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Old 12-14-2009, 06:44 AM
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Default DuraTrax DX450 1/5 Scale Electric Motorcycle

FIgured I'd post this here since either

a) it hasn't been posted yet
b) search function failed me
c) looks like it could be a whole new class of off road electric

Link to DuraTrax site

Got mine last week from Tower and got it up and running. These things are pretty big and look great. Here it is right out of the box and next to a 1/10 scale SCT


That essentially entailed putting batteries in it. Right out of the box it's pretty easy to drive compared to the 1/5 scale on-road bikes. The gyro really helps keep the thing upright. So far only got to run it on asphalt (rain ) Can't wait to get it on a track.



Anyone else get on or is getting one?
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Old 12-14-2009, 07:17 AM
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Never driven an RC bike. Would love to try it, but probably wouldn't put money into it until I've tried it.

I wouldn't have put money into RC helis until I got to actually try one and realized that the very basics of flying are "doable" for me.

So wife gets a micro from X-mas and we'll go from there.

I have yet to see a single bike at the track, but I hope they become more popular.
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Old 12-14-2009, 08:22 AM
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I saw these a while back while browsing duratrax's siite looking for another item.Looks like they could be a super fun class. From the video I saw it looked like they could be ran almost marshall-less due to the way the gyro stands them right back up when the tip over.The suspension looked a little soft in the vid,but i bet once you got it dialed in it would be a blast.
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I have had the Anderson M5 version of the bike for a few months now. Anderson manufactures it for Duratrax. I love it!

Lots of discussion about it here.

http://www.rcgroups.com/motorcycles-183/

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They look pretty good, been following it since it came out. Didn't realize it was so big either, thanks for the pics. There was a thread in the mini forums, but seemd to be mostly about the venom bike.

Still sitting on the fence though. Maybe this spring....
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I went into my hobby shop and they had one sitting on the counter for two weeks. It was just calling my name and I told the owner if he lets me drive it, that I'd walk out of there with it. Sure enough. The thing is great. So stable even at slow speeds. I actually went through it a bit and changed the rear shock oil, being as mine seemed to have an air bubble in it. Upon disassembling the shock I found that it was only about half full with what seemed like 10,000wt diff oil. So I cleaned it out and put 40wt it, but I think I'm gonna put something a little thicker in there. It seems a little too soft now. but the thing is a blast. Was able to drive on a snowy driveway watching the thing cruise over bumps and ruts. Can't imagine how its' gonna handle a real track but looking forward to it. Also did some research on the ESC and it looks like it should handle a 3s so that could make this thing crazy fast.
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I have been eyeing this thing for awhile too, but like others I have never driven a RC bike and dont want to drop the money until I do. I do want to know what size the brushless motors are in these things. Looks like it says 500 size, but Im not sure what the mm is on a 500. Like 30mm?
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it looks like a pain to work on though.
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We got something like that at my local track.

Soon to be 4.5 on 2s powered. Then there will be a 4.5 HV on 3s version.

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Originally Posted by The Fox
We got something like that at my local track.

Soon to be 4.5 on 2s powered. Then there will be a 4.5 HV on 3s version.

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You running at OCRC or WCRC? I'd love to see some vid.
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Okay - so I learned the hard way that those rear axle screws need to be removed and loctite applied right out of the box. That said I've managed to lose one of the axle bearings. DTXC4422 is not in stock anywhere I can find. Backordered everywhere until January - So looks like I'm down until then.

In the mean time I'm wondering if there is a similar washer out there or some other mod that someone else has already found to get going again. Any thoughts or suggestions are appreciated.

Also - since I'm going to be ordering parts - any suggestions on absolute need to haves for the pit box?
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You can order overseas. The Anderson M5 is the same bike and has been out for months.

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Thanks for the tip Bruce -

BTW are you the same 2 Wheel Hobbies Bruce?
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Originally Posted by rice_man
Thanks for the tip Bruce -

BTW are you the same 2 Wheel Hobbies Bruce?
Yes I am.

http://2wheelhobbies.com
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RC bikes look really cool. Never tried one before.....
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