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Forum: Trials 04-30-2014, 05:40 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Sorry folks. There was a move from Tucson, AZ to...

Sorry folks. There was a move from Tucson, AZ to Grand Junction CO in between my last post ad picking up the crank.

But here it is. So well done that it doesn't look out of place.

Go back a...
Forum: Trials 04-25-2014, 07:35 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
This is what I started this post about. A Peter...

This is what I started this post about. A Peter Gaunt Replica.

My machinist called and said my xl350 crank mod to the xl250 case is done. Pictures in the next couple days.
Forum: Trials 03-13-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Took the cases to my friends machine shop for...

Took the cases to my friends machine shop for machining. I'm out of town until May. More updates to come soon.
Forum: Trials 03-10-2014, 04:28 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
^^^Thanks for the interest. Hopefully this...

^^^Thanks for the interest. Hopefully this project will move along a little faster.:1drink

Here are the pictures I took for the engine crank swap.

First pic is the 250 crank and the biggest...
Forum: Trials 03-09-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Wow. Can't believe it has been 8 months since my...

Wow. Can't believe it has been 8 months since my last post. Finishing up school and getting a job in December, plus being out of town for said job accounts for some lack of posting. I have acquired...
Forum: Trials 07-07-2013, 08:02 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
In response to your question, a leading axle...

In response to your question, a leading axle actually decreases trail making for quicker/lighter steering. Turning the leading axle backwards would result in negative trail that would be almost...
Forum: Trials 07-07-2013, 11:40 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Yea, I was looking at those pegs yesterday. They...

Yea, I was looking at those pegs yesterday. They are going to be dropped a couple inches. Don't know what I was thinking putting them up there.

As for being a tank, yes, the TL250 was a tank. I...
Forum: Trials 07-05-2013, 05:30 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Pulling this project out of moth balls. Just...

Pulling this project out of moth balls. Just finished up a Yamaha XS650. Updates soon.
Forum: Trials 06-14-2013, 11:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,500
Posted By plane_ben
Trials has always been small in the US. Not so...

Trials has always been small in the US. Not so in England, Europe, and Japan.

As a spectator, I liked the stop-n-hop, but as a rider I didn't like it. When I reentered the sport after a twenty...
Forum: Trials 03-10-2013, 09:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,206
Posted By plane_ben
Gas Gas made the cases 1 1/2" narrower than most...

Gas Gas made the cases 1 1/2" narrower than most trannies with five speeds. To do that, 5th and 6th are kind of cupped and ride over ajacent gears. Like a previous poster mentioned a lot of stuff...
Forum: Trials 11-01-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,056
Posted By plane_ben
I used to ride with the CAT club. I rode the Oak...

I used to ride with the CAT club. I rode the Oak Flats area 3 times. Real fun site. Building myself a Peter Gaunt XL 250 Honda replica that I can ride in vintage twin shock class again.
Forum: Trials 09-26-2011, 09:14 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
My project is on hold for awhile. Need to get my...

My project is on hold for awhile. Need to get my '58 VW van on the road.
Forum: Trials 07-23-2011, 08:23 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Awesome, we need some more action on this...

Awesome, we need some more action on this thread.:clap
Forum: Old's Cool 07-17-2011, 10:30 PM
Replies: 1,767
Views: 290,703
Posted By plane_ben
My XS650 chopper. Finnished up this spring....

My XS650 chopper. Finnished up this spring. Haven't ridden to much this summer. Hotter than Hades here in AZ.

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj226/plane_ben/XS%20650%20chopper/complete1.jpg
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-17-2011, 07:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 634
Posted By plane_ben
Thanks for the info. Maybe a moderator could...

Thanks for the info. Maybe a moderator could throw this in oldscool if it needs be.
Forum: Trials 07-17-2011, 01:55 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Finished up the steering stem angle mod. Came out...

Finished up the steering stem angle mod. Came out straight as an arrow.:wink:

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj226/plane_ben/Honda%20Trials%20Project/IMG_0595.jpg
...
Forum: Thumpers 07-17-2011, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 634
Posted By plane_ben
Honda XL250 Question.

I have a build thread in the trials section called 'Trials Conversions', but wanted to ask this question to a wider audiance. So, I own two old XL250 engines of 1973 vintage and both eng serial #'s...
Forum: Trials 07-17-2011, 01:34 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Honda TL250 engine bored to 280. Frame looks to...

Honda TL250 engine bored to 280. Frame looks to be one off custom.

Here is a link. http://www.honda-trials.com/_sgg/m1ma_1.htm
Forum: Trials 07-17-2011, 08:50 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
As for badass trials conversions, this one takes...

As for badass trials conversions, this one takes the prize in my eyes. Totally cool!

http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj226/plane_ben/Honda%20Trials%20Project/honda_special_280_003-1.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 07-13-2011, 11:42 PM
Replies: 21,750
Views: 2,584,532
Posted By plane_ben
Back when I had my BRP, the hanging throttle was...

