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Old 01-18-2015, 04:23 PM
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Doing some work on the bikes today. Got the big screen in the shop so I can
keep up with the playoffs - it's pretty much a perfect day.

I mentioned a while back I was tired of the graphic combo I had on both bikes
and wanted something fresher and more current. I looked at a lot of possibilities
and this is what I liked the best. Keep in mind the goal for these bikes was to
come up with what Team Honda would run if they still raced two strokes today.
I like the look and I really like the gripper seat cover. I have another set coming
for the 500 with yellow backgrounds and I will be switching to a Cycra stadium
front number plate. The only decision I haven't made is wether to stick with the
White/Red side panels or go with all White.

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Old 01-18-2015, 05:33 PM
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Perfect as it sits to me Don. Very nice!
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Old 01-18-2015, 08:55 PM
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Looking awesome!! This is a personal thing, I would want to have the blue from the tank shrouds follow down to the side covers and rear fender
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:20 AM
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I like the shroud graphics. They look like mine . Factory looking
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:39 AM
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Dogger, I'm actually disappointed in this build.... The graphics.... You really need some flaming skulls.... joke of corse
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Old 01-19-2015, 09:55 AM
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Thanks guys!

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I would want to have the blue from the tank shrouds follow down to the side covers and rear fender
The first set of side panel graphics had the stripes continue from the airbox
and some more on the bottom, but all the striping didn't leave enough room
for the numbers to be oriented correctly, so I canned them and went with
plain 'ol. The Blue stripe does continue on the rear fender. The front number
plate graphic has some striping and looks fine, but I'm having some difficulties
getting the correct Cycra stadium plate to mount the graphic on.

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They look like mine . Factory looking
I noticed that too. Here's a picture of another bike with similar looking
graphics thanks to TWMX:



A little A:B comparison:



I think TJ did a good job of adapting the 2015 graphics to a 2009 CRF. I don't
usually get that wrapped up in the "looks" of my race bikes. As long as they
are tidy and presentable, that's been good enough. Unfortunately, that school
of thought allowed the bikes to look kind of plain vanilla and dated and I've
put way to much work into these projects for that. This time I want them to
look as good as they go.

Anyway, I'll be wrapping this one up shortly. There are still some odds and
ends like safety wire, brake snake, etc. still to do. Once that's done, I'll post
a bunch of detailed "finished" pictures and call the build portion a wrap.

dogger
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:24 PM
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Looks very factory correct when you compare the two. Great job! Do you race with or without a skid plate? Just wondering.
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:01 AM
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Very nice job with the graphics Don! I think the all white side panels would look better with this setup than the white/red.
Question for you- on your right fork guard there are some metal tabs under the bolts that hold the fork guards on with some additional bolts higher up on the fork guard... what is going on there?
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Old 01-20-2015, 09:29 AM
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Do you race with or without a skid plate?
With. Before this bike hits the track, there will be a Works Connection
RIMS style skid plate mounted.

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n your right fork guard there are some metal tabs under the bolts that hold the fork guards on with some additional bolts higher up on the fork guard... what is going on there?
If you look higher up on that same picture, you'll see the launch control device
mounted on that fork guard. Those two tabs are there to reinforce the plastic
when the launch control is engaged and putting a lot of stress on that fork
guard.

I agree about the all White side panels. On the Red/White panels, the
transition looks awkward and at the wrong angle compared to the rest of
the lines. Ideally, I would like a graphic that applies to the top of the side
panel that would carry the Red and Blue stripe from the rear fender forward
a bit to integrate everything.

Funny story about the Right side panel and the graphics. The Right side panel
has a pretty generous compound curve to fit around the ginormous muffler
that originally comes on this bike. That shape causes all kinds of havoc when
you go to apply a graphic, especially one that has stripes and such that have
to line up. Since I'm going to have to go through all that again, I decided to
pay TJ to apply that one graphic. I sent them a couple of Right side panels for
the treatment. Normally, I'm not this lazy or would give up so soon, but in this
case, it's money well spent just to be spared the hassle.

dogger
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:10 AM
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I like that pic from TWMX. The lines of the gen 4 are so much different that a custom seat cover would be the only way to come close to the latest look. I'm glad you went with silver rims, the black ones are terrible IMO.
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