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Old 01-28-2010, 08:10 PM   #7456
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Holy shit Beach!
Now that is a skidplate.
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Old 01-28-2010, 10:26 PM   #7457
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Meaty plate beach.
Lets see a few gouges in it.
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Old 01-28-2010, 11:07 PM   #7458
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Great that you stepped up to the plate on this Beach and a stout looking unit it is but a few constructive comments might be worth something here. In silver it has total visual overkill so offering it in black (powdercoat) would be the go. Constructed from 6mm plate it must be hellishin' heavy so back it off to a more reasonable 4mm and while you are there, get them to trim the width down a little. Does it really need to be this wide? Maybe a few stylish slots or holes would take the heavy look away and allow a bit of cooling air to circulate around the bottom of the motor for us hot climate riders, otherwise a great product, well done! Griz (sorry if I sound like a teacher giving an end-of-term report)
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Old 01-29-2010, 09:45 AM   #7459
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That Scrambler doesn't have a stock rear frame . Looks more old style behind the seat. The new frames are squared off in the back. I want those wheels!
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Old 01-29-2010, 11:08 AM   #7460
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Great that you stepped up to the plate on this Beach and a stout looking unit it is but a few constructive comments might be worth something here. In silver it has total visual overkill so offering it in black (powdercoat) would be the go. Constructed from 6mm plate it must be hellishin' heavy so back it off to a more reasonable 4mm and while you are there, get them to trim the width down a little. Does it really need to be this wide? Maybe a few stylish slots or holes would take the heavy look away and allow a bit of cooling air to circulate around the bottom of the motor for us hot climate riders, otherwise a great product, well done! Griz (sorry if I sound like a teacher giving an end-of-term report)
These were pretty much my thoughts exactly, except I'd prefer the silver - so long as it was cut down a bit. Then it'd be kinda like a Thunderbike bash plate mk II, which would be awesome. Mebbe add that wee top lip that Griz and Blacktiger have on theirs.

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:57 PM   #7461
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These were pretty much my thoughts exactly. Then it'd be kinda like a Thunderbike bash plate mk II, which would be awesome. Mebbe add that wee top lip that Griz and Blacktiger have on theirs.
Or, add an extension to the mudguard. As it is the oil cooler is going to get a peppering.
Both of which you can see in my "even uglier" home made guard....
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:01 PM   #7462
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The mudguard extension is always going on anyway. My plastic plant pot is there waiting to be cut up as soon as I get round to it

A wee bit of redundancy at virtually no cost can never be a bad thing. I'll take the lip and the wee mudguard both!
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:23 PM   #7463
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sidebar: Just ordered a set of Heidaneau K60's to replace the Trailwings. From reading reviews it sounds like a great combo tyre with longevity. Mitas EO-9 was the other option but the heidaneaus sound like they hold better in the wet (tho I'm gonna try and avoid that anyway).
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Old 01-29-2010, 04:24 PM   #7464
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The mudguard extension is always going on anyway. My plastic plant pot is there waiting to be cut up as soon as I get round to it
Atta boy - that's the old CBOA spirit!
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:25 PM   #7465
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Great that you stepped up to the plate on this Beach and a stout looking unit it is but a few constructive comments might be worth something here. In silver it has total visual overkill so offering it in black (powdercoat) would be the go. Constructed from 6mm plate it must be hellishin' heavy so back it off to a more reasonable 4mm and while you are there, get them to trim the width down a little. Does it really need to be this wide? Maybe a few stylish slots or holes would take the heavy look away and allow a bit of cooling air to circulate around the bottom of the motor for us hot climate riders, otherwise a great product, well done! Griz (sorry if I sound like a teacher giving an end-of-term report)
Advice, tips and constructive comments are always welcome!

This plate covers the same real estate as the crash bars, which is why it wraps around so much. I reckon I will use this one when I ride to Cape York and a few other places just as punishing. But for most situations, I agree it's a bit of overkill. Having said that, theres not much that will get through it!

We have version two on the way. Which is being made from 4mm plate and less wrap around. The crash bars will also be able to stay as it seems a lot of people have them and want to keep them.

Polishing, powder coating etc will be quite easy as the last step to suit individual tastes. I will post some pics as soon as I can.

Thank you again for feedback
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Old 01-29-2010, 05:38 PM   #7466
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Advice, tips and constructive comments are always welcome!

I reckon I will use this one when I ride to Cape York and a few other places just as punishing.



Thank you again for feedback
Are you going to ride the scram to Cape York....what a man, keep thinking about doing it but not on the scram.
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Old 01-29-2010, 06:54 PM   #7467
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Are you going to ride the scram to Cape York....what a man, keep thinking about doing it but not on the scram.
Wheres your sense of adventure???

I have already done it with Cape York Motorcycle Adventures. We encountered all sorts up there...as you do.... Including a Harley with a side car and a fully loaded and very well travelled BMW R80.

Aboard the Scrambler.... what could possibly go wrong....???
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:26 PM   #7468
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Wheres your sense of adventure???

I have already done it with Cape York Motorcycle Adventures. We encountered all sorts up there...as you do.... Including a Harley with a side car and a fully loaded and very well travelled BMW R80.

Aboard the Scrambler.... what could possibly go wrong....???
I've heard different stories on how hard it is, been thinking about doing on my XR400 or might hire a DRZ400, I do struggle to touch the ground on the XR & the DRZ is slightly taller....just how hard is it ?
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Old 01-29-2010, 07:43 PM   #7469
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I've heard different stories on how hard it is, been thinking about doing on my XR400 or might hire a DRZ400, I do struggle to touch the ground on the XR & the DRZ is slightly taller....just how hard is it ?
Its very hard. If you have ever done any off road riding and think you know how to take on water crossings, get up and down snotty hills, ride through boggy sand, take on bulldust holes, keep going all day in the tropical heat and humidity.... it all goes out the window on day one!

Usually the ones bragging the most before you leave are the ones most humbled the soonest.

Having said that, you will definitely come back a better rider and have an absolute ball the whole time.

IMHO the only people to do it with are Cape York Motorcycle Adventures. Roy Kunda is an ex A grade MX racer and originally hails from Melbourne. He has access that no one else has and knows the place like the back of his hand.

For your first time, dont bother with your own gear or bike. Do the fully supported ride with CYMA. By the time you collapse into your swag at the end if day two, you will be glad you did.

You can fly/ride in either direction, or ride both ways.

I did both ways - sixteens days of motorcycle heaven!

I'm keen to go again and highly recommend it.
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Old 01-29-2010, 08:26 PM   #7470
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newbonneville.com belt drive conversion

Has anyone tried one of these?

90%+ of my riding is on bitumen, the remainder on dirt roads.

I'm guessing it would be similar issues to belt drive on the Buells when off road.



http://newbonneville.com/html/belt_d...onversion.html
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