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Old 02-23-2012, 10:13 AM   #1
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Hi. This is my first attempt at a build thread.

The bike is already done but I haven't had the time to start a thread during the build so I'll just do it now instead.

I have had the bike for about a year now and I love it. I'ts just so much fun.

Sadly the winter came and I didn't want my baby to be out in the cold. A thought started to grow in my mind, Is it possibly to bring the bike in to my appartment during the winter?

I decided to give it at try. I am a student and live in small apartment at 21m^2 so first I had to carry out the diner table and some chairs to the storage.

About twenty minutes later the bike was safe inside.



After a few weeks I couldn't keep my hands off it. So I started to disassemble the front end and tried out a few ideas with some cardboard shaped into two round lights and cowlings.
Don't have any pictures off that but I decided that I liked the idea and it didn't took long before I found some lights that maybe could fit right into the original mountings.

While waiting for the lights I wondering about cutting the cowlings but didn't know if I dared to or not, but I decided to go for it.



I found some left over plastic boxes and patched up the front of the cowlings using glue and the soldering iron to melt plastic in the gap between the cowling and the patch.
The results was pretty god. I did paint it later with a thick black paint to get a smoother surface.



Also had time to make some mountings for the GPS and the power outlet.



Finally the lights arrived. And it was a perfect fit between the original mountings.
I just had to fabricate a small extension from the original mounts to fit the lights.




It's alive..



Also fabricated some protection for all the wires behind the lights.




At the same time a package with the sw-motech gravel guard, bar riser and footrest kit arrived




Here's some pictures of it on the bike.





After some finishing touches like painting the brackets for the lights etc I thought it was almost done.
But I became impatient and started to look around for a 19" V-strom wheel just to see how hard it was to find and how expensive it would be.
It was hard to find one. But when I did the price was just right and a few weeks later this arrived.



Now all I had to do was to measure the brake rotors and spacers and to drop it off at the workshop. All according to jdrocks guide in one of his build threads. (hope it's ok to mention you here).

When I got the spacers and rotors back from the workshop it was an easy process to install the wheel.
Only thing to do was to rise the front fender 4.5cm (which allowed me to use the standard crossover brake line)
and to shim the brakes 1mm.



Here's some pictures of the swap and the finished bike






Can barely wait until summer.

I have also made some other changes that was done before I brought the bike inside, they are:
Rear/front mud protection.
Two toolboxes made of PVC pipe.
Vario screen.
Givi hard cases mountings.
Zeta handguards.
SW-motech engine guard.
Leovince slip on.
Thor mc-alarm.


I still have some things I want to do.
New tires.
R1 rear shock.
Other front forks or maybe just change the oil etc.
Swap in a matching black three spoke rear.

But that won't be until the summer or next winter.

If you have any questions just ask and I will be happy to answer.

Hope you like it.

Cheers.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:15 AM   #2
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Nicely Done!

Good work.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:16 AM   #3
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Good work.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:24 AM   #4
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I understand these boards are politically correct and you're not allowed to have an opinion if it's negative but here goes anyway. I give you credit for the work you've done. IMO the final outcome looks unattractive and unfinished. But that's just me.

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Old 10-06-2012, 07:40 AM   #5
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It's going to look a lot better after you get it all dirty and through it on the ground a few times.

Dirty is beautiful. Great build.

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I understand these boards are politically correct and you're not allowed to have an opinion if it's negative but here goes anyway. I give you credit for the work you've done. IMO the final outcome looks unattractive and unfinished. But that's just me.
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Old 02-23-2012, 10:44 AM   #6
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If you have any questions just ask and I will be happy to answer.
You're not a married guy are you...?
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Old 02-24-2012, 04:28 AM   #7
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I understand these boards are politically correct and you're not allowed to have an opinion if it's negative but here goes anyway. I give you credit for the work you've done. IMO the final outcome looks unattractive and unfinished. But that's just me.
I'ts ok to have your own opinion even if it's negative.

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You're not a married guy are you...?
How can you tell?

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Hey, I like it! Anything is better than that stock front end .

Can you provide some more information about those headlight assemblies? What are they and where did you get them?
This is the website that I ordered them from ( it's in Swedish). I think you can find them at ebay if you search for twin headlight

http://mcvaruhuset.jetshop.se/framly...924-c-158.aspx.

