Adv Versys Aussie style.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Homerb, Oct 22, 2013.

  1. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    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.


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    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.
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    Looks like I've got to find a tank and some plastics to get started on it.
    Wish me luck.
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  2. pjm204

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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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  3. Ed_in_miami

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    Suscribed! Keep it coming! :clap
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    Yea but we earn twice as much (almost maybe) so it works itself out in the end. :lol3
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  5. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Tell us more about finding it on the road and then claiming ownership, this sounds interesting.
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    Did someone at least check down in the ditch for the owner?
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  7. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    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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  8. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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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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  9. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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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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  10. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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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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  11. advNZer?

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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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  12. Homerb

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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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    In. Love a good build thread!
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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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  15. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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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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  16. Homerb

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    Actually, not quite true. Visited every wrecker in Sydney, bar one. Had a look at their website tonight and it seems they have (or had) not one, but two 19" spoked twin disc wheels.
    One on a R1150GS BMW, and one on a late 90's XV1100 Yamaha. I didn't realise that some of the XV's came with spoked wheels. And the XV wheel is tubeless!
    On the phone first thing tomorrow.
    Also chasing one of these if anyones got one laying around.
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    Versys handlebar riser.
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  17. sailah

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    From my experience, sometimes spending a little coin with a machinist or welder saves a lot of work and money down the road.
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  18. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    Yeah I know Sailah, I just like to keep things in house as much as possible.
    I really like the twin disc front end so Im planning on keeping it at this stage.
    Rang the wrecker this morning and of course the XV1100 wheel and the R1150GS wheels were gone. They do however have a Honda Transalp 19 incher, but they want $350 for it! Bit bloody rude i reckon. Might offer them $250 and see what happens.
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  19. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    Well l found some handlebar risers, in Germany! Should be here in a week or two. Also checked the tracking number on my tank and its currently in Hawaii. Half its luck. Im planning to replace the original Versys headlight/windscreen with the twin headlight/windscreen combo currently on my XL600.
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    Coat of orange paint and l think it'll look the ducks guts, and save me at least $500 replacing the original headlight.
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  20. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    Well my orange tank arrived from the USA, only it wasn't orange but red!
    What I bought.
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    What I got
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    Doesn't look much different but the bottom tank is bright red.
    Doesn't matter though, as I really like the colour and am going to use a red/matt black colour scheme, instead of the original orange.
    This is how it looks at the moment.
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    Fuels in the tank and it starts and runs beautifully. Just waiting on the handlebar risers to arrive.
    Still trying to find a 19 inch spoked twin disc front wheel. Ive contacted almost every bike wrecker in Australia without almost no luck.
    Was quoted $440 for a Triumph Tiger wheel in Brisbane, but I can buy cheaper overseas even allowing for freight.
    Im looking at a wheel from a 1975 Honda Goldwing at the moment. Alloy rim and a few for sale on ebay.com
    Planning to fit 650 V strom handlebars as I prefer their shape to the original Versys bars, which are bent anyway.
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