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Old 01-02-2013, 10:46 PM   #51061
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Love it turbo Honda. That was a neat machine.
Here is a picture for you.
That bike is still my all time high mileage king. 147,500



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Old 01-02-2013, 11:42 PM   #51062
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one of the guys I race enduros and harescrambles with "crankshaft" has given up on them he was constantly putting a hole in the tire. Another 1 or 2 guys lobe them, I think riding style has a lot to do with how ggod they work for you, especially in the north east and the rock strewn routes we call trails
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Old 01-02-2013, 11:58 PM   #51063
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I haven't done that part, but I can attest to the XR650L being a handful, especially when you're overloaded. This is from my last ride when she got out from under me around the 1:40 minute mark.

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I got exhausted just watching that video...I can relate to when I fell over up in the mountains on my last ride and I wasn't loaded down like you were...I'm really trying to blame it on the elevation but I know It has a bit to do with me being less active lately
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:30 AM   #51064
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My 1982 CX500TC TURBO...
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Absolutely loved that bike. I bought a theft-recovery victim around '85 and rebuilt the motor (crank) and replaced the turbo. Never got it running as I was maybe 25 and broke and it needed like the air cleaner lid/control module and... I traded the bike for a Step Van and the bike is still parked in the guy's garage where it's been ever since (zero miles on a fresh rebuild). If you need one, let me know. We can try to get the guy to remember he has it. I even built the Tamiya model and still have all the magazines on it (question, is your front "TURBO" decal mirror (reverse) or regular? I've seen both).

Highlights:
Smallest turbo - IHI
Waste gate can be overridden to crank boost (too low by default)
Featured "ComStar" wheels
CX500 motor - all valve train is high-performance

Competitors - Honda CX650TC, Suzuki XN85 (1st 16" front wheel to the US), Yamaha FJ600 Turbo, Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo (definitely the best Turbo bike). I want to say there was a KZ1000 Turbo too if I recall...

Love your bike.

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:49 AM   #51065
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Do you have trouble maintaining the 100 psi pressure in the inner bladder, Barron?

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I use a bike pump to top it off every two weeks or so, it usually needs about 10-15 PSI, but I had high pressure bicycle tires that did the same thing.

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Old 01-03-2013, 01:52 AM   #51066
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Spud, I would love to see what you think of the tubliss system. I know they do recommend rims that are fairly straight.
Actually their site says that the rims can be messed up, but I would plan on using new tires or tires that have zero nicks around the edges, I was going to reuse some that I was running but I messed up part of the bead with my since replaced irons and the air in the tire would not stay.

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Old 01-03-2013, 07:01 AM   #51067
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Why yes they are. But you can use other fittings. I copied this list from another XR400 cooler job:


Qty 1 EAR-800106ERL -6 ST. SWIVEL-SEAL

Qty 1 EAR-804606ERL TUBE SWIVEL-SEAL

Qty 1 EAR-809006ERL -6 90 DEG. LOW PROFILE SWIVEL

Qty 1 EAR-812006ERL -6 120 DEGREE SWIVEL-SEAL

Qty 1 EAR-9892086ERL FEMALE 8 MALE 6 REDUCER

Qty 1 EAR-9894DBHERL FEMALE 14MM X 1.5 SAGINAW

Qty 1 EAR-9919EFKERL -8 AN TO 18MM-1.5 ADAPTER

Qty 2 FRA-491971 O-RING SEAL FITTING (this is where I got mixed up , order 2 of these!!!)

SUM-230606 S.S. HOSE -6 6FT
Good info Steve, Thanks again.

Front end parts should be here tomorrow + got the Vapor computer which has got to be as simple tu set up as it can be. One gripe is that the RPM graph does not scale too nicely for low RPM motors, it would be nice if it scaled to use the full range.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:07 AM   #51068
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My local parts shop makes hydraulic hoses. I found a barb that would fit on the smaller connector. For the larger connector I found a brass gas compression fitting that I could use and a piece of copper tubing for the barb. I then connected the barbs and the oil lines with a heavy hydraulic rubber hose. It could be that the copper may give out at some time and a steel line would be better. But I can by pass the cooler in a mater of minutes if I spring a leak. I also didn't bother with adding the bolt anchors to mount the cooler. Once the cooler is in position it doesn't go anywhere. I did add a little chunk of hard rubber between the cooler and the front of the frame to keep it from rubbing.

