CRF500L build #3 - The Brit remix

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Scutty, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    Which Rallye Lite fairing do you have? I was going to order the DS one as I have no need for a roadbook holder and I want to keep the weight as low as possible
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  2. brownvv

    brownvv Been here awhile

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    i have 2 of the ds ones. they are mounted on dr350 and they see some abuse. the fairing is rock solid and offer way more wind protection than I expected. this is the way to go if you want a "windshield" on a dirt bike.
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  3. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    Excellent - exactly what I wanted to hear :clap:clap:clap:clap
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  4. Cuttlefish

    Cuttlefish Riding to disappear.

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    While you're at it get a decent rear shock and have the forks re-valved because you're gonna need it with that five hundie in there.
    :-)
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  5. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    That's the plan Cuttlefish - I am watching what Levi is up to with his CRFX forks but, at minimum, I will get the RaceTech fork internals and shock. I would like more ground clearance as well so I am watching the new Rally closely as that might be a good starting point.
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  6. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    The current problem I am working on is the exhaust - I am not happy with how it was left by the engine fitters - its too far from the frame (both in front and below) to fit a bash guard and it takes up too much space where the new sump needs to go:

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    I spoke to my local guy but he can't do anything until May, which sucks. I might have a lead one another fabricator, I'll find out today. Right now, I am a bit stuck until this is done.
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  7. ADVNE

    ADVNE Roaming New England looking for sweet curves.

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    looks great. you lucked up with the 2016 model. hit us with a video when you get a chance.
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  8. RobH1

    RobH1 Been here awhile

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    Brilliant build Scutty, think I want something along these lines.
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  9. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    Well this has been a fun weekend - Friday night (in the pub after a beer or 5) I decided that a good step would be to see if the standard sump and the exhaust I have will fit so I can at least start the bike and test the engine (which I have never had running so far). It was a real squeeze and I am not really happy with the way the exhaust is wedged between the sump and the bike frame - it is a tight squeeze:

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    It is certainly not staying like this for long and it is really clear how much I need to move the exhaust and shorten the sump when you see it all mounted up:

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    But..........the bike runs!! After 10 seconds turning over it fired straight up:

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  10. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    So, right now, I have returned the bike to standard just to get it nearly (ish) road legal and, of course, I went for a ride.

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    2 hours later and I still have a grin on my face - I think this bike is exactly what I have been looking for. It is light (final weight still to come), it is certainly fun to ride with plenty of power and it is really smooth with virtually no vibration at all. It does, of course, still suspension work and all the other things I want to change on it but, for now, I am certain I am on the right track.
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  11. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    It's just the right combo isn't it. CG is low, frame is smallish and power is just right for ... everything.
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  12. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    You're right Levi and I am very glad I started with this bike, now I have to see it though but it was a huge milestone today.
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  13. ADVNE

    ADVNE Roaming New England looking for sweet curves.

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    Damn that is sexy. Looks better than the crap crf250 rally. Honda should hire the lot of you that have made these CRF500L.
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  14. Toe

    Toe Grab your gear

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    What a great build and coming together so well!

    Out of interest, was the frame marked or damaged due to the steering lock? That's usually why a seemingly perfectly alright bike is written off - a frame change.
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  15. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Fabulous job, but I must admit it took me a while to figure out that a 'yolk' is what we call a triple clamp over here.
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  16. zimtim

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    Hahaha
    Two nations separated by a common language.
    Just don't get the Brits started on "Fanny packs"
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  17. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    The words are fairly interchangeable over here but its a lot easier to type top yolk rather that top triple tree!

    I have made some progress so there will be an update on this over Easter.
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  18. ErikMotoMan

    ErikMotoMan Airbag crash survivor!

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    Can't wait!!!
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  19. tinwelp

    tinwelp Professional Idiot

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    I think you mean yoke. Much stronger and much more suited to the task than your somewhat fluid and cholesterol.-laden version. As for interchangeability, that depends on your age and how much US English you've adopted! Mudguard or fender? Aubergine or egg-plant? Next you'll be writing "your" in place of "you're"; "there" in place of "their" or "they're"...

    Fanny pack. Hehe.

    Very nice build, by the way. You've done an eggcellent job there!!

    Cheers... Paul
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  20. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    I am trying to decide which shock to order.

    I am torn between RaceTech, Ohlins, HyperPro, YSS or Hagon. RaceTech and Ohlins are significant investments over the others but will they be significantly better? I am also assessing the fork options between the RaceTech forks upgrades or a set of CRFx or CR forks (and all of the associated pain getting them to fit.

    Opinions anyone?
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