Back when I had my BRP, the hanging throttle was always a gummy carb slide right at the engine side of the carburator. When ever I would feel it start to hang, I would pull the inlet boot off the...
Forum: Trials 07-12-2011, 07:02 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Got alittle farther along with my trials mods. I...

Got alittle farther along with my trials mods. I made the subframe much skinnier. After looking at the Peter Gaunt bike for a few more hours, I realized how they did it. First was to cut off outer...
Forum: Trials 07-07-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Got my engine raised 1". first shot is the bottom...

Got my engine raised 1". first shot is the bottom rear mount cut and rewelded 1" higher. You can also see the bottom rails cut off. Some fab left to tie subframe legs back to bottom cross brace.
...
Forum: Trials 07-04-2011, 09:37 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
I have a frame jig available for when I do the...

I have a frame jig available for when I do the steering stem. The rest I'm not to worried about. I've worked it out in my head that I'll do the engine raise before I cut the bottom of the frame off.
Forum: Trials 07-03-2011, 04:23 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
I got my project off to a good start today. Put...

I got my project off to a good start today. Put the XL up on my table and stripped the fenders, electrical, handlebars, and engine off the frame. Got a good look at what it's going to take to raise...
Forum: Trials 03-27-2011, 06:01 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
No, haven't done anything yet. I will post up,...

No, haven't done anything yet. I will post up, starting with the tear down, real soon.
Forum: Trials 03-10-2011, 05:24 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
I'm not to worried about weight. I just want to...

I'm not to worried about weight. I just want to build something with some trials ability, that I can trail ride and sit down on. I'm partial to four strokes to. I had chances to buy a Susuki or a...
Forum: Trials 03-09-2011, 07:47 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
By the way is that an old VW pickup? Yea....

By the way is that an old VW pickup?

Yea. That's my shorty VW truck. Took four feet out of the middle. The XL barely fits in the bed.:D
Forum: Trials 03-09-2011, 10:54 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Well, it was still there and I had a green light...

Well, it was still there and I had a green light from the wife, just have to finish her CT90 first.:cry So here it is.
...
Forum: Trials 03-08-2011, 08:51 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Thank you gentlemen. That is exactly the info I'm...

Thank you gentlemen. That is exactly the info I'm looking for. I'm going to go aquire an XL250 tomarrow.:clap
Forum: Trials 03-08-2011, 11:13 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
:rofl:rofl:roflThat Ninja stuff is pretty funny....

:rofl:rofl:roflThat Ninja stuff is pretty funny. But in reality, trials motorcycle were developed over time from regular motorcycles modified for the task. Being a Honda mechanic back in the mid '70s...
Forum: Trials 03-07-2011, 07:06 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 23,805
Posted By plane_ben
Trials conversions

Anyone out there in the trials world that remembers a trials conversion using a '72/'73 XL250 Honda? I have access to a pretty cheap XL250 and was thinking of doing such a project.

I know, I...
Forum: Trials 04-09-2010, 07:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,423
Posted By plane_ben
I'll call the guy. Maybe he'll trade my bobber...

I'll call the guy. Maybe he'll trade my bobber for it.

My bobber
http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj226/plane_ben/183.jpg

My Yamaha back in the day...
Forum: Trials 04-08-2010, 11:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,423
Posted By plane_ben
I live in Tucson, and did the central az trials...

I live in Tucson, and did the central az trials meets for a couple years. Put a footpeg about an inch into my left thiegh practicing at Reddinton Three Feathers section. I sold my montesa 4rt about 6...
Forum: Trials 04-08-2010, 10:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,674
Posted By plane_ben
I bought that same yamaha trials in 1977. Better...

I bought that same yamaha trials in 1977. Better that the Bultacos of the day if you ask me. I rode expert class in Nev, Idaho, and Utah. Amature in Cali. Never finished less that second place on it....
Forum: Thumpers 03-06-2008, 04:49 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 58,601
Posted By plane_ben
I had a friend, about my Dad's age, that rode his...

I had a friend, about my Dad's age, that rode his Yamaha DT-1 from NV to MI and back one summer. Said the hand grips felt like 4" diameter after a days ride. But the bike did just fine.
Forum: Thumpers 03-05-2008, 07:03 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 58,601
Posted By plane_ben
After reading about seven pages of this thread,...

After reading about seven pages of this thread, it brought back memories of my days just out of high school in Ely, Nevada. I was the newly anoited motorcycle, vw, and anything else with a metric...
Forum: Thumpers 03-25-2006, 08:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,460
Posted By plane_ben
Since the XR650L has a vacuum petcock on the...

Since the XR650L has a vacuum petcock on the tank. Take a piece of fuel proof hose and connect it to the long pickup on the inside of the tank. Then about eight inches out put a 'T' and another...
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