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Discussion in 'Racing' started by wrk2surf, May 4, 2011.
That looks 2 clean Go out and ride !
Hey! You stole that bike......
out of my dreams!
Seriously, if I had some play money, what you have there is what I would buy and build.
That is looking sweet!! I was contemplating trying to build a Christini Rally bike, but when I contacted them, they didn't seem very, um, enthusiastic about their bike in a rally format. I wasn't sure if they had concerns about the longevity of their system or what. Maybe they knew someone else was already way ahead of me.
I doubt that it's due to any confidence in their product. It's incredibly robust.
More likely they shied away from potential bad publicity from what they perceive to be a niche market. Kinda like KTM and the Ride Around the World decision that gave BMW such a huge Adventure market share.
I talked to them 5 years ago about building a Rally bike.:eek1
they said NO thank you.
Since then they've produced a Duel Sport and a Super Moto version of their bike. Can't blame them for wanting to control their exposure.
I moved a bit closer to getting my bike (CRF450X) ready for this Septembers Australasian Safari today.
With the help of Gany we created this.
Designed to have the HDB tower bolted onto it.
Two versions, believe it or not from the same drawing one was created by my mate who always adds his own touch.
The jar of what ever it is, is the difference in weight 75g.
As soon as I got the blocks side by side I took it to my welder...who has disappeared :huh So I drove past the local bike shop and asked them to recommend someone - Themselves.
I decided to use the larger of the two as I would rather have the extra distance from the headstock so I don't have any issues with my steering lock. I might weld the "shorter" one onto the "test mule" CRF, unless someone is desperate for one like I was.
I'm very happy with their work as I was fearing picking up the bike and finding the worst welds ever
The slotted hole in the middle was to aid in locating the block for welding. I hacksawed and filed the OEM damper lug off and it leaves about 4mm of thread left to fix into (7mm). Pretty easy job to do.
I'm also very happy with the HDB tower. It bolted together in a few minutes and all the dimensions we were given were spot on.
So Gany, HDB and my new best mate in China......Take a Bow
Cool stuff mate, this starts to look like a real bike! I am planning on mounting up mine on the weekend, in combination with the 'old' SXS triples. So it will be the mountain bike this weekend, Manly Dam Sat arvo if you are interested.
Are you using anything to stabilise the lights? (A second mount or pivot)
No, they only have the one mounting point. What the HDB tower comes with for the Lights are these cool curved washers with a rubber inner, they grip the lights really well and I'm thinking they will do the job. I still have to create the faring which will go on the Safari 21l tank so I could use that to restrict any possible movement / tilt.
Apparently I've got the lights fitted upside down anyway I blame excitement and the fact that baja designs is written on the "top"
Paul if your reading this, what do I torque the tower bolts to ?
Na mate, I'm sick and also on call so I'm taking the boy MX'ing and staying in the garage getting some building done.
Nice. I had my D2 mounted the same way but drilled through the cooling find to mount a strut arm on a tube nut. Works well to keep it stable over the corrugations
I'll bear that in mind Pete, there are a couple of other bits and pieces that came with it that I could use to good effect. Thanks for that.
Loving it Neil! Not sure who is having more fun, you or me! Can't wait to see the finished product!
Do the hdpe brackets move around much?
Well, it isn't like I was asking for anything from them. Just inquiring about purchasing one of their bikes to use as a platform for a rally build. And they basically talked me out of it.
Made this over the last couple of days. Aluminum with SS hardware.
I was wanting to be able to mount a Trailtech Enduro Computer beside it, but there just wasn't going to be enough room. I'll be mounting the Trailtech down on the bars near the clamps. It will be nice to know coolant and air temps, as well as have amperage info. Speed and distance information is well arranged on the Trailtechs as well.
Garmin AMP mount and ram ball.
Very clean installation.
What handguards and mounts are those?
Thanks in advance!
BRP hand guard mounts with likely a Cycra guard.
Makes room on the bars and is bomber.
I added the threaded inserts and this setup has never moved on my heavy rally setup.