BBB's XL500 Street Tracker Project
Posted March 18, 2006 - 05:38 PM
The idea is to make it look like this:
I have a ex-flattracker friend who's gungho on this project and has some parts connections, so this'll be something fun for us to do through the coming months. I'll post updates here if there's any interest.
Posted March 18, 2006 - 06:10 PM
BTW, the bike on 4strokes.com would be a bear to ride. The seat pad is missing!
Posted March 18, 2006 - 06:59 PM
Thanx for the kind words!
Posted March 19, 2006 - 05:07 AM
Posted March 19, 2006 - 09:06 PM
Posted March 20, 2006 - 12:57 PM
We're making another Street Tracker out of the blue one. We have alot of fun screwing together bikes and cars......
Check out www.650motorcycles.com !
Posted March 20, 2006 - 06:48 PM
Posted March 20, 2006 - 09:51 PM
I got everything I'm getting with this Honda out at the house tonight. I am missing only tires to put the bike back on the road in stock config. My street tracker leanings,though, mean I'm a slave to the depth of my cosmetic diversion. The deeper I go, the longer it'll take.
I intend to build this up over the summer months and sell the Motard in the fall once the street tracker is up.
Posted March 21, 2006 - 12:02 PM
Posted March 22, 2006 - 06:14 AM
Well, here's the FT500 streettracker I just finished up over the winter. Basically very similar frame to the XL.
Nice work! I especially like the seat/tail section. Did you fab' that, or is iT off some Other TyPe of bike?
Posted March 22, 2006 - 08:59 AM
Posted March 22, 2006 - 07:46 PM
Posted March 23, 2006 - 05:59 AM
I was pleasently surprised in the increased pep it had when got done with the conversion. Ditched the stock airbox assembly and just have a small cone filter in there now, also went with the old Jemco open megaphone ( did install a baffle in the "y" pipe section of the headers), a bit on the loud side, but it revs like it never did before with the stock airbox/exhaust. Have considered putting a mild cam in it, but as it is now, it buries the tach past 8000rpm before you even realize it. Also, getting rid of the stock seat/fender, cutting off the tail secton of the upper frame loop and various other little items...rear foot peg mounts etc, adn pitching that stock muffler took off a noticeable amount of weight. Didn't weight it, but I would guess going from the heavy stock muffler to the little Jemco alone probably shaved off 20-25lbs!!!...plus it sounds real sweet. I'll have to get around to weighing the bike one of these days, but I wouldn't be surprised if it lost over 40+ lbs.
I've got an old front wheel, spoked, that I think came off a CB750 that has the same rotor mont bolt pattern and was thinking of putting that on, but haven't been able to come up with a spoked rear wheel to match. Probably won't do much of anything to the front end. Yeah the brakes don't match up to sport bike brakes, but for the level of performance of this mid-30's hp thumper, they seem adequate. Would possibly conider it if I found a great deal on a complete front end assembly. But this is a budget tracker. Throwing in the cost of the bike years ago ($400), I probably have about, oh, $700 invested in it.
Posted March 23, 2006 - 06:13 AM
Posted March 23, 2006 - 09:00 AM
Posted March 23, 2006 - 10:36 AM
Jemco Exhaust Systems
1919 Blalock Rd # B
Houston, TX 77080-5401
Phone: (713) 461-3834
Can find some performance stuff here:
Can't remember, but it was either Megacycle or Powroll that still lists cams available for it on their website.
I just left the pipe-within-a-pipe set-up in it. Got another header I was thinking about cutting up, possibly playing around with dual pipes. But that's another rainy day project.
Posted March 23, 2006 - 01:38 PM