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Posted by dragbikebam | Feb 21, 2015 @ 11:05 AM | 2,269 Views
Turned spare room into an editing studio.
Posted by dragbikebam | Jan 14, 2015 @ 05:46 PM | 2,881 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 @ 01:37 AM | 3,719 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.
Posted by dragbikebam | Oct 29, 2014 @ 10:59 AM | 5,184 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 | 6,720 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 | Apr 14, 2014 @ 01:14 PM | 8,510 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 @ 06:01 PM | 6,765 Views
Thunder Tiger Nitro Ducati W/ HPI G3.0 .18 Engine (3 min 41 sec)

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 IMO....Continue Reading
Posted by dragbikebam | Feb 24, 2014 @ 08:45 PM | 7,345 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 | Dec 07, 2013 @ 07:57 PM | 4,011 Views
Im going for all out top speed so Im going with the RD pipe. The top speed should be in the 50+ range with the 25t rear sprocket, that's about how fast my 509 is with the same set up.
Posted by dragbikebam | Dec 07, 2013 @ 01:12 PM | 7,514 Views
I will not be actually racing this bike but I been wanting to build my version of a maxed out TTN for a long time and this is it. Instead of buying a whole bike or doing this to my original TTN, I just ordered a frame and a few other parts. I am adding my own swingarm, wheels, brakes, forks etc. that I already had in my parts bin.

UPDATE: I do not recommend using the RD exhaust with the HPI .18 run times are only 4 or 5 minuets and they go by fast. Stock exhaust is best IMO....Continue Reading
Posted by dragbikebam | Aug 17, 2013 @ 08:10 PM | 9,596 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 @ 01:40 PM | 9,503 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!!!!
Posted by dragbikebam | Jul 29, 2013 @ 08:55 PM | 9,514 Views
Servos came in today and I been at it ever since, this bike is so different than anything Im use to. It is very simple but just different. NF has done a good job. It has less parts and is much lighter than a normal nitro bike. The engine pops out in a few seconds its easy and fast to remove with just 2 bolts holding it in. The engine has to be moved out of the way to change the spur. All I need now are a set of 200s and some paint.

Its been brought to my attention that if you mount the steering servo inside the plates you will need to use a servo arm that is standard thickness and has the arm positioned to the outer edge of the spline shaft. Thick or clamp on type servo arms will not work and do not clear the middle servo when turning. you can use them but mount the servo outside the plate if you do.