Shortypants Bike - Converting a CRF 150R into a trail oriented dual sport

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by GailCallsMeKarl, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    975
    Location:
    Valley View, Texas
    I am an RFS* chic. (*Really F’ing Short) 4’ 11”, 27” inseam. I started riding a little over a year ago. I bought a TTR125 to start trail riding to improve my riding skills. I was lucky enough to find a great friend and teacher in MGorman. I rode and wrecked the TTR until I almost killed her. MGorman gave me the go ahead to move up to bike #2. I have a 230 but it proved to be too big for me to successfully trail ride. I could pick it up about twice a day and that was about it. I also felt the suspension wasn’t what I wanted. (His KTM spoiled me) The search was on for a light, small and powerful bike. Enter the CRF150R.

    For those that think it’s just a 150….it weighs in at just 183 lbs. and generates nearly 20 hp. :wink:

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    This thing is a wheelie machine! Grown men would steal it away for a lap of the parking area and come back grinning ear to ear. I knew I had a good machine, but she did scare me a bit! I went ahead and bought it, knowing I didn’t have many options in the little bitty bike category.

    The bike was still pretty tall for me so first things first; lowered by installing KoubaLink.

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    Now it’s time to convert it!
    First off, I don’t wire things. I’ll tear into anything mechanical, but electrical stuff…..

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    So what do I do? I find an engineer to do it for me! This was his wiring diagram. (I should have been scared, maybe?)
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    I was ready to open the crank case and replace the OEM flywheel and stator. I’m a Lego’s kid so I like to have drawings of how it’s supposed to go back together. A piece of cardboard served as a great way to keep track of what bolt came from where.

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    Got stuck here at 9pm on a Saturday Night with no impact wrench to remove the flywheel: [​IMG]

    Naked Sunday morning with her headlights staring at me
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    OEM flywheel
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    Weighted flywheel
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    Trail Tech Battery bag
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    The now crammed air box
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    All finished! Ready for the first ride on a gravel road!
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    Shot of the nice clean brake light.
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    A little custom touch for my little red wagon…..
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  2. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    975
    Location:
    Valley View, Texas
    Parts List
    Koubalink Lowering Link
    Trailtech X2 Torch Halogen
    Headlight
    Trailtech DC Stator, Battery
    Trailtech Flywheel and puller
    Acerbis X-LED Tail Light
    K & S Rear Brake Switch
    Tugger Strap

    Flatland Racing Skid Plate
    Trail Tech Kick Stand
    Clarke 1.7 Gallon Fuel Tank - added Oct 2012
    G2 Throttle Cam - added Nov 2013


    The THANK YOU! List
    MGorman &#8211; Fabulous friend and mentor. He gives me the confidence to ride hard and wrench on my bike without hesitation. First man I met that actually encouraged me to work on my bike and let me wrench. :clap
    MuddyRabbit &#8211; My parts connection!
    MikeF5000 &#8211; For always having an opinion and helping with the parts list.
    Z@ch &#8211; For picking the parts, wiring the bike and for the continued encouragement. I&#8217;m so lucky!
    Sion &#8211; For giving me my rear view mirror. I&#8217;ll always think of you looking back&#8230;.. :D
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  3. itrack

    itrack Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    South Texas
    Awesome bike and great post, really interested in one of these for my sister. We would be dual sporting it as well so please keep this updated.
    #3
  4. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    975
    Location:
    Valley View, Texas
    Thanks! I will! I'm taking this weekend to the Roll The Bones Rally in Hamilton TX so I'll post pics!
    #4
  5. blake716

    blake716 nine toes

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2008
    Oddometer:
    13,616
    Location:
    Baton Rouge, La.
    I love that bike. :thumb

    That's exactly what I want to find for my step son.
    #5
  6. z@ch

    z@ch Turn it up to eleven

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2008
    Oddometer:
    4,752
    Location:
    Tejas Norte
    For the sister, for the son, whatever excuse you need, these bikes rock!
    #6
  7. DaveStockwell

    DaveStockwell Rock Fodder

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    205
    Location:
    Betwix the Cascades and Puget Sound
    What an incredibly awesome build! My wife's 4'11" and I've been thinking of doing something similar. I love your choices in upgrades.

