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Posted by dragbikebam | Jan 21, 2015 @ 09:16 PM | 1,154 Views
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Posted by dragbikebam | Jan 14, 2015 @ 06:46 PM | 1,313 Views
I modded the camera bracket by spacing and adding foam for support. Replaced the Velcro strap with a rubber band and spaced the camera so the power/video connector is not touching the gimbal bracket. Hoping this will make huge difference with video quality issues from vibrations. I also have replaced the props with the Tiger Motor brand. I have tried my best balancing the motors and even had to do some light balancing on the TM props. I will do some testing tomorrow with nice weather expected.
Posted by dragbikebam | Jan 12, 2015 @ 02:37 AM | 1,586 Views
Well I took the plunge and invested in a professional camera drone rig. Its the Matrix-s with a 3 axis gimbal/w tilt on an isolation plate and a Rage Cams go pro 4 black including a flat lens. I have had an intense experience getting it all set up. Precision builds and mods of the nitro bikes over the years has given me a good eye for development. Im taking it to a much higher level of build because I have to. Anyways the thing is technical and requires a lot of research of the systems including practice. Video coming soon.
Posted by dragbikebam | Jan 01, 2015 @ 04:44 PM | 1,704 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 30, 2014 @ 12:44 AM | 2,239 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 @ 11:59 AM | 2,286 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 @ 02:17 AM | 2,830 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 @ 11:55 PM | 3,612 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 @ 02:14 PM | 4,779 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.
Posted by dragbikebam | Mar 01, 2014 @ 07:01 PM | 4,389 Views
Battery installation went really well. This battery is a 700mah LiFe 6.6v it only weighs 40 grams or 1.7 oz. its 2.64 oz lighter than a regular 6v 5 cell and the total weight of the bike RTR w/o fuel is 1866 grams(65.25oz), only 15 grams heavier than my RG EVO 3 nitro @ 1851g(65oz) also with a LiFe and 4 grams heavier than the 701 with a LiFe @ 1862. To me this is amazing, an old TTN with a .18 that's practically the same weight as an RG and 701. Im getting some of these batteries for all my nitro bikes. I really was not trying to make this a light weight bike, it just happened that way from the parts I used, I could make it even lighter if I wanted to but this is good enough, its going to be hard to keep the front end down as it is. Only thing left to do is test run and finish breaking in the engine.

Update: After getting a few runs with the bike I am starting to realize that this .18 with the RD free flowing pipe is not giving me much run time because of the small TTN fuel tank. I think the bike would be better with the stock exhaust giving me more torque with these gears and longer run times. Its very fast on the top end but its not very practical power for racing IMO....Continue Reading
Posted by dragbikebam | Feb 24, 2014 @ 09:45 PM | 4,692 Views
Engine is good now so I been doing a little work on the TTN this weekend. Im now waiting on the li-fe battery and should be ready for some test runs soon.
Posted by dragbikebam | Aug 17, 2013 @ 09:10 PM | 6,759 Views
Its way better than I expected once sorted, The bike is unbelievably connected to the road and inspires confidence with your driving. The brakes are surprisingly very good, more than enough. The wheels are on the heavy side but its all focused outwards for unrealized stability. It has a low C.G. feel and great lean angles. You can drift easily like a fast electric and it will not fail you, it is the most forgiving feeling bike I have ever driven. It has nothing in common with any other NF nitro before it and is next level.
Nuova Faor 701 nitro (9 min 58 sec)

Posted by dragbikebam | Aug 02, 2013 @ 02:40 PM | 6,770 Views
I routed the battery lead around the exhaust and between the plates. I soldiered on an extension to get a perfect length instead of using an extension with connectors. I doubled up on the shrink around the manifold. The receiver connection is the on/off switch.

I have since changed to a 700mah LiFe battery and lost 2.64 oz of weight from the bike..WOW!!!!