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Offline deadpresident

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #45 on: September 05, 2013, 07:42:28 AM »
Well, it might look twitchy, but the front end does increase trail significantly, so I'm going to try before I judge. The bike the front end came from has significantly more radical geometry, and it's stone stable (i should know, I ride one every day), so we'll see.
Oh, they're 16" long shocks... Lol

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #46 on: September 05, 2013, 12:18:41 PM »
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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #47 on: September 05, 2013, 03:23:02 PM »
Yeah.... I think they're dirtbike shocks or something. I wanted to do the same thing I did on my old GT380, but I guess I just got lucky with that bike..... I thought if I extended the wheelbase (longer swingarm) and moved the upper shock mounts all would be well. That remains to be seen, but the forks are longer than original as well, so geometry is close to stock, the bike is just up in the air some....

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #48 on: September 18, 2013, 01:02:52 PM »
You might want to string your drive chain around the sprockets and see if it clears your swing arm pivot when the shock is fully extended. In eyeballing your pics again.. it looks like it will be very close  ???

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #49 on: September 19, 2013, 10:09:45 AM »
Indeed it is. The chain just kisses the rub block at full extension, but it is clear as soon as I sit on the bike. One of my main concerns as well, since that's the reason I moved the shock mounts in the first place.

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #50 on: March 09, 2014, 07:52:43 PM »
Heh. I kinda screwed up and didn't remove the front sprocket while I still had a chain to keep it from moving.... What direction do I loosen the nut? Standard or reverse thread? The book doesn't say.

I welded a piece of steel to the sprocket. That way I can keep it from turning, but I can't crack the nut loose.
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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #51 on: March 09, 2014, 08:50:20 PM »
Standard lefty-loosey.  An impact driver helps if its very tight....
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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #52 on: March 12, 2014, 11:32:29 AM »
Thanks, CrouchyUK! That at least helps....

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #53 on: July 03, 2014, 11:00:58 AM »
Yeah.... It's been a long time since I posted... The bike is still in the works, I just haven't had the time to iron out the last few details. I've wired up the ignition and I have spark, I just need to finish the charging system and brake mounting. Pics will follow.
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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #54 on: July 21, 2014, 05:08:45 PM »

First start!

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #55 on: January 29, 2015, 09:56:36 PM »
Shinjimei's First ride!:

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #56 on: September 01, 2019, 04:14:44 PM »

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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #57 on: September 02, 2019, 06:26:53 PM »
Nice work and an interesting combo of chassis and engine. You should show it on the Honda Twins forum.

Guy
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Re: My TX500 cafe project
« Reply #58 on: September 18, 2019, 03:14:13 AM »
https://photos.app.goo.gl/upbvrWPN6wRA48xF8
I had to make the top frame tubes ( the ones in either side of the central backbone) removable in order for the engine to be removable. The Honda frame only had a large, single backbone, so there was more room above the engine. So that's what I did. I still need to drill and tap the holes for fasteners, but the hard part is done.
The picture (if the link worked) doesn't show that I also got the rear motor mounts welded in, as well. Now on to the front tubes, and to box in the area under and to the rear of the engine.