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Old 08-08-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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Sport Bike to an Enduro or Dual Sport

During the Memorial Day Weekend of Twenty Ten, two months after I earned my motorcycle endorsement and ultimately becoming an inmate of the ADV riders group , I ran into this fellow and his beast....


The Fellow...



His Beast...



After staring at this beast for a few minutes, it dawned on me that underneath all that shiny, custom, steel mods is in fact a Ninja 650r. I said to myself, "Wow, that's pretty cool! I have one of those!" my next thought was, "Is this guy bored?"


Another two months later...

I wonder if I'm bored?
What is this picture exactly?



That's me! Removing the first bolt.
45 minutes later... all the plastic is gone!!



So as you can see, I've decided to make the plunge and convert my 650r to an Enduro/Dual Sport. We will call him EN-ja.


For now, I will say good night to you inmates and to EN-ja. Tomorrow, I will continue my search for and/or design of: headlights, fog lights, mirrors, turn signals, crash bar, hand guards, custom fabricated radiator guard, gravel guard, guard for coolant tank, guard for map sensor, tires, luggage rack, saddle bags, mounts for dash, brackets for gas can holders, custom gas can holder, gas cans, reinforced kick stand, and the list goes on and on...

Oh no! What have I gotten myself into??



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Old 08-08-2010, 09:35 PM   #2
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:23 AM   #3
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Versys?

I'm no expert and am not trying to talk you out of it, but are you sure that guy doesn't have a modified Versys? Just suspension mods alone, you're looking at...ouch Maybe for stature reasons you want to keep it low? This means less clearance for ds'ing though. Life's a series of "leaning experiences"!
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:31 AM   #4
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:23 AM   #5
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Very nice ..... BTW I love Williamsburg :)
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:41 AM   #6
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Way cool. After seeing a few bikes make this transformation, some good, some awfull and should be taken to the scrape yard before getting on the road and then some totally awsome. Do it right so that ppl will envy you for your creativity.
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:58 AM   #7
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Subscribed! Looking forward to seeing the process.
Wish me luck dhillr! I can't wait to see the finished project! Out of curiosity, would you mind if I use your tire swapper thing when it's time to swap out my tires??
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:00 AM   #8
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Here's my new, shiny radiator guard!


Stay tuned...



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Old 08-09-2010, 09:54 AM   #9
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I'm no expert and am not trying to talk you out of it, but are you sure that guy doesn't have a modified Versys? Just suspension mods alone, you're looking at...ouch Maybe for stature reasons you want to keep it low? This means less clearance for ds'ing though. Life's a series of "leaning experiences"!
Hi RoaringDS, it is definitely a 650r. Same year as mine as a matter of fact. As far as suspension goes... my thoughts are to keep it stock. Mainly because I'm barely 5'4" and also I don't plan on going way overboard when off-roading, mainly fire roads and forest roads. If I do encounter I'm missing out on ds'ing... I'll just have to extend my legs.
And I definitely agree, life's a series of "expensive" learning experiences!
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Old 08-10-2010, 08:30 AM   #10
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Hi RoaringDS, it is definitely a 650r. Same year as mine as a matter of fact. As far as suspension goes... my thoughts are to keep it stock. Mainly because I'm barely 5'4" and also I don't plan on going way overboard when off-roading, mainly fire roads and forest roads. If I do encounter I'm missing out on ds'ing... I'll just have to extend my legs.
And I definitely agree, life's a series of "expensive" learning experiences!
haha...expensive INDEED!!! Goodluck and I'll enjoy following along!
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Old 08-10-2010, 07:47 PM   #11
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Day three...

Since there wasn't much to do today until my new, shiny headlights arrive tomorrow, I utilized this time by removing the welds from the brackets using a Metabo metal cutting wheel, a Norton flap disc and a grinder. I also tried going the old school way and started sanding away with a manual hand-held file. It initially seemed like a good idea but that didn't last long... So I went back to modern times, grabbed the grinder and enjoyed the sparks show. It took a little bit of time but overall, I'm pretty happy with it.


Picture of the right side after...



Left side...



I also re-tried my luck with origami art and was able to make a model of the future headlight assembly. Sorry, no picture (origami art just isn't for me)... Actually, I think it's better to leave everyone in suspense.

Earlier today, thanks to hdatondo on the Versys Forum and to our very own inmate, steven1955, I was able to secure a crash bar, another set of mirrors and handlebar guards. By the way, hdatondo's Versys is now for sale, in case anyone is interested: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=10351

I also received confirmation that my turn signals were shipped out this morning. Thank you Stang Ninja from the 650r Rider Forums!

While searching on the net, I was able to find the paint I'll need: Kawasaki 458 Metallic Phantom Silver made by ColorRite. I'll probably order that early next week once I know how much to order.

So tomorrow, the headlights will come in and EN-ja is off to the shop for heavy fabrication...



After loading on to the trailer, it's time for sushi!

Good night and stay tuned...



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Old 08-09-2010, 06:20 PM   #12
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I have seen two of these conversions...jdrocks and Tony Morr's. Both are bad ass and both move me Looking foward to ride with a third someday

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Old 08-09-2010, 08:25 PM   #13
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It's 11:20 PM on day two...

After hours of deliberation and my attempt at origami art, I decided to forget the guards for the coolant tank and the map sensor. The brackets holding these items are just too much of a pain in the a$$ and sticks out like a sore thumb. Instead, the map sensors and other electrical items in that section have now been securely re-positioned. A new coolant tank will need to be fabricated. And the atrocious brackets have been removed (somewhat). A little bit of grinding, sanding and some paint should do the trick! This also means that the hopes of keeping the frame in stock condition is now a distant memory...




Here's what the other side of the bike looks like now where I took off the coolant tank...



The aftermath of trying origami art and the coolant that came off of the tank...



So tomorrow's plans are to... eh I can't think that far. I'm going to bed for now.

Here's a quick comic relief...
Beware all Kawasaki Owners! Looks like the welder got lazy and forgot to clean up his welds. Hope he didn't forget to weld part of your frame.


Good night! Stay tuned...
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:36 PM   #14
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Hope it passes inspection by the time you are done...yours was up in May

Enya aye?
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:15 PM   #15
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Seems like a cool and logical project, have you given any thought to the rake and trail of the front end?
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