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Unread 09-04-2012, 05:04 PM
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Bat 2 MJ-Works 250RR Racer

Marrten Janssens' 250 racer as seen on The Kneeslider

Originally Posted by THE KNEESLIDER
Maarten Janssens, a 20 year old industrial engineering student from Belgium, got the motorcycle bug very early, courtesy of his enthusiast dad, who had Maarten riding a little scooter at the tender age of 4. By the time he was 18 he was riding in the Belgian national enduro championship and he got the idea he might like to build a racer from his KTM 250cc 2 stroke enduro bike. Of course, thinking and doing are two different things, but Maarten is a doer so, over the Christmas holiday in 2009, he began drawing his plans, by Easter break 2010, he started building, just finishing in March of this year.

He has the advantage of having a pretty well equipped shop at home, lathe, milling machine and several welding posts, but tools dont build on their own, someone has to learn how to use them and then put in the time. It looks like these were well used.

Beginning by creating his design on the computer, he TIG welded the entire frame and swingarm from steel. The gas tank plus front and rear subframes are aluminum. The front subframe holds the radiators and battery. Front forks and caliper are Suzuki 750 SRAD, seat comes from a Honda RSW 125 and the fairing is modified Aprilia RS125. Rear shock is Yamaha R1, wheels are Aprilia on both ends.

The KTM 250cc engine work began by lightening the flywheel by 540 grams and removing 300 grams from the outer clutch hub. He polished the exhaust ports and custom made the exhaust. Maarten says the power kicks in at 9000rpm and runs to about 12500, hes getting about 70 hp at the crank.

Wheelbase is 53.5 inches, fuel capacity is 4.2 gallons and dry weight is a mere 209 pounds!

He still has a little engine sorting to do but the build looks great. Not bad for a 20 year old student, in fact, its not bad for anyone, period. Going from idea to racer, from computer design to finished bike, its a big leap from the idea (the easy part) and the person who gets to work, gets his hands dirty and makes it happen (the hard part). Id be willing to bet Maarten has a great future ahead. Nice work!
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Unread 09-05-2012, 09:17 AM
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Do you think that frame can hold the amount of stress and torque that the engine is putting out? I know that the Ricky Corey put a 250 in an RS50 frame with some support and I believe that it just couldn't hold it. there is a thread about it on the bats i'm to lazy to find it. It was called the Monster

The bike looks sweet and which i had the skills to make something like that.

2009 Aprilia SR 70 Polini
2001 Cagiva Mito 125

2004 Aprilia RS50 w/ gold wheels
2006 Aprilia RS 125
2002 Derbi SM (red frame, titanium version)
1997 Aprilia Chesterfield RS125

1. 1989 Yamaha52. 1990 Yamaha Scooter 1503. 2003 Honda 600RR owned for only 10 minutes4. 2003 Aprilia RS75 Top Performance5. 2003 Derbi SM 80CC Malossi6. Honda RS 125 w/ CR85 race bike7. 2002 Aprilia RS508. 2010 Honda Ruckus 509. 2010 Honda Ruckus GY6 15010. 2009 Yamaha WR250x11. 2006 Aprilia RS 125 Still in the BATS family 12. 2007 Honda ruckus Camo 13. 2002 Aprilia RS 75 Top performance (Black and Gray) 14. 2003 Derbi Super CR85 off to Dankerson 15. 2002 Aprilia RS 80 Malossi (Black and Red) 16. 2009 Aprilia SR 50 17. 2007 Aprilia SXV 550 converted to 450 18. 1995 Cagiva Tuxedo Mito 125 19. 2001 Cagiva Mito 125

Two strokes are The Devil. They will kill you in a second. Even a 125 two stroke is An Evil Beast. Save yourselves, Run!!! Deny the Two Stoke Demon!!!
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Unread 09-05-2012, 09:51 AM
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The frames rigidness is questionable. I dislike the main top tube, it's goofy looking and just looks unsafe. I prefer a twin spar design. Cool concept none the less.

I couldn't find that RS you were talking about.. Definitely interested in viewing that thread.

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I read about this some time ago, and yes the frame can take the stress. The question is will it have detrimental flexing coming out of corners where a bike gets multiple force vectors, it from what I've read it does so quite admirably.
Now: '00 Derbi GPR 75, '87 Puch Monza Barcelona, '05 Wicked GPR, '95 Pika Mito, '07 Bol d'Or
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Unread 09-17-2013, 07:40 AM
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Very cool project. Frame maybe isn't ideal but I've seen a whole lot worse - on production machines no less! If only every project knocked together in someone's shed turned out this good....
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