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Patricks Honda CR500 Hybrid

How about a small introduction of yourself to the readers of Supermoto Central?
My name is Patrick and I live in the city of Preston in the UK,. I build mad bikes for fun


How did you get into supermoto and what do you find so great about it?
I raced mx for many years then progressed to road racing. I started racing supermoto in 2002 as it seemed the next logical step
 
 

When and how did the idea for this project originated? What was your inspiration?

The bike was inspired by a young guy called Spike who tragically lost his life on his CR500 hybrid. I also like bikes that are a bit mental, Everyone must try a CR500 at least once

What’s was the base for your project?
I bought a 2003 CRF450 and a 1993 Cr500. The CRF had dropped a valve so the logical answer was to put the 500 engine in.
 
 
 
Can you tell us in short how the build went? Did you have any big problems or did it all went smooth?
All 'specials' of this nature have problems, it's all about how you go about fixing them. The frame modifications on this machine have been done by a local specialist who does work for WSB teams.
His alloy fabrication and welding work is fantastic and you will not see any joins in the frame. It looks just like it left the factory that way (thanks to Ben at FABTECH)
Other problems such as fitting later style bodywork, sourcing special parts, making a radial front brake fit etc are all part of the fun of building

What do you use your bike for? Do you ride it on the street or just take it to the track once in a while?

It has been ridden on the street and will soon be road registered. Up till now it has only done 1 sprint hillclimb event and a trackday
 
 

Is this your first supermoto project or did you also build other supermoto bikes?
No, I've built a few. I have many followers all wanting to be like me..people like King Karl, but he just doesn't have my sense of style, money cannot buy class.

Do you have any plans for another supermoto project in the future?
Yes currently in the build process at the moment.
 
 

Have you got any tips or advice for people that want to start a project like this?

Set you your budget wisely, then add at least 70% more. These things always cost you more than you think.  
 
Base
2003 crf450 modified by Fabtech
Engine
Engine has been totally rebuilt with new OEM bearings throughout
New lightened,balanced crank/rod assembly
Vertex piston
Eric Gorr cylinder with 'mild' tune
Full Pro Circuit platinum pipe
boyesen rad valve
PWK carb
K&N filter
Billet clutch basket
AMR monster coil
Suspension
billet triples
06 forks anodised red and fitted with  'B kit' internals
Ohlins rear shock
Body
06 modified tank and rad shrouds to fit older frame
Bars
Pro Taper 'carmicheal' bars
GPR steering damper
Wheels
Talon/Excel wheel combo
Brakes
Front radial 16mm Brembo master cylinder linked by hel hose to a Brembo goldline radial front caliper with 320mm braking disc
Rear is standard crf with billet parts added and hel hose
Other
06 swingarm
All fasteners are either stainless or titanium
 
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