gatosbros XR600/650L scramblers

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by jesusgatos, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Yes, exactly. Love how your 650 turned out, by the way. Really nice job.
  2. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Damnit, Jessie, I wasted nearly a whole day reading about your "camper". That's a hell of a project.
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  3. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Thanks Al. Has been a lot of work and we're just getting started...
  4. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Airbox is done. Or close enough. Will need another round of bodywork before we make molds, but it's close enough that I can move on. Seatpan and rear fender are next.

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  5. ben2go

    ben2go Long timer

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    Nice gas tank. :rofl I kid. I kid.
  6. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    haha, after we get these things put together with the CB tanks I'm gonna take another crack at that gas tank.
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  7. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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  8. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    It occurrs to me that you should talk to Scott Dunlavey at Berkeley Honda Yamaha. He knows these bikes & motors inside & out.
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  9. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Thanks, but I'm not sure what I might need to ask him. Not thinking about much more than finishing up the chassis and bodywork right now.
  10. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Picked up some tubing to make the real subframes and bent-up the rear hoop to use on the mock-up frame so I can start shaping the rear fender, which will be the parting line between the seat and the rear fender. Haven't made a mount for my JD2 tubing bender in the workshop trailer yet, so I had to balance it on a milk-crate. Need to mount the tubing notcher and the rest of my tools too...

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  11. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    He had a long, successful career racing Honda RVFC singles @ Baja and other x-country racing, with Honda support. I notice you have a big-fin head, so it's likely got some motor work done to it. The question is if the work was done right for reliability. He'd also be able to tell you where the frames break, and how to gusset them.
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  12. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Cool deal, thanks for the suggestion. Will follow up with him.
  13. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Started nibbling on the rear fender. Not too much, just getting a feel for it.

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    This little hoop was a bitch. Had to bethe right width at the fender mounts, the right height (level with the top of the fender), the right angle (parallel to the bottom subframe tubes), and 'straight'. Checked all those boxed and then built a jig so I can do it again when I build the real bikes.

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    Time for another test-fit of the CRF dual silencers and FMF's XR650L silencer.

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  14. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    I'm in, always consider buying a 650, interested to see where you go with it.
  15. beechum1

    beechum1 Dandole Gas al Burro

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    The part of the frame that breaks,has already been removed. It's the subframe behind the air box. All that weight is gone now though. We've never had another frame weakness discovered.
  16. mach1mustang351

    mach1mustang351 Long timer Supporter

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    Watching this build. I used to have an XR400 and gave it up in favor of a lighter trail bike YZ426F for the narrow single track I used to ride. Now that im older, heavier and in alaska ive been thinking a scrambler type XR650 would be great to ride to the ATV trails and tool along. Keep up the good work!!
  17. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Made a little bit more progress on the rear fender over the weekend. Fender is going to taper out toward the front where it meets the hoop. Hoping that will help it to keep from looking like a toenail sticking out of from under the seat. The flat piece of sheetmetal will be trimmed very close to the edge of the fender, and I'm going to put some kind of edge or radius on it. Wanted to add a drop-center to the fender that would allow the hoop to be used as a hidden grab-handle - but there is only 1/4" clearance at full compression with a 140 on there and I don't want to lift the fender up any higher, or reduce travel, or have anything rub, so not sure if I'm going to be able to pull that off. Have an idea that might work, or it might be a waste of time.

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  18. jesusgatos

    jesusgatos fishing with dynamite

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    Here are a few pictures of the rear fender. Bit further to go, but it's taking shape.

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  19. the kawasaki kid

    the kawasaki kid Been here awhile

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    This is looking great. I'm in.


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  20. thatislandguy

    thatislandguy The Journey is the Reward

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    any more progress?