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Old 01-25-2007, 10:20 AM   #11
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Default Re: Aprilia 550 V-twin Sportbike!

Actually, its two of your rides, (neither of which was free) both sacrificed to create a neato but quirky trackbike. Did I mention a lot of time spent on fabrication?



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Old 01-25-2007, 10:41 AM   #12
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Pray for the Cagiva Mito to make it into production. I saw it at the Washington IMS and was impressed. A tasty thumper sport bike . Engine was a Husky single and projected price range was 6-9 K depending on how many of the tasty bits make it to production.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:45 AM   #13
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I'm with you, but we are in the minority in the modern bike culture. In the day,you could make frankensteins with the hope of improving the breed...lots tried. But current bikes are so good with just a few tweaks most dont see the purpose of "Specials" It takes all kinds......
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:49 AM   #14
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I think that guy that built the World's Fastest Indian would understand completely.
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:59 AM   #15
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What happened to common sense? Engines that last 3000 miles between rebuilds? How about all the new sportbikes that crack their frames from use never mind that if you crash a newer bike they are more often than not unrebuildable.A few years ago you could drop a bike and more often then not straighten a crashed bike. Now they turn to junk.
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Old 01-25-2007, 11:33 AM   #16
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Default Re: Aprilia 550 V-twin Sportbike!

i dont think the 4 stroke mxers are any more delicate than the 2 strokes ...sure pulling the engine apart after 100 hundred hours might seem very early but for most people who ride them thats a full season of racing....



people i think are afraid of the bigger complexity of a 4 stroke engine have nothing much to fear ..shimming the valves on most of these is a 1 hour operation at most ..except maybe the crs cos of the unicam setup...but any of the dohcs is pretty simple



i remember changing about 6 pistons one year with a cr125 ...i think the term *piston slap* was invented for cr 125s.



if you just trail ride an mxer and not race it then there is no problem once you keep on top of the maintence ...



the 450s i think now are pretty bullet proof ..the 250s not so much mainly due to the extreme high revs they have the big ends tend to wear out after 2 years or so..

but from the market they are aimed at ..people dont tend to race the same bike for over 2 years
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Old 01-26-2007, 11:38 AM   #17
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The number of 2-stroke engines Honda now produces can be counted on "no" hands.......
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