RCU Review: DuraTrax DX450 RTR 1/5 scale brushless EP motorcycle

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    Contributed by: Geoff Barber | Published: January 2010 | Views: 92608 | email icon Email this Article | PDFpdf icon
    RCUniverse.com Review of DuraTrax DX450 Ready-To-Run 1/5 Scale Brushless EP Motorcycle
    Geoff Barber

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    Great Planes Model Distributors
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021


    • Ready to Run- Rider Assembly Only
    • Large Size is Easy to See
    • Gyro Stabilizing System
    • Beginner- Friendly
    • 2.4 GHz Radio

    • None

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    Have you ever been to a motocross race? The high flying jumps and tight, dirt flinging corners are amazing. Watching the young men and women race through the twists and turns of the track, and fight for that last big jump across the finish line(along with a nice trophy) is amazing! Going to an event like this really gets you excited- and you're just sitting in the stands!

    With the new DX450, you can have your own heart-pounding motocross races! DuraTrax has recently introduced the new DX450 ready-to-run 1/5 scale brushless EP motorcycle. The first thing you'll notice is the size of the bike. At just over 17 inches long it is bigger than the current 1/8 scale bikes on the market. The DX450 also comes in four different eye-catching colors, so you and your friends can race without confusion.

    Well, I think it's time to open the box, and see what we've got!

    Name:DuraTrax DX450

    Price: $349.99

    Length: 17.3 in (440 mm)

    Width: 6.5 in (175 mm)

    Height: 15.4 in (390 mm)

    Weight: 4.5 oz. (2.04 kg)

    Radio Used:2.4 GHz (Included)

    Motor Used:Brushless 3800 kV (Included)

    Battery:2200 mAH 7.4v LiPo or 6-Cell 3000mAh NiMH Battery (not included)
    Channels Used: Throttle and Steering

    Items Needed To Complete

    • Compatible battery and charger

    • 4 AA batteries for the transmitter

    Thr DX450 comes in an eye-catching colorful box that looks to be designed for travel and storage when not in use. When I first took the contents out of the box, I saw the large dirt bike, a 2.4 GHz transmitter, a display/ starting stand, and a couple of tools for the DX450.

    Some of the really cool features that really caught my eye were the 2.4 GHz radio system, The real chain drive system, and the brushless motor and ESC. The best feature, and the one that makes it beginner- friendly, is the gyro stabilizing system located inside the rear wheel!

    There is a little assembly involved with the DX450, but nothing even a novice can't handle. At this point, I took a minute to read through the manual to familiarize myself with the motorcycle and how to operate it successfully. The manual is well laid out, and includes a lot of illustrations along with easy to read written instructions.

    Assembly begins with inserting the four AA batteries into the transmitter. Once installed, be sure to turn on the transmitter and check for the red LED to glow. Now, we move on to installing the two stabilizer bars, which consists of one on each side of the motorcycle.

    Next, we'll assemble the rider. When I first looked at the instructions, I thought this would be a difficult task. However, after reading through the instructions completely and then assembling the rider, it was no problem at all. The included screws washers, and nuts hold the figure together well!

    Installation of your battery pack is next, and involves removing the clips and opening the door. Once your battery pack is installed, close the door and install the two pins.

    At this point, you'll want to check the steering to make sure it is correct. The steering is set up so that when you turn the transmitter wheel to the right, the front wheel turns to the left. This is correct and called counter steering. Here is how it works, when you have a gyro system that is spinning, it wants to stay spinning in a certain spot. If you apply a force to that gyro, for instance you push on the left side of it, it will react by pushing back at you. This method of steering is actually used in real motorcycle riding in the circumstance of making a quick turn as if to avoid an object laying in the road.

    Applying the rider decals and attaching the rider to the bike is the last step.

    I want to touch on one other aspect of the DX450 manual. DuraTrax includes a whole section to maintaining your motorcycle. There are several steps that walk you through disassembly, cleaning, and reassembling the various parts of the DX450. I thought that this was a great way to show the beginner how the different assemblies go together, as well as letting them do the maintenance and repairs (if necessary) on their machine. What a great idea!

    This is the first time I have ever driven an R/C motorcycle. I must admit that up until now, I have reviewed mostly R/C airplanes. That being said, I felt right at home driving the DX450 around, and I was having a lot of FUN!

    When you are ready to start having fun with the DX450, make sure to pick up the motorcycle, and with it and the transmitter turned on, advance the throttle to wide open for three to four seconds to spool up the gyro. Once the gyro is spinning, the bike can be put in the starting stand or just give it a gentle forward toss similar to releasing a bowling ball.

    Thanks to the gyro system in the rear wheel, the DX450 is very stable. This bike is labled as a beginner's motorcycle, and it's easy to see why; slow speed turns are easy and make any driver look like a pro.

    This bike also has a different side to it as well. Crank up the speed and it moves out very quickly, but it remains very easy to control through any turn. The suspension soaks up any bumps and rough terrain that you may encounter, and the DX450 stays moving in the direction you point it!

    Check out the video to see the DX450 in action!

    DuraTrax DX450 1/5 Scale Brushless EP Motorcycle
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    As I stated in the ride report, this is the first motorcycle review I have done. I was excited to have the opportunity to review the DuraTrax DX450, and to this day, my eight year old son and I are having a blast running it around our yard and in the street.

    Great Planes Model Distributing
    P.O. Box 9021
    Champaign, IL 61826-9021

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