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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bli55, Jan 18, 2014.
Looking good !
Check what awesomeness my friend has layed up!!!
Are you going to cover the plastic guards or use them as moulds for pure CF guards?
The plastic guards already HAVE BEEN used as moulds for the two carbon/Kevlar parts you see. They will be trimmed to shape and used instead of my current (cracked) fork shields when i get around to relocating the F800GS part of the fender higher, away from the wheel.
Hi all,a few weeks back I ended up flying into a tree....not a great start for 2016!
Damn, hope you're OK and the bike's fixable!
Oh bollocks ! That looks a bit ugly judging the missing bark on that tree
Yikes, that tree must have really sneaked up on you! It has been a year, how did it turn out? Any injuries? Is the bike out back together? I hope you are okay!
Excellent build and well written too.
Hi all, my sincere apologies for ignoring this thread...
After a week or two letting my knee heal up, i rode the bike through the city traffic with criss-crossed lights, skewed and wobbly front end, and couldn't turn the bars too hard to the left for fear of stalling at intersections.
I made it to the garage and that was it for 2016... Having felt demoralised by all this and especially the riding on a very poorly bike, i plugged it in for the battery tender, and it's been there since.
No energy or motivation to get to work on it YET.
Some detailed after pictures of the damage:
I will update once i get my act together and disassemble the front. So far, looks damaged "enough" to warrant a change to a different front-end fairing system.
Good luck with rebuild !
Ouch! What happened? No serious injuries I hope?
You created quite a bit of friction between you and the tree, judging by the scar.
Hope you find the motivation again to continue the russification!
Just a few bruises and pulls as far as I can remember...Good point you bring, I never really explained what happened!
My friends invited me to the lakes just outside of town. It was a warm summer night, and at first I thought about taking the car just to avoid walking around in boots and gear, but decided not to. Because it was offorad to the very lake. And you can't go down there by car. And it was nighttime. So I thought it would be really nice to do some easy offroading at night with the powerful lights.
Backtrack a few rides back, I noticed the HID no longer worked.
So before this ride I took a spare fuse and multimeter and changed it whilst the bike was warming up. No luck, there was voltage at the ballast and must have been the bulb itself. But I ignored this sign and went anyway.
Around half way through this not too hard section I come around a corner probably between 20-30 km/h and theres a ditch across the road. In a split second, I gas it to get the front wheel over, but just unfortunately the rear lands in such a way that I also hit a rock ledge with the corner of the bashplate, sending the bike off its tracks and into the bushes...
Anyway... I didn't touch my bike at all during 2017 and instead focused on getting the workshop renovation on the way.
(Here - http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/workshop-build-thread-diy-garage-renovation.1106243/ )
Now that it is coming together, I'm beginning to access and plan the future of my X-Challenge. Taking measurements, making orders, 3D modelling, that sort of thing.
The first job was to change the oil. It was only 230 km (!) since last oil change, but also 2 years.
My friend suggested I drain it cold as to avoid re-circulating the deposits. So I did, and glad I did since there was earth-like, fine sand-like grit/sludge inside the oil filter housing. I will need to probably flush it with new oil pretty soon after riding once more.
Took apart the fairing.
And the damaged nav tower is like so:
Cracks in all 4 corners of the "neck" portion.
Even the thick stainless headstock clamp got deformed. Hopefully, the frame number underneath that is untouched...
Did some measurements with the front and rear suspension.
Mocked up a new Protaper ATV Mid handlebars.
Ever since I tried using solidworks to sketch out a template for my first simple bike piece, and later the current (soon to be ex-) dashboard, I decided to do a lot more mocking up using software and a lot less using cardboard, plywood etc.
For example, when it came to decide what offset I needed for a steering stem mount, i printed a few different versions and went to town with them.
And there was something I've been working on for a LONG LONG time.
I almost couldn't believe it was finally going through. So i did 1 last mock-up:
And sent out the drawings...
I received this:
And with it, a bespoke triple clamp.
Having stared at it for so long through a computer screen, to have a real-life part in your hands was something special!
And next to the stock top clamp.
Nice to see you're back mate !
Bring on the goodies !
I began disassembly. Decided to re-check the battery again, since it was on a charger for over 2 years and once it got completely drained....(again).
Average current = 1.06 A
Discharge to about 25% from fully charged in 4 hours 15 minutes.
Optional = assume a 5% loss coefficient due to lower ambient temperature of 5-10 degrees.
Not too bad... Last I checked, at room T, in January 2014, I got 6.7 Ah!
Then the nav tower came off.
And I disassembled the triple clamps.
Pressed out the stem on my brother's hydraulic press, no photo unfortunately.
Drilled out the ignition lock.
And took to a local powder coating operation:
You'll never guess how much it cost
Stem back in.
Now the assembly.
Oh wait, only now noticed that my guy didn't make 2 through holes like I required....
Never mind, just had be careful with the paint!
Prepared the correct "tools" for the lower steering bearing.
It coudn't be a more PERFECT fit!!!!!
But this time I was lazy and didn't organise a temperature differential, so it was really hard going. Managed to get it within 2-3 mm of being seated.
Then didn't go exactly to plan.
But I persevered with a few taps of a drift punch and all is well.
Note that I had drawn the lower triple with extra mounting holes to accept the standart dirt bike fender pattern, so just HAD to run and bolt one on!!
Get any further on it?
Hey, we all still waiting for your fantastic work. Hope you are fine and you are still in love with your X. Would be great, if the rebuild will go on