    If/When you decide you want more power or suspension, you might be interested in what the folks at Brown Brother's Racing can do for you. http://www.bbrmotorsports.com/Home/Home.aspx?s=true

    Love It!!
    #7
  8. itrack

    itrack Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    Oddometer:
    115
    Location:
    South Texas
    #8
  9. The Letter J

    The Letter J lost in the 690 mega

    Joined:
    Aug 17, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,086
    Location:
    Santa Maria, CA
    Did the +11oz flywheel smooth the power out much? The parking lot ride I took on one of these bikes scared the bejesus outta me, that thing hits like a 2 stroke, not what one would expect from a scoot this size!

    If you want the bike even lower, you can swap to the "small" wheels (17" front and 14" rear) and it will drop the bike another 1", probably not worth the trade off offroad, but my small wheel drz125 still gets by. Also, I noticed that the forks are not slid up very much above the top triple clamp, with your 1 3/4" lowering link you can drop the front end of the bike an inch or so with no ill effects.

    Looking good so far, I'm looking forward to see what else you do to it and the places you'll take it!:clap
    #9
  10. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,982
    Location:
    Upstate SC USA
    Can those CRFs be legally licensed and tagged for the street?That would be a perfect first bike for my sons.
    #10
  11. GI_JO_NATHAN

    GI_JO_NATHAN Long timer

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,586
    Location:
    Middle GA.....Aparently....
    I'll sell you a TTR 125..:evil
    #11
  12. ben2go

    ben2go Moto Flunky

    Joined:
    Jun 23, 2011
    Oddometer:
    3,982
    Location:
    Upstate SC USA
    We may have to deal at tax time.
    #12
  13. n16ht5

    n16ht5 ride the night

    Joined:
    May 6, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,429
    Location:
    Arlington, WA
    this is awesome!!!
    #13
  14. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    975
    Location:
    Valley View, Texas
    The new flywheel is WONDERFUL! I had the same issue. I tried repeatedly to get used to the power hit and just never could. And it would stall in a heartbeat if you weren't on the throttle to depart from a stop. The flywheel fixed all of it. I can now ride around in first and work on slow skills like going over logs without worrying about stalling out and the hit is just gone! It will still get squirrely in loose ground but that never bothered me, it was that hit!

    I'm actually pretty happy with the height. I just need to get a foot down to stop. The one nice thing about starting off riding these things is that I never have been able to get 2 feet down so I never learned that I couldn't just do it with one.
    #14
  15. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    975
    Location:
    Valley View, Texas
    Just check with your state DMV on what is required.

    And take him up on the TTR125 as the first bike. I would probably not kept riding had this one been my first. She's a torquey bitch.
    #15
  16. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    975
    Location:
    Valley View, Texas
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  17. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2003
    Oddometer:
    11,106
    Location:
    New Philadelphia, Ohio
    Looks good, Carrie!
    #17
  18. dirtydeeds

    dirtydeeds I'm alive.

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2004
    Oddometer:
    2,788
    Location:
    Calgary, AB, Can
    I like it.
    I just put a Baja DS kit on a KLX140L. It turned out really nice.
    I think the next bike will be the 150RB.
    #18
  19. thumpergirl

    thumpergirl Adventurer

    Joined:
    Oct 25, 2010
    Oddometer:
    90
    Location:
    Texas
    Did you make it to RTB? I must have missed you. I was only there Saturday night and I did solo rides both Saturday and Sunday. Always looking for more women to ride with - there are not enough dual sport women out there!
    #19
  20. GailCallsMeKarl

    GailCallsMeKarl Squirrel w/ no nuts

    Joined:
    Jul 7, 2011
    Oddometer:
    975
    Location:
    Valley View, Texas
    I did! I think I passed you going the opposite way at one point. It was Sunday late morning, somewhere between 36 and that bridge near the big game ranch. (I don't GPS, can you tell?)

    I think I'm headed to Red River this weekend, didn't know if you do dirt or not. I'm also going to try to make DFW First Friday Beer this Friday. Hopefully we can catch each other!

    Let me know when you're riding, I go any chance I get!
    #20