I'm cheap bastage, and if I did it over again I'd probably go with Spud's setup. The XR400 coolers go for a premium and there's not a lot of room to route the hoses. If you are planning a USD fork conversion it could get tighter with the bigger tubes.
I was wondering about the space with the USD conversion.

I will probably dig around and drive myself nuts for a while looking for the proper hard line setup on the XR400 cooler setup before I give up and go with the known Earls fittings.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:22 AM   #51069
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With the Trailtech Vapor which is the best method for the reading RPM. I did a quick test with the 5 wraps on the HT lead which seems to work.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:48 AM   #51070
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Absolutely loved that bike. I bought a theft-recovery victim around '85 and rebuilt the motor (crank) and replaced the turbo. Never got it running as I was maybe 25 and broke and it needed like the air cleaner lid/control module and... I traded the bike for a Step Van and the bike is still parked in the guy's garage where it's been ever since (zero miles on a fresh rebuild). If you need one, let me know. We can try to get the guy to remember he has it. I even built the Tamiya model and still have all the magazines on it (question, is your front "TURBO" decal mirror (reverse) or regular? I've seen both).

Highlights:
Smallest turbo - IHI
Waste gate can be overridden to crank boost (too low by default)
Featured "ComStar" wheels
CX500 motor - all valve train is high-performance

Competitors - Honda CX650TC, Suzuki XN85 (1st 16" front wheel to the US), Yamaha FJ600 Turbo, Kawasaki GPZ750 Turbo (definitely the best Turbo bike). I want to say there was a KZ1000 Turbo too if I recall...

Love your bike.

RZ Rob

Wow, Rob you really are cool! All those smokers AND turbo bikes. You're killing me. I wish I was rich or ten years older, so that I could have experienced more of those machines. When I was 13 I wanted an RZ350 so bad I couldn't see straight.
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Old 01-03-2013, 07:58 AM   #51071
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... I can attest to the XR650L being a handful, ...
I see what happened there, Rob... You slowed down too much!!!
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:09 AM   #51072
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Wow, Rob you really are cool! All those smokers AND turbo bikes. You're killing me. I wish I was rich or ten years older, so that I could have experienced more of those machines. When I was 13 I wanted an RZ350 so bad I couldn't see straight.
I lost my street bike virginity on the RZ350. Sure I'd made out with KH400s and RDs, But the RZ was like the porn star of motorcycles - everything you thought you wanted. And when I finally got one (~'87) it met my every desire. Like you I'm sure, I remember lusting after the RZ in the showroom, but the $2,300 was more than I could swing. My used one was $1,600 from Bert's Cycle and I had to have a [really] good friend co-sign so my peop's wouldn't find out.

I'm rebuilding an RZ350 now and will post pics when I pick up the crank and barrels maybe tomorrow. Drove 1,500 miles to get it.


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Old 01-03-2013, 08:09 AM   #51073
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That's a good question. . ...

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That is handy info on inner tube thickness, Spud. Thank you for sharing.

Alright, so since no one else is asking, I'll step up to the plate: Why didn't you ride up to the base of the tower?
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:28 AM   #51074
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I lost my street bike virginity on the RZ350. Sure I'd made out with KH400s and RDs, But the RZ was like the porn star of motorcycles - everything you thought you wanted. And when I finally got one (~'87) it met my every desire. Like you I'm sure, I remember lusting after the RZ in the showroom, but the $2,300 was more than I could swing. My used one was $1,600 from Bert's Cycle and I had to have a [really] good friend co-sign so my peop's wouldn't find out.

I'm rebuilding an RZ350 now and will post pics when I pick up the crank and barrels maybe tomorrow. Drove 1,500 miles to get it.


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My 2smoker is under restoration with the chassis completely rebuilt re-plated waiting for its engine rebuild.

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Old 01-03-2013, 08:52 AM   #51075
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My 2smoker is under restoration...
Wow, love it. Not sure that'd be my choice on the bars though... '76 or '77? Is that front tire backwards?

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