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Old 02-18-2013, 03:13 PM   #136
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Hello there, hello kajj,
concerning the wheels I had the same thoughts as jdrocks immediately. Ok, getting a set from a European specialist would be a lot cheaper, but a new bike deserves new, or nearly new, wheels. To prevent it from looking partly odd. And a (nearly) new set of wheels will set you back about 800 - 1.200 EUR at least! Without the money and efforts needed to put it into the bike.
And about the seat-height: Comparing this to the position of the door-handle in the back-ground I think I wouldn't have a real chance to put my feet down on the ground. How high is the seat-level? I'm just 1,70 m tall, err small, and my DR Big with a seat-level of about 90 cms is a challenge for me. I have to use some tricks like moving my ass to the right. So I can reach down some more cms. Turning the bar to the left tilts the bike slightly over and gives me another 1 or 2 cms. An unplanned stop's always an adventure ...
Bike looks greater and greater, keep on!
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Old 02-19-2013, 02:10 AM   #137
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Ok, my bad didn't notice that he was in Sweden!

For someone building a similar bike here in the States, I can't help but think the RAD hubs would be the easier choice. A good suspension shop could increase the travel of the stock inverts. Are you guys getting more travel outback with the R1 shocks? I have 2 or 3 of those shocks in my shop.
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Old 02-19-2013, 12:24 PM   #138
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Ok, my bad didn't notice that he was in Sweden!

For someone building a similar bike here in the States, I can't help but think the RAD hubs would be the easier choice. A good suspension shop could increase the travel of the stock inverts. Are you guys getting more travel outback with the R1 shocks? I have 2 or 3 of those shocks in my shop.
I do not remember the numbers. But I think the R1 shock will allow a bit more travel then the OEM shock.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:58 AM   #139
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Great looking bike, good job.

It is possible to get a bit more travel out of the V forks by moving the compreession valve into a new bit of tubing. I added 37mm but you need new springs as the stock springs don't have enough compression travel in them.
Here is a thread http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ad.php?t=18133

The only down side is choosing the right spring rate and shimstacks etc.

It seems you gain far more with the DRZ forks but loose a brake disc....
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:15 AM   #140
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How high is the seat-level?
Measured the seat height today. About 88-89 cm with the bike in an upright position.
I think the original seat height is 84 cm. So it is a bit higher then stock
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Old 03-09-2013, 10:50 AM   #141
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Looking good!

Was that a Motowerks anti-vibe riser it had back when you started?

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Old 03-09-2013, 01:45 PM   #142
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Looking good!

Was that a Motowerks anti-vibe riser it had back when you started?

Thanks, it was a sw motech riser.
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Old 04-10-2013, 02:44 AM   #143
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Going from USD to conventional front end, how does the bike feel and handle now ? Better or worse ?
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:40 AM   #144
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Going from USD to conventional front end, how does the bike feel and handle now ? Better or worse ?
Don't really know yet. Have only test ride it for a few kilometers on asfalt so far. There is still snow and ice on the gravel roads. Might be able to ride next weekend.

Will paint the rally fairing tomorrow. And perhaps mount up some new farkles

Pics comming soon.
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Old 04-12-2013, 09:52 AM   #145
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Don't really know yet. Have only test ride it for a few kilometers on asfalt so far. There is still snow and ice on the gravel roads. Might be able to ride next weekend.
you'll be pleasantly surprised with your new setup. there is no comparison to the OEM USD Versys forks combined with either the OEM 17" wheel or a swapped in 19". the DRZ/19" swap changes everything relative to the expected capabilities of this moto.
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Old 04-12-2013, 12:02 PM   #146
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you'll be pleasantly surprised with your new setup. there is no comparison to the OEM USD Versys forks combined with either the OEM 17" wheel or a swapped in 19". the DRZ/19" swap changes everything relative to the expected capabilities of this moto.

I think I will. Can hardly wait to blast down some gnarley gravel roads with this beauty
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Old 04-14-2013, 10:16 AM   #147
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Time for an update. So what have happened since last time. Not much really. But.

One new farkle purchased

Wilbers custom made, fully adjustable shock:
Preload
Rebound
High and low speed compression damping
Adjustable ride height. +-5mm (Set to +5mm) Which gives a seat height at 89cm.




Mounted on the bike.


Painted the rally faring in white and added a Dakar sticker.
And I think thats it. Its done (for now)




The weather allowed for a test ride. Did manage to find a short stretch of gravel (a few kilometers).
I must say this thing is amazing
The suspension works great. It is a little slower to turn in into corners on tarmac. But is much more stable on gravel roads. Feels more planted on loose gravel. And this combined with the power of the parallel twin is just awsome



Things to do!

*Wilbers rear shock............................................. ..............ok
*Paint front fairing........................................... ...................ok
* mount new brake line.............................................. ......ok
* Find a 310 mm disc.............................................. ........ok
* Finish wheel axle.............................................. ............ok
* fabricate brake caliper adapter/hub cover,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ok
* headlight rubbermount....................................... ... .........ok
* new rally fairing........................................... .....................ok
* dash, relocate switches and power outlets.....................ok
* Weld and paint sidestand......................................... ...ok
* mount radiator guard............................................. .....ok
* cut front fender and fabricate mount..............................ok
* change sprockets and chain.......................................ok
* Air filters........................................... .........................ok
* paint luggage rack.............................................. .........ok
* tighten side mirror mounts...........................................o k
* check rear wheel/swingarm bearings............................ok
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:21 AM   #148
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Nice to see it finished! You did an amazing job.
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Old 04-14-2013, 11:47 AM   #149
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Nice to see it finished! You did an amazing job.
Thanks!
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Old 04-17-2013, 05:54 AM   #150
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Your bike is looking fantastic, well done.

Your new shock looks the bees knees, what made you decide to change from the R1 shock, also what is the new shocks stroke and spring rate ??
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