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Posted by dragbikebam | Jan 01, 2015 @ 03:44 PM | 2,185 Views
I added a Picco and a few other parts I had laying around. I used the fuel tank and exhaust on a different older 501 bike that needed it to be a correct vintage NF.
Posted by dragbikebam | Oct 29, 2014 @ 11:44 PM | 2,698 Views
Picked this one up on ebay and it came in today. I have always wanted a first edition run of the 501 nitro and I finally got it. First pic is the one from the ebay auction and the rest are from tonight after restoration. I added the Novarossi CX .12 but everything else was pretty much there and new. It was only missing the header and silicon tube coupler. These bikes are very different than the later 501's, I didn't know it till tonight but the brake caliper is alloy and the rear body mount brace is alloy I knew about the tank and other parts, very cool they should have never stopped making these. It even has the alloy head stock with bearings. Its all clear now what happen with TT and NF. This thing is a real machine for a stock bike. I will be placing this one on the shelf for looking at
Posted by dragbikebam | Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:59 AM | 2,752 Views
Budget minded nitro for you guys. Only upgrades are frame spacers, engine mounts, 13t clutch bell, TTN head stock, later std. dual swing arm and front brake pads/rotor no rear brake yet but it really doesnt need it with stock gearing. Should make for a nice tight runner. Im also going to use budget servos a JR st126 high torque($40) for brake and throttle duty a feetech FT5478M ($25) low profile light weight for steering.

Will be updating post as nears completion.
ok I got the bike all broke in and everything is great, the stock gearing is not bad at all and will still haul ass. The stock pipe is not near as restrictive as I thought and the engine will reach full rpm without issue. I love this bike its very easy to drive fast without fear of crashing, lots of stability.
Posted by dragbikebam | Oct 27, 2014 @ 01:17 AM | 3,339 Views
Ok I want to start off by saying I have been running these HPI engines for a couple of years in 4 different bikes and I love them. The HPI .18 is an excellent alternative to an expensive engine . There are many options for what kind of power and starting system your looking for. The engines are very affordable, easy to find and very cheap to rebuild so run the heck out of it. Another advantage is that the low end needle is located just where it is on the Picco so low end tuning is easy also it is a three shim head so you can tune for even more power when broke in. Now the main thing I want to explain is that these engines only turn around 30-32k RPM compared to the Picco's 37-40k but the horsepower is 2.2 compared to Picco's 1.2 so in order to get the advantages of all that HP you need to gear your bike much taller than stock. A 13t clutch bell and a 10/26 micro drive will give you good results and it will not bog the engine at all. The Torque Works swingarm allows me to run a 10/25 micro drive on it but a 10/25 on a standard NF swingarm is not advisable because you will have to shorten the chain and that puts the center of the tire to close to the inner swingarm causing it to rub at high speeds so the 10/26 is optimal for NF bikes and puts the wheel right were it needs to be. The 28 and 27 sprockets will work also. A cheaper way to gear up is to use an aftermarket 14 or 15t clutch bell and keep stock sprocket gearing, I will be testing some larger clutch bells with...Continue Reading
Posted by dragbikebam | May 25, 2014 @ 10:55 PM | 4,081 Views
Ran the bike today for the first time. Idled one tank and ran 2 on the ground. It really has a different sense of power, you can feel the thumping of the engines power when near it and the sound is amazing. I can tell Im going to love this bike, I just hope I can control myself not to crash it too much, no crashes today and the handling is on point, good lean angles, very easy to control over rough patches, confidence inspiring...I will make a vid asap...

Update: bike is finished first 2 pics are new

FPM with O.S. 26fs-c 4-stroke Nitro RC Motorcycle (10 min 11 sec)
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Posted by dragbikebam | Apr 14, 2014 @ 01:14 PM | 5,256 Views
I been taking my time with this one. I have received everything I need to wrap it up..I hope. The bike is very easy to work on.