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Old 10-22-2013, 05:22 AM   #1
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Adv Versys Aussie style.

Well I finally found my next project today. A 2009 Versys, which was crashed last week and abandoned by its owner on the side of the road!
I'm buying it from the lucky finder for $2500, if it runs ok when the key turns up.



Its had a fair whack to the front end wrecking the tank, tank covers, headlight and busting the bar risers. Engine is unmarked, forks may be slightly bent but I'll probably be replacing them anyway.
I'd like a bit more front wheel travel, 8-9 inches would be nice, and I plan to run a 19" spoked front wheel. I want to keep the twin disc setup which is going to make it difficult and expensive to do.
Also plan a spoked 17" rear wheel and upgrade the rear shock as well.
My last build was a Yamaha TRX850 based adv bike which was a hoot to build and ride, but after selling it I need another project.

Looks like I've got to find a tank and some plastics to get started on it.
Wish me luck.
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:48 AM   #2
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Crazy how different the prices are over there. I bought a 2008 Ninja 650 with 47 miles on it, light scratches on one side from a standstill drop. $2000
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Old 10-22-2013, 01:48 PM   #3
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Old 10-22-2013, 03:07 PM   #4
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Crazy how different the prices are over there. I bought a 2008 Ninja 650 with 47 miles on it, light scratches on one side from a standstill drop. $2000
Yea but we earn twice as much (almost maybe) so it works itself out in the end.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:17 PM   #5
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Tell us more about finding it on the road and then claiming ownership, this sounds interesting.
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Old 10-22-2013, 04:22 PM   #6
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Did someone at least check down in the ditch for the owner?
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Old 10-22-2013, 05:36 PM   #7
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Did someone at least check down in the ditch for the owner?
I certainly hope so!

It turns out that the owner crashed it and walked away.
He told a local business owner that it wasn't insured and he couldn't afford to fix it and if he wanted to pick it up, he could have it!
Its only done 7000 kms and is registered for the next 10 months.
The finder got the keys and the rego papers in the mail last night. He's a Harley guy, and not really interested in fixing it up, so he's selling it to me.
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Old 10-25-2013, 02:01 AM   #8
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Unfortunately, lve got one bent fork. Both both the upper and lower right fork are slightly bent. I read a post about how its possible to modify the Versys fork to get more travel. Im going to seriously look into this because l really like the look of the usd forks and l can keep the twin disc brakes.
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Old 10-26-2013, 11:46 PM   #9
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Hopefully getting the bent fork straightened in Sydney on Thursday. Also Ive bought a used orange tank from ebay us and a green upper left tank cowling from ebay aus. Still looking for a right side cowling and Im not paying $300+ to Kawasaki for a new one!

Ive done some research into the forks and its possible to make longer damping rods and fit longer springs, and safely extend the travel to about 200mm. A company in the USA does it at $1400 a pop!

Bugger that, I'll have a go at doing it myself.

Also looking for a front spoked 19" twin disc front wheel, from a BMW R1150GS, or Triumph Tiger 900/955 etc.
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Old 10-27-2013, 04:22 PM   #10
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Regarding the twin discs, I have pretty much the same exact bike with a set of full travel KTM 450 forks. With a 320mm rotor and master cylinder to match, my bike is almost scary how fast it will pull down from speed. Certainly way more brake than tire. Even with the Pirelli Scorpion I have on the front, it will easily endo with no more than 2 fingers.

On my other bike, the FZ1 with KTM 950 forks w twin discs, it's much slower to stop. Heavier sure.

Plus losing that extra weight is nice. Just a thought.
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Old 10-27-2013, 09:40 PM   #11
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i have never understood why kawasaki never made a KLE 650,they already had all the parts
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Old 10-28-2013, 01:31 AM   #12
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Hi Sailah, Ive followed your builds for quite a while. Love em. Thought about single disc dirt bike forks, in fact lve got a set of XLR250 cartridge forks complete with front wheel and brakes sitting in my garage which l may end up using. Unfortunately the triple clamps wont fit the Versys frame without major modifications, so l'll have a go at using the stock forks first, and go from there.

advNZer, l suppose they think the Kle650 would take too many sales from the Klr650, and they'd be right.
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Old 10-29-2013, 01:41 PM   #13
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In. Love a good build thread!
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Old 10-30-2013, 03:41 PM   #14
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can you put the Versys stem into the xlr's lower triple, or is there something else in the way? I've done a few fork swaps by welding up the end of the stem & turning it to fit a different triple. or the other way around, mill the hole bigger to accept the new stem.
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Old 10-31-2013, 01:35 AM   #15
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I thought of that Beezer, but lm not equipped to do that sort of machining.
Had a win and a loss today.
Got my bent fork and triple clamps straightened today for just $120.
Also visited every wrecker in Sydney and wasnt able to find a 19" spoked twin disc front wheel anywhere. Bummer.
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