A different kind of Versys

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by tonymorr, Mar 9, 2008.

  1. Knuck

    Knuck Clarkson Street Rat

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    Hopefully sooner.:evil

    My er6n is new and so am I. If I went and put on knobbies I'd be drivin' past dirt roads and trails and the pipeline thinking "I wonder whats down there?". That'd be fine if I had other guys to ride with or was somewhere with cell service. I don't and I'm not, but, all in good time. I'm slowly picking away at it. I'll post as I go.
  2. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Cool! I think everybody should have one :freaky I know of another inmate who took a Ninja 650 in trade on another bike with intentions of making a mutant. He said he rode it and it was too much of a slug for him so he sold it before doing any mods. Everytime I ride mine I think of his comment. He must have had one spark plug wire off or something because MY bike is a freakin hoot!
  3. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    a "slug"? WTF?

    ride a gravel road, jerk the throttle bodies open on that engine, get a freakin' heart attack!
  4. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    One thing I like about it is that it has pretty good power right off idle and it's very controlable. Then hit 7k RPM and it takes off. This little motor makes 48.5 ft-lb of torque @ 7k RPM. That's not too shabby for the displacement. In a ~400 lb bike it's a joy.

    I take this back road in the morning. Pretty much only when I ride the Mutant because it's a little broken up. It has a bunch of rises in it. In 4th gear I hit 7k and 70 mph and loft the front end over them. It makes the 24 mile ride to work bearable. Funny thing...... she doesn't like making that last right hand turn (the one into the driveway at work).
  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    that's exactly my experience riding those rough roads. the engine makes enough power and the throttle response is so good that you can lighten the front end and just sail over washboard/potholes even in 5 and 6th. this is with stock engine and gearing.

    on the gravel, the bike will run right past the big displacement boat anchors with the little round badges.

    if i rode that bike to work, i'd never get a thing accomplished. i'd be lookin' out the window all day...except when i was watchin' the clock. i'd be dreamin' about gravel roads...places to go.
  6. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I have that stairing out the window problem a little more when I ride the VFR....she's just so purdy :raabia

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    Sorry, a bit off topic.
  7. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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  8. FloridaSteve

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  9. PropellerHead

    PropellerHead Been here awhile

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    jdrock: I like my Versys but I'd like to make it a bit more off road capable. I see that you put Versys forks on your bike. Did you do anything to the forks or are they stock? I find mine to be a bit harsh when things get bumpy.
  10. BeeDub

    BeeDub Havagoowan

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    Awesome builds guys! I can't believe I haven't noticed or been directed to this thread before. :thumb
  11. FloridaSteve

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  12. tragerbon

    tragerbon Been here awhile

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    nice..

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  13. Sir Vesa

    Sir Vesa Presently damaged, again.

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    That is freakin' rad!!
  14. BeeDub

    BeeDub Havagoowan

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    JD, I just went and checked out that thread. Do you have more pictures of your bike and mods somewhere on here? That forum is one of those that won't let you see the pics unless you register. :cry

    By the way, I think you and Tony have inspired me to think about one of these after my current project is complete. Then I'll have two mutants! :D
  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i put up no pix other than the two forums, although i now see links to photos of both bikes coming from other places. you could just sign up over there-doesn't cost anything. there are some photos over there that aren't on ADV. i still need that smugmug thing.

    getting ready to start another build using the same platform. i pretty much know what i want it to look like, but i need to work out some details. i still think it's better to start with the sportbike rather than the versys if you want to build something like these bikes. the sportbike is cheap and has the stronger version of the 650 engine. i've had many inquiries from guys who want to take a versys the direction of my 650r-that's fine if you already have a versys-otherwise start with the much less expensive used sportbike.

    my new bike will also be a gravel runner and not a single tracker.

    again, hats off to tony for this thread. he got a lot of people thinking about building around this very capable platform. i'm just one of the copycats.
  16. BeeDub

    BeeDub Havagoowan

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    Thanks JD, but I think I'll have to skip it. Way too many usernames and passwords as it is...

    Great job on both of these bikes though guys, really. You've really got me thinking.

    Oh, one other question I have, and this one is for JD since he used the Versys front end. I'm wondering if there's anything holding you back from using the triple clamp, and then instead of using the forks, put in some DRZ forks or something? Are the upper and lower clamps a different diameter than one another? I saw you mentioned having to use the whole set-up a couple of times, so...
  17. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    My thoughts have been wandering lately. Has anyone seen my shoehorn?

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  18. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :rofl

    An XR650R, thats a well sorted bike, lightweight good suspenders, and a reliable racer. I don't think your 650 twin is going to help it out any. It certianly will weigh more when your done, which will probably cancel the horsepower gain.

    Btw, really like the work you did on your bike.

    David.
  19. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Thank you. The goal wouldn't be making the XR650R better at what it's already good at but to make my lightweight adventure bike better than what it is now. Just starting to kick the idea around but I'm thinking it would be lighter than what I have now (398 tank empty). Dunno....lots to ponder. It's fun to think of the possibilities.
  20. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    The XR is a cool bike. I'm not sure if you are looking at the bike for ideas for your ninja, or thinking about dualsporting the XR.

    There are some drawbacks to dualsporting the XR. The motor is race breed and the oil change intervals are at 1000 miles. The rear subframe is weak and isn't made for hauling cases or gear. The tires are sized more for off road work than highway. I went up one tooth in the front, but you were still holding the RPM up high to go 80 on the interstate. It only has a kickstarter. If you want a more dirtworthy machine than a KLR or a 640Adv, the XR would be a good platform.

    David