 3 speed auto. Needs more power at these altitudes.....

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  2. The Letter J

    The Letter J Long timer

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    you rule.
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  3. jtw000

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    Good for you, mate. That looks awesome. A friend of mine flew his Honda C90 out to Malaysia and rode it home to London. Granted, his head isn't quite on straight but it does show that the perception that we need a bigger bike is woefully incorrect.
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  4. kubiak

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    nice setup and pics!
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  5. Graniteone

    Graniteone 3,2,1...Beer me!

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    That looks like fun. Kind of a mini me sort of thing going on.
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  6. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    what area are the pics taken. i live close to the sierras and ride there about once a week.
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  7. ShapeShifter

    ShapeShifter M0d+Rocker = Mocker

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    Thanks all. Its fun. This is the 8th custom mini bike I have built. As you can imagine, the 8 inch wheels don't exactly glide over the obstacles like a bigger bike but it makes a fun and challenging ride.

    These pics were taken between 6000 and 8000 feet near Fordyce Lake. About 40 miles North East of Lake Tahoe.
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  8. Geolander

    Geolander Scruffy Nerf Herder

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    Bad ass, I've always wanted to put a baja designs lighting kit, a bigger tank, and some wolfman luggage on my BBR pit bike. It's got the 88cc high compression top end, 107 crank, I've added a manual clutch, SP-5 front fork, extended swing arm, BBR frame, billet wheels, I could go on and on..

    I've got 3 2003 XR50's that I just will not get rid of.

    I raced them semi professionally locally for a few years, that was the most fun I think I've ever had on two wheels.

    I had one for each class, spec class, modified, and unlimited. (49cc, 88cc, 107cc)

    It would be entertaining to see how far I could get on a pit bike. What a freaking blast!
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  9. orangebear

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    Those old Hondas are cool but in the uk no z50 were road legal and they have become very costly to by. I was going to get a cfr70 copy with 12inch or 14inch wheels and 140cc or 150cc motor so it be fun for dirt tracks ect but the 5l tank are just to small
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  10. TBR

    TBR One Life ~ Live It...

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    COOL
    got a few Z50's myself, great fun for running over to the shop / pub or have the kids cruising around....
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  11. chromemonkey

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    your not the only monkey bike adventure rider there are a few of us around hes me in tasmaina , and cape York and snowy montains

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  12. ShapeShifter

    ShapeShifter M0d+Rocker = Mocker

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    Here are a few other mini thumpers I have built. All street legal except the yellow Z50.

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  13. The Letter J

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    So I have to ask, is a Grom on your "to-do" list?
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  14. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    Sweet.I am awaiting the arrival of the Grom in the US.I am considering it for the TAT and BRT.Of course I will do the BBK and farkle the bike out for my needs.Going with ultra lite camp gear and getting a good hammock and assocciated gear.It'll be a blast.Love being in isolation outdoors.
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  15. ShapeShifter

    ShapeShifter M0d+Rocker = Mocker

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    Oh hell yeah! I don't know if I can get one in CA but I will have one eventually...
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  16. orangebear

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    What size frame is the white pit bike would it be crf70 size or just a crf50 size
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  17. ShapeShifter

    ShapeShifter M0d+Rocker = Mocker

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    That was a 2003 XR50 frame that was converted to enduro. Impossible to convert in CA anymore....that I am aware of.
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  18. kubiak

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    ok thats kind of far. i live about a half hour from yosemite.
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  19. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

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    It is supposed to be CA emissions approved.The Grom is a little bigger than the older CT50/70 monkey bikes.There are already a lot of mod for them including a 200cc BBK but it ain't cheap and requires a special engine case and head to make it all work.The forum below is the best place to start for mods.These bikes are based on the MSX125.

    http://www.gromforum.com/

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    Specifications
    ENGINE
    Engine Type 124.9cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke
    Bore And Stroke 52.4mm x 57.9mm
    Compression Ratio 9.3:1
    Induction PGM-FI with automatic enrichment
    Ignition Electronic
    Valve Train SOHC; two valves per cylinder
    DRIVE TRAIN
    Transmission Four-speed
    Final Drive Chain
    CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
    Front Suspension 31mm inverted fork; 3.9 inches travel
    Rear Suspension Single shock with steel box-section swingarm; 4.1 inches travel
    Front Brake Single 220mm disc with hydraulic dual-piston caliper
    Rear Brake Single 190mm disc with hydraulic single piston caliper
    Front Tire 120/70-12
    Rear Tire 130/70-12
    DIMENSIONS
    Rake 25┬░
    Trail 81mm (3.2 inches)
    Wheelbase 47.4 inches
    Seat Height 29.7 inches
    Fuel Capacity 1.45 gallons
    Curb Weight 225 pounds (Includes all standard equipment, required fluids and full tank of fuel┬Śready to ride)
    OTHER
    Model Id Grom125
    Emissions Meets current EPA standards. Models sold in California meet current CARB standards and may differ slightly due to emissions equipment.
    Available Colors Metallic Black, Pearl Red
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  20. ShapeShifter

    ShapeShifter M0d+Rocker = Mocker

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    I guess I am way behind the eight ball. I knew about the MSX125 but I had never heard of the Grom until today. I called my local dealership as soon as I new what was what. Closed on Mondays.
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