Chillis rolls out of Vegas

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Chillis, Feb 29, 2020.

  1. IndianRider

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    Hello Chillis, we meet again from the forum. Sorry I’m late to this party, but the yellow monkey is slowly prepping fo DV next month. Your rides have truly inspired me. Cheers. IndianRider IMG_6111.jpg
  2. Chillis

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    Your off-road scenery looks like fun.

    Get ready for the rocks in Death Valley. Not long now!
  3. B10Dave

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    Welcome back Brian.
  4. IndianRider

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    Stock tires were fantastic in all terrain but they almost got me few times in slippery mud after overnight rain at the dirt park. Kenda big blocks just came in, just in case Hunter mountain is slushy 3rd week of March otherwise I actually like the stock tires off-road
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  5. IndianRider

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    Sorry I didn’t want to try to hijack the thread.
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  6. Chillis

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    Post away.

    I'm still on the stockers. Need to get my Pirelli's mounted up soon.

    Wish somebody would make a good 50/50 tire in stock sizes. The bike doesn't need anything too wild.
  7. Chillis

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    I'm taking a gamble on another exhaust out of Japan. Wish information was more plentiful. Based on pics and video this system will give me the necessary clearance.

    Also, riveted silencer means I can remove restrictions unlike my current set-up.

    I'll be able to fit my oil hoses finally.

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  8. sealsam

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    Beautiful pics. Different bikes. Builds. The West & Death Valley like no other can do it.

    Yep, we're glad your back.

    Saturdays post with the Monkey is outstanding!
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  9. ZoomerP

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    Sounds ok there, and pretty enough.
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    Glad to see you're back posting on here Chillis, great report - The monkey looks at home in DV for some reason
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  11. IndianRider

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    That exhaust looks nice + uses the stock shield

    I’m waiting on my Takegawa for 2-3 inch clearance, planning to cut and rig up a rubber mat type of skid plate , just bolt or zip tie in place mostly for light debris throw up as we wont be climbing logs in DV
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  12. Chillis

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    There isn't a good underbody protection option(IMO) for these bikes.

    One of the thick plastic plates attached along the bottom would make a decent option. The issue is no frame to mount along the front of the motor. Also, while off-road slow going, airflow is important so anything that disallows heat evacuation could cause issues for the higher strung machines.
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  13. ZoomerP

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    I see what you mean. Looks like at least a minimal sub-frame would be requires up front to support a skid plate. Once that was done, heat molding a piece of HDPE might not be too hard.
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  14. Chillis

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    There is the TRex option but you are adding a lot of bulk to the platform which may be an inevitable scenario.

    The Kitaco rock guard hangs very low and is using thing metal brackets attached to the engine itself.

    Maybe something with rubber mounts to engine bolts and a rubber mounted HDPE plate that can give at the mounts plus additional rubber pads between plate and motor could work and not give more octopus and uncleanliness to the lines of the bike.

    Every exhaust would require different designs as well which makes design a moving target.
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  15. ZoomerP

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    Any solution would probably be better than this.
    https://advrider.com/turn-your-honda-grom-into-a-mini-adv/

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    I'm pretty sure I'll get a new Grom when they arrive stateside. The flat seat, 5 speed, cartridge oil filter, less street only styling changes have made it a contender on the mini adv bike front.
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    Looks like a Monkey is a better tool for dirtier activity, though.
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  19. Chillis

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    The Monkey has the looks but the two bikes are more similar than different.
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  20. IndianRider

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    I’m only 5’7 , 30 inseam but the Grom riders seat/handlebar/pegs position was too compact but I’m sure they can all be addressed.

    After mounting the TB parts Vintage handlebar on my Monkey, the ergonomics on the Monkey is PERFECT now , comfy seat and open handlebar position like a full size bike
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