A different kind of Versys

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

  1. tragerbon

    tragerbon Been here awhile

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    I am getting a little closer, it`s been too hot to work in the garage as I have no desire to work in 90+ degrees and the 90% humidity (= death warmed over).
    I have installed the mirrors, a new used coolant from the junk yard has been installed behind the radiator, removed one set of headlight brackets (did not like how they looked and a single set seems to be strong enough). I re-installed the stock blinkers (for now), raised the entire headlight fender assembly about 2", adjusted the forks to the maxium height and dropped the tank off for paint on sat. I still need to mount the speedo, I may drill and tap the steering stem and make a small bracket.
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    I am thinking about painting the rear spring black and adding some red fork guards.
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  2. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    For those wondering. Adjusterman did if fact buy the Mutant. Really nice guy. I hope he enjoys her as much as I did. :thumb
  3. luckyduck

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    For moving the footpegs,

    Try http://motowerk.com/loweringfootpegsblocks.aspx

    They made alot of difference by moving the pegs down an inch and forward a hair. The controls could adjust far enough to work with them.

    Not sure how far you want to move the pegs, but these little guys made it feel good to me.

    Paul
  4. Whereabouts

    Whereabouts Been here awhile

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    I know I'm dredging up an old thread and Tony has sold the bike, so I will put these questions out to anyone who's willing and able to respond. Though I'm not in a position to do it right now, I find myself very interested in this type of project and I want to put away as much information for the future as I can. I think I have made it through all of the threads so far on mutant-building but a few questions remain. Please feel free to point me to where I can find the info if there's anything I've overlooked.

    First, since the bike is electronically controlled and injected I'm assuming that the guage cluster is needed to make it run. Is this correct? Also, is there any problem with mounting it drirectly to the triples; are the wires long enough to permit full steering lock?

    Second, I don't remember seeing an explanation of what was needed to fit the Strom wheel to the '08 KLR forks and to make the brakes work. Does anyone know what axle Tony used and what kind of spacers needed to be fabbed?

    Finally, will the longer Versys shock fit the ninja frame and SA? Has anyone discovered any new shock options?

    Thanks in advance to any and all who can help. Much respect to all the mutant builders out there, you have really paved the way and built some cool, innovative bikes.
  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    here's my 650R at a Cree landing on James Bay in northern Quebec three weeks ago. fun, capable bike.

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    build info in here-
    http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5480

    a more recent build that may also answer some of your questions. cool fabrication work, here-
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=608309

    the loom is long enough to mount the instruments in any reasonable location. you might have to loosen things up under the tank.

    versys shock fits, after market available. tire will hit the fender liner if you run it hard enough.

    tony included enough info in the thread to fit the 19" if you go that route. he may chime in to add some detail, but you can see what was done.
  6. urbanXJ

    urbanXJ Long timer

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    not sure I would lower the foot pegs

    I already grind the ends on sharp turns
  7. mpowers

    mpowers Been here awhile

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  8. Bear on a bicycle

    Bear on a bicycle Been here awhile

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  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    so does she ever get to ride it, or are you still "road testing"?

    you hit a home run on this one.

    saw a new tiger on the gravel up north.
  10. mpowers

    mpowers Been here awhile

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    Aaahhh, yeah, she can have it back as soon as I get my tiger parts in :rofl
  11. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Just found this thread, subscribed, and will read all of it soon.

    You've done more or less exactly what I've been wanting to do. I came across a cheap crashed Ninja 650, and I think I'm pulling the trigger.
  12. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Woot! Trigger pulled!

    Now the proud owner of one lightly crashed Ninja 650. :clap Secured for $2600. This one, unlike cheaper ones, has a clean title, i.e. not marked as salvage.

    RacerWife doesn't look too pleased at the moment.

    I pointed out that theoretically, I could fix it and sell it, but she's not buying it... she knows me too well.
  13. Jeff Watts

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    Subscribing for all the great info in this thread. I've been hunting for a "different" bike.
  14. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Hey Jeff;

    I sold the Mutant to another inmate but there are some other great project bikes going. Just in case you haven't found them yet here are some links...

    My favorite KLRsuperRIO (yes that's an EX650 twin in a KLR) http://www.klr650.net/forums/showthread.php?t=55521&page=3

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    JD Rocks :super http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620401

    Sanjoh http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=562633

    KTMKLX http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=632255

    SamM http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=620401
  15. Jeff Watts

    Jeff Watts Adventurer

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    Sorry. Forgot to subscribe when I posted.lol

    Thanks for the links!
  16. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    Thread revival!

    Wanted to post this question in a new thread, but hell if I know what forum to put it under...

    This question was asked once, but I haven't been able to find an answer. Can one use the internals and fork tubes from a '08+ KLR in the 2006-2008 Ninja 650R lowers?

    Once the snow flies I will likely start my build. I don't weld or fabricate, so don't get excited here folks. Gonna be basic.

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  17. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Yes. The fork tubes are the same size on both bikes so they slip right in both the upper and lower triple clamps.

    Cool pic ;-)
  18. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I get better...

    I have my jargon wrong it seems. Wondering if I can take tubes and internals out of the lower forks of a KLR and put them in the lower Ninja forks. Would like to retain my Ninja front wheel and dual calipers (and doing the Versys front end swap is $$!). Looking a pics, it looks like the lowers on my Ninja are shorter than the lowers on the KLR. I don't have a set of KLR forks to measure or try this out.

    Thanks for the swift response!


    EDIT: looking at more pics on the computer today. Looks like the KLR fork lowers are longer than the Ninja lowers, which rather defeats much of the purpose of the swap. Just trying to keep those brakes.

    Tony, I might PM you with some specific questions in a few months if that's alright.
  19. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello there,
    tonymorr pointed you to some interesting builds here on adventure-riders. But I think, he missed this one:
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=766979
    Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think, this guy, despite posting it in 'beasts', should be in here too! Or, at least, in your close observation ... I think, he does a great job!
    Kajj, btw and as I forgot to mention: I love those wheelies!!! A thing I miss on my Big. It seems to be stressed when I do, or try to, wheely it ... the 29 l-tank might be an argument in this case.
    Kind regards, Bambi
  20. smash81

    smash81 Been here awhile

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    Better go get some popcorn, I've got more reading to do! I'll see what the build looks like, but right now I'm definitely not considering swapping in a Versys front end. Holy $$. Thanks for pointing the thread out, I had not been looking in the beasts section for builds....