Rallye navigation bracket photo thread

Discussion in 'Racing' started by wrk2surf, May 4, 2011.

  1. theantipaul

    theantipaul Reforming Neandertal

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    So here it is with the side brackets bolted up,

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    and with the roadbook and HID components.

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    The design morphed again once I committed to the billet head piece, with it boxed and ribbed I just went with single flat sides that don't need much in the way of reinforcing and can be easily changed and remade to tweak the design in.

    With any luck, today I'll weld the mounting brackets up to the bike and get the assembly bolted up.
  2. DaveRMS

    DaveRMS Long timer

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    I like the way that billet version is shaping up. Nice work!
  3. theantipaul

    theantipaul Reforming Neandertal

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    I wanted to practice before welding a bracket onto my CRF so I used my guinea Pig. Problem is it has a near perfect powder coat job, so I've been putting it off. Tacked it in place, btw this took 3 trys placing it and breaking the weld to move it just a tad. It's actually harder then you think to get the whole assembly square with the world.

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    Pull off the bracket and weld it up

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    Then I've been meaning to weld a new stop in for USD forks, needed more then ever now so they don't whack the tower.

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    The tower in place,

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    The new cad design

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    Next the light mounts then the fairing.
  4. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    I totally understand, I did some tin knocking in a past life:lol3 Looking good man!

    *edit* I wonder if you could have some flat stock waterjet cut and mark the bend points with little dots and find a good strong press. Just a thought.
  5. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    I know.. I knoow touratec schmuratec.. but its what I have for now.. MD is in the works.



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    fully adjustable up and down.. My riding partner Cevquit is a master!!
    I will post more when it is apart and finished off with some cleaning up...
  6. theantipaul

    theantipaul Reforming Neandertal

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    Michael, that's looking great! Simple and clean.

    What fairing is that and you must have mounted it up to the frame, did you bolt it up or weld it?

    Lets see more.
  7. crankshaft

    crankshaft Guns are for pussies

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    Looks great!
  8. Hayduke

    Hayduke ///SAFETY THIRD/// Super Moderator

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    Paul, Looks like I'm going to miss the Wolfman Open House now. I'm super bummed. :cry Have fun.
  9. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Now that I have the bike together and shaking it down I notice I will have to do something with my front brake line .. I have the roadbook plate off but I see that at compression of the forks it will be banging into the plate when it is mounted...How are you rally guys running it.. I think I read or saw a picture of a longer line zip tied across the handle bars?


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  10. lastplace

    lastplace Been here awhile

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    We run the original brake line down the right fork leg from top to bottom triple clamp, then across the bottom triple clamp to the left fork leg. Use p-clamps wherever you have a threaded hole to hold it tight in place above the bottom triple. Then the line should flex outward from the bottom triple to where it attaches to the fork slider or fork. Not so good in tight trees, but this is the correct setup for rally bikes with a lot of navigation equipment that could catch up the original brake line position.

    fun fun
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  11. Yellow Pig

    Yellow Pig Allergic to asphalt!

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    here you can see where the brake line fexes between the low fender and the triple clamp.

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  12. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    My F2R roadbook holder worked flawlessly during the safari rally. The cover kept dust and water out nicely and we had 0 problems with the drive system. There are a few bits I will relay back to the F2R boys that they may address in newer versions. The 2 main things are: The switch is currently hard wired into the road book so it cannot be replaced easily if it gets damaged on stage. The Rally Raid UK guys said they cut the wires and put a connector in and carry a spare switch. The 2nd small issue is that on the right side of the top cover there are 2 tabs with holes in them that slide over steel pins to retain that side of the cover. due to the excessive vibration in the event the aluminum deformed a small amount around the pins...so ill have to reinforce that spot in the future.

    The rubber O ring that locks the left side of the lid on works well but can be a little hard toget on now and then. Had no issues with it breaking or getting hit. My team mates all liked the size of the scroll knobs as they are quite a bit bigger than those on the MD. Most people at the event were running MD's and several people had failures during the event and were forced to hand scroll.....statistically this is bound to happen.

    All in all I give the F2R unit a thumbs up and recommend it to others. Its price allows you to buy two for almost the same cost as one MD and that way you have a full spare parts package.
  13. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    photo of my setup:

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  14. Brodovitch

    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    thanks for the report, I am waiting for my TT to die on me at some point, the F2R is top of my list for a replacement :thumb
  15. Seth S

    Seth S Will _____ for _____

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    here is a good shot of the setup in action:

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  16. TheDudeAbides

    TheDudeAbides Sarcasm free11/11/10

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    Bump!

    Nice, nice work Paul. :thumb

    Any updates for us, any new pics?

    Any chance you'd manufacture/market the fairing and light kit sans the roadbook stuff for us non rallye types who just want better lighting?
  17. windquest

    windquest Been here awhile

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    Paul, you never cease to amaze me with your work, just when I thought i had the ultimate "highway dirt bikes" setup I stumble upon this thread...
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    Don't stop innovating, your work is brilliant!:clap

    Quick question on your bracket that you welded. I see that it is 2 pieces. Would it be easier to use a 1 piece bracket that has the same radius of curvature on the back as the headtube of the frame to make alligning easier?
  18. windquest

    windquest Been here awhile

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    that's a great idea, Im sure many would want a bracket like that just for putting a big gps etc. on it...
  19. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    The adventure frame has the mounts already welded on.. nice and straight! next go round of fitment and electric work I wll post a photo..
  20. drc42

    drc42 Rally Dreamer

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    Finally got started on making use of the good info in this thread. I have been wanting to experiment with Rally mods on my DRZ. Since I ride this bike a lot it will give me good long term data on what works or not. Besides I just like building things :D

    So far just have a bracket fabricated and bolted to the bike. Just a short section of DOM tubing cut in half with a 1/4" piece of steel welded to it. Was going to weld directly to the bike but mig welding crome-molly steel doesn't work so well. Bolts are at an angle so hopefully should be sturdy. Will loctite the bolts on final assembly.

    Pics...

    Step 1 was to cut off and grind down the steering lock that was in the way, never used it anyway. Filled the hole with some black RTV:

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    Fabricated bracket, note the slot cut in the side so you can still read the VIN stamped on the frame. I once had a bored US customs officer who wanted to see the VIN on a trip back from Canada once, figure I should make it visible.

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    Bolted to the bike, string is there to help line it up.

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    Next step is to fab up the aluminum support structure. Short term it will just hold the stock headlight, my aux LED lights, stock speedo and my GPS. If I decide I have been a good boy this year I will call up RMS and order an ICO and one of those F2R roadbooks for my christmas present to myself :D