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Bearcx
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Post by Bearcx » Sat Dec 27, 2008 11:28 am

Cheers Guys.
The final drive and shaft/rim conversion will wait until I have fixed up engine and re-installed. I did look at different tanks etc, but I was trying to do this chop on a small budget. (hence the CX Custom tank) So far the bike has cost about $2200. As for the seat....Heather has asked if I could build a seat frame to swap from solo to pillion, so she can come on trips/musters etc. Still thinking on that. Need to install down tubes from neck to engine for mounting forward controls/highway bars. Or maybe weld them onto exhaust???? CX engines hang from large backbone, no front frame tubes.

So, IT should be on the road by next Friday.........................NOT
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Sobering thoughts.

Post by Neo Dutch » Thu Jan 22, 2009 7:24 pm

This is an interesting, if not disturbing read.

http://www.chopsuk.com/forum/showthread ... =1#post974
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Re: Sobering thoughts.

Post by cjmeg » Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:11 pm

Neo Dutch wrote:This is an interesting, if not disturbing read.

http://www.chopsuk.com/forum/showthread ... =1#post974
And bears no resemblance to a stock cx frame.
A lesson to design and contruct with adequate strength, yes?
And a stressed member frame that uses the engine as part of the structure (on a cx, that's 3 M16 bolts, (one 400 long), and 4 M12 bolts), should perhaps stay a stressed member frame?
Time to start playing with the Vmax.
Oh and maybe I should finish the trike too!

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Re: Sobering thoughts.

Post by pommychopper » Thu Jan 22, 2009 8:53 pm

Neo Dutch wrote:This is an interesting, if not disturbing read.

http://www.chopsuk.com/forum/showthread ... =1#post974
Once again it shows there are cowboys messing with bikes and Trikes on all sides of the world.
Work like that'll be the end of Customising, whether it's in the UK or Oz.

Some people should just leave them alone and leave it to people who know what they're doing.

I'm all for people doing stuff to their own bikes, but when it's structural it should be left to skilled people to fab/weld stuff.

:evil:

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Re: Sobering thoughts.

Post by cjmeg » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:11 pm

pommychopper wrote: Once again it shows there are cowboys messing with bikes and Trikes on all sides of the world.
Work like that'll be the end of Customising, whether it's in the UK or Oz.

Some people should just leave them alone and leave it to people who know what they're doing.

I'm all for people doing stuff to their own bikes, but when it's structural it should be left to skilled people to fab/weld stuff.

:evil:
A good point, Shaun, a good point
Time to start playing with the Vmax.
Oh and maybe I should finish the trike too!

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Post by Chucky » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:40 pm

I agree too whole heartedly.

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Post by bendnstretch » Thu Jan 22, 2009 9:46 pm

Ditto
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You can CHOP EM!!

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Post by Prof » Thu Jan 22, 2009 11:13 pm

Good read Neo. A good encouragement to everyone of us to not be too clever to be willing to ask for advice.

Hopefully a lot of innocent mistakes are being avoided due to CA website and forums.

One of my main beefs with OCC programmes is their sometimes astoundingly disasterous engineering that leads others to make fatal mistakes. Probelm with all 'How to...' and 'Makeover' TV programmes. They provide insufficient info for the inexperienced and the experienced don't need their minimal info anyway!
Chopit'nrideit... Prof

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Post by Chucky » Fri Jan 23, 2009 3:26 pm

Andrew CA Admin wrote:One of my main beefs with OCC programmes is their sometimes astoundingly disasterous engineering that leads others to make fatal mistakes
Ha! too true! :D

This is why they had LOADS of greif when one of their frames fractured (Green bike sold by the young lad early in the shows history) the guy went postal on them with the lawyers and it was kept very hush hush :wink:

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Post by Bearcx » Sat Jan 24, 2009 6:24 pm

Nothing wrong with my welding, and I,ve used the complete original bracing with all mounting points still intact.

I believe my CX will be stronger than the OEM. :D

Thanks Neo, lessons to be learned, indeed.
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Post by Bearcx » Sun Mar 01, 2009 9:38 pm

Engine back together after installing new cam chain, guides, tensioner and cooling fan. Etch primed and painted silver. Rear rim still in machine shop......waiting......waiting....
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Post by Chucky » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:35 am

cleeeeaaan! :shock:

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Post by bendnstretch » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:17 pm

Can you clean mine, that looks great. :D

good job
Trees and bikes are alike...
You can CHOP EM!!

Bacca

Post by Bacca » Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:45 pm

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Post by cjmeg » Tue Mar 03, 2009 7:10 pm

Keep at it Bearman!
Time to start playing with the Vmax.
Oh and maybe I should finish the trike too!

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