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Old 05-13-2012, 08:39 PM   #31
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That is just one cool looking bike period. I would love to have a bike like that to ride to work on, and park next to all the Harleys, Goldwings, and sportbikes. Definitely one of a kind.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:00 PM   #32
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Thanks Jerry. I took the Ninja off road today and figured out it's not a dirt bike.I think it is capable of off road ( mud, hill climbs, creek crossings.) just at a lot slower pace.



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Old 05-15-2012, 06:29 PM   #33
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I dunno, mine rips off road. I think those 17" wheels are killing the off road nature of the bike.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:56 PM   #34
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Well your ripping and mine could be different but its just to heavy and hard to stop at any speed in the mud. It does not turn like a dirt bike , Im sure it would handle better with a bigger front wheel but it still would not come close to hanging with a 450. I did not build this bike to be a dirt bike more of a dual sport and i think it will be ok.
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Old 05-16-2012, 07:07 PM   #35
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Any idea what you fork angle comes out to with this set-up. Seems like if it is close to dirt bike specs, about 63 degrees, it might handle OK.

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Well your ripping and mine could be different but its just to heavy and hard to stop at any speed in the mud. It does not turn like a dirt bike , Im sure it would handle better with a bigger front wheel but it still would not come close to hanging with a 450. I did not build this bike to be a dirt bike more of a dual sport and i think it will be ok.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:00 AM   #36
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Any idea what you fork angle comes out to with this set-up. Seems like if it is close to dirt bike specs, about 63 degrees, it might handle OK.
The problem is the turning radius, it is wide and the bike is heavy.
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Old 05-17-2012, 06:22 AM   #37
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The Ninja is great on the road even with the knobbies i will try it out on some gravel and dirt roads soon.
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:52 AM   #38
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Thumb Wow! I'm impressed....

I'm always intrigued by the thought process that goes into a build like this, and I'm more than impressed with the ability to make it happen out of parts from different bikes or fabricated out of pure imagination. Only one thing strikes me as a possible problem...with those tires on I'm wondering how long those driving lights are going to last on gravel roads. Other than that, it may not keep up with the 450's in the hills, but I know which bike will be getting all the walk-arounds when you're all parked out in front of the diner after the ride! Great work!
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:49 AM   #39
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I'm always intrigued by the thought process that goes into a build like this, and I'm more than impressed with the ability to make it happen out of parts from different bikes or fabricated out of pure imagination. Only one thing strikes me as a possible problem...with those tires on I'm wondering how long those driving lights are going to last on gravel roads. Other than that, it may not keep up with the 450's in the hills, but I know which bike will be getting all the walk-arounds when you're all parked out in front of the diner after the ride! Great work!
Thanks I think i'm going to move the lights on top of the bar when i put the guard and skid plate on. This bike is going to be a fun bike to ride and can't wait to get a weekend to ride it.
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Old 05-19-2012, 12:29 PM   #40
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Nice bike! Would it be worth trying to fit a 19" front wheel from a Vstrom on the front? I'm just thinking better ground clearance and tire selection...
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:00 PM   #41
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Nice bike! Would it be worth trying to fit a 19" front wheel from a Vstrom on the front? I'm just thinking better ground clearance and tire selection...
Most of the guys that build these Ninjas do that but i have two sets of wheels one street one dirt. We have a lot of good roads to ride on and i like supermoto's so thats why i want to stay with the 17" and the Ninja wheels are cheep.
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Old 05-19-2012, 01:08 PM   #42
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Seems like going to a bigger front wheel would enhance the rake factor and make it even less steerable.
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Old 05-20-2012, 06:35 PM   #43
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I had some time today to try some gravel and dirt roads and was very surprised how well the Ninja did. The only thing i noticed bad was the rear wheel bounce at speed over bumps. I'm beginning to thank this bike is going to work out just fine.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:45 AM   #44
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I had some time today to try some gravel and dirt roads and was very surprised how well the Ninja did. The only thing i noticed bad was the rear wheel bounce at speed over bumps. I'm beginning to thank this bike is going to work out just fine.
Try tightening up your rebound damping a click or 2. That should help with the bouncing. I really like what you have done with this bike. I think you will find that it is very fun on gravel roads, just remember that it will be faster there, is heavy, and you need to "plan " your stops earlier.
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Old 05-21-2012, 09:17 AM   #45
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Try tightening up your rebound damping a click or 2. That should help with the bouncing. I really like what you have done with this bike. I think you will find that it is very fun on gravel roads, just remember that it will be faster there, is heavy, and you need to "plan " your stops earlier.
Going to play with the shock some and see if it gets better. Yes you have to have room to stop on this bike i will give a lot of space between riders when riding in a group. I really like it so far other then looking like a duck sitting on a june bug.
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