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Have you thought of the R1 shock, it makes a big difference.
It's on my to do list.

Does it fit into the original mountings or did you have to change anything?
Is it the same length as the original shock?


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Nice build!

Keep us posted on how it handles for you once you get it on the road.
Will do.

Just have to wait one and a half month until the snow starts to melt.

Thanks for all the comments
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Old 02-24-2012, 05:54 AM   #8
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It's on my to do list.

Does it fit into the original mountings or did you have to change anything?
Is it the same length as the original shock?


It is a few mm longer, but has more travel, the spring needs changing and the holes need boring out.

Lots of info here http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=4958
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Old 02-24-2012, 08:05 AM   #9
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It is a few mm longer, but has more travel, the spring needs changing and the holes need boring out.

Lots of info here http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=4958
Ok, thanks.
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Old 03-24-2012, 10:01 AM   #10
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First ride of the year

Got the new tire mounted up and could finally take the ADVersys for a test ride







I must say, the 19" front wheel just eats those potholes on the gravel roads.

next thing to do is to find a r1 shock and maybe tweak the front suspension.

can barely wait until tomorrow for another ride.
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:57 AM   #11
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Good job.

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Old 05-14-2012, 01:46 PM   #12
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Ha! Found you Anton and subscribed

Very creative using the plastic to close up the cowlings.
Looks like you are a hands-on guy unlike many of the others out there.


Post up a pic of what you are going to use for the headlight.
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Old 05-15-2012, 12:06 PM   #13
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Thought I should post some pics from some adventures with the ADVerys.

For about a month ago I did find a muddy gravel road, and also a small forest road covered with hard packed snow.

I am not that experienced in riding such a heavy bike in these conditions. And I must say, when I got to the mud (and the snow) I could really feel the weight of the bike.

Riding on the snow covered forest road was really interesting and very fun

You really need to keep your speed up and let the bike go where it wants.











Well, I tried the forest road again.

Thought that if I had a little more speed I should be able to get further before I get stuck again.

But more speed also meant more wheel spin and the rear wheel was all over the place until she got sleepy and decided to take a napp.



No harm done this time (The OEM handlebars was allready bent from a previus little chrash). The Zeta handguards did their job and absorbed the impact.


A friend of mine finally bought a bike after some time searching for one.
And the day after the purchase it was time to try here out.
So we left quite early that morning in search for some fun gravelroads.
It was so fun to ride that day. So there where not mouch time to take pictures. But I`ll manage to get a few.









Finally got the Rox risers this friday so that I could mount the new handlebars (Renthal fatbar). Wow what a difference. The standing position improved dramatically.






Some pictures from this saturday when we actually did some real offroad.
I must say, the new tires works really well. There was a lot of mud and I even got some scratches on the gravel guard when riding through some narrow puddles.

First obstacle



The conditions soon got worse, or better depending on how you look at it



we decided to turn around


I did notice the need for a gravel guard for the radiator as a rock had deformed a few cooling fins.
So I fabricated one from a cheep trashcan and some plastic "something" (a plastic grid that you put under the tires of the car when you get stuck in the winter).


It turned out pretty good.

Will post some more updates as soon I get the R1 shock mounted.
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Old 05-15-2012, 02:19 PM   #14
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Anton - You guys are adventurous, same out here - cant wait for the snow to clear out already!!!

Since I have your permission I will post this up here to cover your questions on your project;

Here is the mock-up adding one LED Spot light. Since your main light is round it would look out of place to add a square light and there is not enough room anyway. I sent you details on this light.




Common practice is to add two Rigid Dually lights and attach to your fork clamps on the bottom using a simple flat piece of aluminium. The different prices are for (1) and the other is for (2) lights. If you go with (2) Rigid (SPOT RIG20221 or FLOOD RIG20211) it is $189.99. These are shock proof, waterproof etc. and have themal protection and limited lifetime warranty with Rigid. The kit comes with everything you need, wiring harness, inline fuse, heavy duty mounting brackets and waterproof



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Old 05-16-2012, 06:51 PM   #15
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Kajj - Holes came out way nice. I will include the disks that came out of the holes so you can test paint on it ok.

She will be shipped out at the latest by Friday - over the big blue to Sweden

I will send you details.

Later Bern



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