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Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by jesusgatos, Nov 28, 2011.
Yes, exactly. Love how your 650 turned out, by the way. Really nice job.
Damnit, Jessie, I wasted nearly a whole day reading about your "camper". That's a hell of a project.
Thanks Al. Has been a lot of work and we're just getting started...
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.
Nice gas tank. I kid. I kid.
haha, after we get these things put together with the CB tanks I'm gonna take another crack at that gas tank.
It occurrs to me that you should talk to Scott Dunlavey at Berkeley Honda Yamaha. He knows these bikes & motors inside & out.
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.
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...
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.
Cool deal, thanks for the suggestion. Will follow up with him.
Started nibbling on the rear fender. Not too much, just getting a feel for it.
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.
Time for another test-fit of the CRF dual silencers and FMF's XR650L silencer.
I'm in, always consider buying a 650, interested to see where you go with it.
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.
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!!
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.
Here are a few pictures of the rear fender. Bit further to go, but it's taking shape.
This is looking great. I'm in.
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any more progress?