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Old 08-09-2010, 04:57 PM   #16
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i thought you were going to be the plasma cutter guy's assistant on this build and now i find out that you're the builder and he's the assistant.

ha, gotta love that. looks like you're off to a great start on your custom gravel runner.
JD, you should have known who does all the heavy lifting around here!
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:15 PM   #17
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Ok so while most of you were at work...
I was also at work working on...

My new radiator guard! Here it is installed! Still have to do some tinkering. It needs to be shinier....



Progress slowed down because mpowers decided to get in my way with some of his projects. But that's a different thread...



While he was working on his project, I went online and bought the following:

Dominator Twin Headlights
Mirrors
Handlebar Guards
Turn signals (well, almost)

Tonight, I will make cardboard guard models for the coolant tank, map sensor and maybe even for the gravel guard. Thinking about moving the map sensors inside the frame and cutting the bracket off. But I'm going to try to keep the frame stock in case my evil twin decides to flip flop it back to stock.

My goodies I bought will come in Wednesday morning (after a $47.10 two-day express delivery charge). In the mean time, I can cut, bend, weld, etc the guards.

Once the headlights come in, there will be more custom fabricating as I will need a headlight housing assembly that will be able to incorporate the new turn signals, and the fog lights that I haven't bought yet. I'm having a hard time dishing out the cash for the PIAAs.

I still need an 08 versys crash bar. I'm tempted to fabricate that as well. Why the hell not, right? I wonder if anyone locally has one I can borrow for about two days?? Hmmmm...

That's all for now. Stay tuned...
Gotta work on my models now. Is there anyone out there with origami experience? Anyone??


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Old 08-09-2010, 05:19 PM   #18
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I'll be watching as well, should be interesting. I still say JDRocks has one of the coolest bikes I've ever seen.
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Old 08-09-2010, 05:26 PM   #19
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When I first saw this pic:



My heart skipped a beat and I said, Oh Yea! That's the bike I need.

Can't wait to see how this comes out....
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:20 PM   #20
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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, 09:25 PM   #21
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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, 09:36 PM   #22
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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, 10:15 PM   #23
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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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Old 08-09-2010, 10:35 PM   #24
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Hope it passes inspection by the time you are done...yours was up in May

Enya aye?
Shouldn't you be in bed Mike?? Shhh... don't tell screamininjin, he knows where I live!
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Old 08-09-2010, 10:38 PM   #25
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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?
Hi anonny, yes actually I have. Thanks for bringing it up. My thoughts are... to not worry about it. Keep in mind I'm not going to be going balls out in the trails. I will always know EN-ja's roots and that he is not a dirt bike. Shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 08-10-2010, 09:30 AM   #26
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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, 08:47 PM   #27
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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 08-10-2010, 09:00 PM   #28
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Old 08-11-2010, 03:57 AM   #29
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Old 08-11-2010, 02:51 PM   #30
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looks good shelia

you'll b popin wheelies soon
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