Another Ninja Mutation

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by ktmklx, Oct 26, 2010.

  1. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    There has been ADV guys that have built some pretty cool ADV bikes based on the Ninja 650. Thay have inspired several other inmates to mutate Ninjas as well.

    tonymorr was the original


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  2. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    jdrocks followed up with these killer looking bikes

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  3. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    jdrocks other ninja mutant

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  4. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    The concept makes sence. Most of us heavily customize our adventure bikes so why not start with a low cost base bike that has a great engine, light weight and good handling. Customize to taste. A poor man's GS800.

    I was so inspired, that there is now a 2007 low milage ninja in my garage and would't you know it, it is now naked.

    This is what I am planning,

    17" wire rear wheel
    upswept exhaust
    modified oil pan
    twin pelican cases
    19" wire front wheel
    forward and lowered pegs
    Pro tapers

    I am struggling with the front suspension. I think I want about 8" of travel USD with twin rotor capability. I would like to spend 3-400 dollars for the forks and triple clamps. Any suggestions out there?

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  5. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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  6. panthercity

    panthercity Cap'n Crunch

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    Like this?

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  7. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Money has nothing to do with it. If you build your 650 with weight savings in mind it will weight significantly less than the 800 and outperform it.

    I'll offer some suggestions but most importantly - What type of riding do you want to do with the bike?

    Most of the folks who have built the 650r start with some idea of what they want it to do. JDRocks wanted a gravel runner, I wanted a bike that I could ride 1000 miles then do some single track. Each bike looks very different.

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  8. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    Not.

    if he wanted a versys, he would have bought one. it's more fun to build a custom 650R around that cop motor. a rat 650R will outrun a versys, more HP, more torque.

    i agree with sanjoh, the intended use dictates the design to an extent. there are plenty of ways to take this build.
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  9. WVdyhrd

    WVdyhrd mudhole 400 guy

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    wooohoo! love em and have seen it at LF of course (jdrocks maybe? cant remember the inmates name), if any of you are from around our way

    Not a ninja but I'm begining of the process of mutating a suzuki gl500 :D and a Frankenstein ninja was a big part of the inspiration
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  10. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    What are these forks off of?
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  11. craigrevo

    craigrevo Dumb Brit

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    I thought they were all Versys?
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  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    that was me at Laurel Forks...
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  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    nope, all the builds in the photos are 650Rs, same bike the OP is building.
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  14. craigrevo

    craigrevo Dumb Brit

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    Why are they in the Versys thread then?:scratch
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    KI6HNB Been here awhile

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    So what are the good years to start such a project with?
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  16. AustinJake

    AustinJake TE450-KLE-FXDWG

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    This is not the Versys thread, this is a mutant Ninja thread under Beasts....
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  17. craigrevo

    craigrevo Dumb Brit

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    LOL, I know but they are also in the Versys thread. :lol3
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  18. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    Sounds like a fun project!

    One item I think I'd try to address are the ergonomics wrt the seat/tank setup. I personally wouldn't be happy doing serious enough dirt to require the other mods with that setup, seems the tank would be seriously in the way,not to mention an, umm, safety issue.
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  19. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Close, but no cigar. I am lookin for a little more suspension travel, wire wheels and something much different for a headlight (don't want to affend the Versys guys, but my opinion, that thing got hit hard by the ugly stick).

    I think I will be able to build this ninja for quite a bit less than what I could but a Versys for. Like the others have mentioned in other threads the Ninja can be had cheap.
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  20. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    For me, money has a lot to do with it. If I had $14,000 burning a hole in my pocket I would buy a 990 or GS800 in a heart beat!
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