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Old 01-04-2004, 02:34 PM
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first off what type of transmitter do you need
I thought they used normal pistol grip rc car radios but I'm not sure I just bought a new 3 channel JR XR3i

also what do you need for the car
my LHS has a kit but what else do you need eg motor speed controler steering servo, etc
help me out please
they seem so cool
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Old 01-05-2004, 04:21 PM
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Default RE: question about getting into bikes

anybody
come on
I know you guys all know
having bikes yourself
just help me out
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Old 01-05-2004, 11:06 PM
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Nick,

A standard 2 channel TX/RX will do, plus one servo to steer, and of course a 540 motor and ESC.

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Old 01-06-2004, 10:22 PM
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Check your in box. I PM'd you.
Old 01-10-2004, 06:23 PM
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so is that all you need
I thought you would need a gyroscope to help it balance
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Old 01-11-2004, 12:22 AM
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The gyroscopic effect on "hobby grade" bikes is handled in much the same fashion as their full scale counterparts, with the wheels and tires. No internal gyro is used (that's more of a tyco thing).
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Nick,

Sorry if you got an e-mail with just your name on it. I hit the send buttton too soon. If you really want to get into r/c bikes, log onto www.rcgroups.com and scroll down to the motorcycle forum. That is where we all hang out. You can find out everything you need to know about setting up and running 1/5 and 1/8 r/c bikes. We are even planning to have bike races in Las Vegas this summer with guys from all over the country. So if you read/hear about the U.S. MotoGP R/C Motorcycle Championships next summer, it's us.

So log on and join the group!

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Old 01-12-2004, 05:25 PM
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ok thanks
I am now really thinking of buying one
what kind of ground can I drive it on
say a normal road or parking lot or does it have to be super smooth and stuff
the one I say was say 12 inches long what scale is that 1/8?
also can you list some parts/ links
that I would need to finish it eg. motors ESC servo
is it all standard size stuff or smaller
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ok thanks
I am now really thinking of buying one
what kind of ground can I drive it on
say a normal road or parking lot or does it have to be super smooth and stuff
the one I say was say 12 inches long what scale is that 1/8?
also can you list some parts/ links
that I would need to finish it eg. motors ESC servo
is it all standard size stuff or smaller
Nick
12 inches is 1/5 scale. It should be either a Thunder Tiger FM-1e or a Nuova Faor SF501. Anything else is not a hobby grade bike (Tyco etc.) These two bikes will drive on any reasonably smooth surface, normal parking lots are fine. The 1/5 bikes have very good suspension. Any 540 can motor/ ESC, six cell battery pack, and standard 2 channel Tx/Rx are fine to get up and running.

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Old 01-15-2004, 07:33 PM
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how big would a 1/8 scale bike be I am guessing its smaller then 12 inches now
and what would I need for a 1/8
the hobby shop is selling it for like $380 canadian I think with no electronics what would you guess it is
???
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Old 01-18-2004, 01:46 AM
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how big would a 1/8 scale bike be I am guessing its smaller then 12 inches now
and what would I need for a 1/8
the hobby shop is selling it for like $380 canadian I think with no electronics what would you guess it is
???
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I would guess it might be a Kyosho 1/8. The 1/5 bikes measure about 13-14 inches, 1/8 bikes are maybe 10 inches long.

The 1/8 Kyosho bikes do not use standard R/C Tx/Rx or servos. They use smaller ones which I believe are specific for the bikes. Also, the Kyoshos aren't being made anymore, so you might have a hard time locating the electronics you need, not to mention spare parts and hop-ups. E-bay might be your best bet. You can also find the 1/8 bikes themselves, both new and used on e-bay fairly often. I don't know what the currency conversion would be, but the last time I looked they were going for maybe $70 USD.

HTH

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Old 01-18-2004, 03:20 PM
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really the curency is at about $1.30CAD = $1US
this bike came a a kit like thing ARR it needed all its eletronics
but I dont think it was 14inches long it was smal seeming
next time I go to the hobby shop I'll fuigure it out
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Old 01-18-2004, 10:52 PM
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really the curency is at about $1.30CAD = $1US
this bike came a a kit like thing ARR it needed all its eletronics
but I dont think it was 14inches long it was smal seeming
next time I go to the hobby shop I'll fuigure it out
Nick
It wasn't a Kyosho 1/8, or a Nuova Faor SF501 then. Those have to be put together. The Thunder Tiger FM-1e comes ARR, just add electrics and hook up your steering linkage, and off you go... directly into 1/5 aftermarket hell!!! Racing tires, carbon fiber bits, super light wheels, hopped up motors, custom steering and suspension mods. Ain't it fun!!!!!!!!!

If it is an FM-1e ("TT") get it. You will have a blast!!! And don't forget to check out www.rcgroups.com ,and sign up for the races in Las Vegas!!!!!!!!

STeve B in NC

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