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Old 03-09-2015, 08:57 AM   #1
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Wicked Ninja 500 dual sport

Two days of work and a lot of creativity later and she's on the road (and off the road) what started out as a 1988 Kawasaki Ninja EX 500 I picked up on Craigslist for $500 bucks is now a go anywhere, ready for anything dual sport. I still have work to do, finishing touches and attaching the panniers. Also will repaint the tank with more durable paint so it doesn't wash off every time I drip gas on it.
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Old 03-09-2015, 08:58 AM   #2
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Eek

This is the "before" in case you were curious
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Old 03-09-2015, 09:11 AM   #3
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We need more "during" pics. What all was involved in the transformation?

A mid sized parallel twin dual sport would be perfect for predictable power and smoother on the interstate than a thumper. It's odd that there's not many options out there.
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Old 03-09-2015, 02:43 PM   #4
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As the owner of a beater EX500 I think this is awesome!

We need more pics though. And more explanation.

And way more pics.

I've had it in the back of my mind to do this to mine as well given the shape its in, although I want to stick with the "old-school" round headlight front end I have now.

Do you have the stock gauges mounted up or a trail tech/etc?
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Old 03-09-2015, 06:14 PM   #5
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Okay. I guess I need to take more pictures. I don't have really any of it in progress as I'm the kind of guy that just wants to get a project done and never stop to think about getting pictures. But I can take some close ups of the mods I made. I have not made any suspension mods yet but I'll let you know if and when I do, so far it's making a bracket for the front fender using the original fender mount, simply attaching the wiring the headlight of a ktm, and installing a new tail light into the existing rear fender. Also of course recovering the seat. detailed pictures will come tomorrow.
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