XB12X Picture Thread

Discussion in 'Moto Bellissima: All Other Dualsports' started by danger_dave, Feb 19, 2006.

  1. dean-o

    dean-o Dabs often

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    Nitro plate in nashville did mine inside & out for $108... Local pick up. MUCH cooler ride. I did do comfort kit & race computer, but the right side isn't blazing as it once was...see post 3736
    They do a dark color to, for a ill more $...
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  2. Roostre

    Roostre Discombobulated

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    I don't think so at this point. We rode about 280 miles yesterday on the new header. The rear cyclinder and pipe still look great. Temps on the right leg seemed better. Well worth the $6 per can so far.

    The front, however has cooked this paint off. Just in the bend- the section near the flange still looks good. I will post a pic when I have time. Tending toward a conclusion that something is wrong with the front cylinder or ??? Any suggestions from the collective would be gratefully accepted.

    My thought right now is to load the stock tune, repaint the header and see if it still does this.
  3. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    Thankfully, Erik had trackside belt replacement in mind with the XB. It's a bit of a wrestling match, but it goes quickly. Thinking about it now, I need to properly torque my axle - I sort of eyeballed it.

    I checked my brake pad level before I left and it was fine... I didn't factor in 5000 additional miles. By Monument Valley on the way home, the pads were pretty much gone. I spent the last 1500 miles of the trip on mostly engine braking and rear brake. Good thing we didn't go through the Rockies on the way back, I would have missed the front brake there.

    Did you guys know Amazon has some really good prices on brake pads? I bought two $10 sets because $10!
  4. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    What maps are you running now? Seems like you might have a lean front cyl or the ignition timing is too retarded on the front.
  5. Roostre

    Roostre Discombobulated

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    You know its been so long since I have messed with the tuning I'm not sure. All I know is this map is the least twitchy at low revs and idles well. Just hope I can find the cable to reload the stock map.

    Here is the original split. What you cant see is the side towards the cylinder is about twice as long and really warped.
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    Here is the header this morning:
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  6. Hog Rider

    Hog Rider The Professor

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    I would say that was most likely caused by the stress of bending the pipe. With the many expansion and contractions of the pipe it just finished it off.

    How many miles on that bike ?
  7. Roostre

    Roostre Discombobulated

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  8. vtwin

    vtwin Air cooled runnin' mon

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    That's along the lines I was thinking except extending it, removing the deflector at the reservoir so the air can dump out past my leg.
  9. Roostre

    Roostre Discombobulated

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    Managed to get a XB12 Buell Race tune loaded after loading Virtual PC and XP Mode to get my old software to work again. Repainted the front header and cycle baked the paint as per the directions.

    We then headed off for a two-up canyon strafing run that was quite an adventure. The bike runs crap on the low end now. Part throttle bucking and spitting crap is back. Top end runs a little better than before. Paint stayed intact this time. Now I just need to sort out the bucking and snorting again.

    We even got in a little off road on the cut over that dumps into Jeremy Ranch golf course. :evil My wife is a sport.

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  10. GhostRiderFC

    GhostRiderFC Just a guy who rides

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    My issue is that what you've put in there is still metal and will still conduct heat. Is that really helpful? I liked the idea of the blanket for the very reason that it didn't conduct heat.

    Good luck with that. I also think they have the best product available. The trick is what's available? It's basically one guy doing it at home and he has a real job. So, he's not really too efficient at returning calls, filling orders, etc. Not even emails. I was trying a while back but gave up in frustration.
  11. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    What exhaust are you running? I did a little Megalog Viewer data log tuning to sort out some low-end funkiness, decel popping, and stalling at idle while warming up. Seemed to clear up a lot of weirdness with how my Jardine runs.

    For the sake of pics, here are a bunch from my trip to Texas:

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  12. Chad_NC

    Chad_NC Long timer

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    Those are some pretty cool pics. I would hate to be able to ride such scenic areas, it might take away from my concentration.


    You got this via Crapatalk :D
  13. Roostre

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    Awesome pics "lucky1"!
    My bike has a Drummer muffler.
  14. hdxbones

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    Similar to the thermal shield that one can purchase, the aluminum shield that I cobbed up is more to prevent airflow from that opening from going into the cavity under the seat, not so much to prevent radiated heat. I wouldn't expect the aluminum shield to radiate very much heat to the seat bottom, the dead airspace between them would help to insulate and prevent that. I haven't had a chance to take an extended ride yet, but on several local 20-30 mile rides in 85* temps, both the seat and my right leg have yet to get as warm as before. Time and longer distance rides will tell.
  15. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    Might have something you can use, check your PM.
  16. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Based on my experience, you're on the right track. I sealed off that opening on my bike using adhesive-backed HVAC aluminum tape. It has very little insulation value, but it does reflect radiated heat and more importantly it stops the hot air off the engine from flowing out of that frame opening, where it heats the bottom of the seat AND it blows out of the gap between the bottom of the seat and the top of the frame rail. That air tends to blow against your inner right thigh which can get very hot very quickly.

    The only debate is whether sealing off that opening appreciably restricts the airflow around the rear cylinder head and whether that could eventually lead to detrimental effects, like rocker cover gasket failure. The more I think about it, the more I think not. If closing the frame opening does appreciably raise the temp of the rear head, it'll just make the fan come on sooner (fan operation is controlled based on rear cylinder head temperature). Once the fan comes on, most of the airflow past the rear head gets sucked through the fan and exhausted out past the shock body, at which point it doesn't matter whether that frame opening is sealed off or not.

    Hugh
  17. Roostre

    Roostre Discombobulated

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    Just back from a test spin- bike has never been smoother!! :clap

    If you ever tour this way again i owe ya a beer or three...:freaky
  18. unlucky1

    unlucky1 Been here awhile

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    Smooth running Ulysses pleases the moto gods.
  19. ERD

    ERD Custom Rider

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    Here is my heat shield made from leftover Reflectix which is basically a foil lined bubble wrap used for radiant barrier and water resistant insulation
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  20. hdxbones

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    UPDATE on the heat shield-

    Rode a few hundred miles yesterday, everything from triple digits on the highway, to a little 1st gear single track. What a difference, it was 85* - 90*, and I had zero heat on the seat or right leg. The cooling fan seemed to cycle normally, I didn't notice it coming on more often than before, or any extended running. It seems like a winner for now.

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