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Discussion in 'Dakar champion (950/990)' started by sakurama, Nov 30, 2014.
Almost Pete but I suppose technically it started life off as a sm not a se
Does the SM have the narrower radiator and high oil tank like the SE? Didn't expect that but it's a very nice and compact package.
Any other info on the BWD SM.
IM ENJOYING THIS BUILD. LOOKIN GOOD SO FAR.
Was anyone else cringing while looking at the pic of the grinder going to work on a pristine frame? Classic case of pain to make it better.
This is the first bike that Revit has built and so it's very important. If the project isn't successful in all the various metrics than there might not be another since the expense isn't small.
Yesterday Gerbrandt arrived from Holland and we met up and fought the NYC traffic to get out to Chris' shop and finally have the chance to look at the bike together. While the goal is to make a bike that is functional it's also to make a bike that is unique and different. Some of my first sketches for the bike were very "KTM" and they served an important purpose - they helped the team realize what the bike wasn't supposed to look like. Hey, I'll take that.
Having the chance to look at the bike in the flesh, with sketches in hand, makes everything more clear. It crystalizes the design direction. One of our goals is to make the bike more "honest". In the way a vintage bike doesn't disguise it's air filter or tank we want this bike to show off all it's componentry and for those parts to show their purpose. We also made some decisions that were very unexpected - at least for me. Yesterday the project took a very different, and very exciting, turn.
Today is the day we truly define the direction and it should be extremely interesting. I'm excited to finally bring the team together and see what results.
Thanks - fits me perfectly,
Great build. Excited to be following along.
Rad is almost identical, just has an extra bracket on the side for the overflow bottle.
Oil tank is similar but it pokes forward slightly more and it also has a cut out for the low exhaust.
Subframe, rear bodywork, headlight and wiring all seem to be identical
Rear shocks are from the same family but the se one is longer (obviously)
I think ktm looked at the sm and thought it would be cool to turn it in to a dirt bike.
After we talked last I had some time to digest what you'd said about the bike having the DNA of RevIt. While the original sketches were very KTM the new ones were most definitely a departure. I can see now why that had to change in order to allow that RevIt DNA to shine through. I can't wait to see the next step in the polishing process! Keep up the great work.
Is it done?
Fucking A. Thank you for giving the old OC a flush of renewed energy and fresh air.
No one else has seen fit to call it but I am. When you guys are done with your madness I will buy this work of art.
This is the Flea Market right?
Function over form, right?
We had a lot of ideas bouncing back and forth but to be all in the same room with the bike was an extremely cool experience. The group of guys we've gathered together are all extremely talented and to see everyone work together, blend ideas and begin to create the bike was something to behold.
I have hundreds of shots to wade through before I can really break down the weekend but here's a little of the process.
Gerbrandt had done more sketches and our conversation on Friday gave him ideas that he worked on that night at the hotel. From there we took cardboard and mocked up what would be the inside of the tank and then added more to help transfer the sketch to the bike to help get the proportions right.
And here I think you can clearly see what the finished bike will look like. No? Oh, then you'll have to be patient while I edit the take from the weekend. It's an interesting process to see unfold.
I feel like I'm back in middle school. Girlfriend was a tease, drove me crazy.
Yeah, but how great was it when the teasing was done?
What tires will you use?
Ah, you jest but actually tires did play a part in the design decisions. Oil, not so much.
Oil is the most important part of any bike!!!!
Will be following this thread closely!!