A different kind of Versys

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

  1. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    Awesome work. This is what Kawi should be building.

    Although with a high pipe and a recessed drain plug.

    Keep it coming!
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  2. lonewolf121

    lonewolf121 n00b

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    I've been watching the work you have done on your bike; but came to have a peak after your recent post in another forum. Man that thing is looking sweet! :nod
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  3. CITYXSLICKER

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    Nice job. Good to know I am not the only guy putting a street bike out on the trail.
    (Buell XB9SX CityX)

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  4. Wayne Weber

    Wayne Weber why are we stopping?

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    Hey that's pretty cool! It will never be "done", sorry man! You've made the leap into custom ADVbikes.

    If it was mine I'd think about barkbusters and a seat that lets you move around more. Well, and a front brake but you're working on that. :lol3
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  5. EvilClown

    EvilClown Reality show stunt double Super Moderator

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    Cool! Can't wait to see it in person at Cromag.
    PS - Please define works.:lol3 Maybe the '08 does but the earlier models - even with the upgraded rotor - is frightening at times.:eek1

    Nice work, though. It's been fun to follow along.
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  6. dancolin

    dancolin Weeeehaaa!

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    Tony, that beast looks cool!! cant wait to see it in person. awesome work!
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  7. FloridaSteve

    FloridaSteve Long timer

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    This bike has really gotten to me. I assume you could use the KLR spoked wheel (or lace up whatever sized rim to the KLR hub). Is there a spoked hub option that might work for the rear?
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  8. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Thanks Wayne.

    Sorry I haven't sat down and done a report yet. I can tell you that I'm very happy with the power even with the stock gearing. It feels like a 650 thumper at low rpms but keeps on pulling. I have a friend that has been busting on me since I started working on it saying "Just buy an orange bike and be done with it". I think he actually used the word stupid when talking about my project. Well his place was one one of the first stops I made. He liked the way it looked right away and then took it for a ride. He was impressed and said it was a hoot. He really didn't want to like it but he couldn't help himself. I was nervous as I watched him do a couple of wheelies back and forth in front of his house. (Still with no front brake) I know they don't work in the air but you do have to stop eventually:rofl

    Anywho, here's a short and long list of things that I still want to do....

    SHORT LIST:

    1.'08 KLR 650 front fender.

    2.Buell dual round headlight.

    3.MRA Speedscreen.

    3.Cycra or Weestrom handguards.

    4.Radiator guard.

    5.SW Motech crash bars.

    6.Skidplate.

    7.Steering stabilzer.

    8.Mount my Stormcases.(Like Pelicans)

    9.Vario adjustable footpegs

    LONG LIST(winter):

    1.Wilbers shock to raise the back 1" and give a better ride.

    2.Lower the forks in the triples when I install the shock to maintain my 28 degree rake angle.

    3.Racetech cartridge emulators and springs.

    4.Reroute the exhaust to right side of oil pan and out the back with a low carbon fiber can.

    5.Cut the drainplug boss on the bottom of the oil pan and make it tighter to the engine so it is less vulnerable.

    6.Alpina tubeless spoked wheels.
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  9. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I haven't looked into it yet. Tubeless is more important to me than spokes but I would really like both tubeless and spoked! The Italian wheel company Alpina has a tubeless spoked system that the supermoto racers have been using for a few years. KTM has a set in their hardparts catalog for supermoto. Alpina seems very slow to expand their products. They have a kit listed in their '08 catalog for the 950 KTM but noone here in the States has gotten back to me with info. They say it's hard to get the info from Alpina. I gave up for now.
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  10. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I got the front rotor on. Much more fun to ride with both brakes!

    I weighed it too.

    399 lbs with the tank empty
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  11. Rode2Nowhere

    Rode2Nowhere Long timer

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    Blast! :becca

    Still awesome tho! :thumb
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  12. SATEX

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    Actually, I think that's pretty impressive. The quoted weight of the Versys is 398 lbs, dry. Given the fact that "dry" often means more than just an empty tank (i.e. all fluids replaced with helium:D ,) the 399 is even more impressive.

    You can easily lose a bit more weight, but as you noted, outfitting it for proper dual sport use will add some back.
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  13. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    For reference........ the Kawasaki advertised weight for the Ninja 650 is 393 lbs. Mine weighed 422 (Tank Empty). I would think it's a pretty safe bet that the Versys weighs somewhere around 427 lbs.
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  14. BENRON

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    How do you like it after a couple weeks in the saddle?
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  15. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    It's awesome! I took it to the Cromag Campout in Maine last weekend. Put it through the paces on all kinds of terrain that I would ever want to take it on. I had to be careful of rocks and such but it wasn't a big deal. I definately need a skidplate and the suspension needs some work.
    I would say (for the trip I took and the places I went) that it worked better than any of the dual sports that I have owned in the past or own now.

    DR650, DR350, KLR650, SM610, DL650 Weestrom, XL600, NX650, Mutant Ninja I, SV650 w/MT60's
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  17. KilLeR Kawasaki

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    Does the fender block the headlight?
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  18. Rode2Nowhere

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    :wave +1

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  19. FloridaSteve

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    That's awsome. Looks like you had the "little" bike in that group! Get the suspension dialed in and a skid plate and I bet she'll really go! :clap
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  20. BENRON

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    Think you could fit a 21" wheel or would it start to interfere with the radiator?

    I really like the way your Mutant Ninja turned out and my KLX is starting to burn oil.... :wink: