i havent ridden both, but that statement reeks of bullshit.I was wondering if anyone has ridden both a steel cr500 and an 3rd gen af. Preferably the cr125 (02-07) frame, because that is what I would convert to. I have heard that the aluminum is too stiff for sumo and that the steel cr500s are better for street.
I MXed a 97 CR250 2 times and never got on the bike again. It killed my arms. Honda put flex back in the Alum frame for about 3 years.I haven't heard the too stiff statement. But all frames are designed with some flex in mind. I do remember when the '97 CR250 came out with the new aluminum frame some riders complained that it was "harsh" feeling compared to the steel bike of a year before.
sounds like you answered your own questionthats what I thought. I thought stiffer was more precise but I have ridden the aluminum bikes and I like my steel better.
sounds like you answered your own question
I'd take the alloy anyday but it IS like comparing apples to oranges... the steelie is by far more comfortable for street riding ( Phat seat ), easier to make fit a desert tank etc etc but from my house to 7-11, it wouldnt really matter to me. The aluminum may be more ridgid, but that isnt necessarily a negative drawback.... in my experience, the aluminum frame conversions flick quicker (steer lighter) and "feel" lighter, but when you get a little front end chatter or tankslapper laced with a heavy throttle hand in a corner because of "over-input" at the handlebars, you're most likely goin' for a ride
The steel bike is better to deliberately slide (Rocca)and its less aggressive steering allows you a greater chance of not getting thrown on your dome, it lends itself to "dirt track" a bit more, well at least the one i rode. Even if its only a few pounds, it felt alot heavier in the chicane where you go from edge to edge to edge..... i got tired sooner....either way i wouldnt consider anything other than comfort as NO ONE will really have an advantage from one frame to the next when you are talking about the "lap" times around your block on lukewarm DOT tires...even in the canyons on race compound, it is really the rider's personal style/preference that may determine which bike is "best"
you basically cut the engine cradle from the frame on the front downtube and just behind the motor mounts, and fabricate your engine cradle from there.Sorry if this is the wrong place but how hard is it to put a 500 into a CR125/250 frame?
wassup bruddah! Im leading the vet 30+ points on my 05 CR250R 500 conversion... only 1 win but always near the podium... and im the only cat on an AFC500 and Ricky Pearce is riding vet40+ on a 97 steelie and always right up there too.... just been busy with racin' and i started my own hot rod fab shop.....my street bike needs some love..... i got a little pissed and hammered it flat out 5th gear wfo before it was warmed up enough and it locked up on me...a cold sieze......im an idiot......it skidded and i almost highsided before i got the rear wheel rolling again....then when i got down to about 10 mph when i was coasting to pull over i popped the clutch and it "unlocked"...then i limped it home rattling like a 42 to 1 compression motor on 5 octane fuel...... SO it currently sits in the garage needing a top end and probably a bore.....oh well you live and learn. Don't forget to GET EM HOT BEFORE YOU REALLY FLOG EM! I just got my kid a 82cc athena kit for his 65 and i fabricated him a mini laydown version of a junior speedway bike so he could try a little speedway skid in orange county http://mymotosite.com/Brad/Speedway...l Rally 2008/pages/Gumball Rally 2008 270.htm ....so needless to say im a little tapped lately to try to rebuild it, plus it'll be hotter than hades here soon, i'll get my street legal 500AFC dialed in before the fall... what about you? ditching your old motor for a zero hour piece after your hitching??? whatta cool engagement present!!!yo homie i havent seen ya around in a while. you been ok? how is that hotrod of yours. what gen do you have again?