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Old 10-18-2004, 12:48 PM   #151
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To those of you R/C bikers in the San Francisco Bay Area, Hobbytown USA in San Jose is having a grand opening celebration this Saturday and Sunday and have invited all R/C'ers to demo their kits! For more info visit http://rcmcc.tripod.com.

Many newbies will be there and it will give us a chance to show them the power of R/C bikes and hopefully spark the Two Wheel Revolution! Hope to see you there.

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Old 11-01-2004, 01:18 PM   #152
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With Sam and Kevin as the cameramen I had a chance this weekend to silence all of my doubts and time laps to find out which one was faster. Also for kicks I threw in a Tamiya F201 car in the mix! With my Airtronics M8 transmitter I conveniently timed all of the laps and recorded the fastest one. Here are the results:

24.48s: Kyosho HOR, Mamba 6800, stock steering, silicone insert
23.63s: Kyosho Mark1, Speed 300, direct steering
17.96s: Tamiya F201, stock kit 540 motor

So the HOR gives up one second per lap to the Mark1, even though it had a brushless in it! Also the F201 was only about five seconds faster than the bikes. I really thought it was going to be something like 10 seconds off with all of the technical corners, but wow this is nice to know.

Links to the vids are here (at the bottom of the page):
http://rcmcc.tripod.com/id44.html

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Old 11-10-2004, 12:56 PM   #153
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Hi guys, with help from a friend we have the full length, 7minute music video online back from a year ago. This is the Thunder Tiger with onboard video cam following a Kyosho Hang On Rider. The link is on this page:
http://www.skiptonclub.net/new_page_8.htm



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Old 12-06-2004, 05:02 PM   #154
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Any new developments as far as hop-ups for the Kyosho bikes? Definitely picking up the NSR for Christmas...
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No new hopups coming out that I'm aware of. . . just the ones mentioned here are the ones that are out (Ian's HOR hopup guide - 3.64M):

http://rcmcc.tripod.com/id19.html
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Right on....thanks!

Just picked my Honda up off Ebay.
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Old 12-06-2004, 06:01 PM   #157
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Default Ricky Carmichael's CR250

This might be a really lame performer, but i saw that radio shack (i know i know) had the Ricky Carmichael CR250 replica motocrosser, it said it ran on a 7.2v stick pack, and came with a pistol style transmitter, it didnt specify the motor or much else
anyone know more about these my local radio shack didn't have one in, im thinkin it's gotta be better than the Jeremy Mcgrath bike.
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Charlie O - actually this is the best production off road R/C motorcycle that exists today!

Don't let the radio shack name fool you, if you take the plastic body apart you'll see that the ladder chassis is milled out of rigid aluminum.

The only downside is that, aside from popping in hotter batteries, it's tough to make it go any faster. We've tried putting a brushless in there and it toasted the gears.

Here's some vids I found on this bike:
http://www.jamgfly.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/rickyvid.wmv
http://tom.kat.free.fr/ricky/Ricky_on_da_beach.wmv
http://media.wildhobbies.com/rickyrc.wmv
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Cool, I'll have to check it out i dont have any stick packs will it take side by side packs? & can you get parts for it, thanks.
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I just got back from radio shack, the bike looks pretty detailed, the guy wouldn't let me take it out of the box though, and he didn't know about side by side packs or even what they were, and he just told me to be carfeful with it and i shouldn't need any parts he sure wanted to sell me one though! like a used car salesman that hasn't eaten for a week, post any further experiences you guys have had with these thanks.
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I would suggest asking him how you would get spare parts for this bike. . .

I have heard certain parts tend to break, like the handle bars (since in a crash it can land hard on them) and Ricky's head for the same reason.

The parts that will wear over time are the side guard bars (or "crash bars"), and tires.
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Awesome page, Ian....especially like the setup guide.

Probably going to pick up the RGV as well
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I just got back from radio shack, the bike looks pretty detailed, the guy wouldn't let me take it out of the box though, and he didn't know about side by side packs or even what they were, and he just told me to be carfeful with it and i shouldn't need any parts he sure wanted to sell me one though! like a used car salesman that hasn't eaten for a week, post any further experiences you guys have had with these thanks.
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I have the Radio Shack bike. Great Bang for the buck.
There are a few problem areas.
1. The steering servo is connected via a weak spring. The sloppy spring could hardly move the steering mechanism. There is no precision.
2. Very weak brakes. The almost do nothing. Let's say you want to hit the brakes to get the rear end to break free for a tighter turning radius....impossible.

After about 2 battery packs, I ripped out the electronics and added an old cyclone and a cheap standard servo. I made a custom carbon fiber connecting thing a ma-jiggie to connect the servo to the steering mechanism directly. The cyclone was easily able to lock up the rear wheels on command (for tight turns) and it's efficiently increase top speed.
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Just picked up the Suzuki

Ian, do you have any experience with the GPM al. gearboxes? Looked for the Topcad ones and can't find them anywhere.....

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Yeah, I use both the TOPCAD and GPM gearboxes. They're both the same. With the TOPCAD the only difference is that you can't see any of the machine lines on the case.
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