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Old 09-15-2009, 02:43 PM   #256
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Here is my creation in its current form. A 2008 EX500R that was totaled by PO with only 6K miles on the clock. Its a ball off road and yes it does get dirty a lot.

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Old 09-15-2009, 02:54 PM   #257
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Here is my creation in its current form. A 2008 EX500R that was totaled by PO with only 6K miles on the clock. Its a ball off road and yes it does get dirty a lot.

I really really like this bike!

What did you do to the front end?
What is the ground clearance?
Any mods to the rear suspension?

Ok, why don't you list the mods instead.
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Old 09-15-2009, 05:12 PM   #258
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Front forks are custom turned uppers I did on my lathe and the rear is reworked a little but mostly stock parts. Frame was totaled and repaired by me, ground clearance right now is 11.5 inches and can increase by another 2 inches if needed but it rides great the way it sits. The skid plate is just about done and will lower the clearance to 10.5 inches but still enough I think. Gearing is changed from a 16 cs and 41 rear to a 16 or 15 and a 45 rear. Fairing was in 3 pcs so I glued and patched it then painted and did the graphics.
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:11 PM   #259
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Front forks are custom turned uppers I did on my lathe and the rear is reworked a little but mostly stock parts. Frame was totaled and repaired by me, ground clearance right now is 11.5 inches and can increase by another 2 inches if needed but it rides great the way it sits. The skid plate is just about done and will lower the clearance to 10.5 inches but still enough I think. Gearing is changed from a 16 cs and 41 rear to a 16 or 15 and a 45 rear. Fairing was in 3 pcs so I glued and patched it then painted and did the graphics.
Were you able to increase the front wheel travel with the custom forks?
What about travel at the rear wheel. Were you able to increase it?
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Old 09-15-2009, 10:39 PM   #260
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Were you able to increase the front wheel travel with the custom forks?
What about travel at the rear wheel. Were you able to increase it?
Yes and yes.... Not a ton but enough, the thing is never going to ride a Dakar deal but I take it anywhere I take my KLR (which is going to be sold soon since I no longer ride it) and is vastly more highway friendly. You have to watch the rev's off road so you know when it's going to go ballistic but tons of fun and it gets a lot of looks.

10 days ago we got into a little mud but it kept up with a DR650R and never went down.

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Old 09-16-2009, 06:56 AM   #261
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More questions for Nuclieye

Do you find it top heavy compared to your KLR?
Do you find the wheel size and wight a big obstacle? I noticed a wide front tire.
Was the high ground clearance needed or would 2" more have been enough?

I might as well explain where my questions are coming from.
I have been looking around for a bike that would be better on the highway than my gs400 and still handle well on rough dirt roads. The ground clearance is an issue but not unmanageable for me (I just slow down or go around in the bad stuff).
This is the stuff I'm talking about.


I have 18" narrow rims front and back. This I appreciate. Trials 2.75 front and 3.50 rear.
My biggest complaint is the limited wheel travel front and back. 2 inches more would do the trick (NO, my wife never said that to me).
I think you may have solved a few of my gripes with your bike.

All that remains is to find a spoke wheel that will fit the Kawi and it is then the perfect scrambler.

Let me know what you think of this.

Denis
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Old 09-16-2009, 07:14 AM   #262
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I like the larger tires as well as the stock rims and not spokes. I have some spoked rims if I wanted to use them but decided not to. The wide tires are great in sand and better in ruts.

More pics from a ride 10 days ago showing the terrian we did with all that mud on the tires.






It has a much lower center of gravity than the KLR and feels very light compared to it also. For where we go the clearance is important or you will tear the oil pan off. the road in your picture would be no problem on this bike.
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Old 09-16-2009, 10:28 AM   #263
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Have you weighed your bike on bathroom scales yet. It would be interesting.
You realize that you may have a more practical bike than a Vstrom on your hands.
What were the spoked rims that fit on the kawi anyways. Are they a straight fit or machine work is needed.
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Old 09-30-2009, 12:58 PM   #264
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Old 09-30-2009, 08:37 PM   #265
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This thread makes me wanna get a bag of weed and head to the shop.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:27 AM   #266
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:21 PM   #267
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Have you ever thought about rerouting the exhaust to really give it that scrambler look? That and some spoked and colored rims and it would be downright awesome!
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:43 PM   #268
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Long distance dual sport/adventure bike..... how bout this?



Hepco-Becker makes crash bars

http://www.hepco-becker.de/anbauanle...01944.0001.pdf

Raise that front fender and throw on a set of these Shinko 705's 130/80-17 in front. Shinko lists it as a front or rear.



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Old 10-12-2009, 03:57 AM   #269
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new winter project 650R, ex650, er6f-whatever you want to call it. going to make it a little more adventure travel ready.

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=5480
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Old 10-12-2009, 06:34 AM   #270
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Have you ever thought about rerouting the exhaust to really give it that scrambler look? That and some spoked and colored rims and it would be downright awesome!
given no brakes, I guess you want the ground clearance just right for dragging your boots

I'm about ready to try round 2 of Nekkid Weestrom. This will be fitting the front with DR650 forks and wheel. The wheel will have to have about 20mm spacer on each side, and will need to adapt the DR brake caliper to the DL system... sure hope I find some off/shelf parts that will let that happen. Then the issue will be getting enough spring in that front end to support the weight of the bike.
I recall one of our forefathers on this type of project building one up, using XR400 parts for the frontend. The only way he could get it suitably sprung was going to gas-charging the front forks

the Ninja/versys conversion may have an advantage in that appears to be more compact, vertically. What I noticed on my previous Weestrom project was, even though my inseam is 35", with just about 1.5" added to clearance, it was too tall for a lot of terrain.... If I happened to put the boot down in a 'hole' or dip, it got testy... And when trying to back out of an intractable situation on rough or gravely/rolly ground, it was just about impossible.
Ground clearance has a flipside... sounds good in theory
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