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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 07-18-2019, 11:38 PM   #31
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Following with great interest! Good luck for the DBC 2019!

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-02-2019, 06:38 PM   #32
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This post will be more of a personal update than a project update. A few weeks ago I began working on the initial frame fixture design...

[IMG]rz350 frame assembly 2019.fixture1.0 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]


Then THIS happened!

[IMG]8r7HyfCh by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20191024_113915 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20191019_092714 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20191026_102252 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]

Final score: SXV5.5 - 1, deer - 0, me - collateral damage (broken elbow, broken shoulder, 6" laceration down to bone on my forearm, bruised rib, various bruised internal organs, road rash in a few spots)

Spent a very long night in ER, followed by 4 days in the hospital. I'm now home recovering and very anxious to start a new job on Monday. All in all I'm lucky it wasn't worse, and lesson learned: animals are dumb and unpredictable.

That's it for now. hoping to get my energy level back so I can make progress on this project very soon.

cheers

PS: - huge props to my friend and fellow RZ enthusiast, Ken for fetching my SXV and getting it returned home.
- and props to my old road race buddy Bill for making the award of "Dubious Distinction and Questionable Honor".
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-02-2019, 07:11 PM   #33
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Default Re: RZ350 the 2019 re-frame

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-02-2019, 07:36 PM   #34
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I don't think they used enough screws.

We need more guys like Ken in this world.

Hope you heal fast and strong. We're all waiting to see more of your creative work.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-03-2019, 02:40 AM   #35
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-05-2019, 09:54 AM   #36
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deer suck

glad to hear that you're healing up

A steering damper dampens steering oscillations. If it starts to leak, it may become a steering dampener. There's no such thing as a dampner.

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-09-2019, 03:39 AM   #37
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If you ever run out of fasteners just take em out of your elbow.
Get well quick mate.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 11-11-2019, 03:17 PM   #38
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Sooo, 8 bolts?

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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 01-20-2020, 06:47 PM   #39
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Default Re: RZ350 the 2019 re-frame

Thanks everyone for the well wishes. Much appreciated. As for the hardware in my elbow, I think there are 8 or 9 screws and one plate. I was never given an official count. The hardware stays in permanently... unless at some future time I notice any type of pain or irritation, then we can reevaluate if it all stays in or comes out. But for now it all stays in.

A quick project update as some of you may have ready in the project thread for my 2019 Dirtbag bike.... that bike has been invited to The One Motorcycle Show in Portland in a few weeks. Over the years the show has grown in size and quality of bikes being invited, so I'm honored that my ratty low budget Dirtbag Challenge bike has been invited!

Then in news directly related to this RZ350 re-frame project, I'm hoping to pick up some blocks of aluminum that are needed for the frame fixture later this week. Then I can begin machining and making parts! Today I've been staring at the CAD model to make sure I've got all of the dimensions fairly close. Its a lot of expensive material just for fixture blocks, so want to be sure I get it right. That's it for now.
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Old Streetfighter Motorcycle Forum Post 04-05-2020, 08:32 PM   #40
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Its been a long while since I've had anything to update, and so many delays... trips to China last year, Dirtbag Challenge that came early last year, then the deer incident, now this damn virus! I don't know if I'll ever get these frame built

Before the world went into lock-down I was able to purchase all of the aluminum blocks to build the risers needed on my frame fixture that are specific to this frame...

[IMG]2020-04-05_17-02-50 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]


And then this little care-package from Japan arrived a few weeks ago...

[IMG]20200312_113323 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]

This is from a TZR250 3XV. This is the swingarm that the frame kits will use. They are difficult to find in the USA, but in the internet age they are readily available from other parts of the world.

As an alternative, I may build a swingarm or two similar to what I used on the Dirtbag Challenge RZ350/Banshee. These would be set up for dual-shocks...

20190714_153808 by andbike, on Flickr

[IMG]20190901_070048 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20190901_070725 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]

[IMG]20190901_070307 by andbike, on Flickr[/IMG]

Both swingarm options were chosen for several reasons:

- first, the linkage on the TZR swingarm sits very high and allows ample room for GP style pipes. Even fatty pipes with 120mm centers as my favorite pipe builder likes to make will fit and and sit high enough to still have plenty of ground clearance.

- second, the swingam is fairly wide and will allow for a good variety of rear wheels to fit. SV650, CBR600F2/3, and most other 4.5x17 wheels should fit.

- and lastly, the TZR swingarm is fairly long at 23 inches (axle to pivot). This is nice in that I can move the engine a few inches forward (relative to the stock bike) and gain some forward weight bias (good for small bikes).

So now if this virus thing would just end, I could get back to my shop and continue with the frames. Okay, that's my non-update for now.
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