Another Ninja Mutation

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

  1. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    I am just giving you guys chit. Although I have no idea what squicked means, no apology needed.

    If you go ahead and build your Ninja and you have any questions post up here or pm me.
  2. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    PJM204, you know what they say, if you can't sell it, you are asking to much!:eek1
  3. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    Yea yea. Im flexible. I startedvwith a clean bike and clean title so it wasnt a 1500 dollar build.
  4. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Leaving tomorrow for a 8 days in Colorado. Going to ride a little of this and a little of TAT. Have a a 1400 mile loop planned out. Been busy prepping the bike, added some Pelican panniers and a rear rack.

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    Also replaced the cheap and bad Dennis KIrk turn signals with Some Bike Master LED units, hopefully they are of higher quality.
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    Big Blocks have been replaced with TKCs.


    Also replaced the cheap knock off KLR pegs with some real IMS ones. The bike has proved itself I don't mind spending some money on it now.

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  5. JAFO

    JAFO displaced Jeep guy.....

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    KTMKLX: You have basically built the bike I want to ride. Excellent work.
  6. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    JAFO, thanks. Just recently got back form a Colorado ride. Here is the mutant atop Cinnamon Pass. Maybe the first Ninja to cross the pass?

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  7. victor441

    victor441 Long timer

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    realize this is an old post but there is a good page on hydroforming that might be helpful...the site has a lot of other great MC fabrication info too.
    http://www.eurospares.com/frame8.htm
  8. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Interesting link. I don't plan on blowing up the tank anytime soon though. The fuel range was a concern on our Colorado trip, but my son was riding our KLR fuel tanker. If I ran out the KLR could have donated some fuel, thing is, that never came close to happening. Farthest we ever went between fill ups was about 90 miles.
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    ktmklx Been here awhile

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  10. 4play

    4play Next?

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    I really like a lot of what you've done with the bike.

    I'm curious what you think about the R1 shock spring rate with you extended swingarm?
    I'm 220lbs & and I will have a 120lb passenger occasionally.

    Thanks,
    Buddy
  11. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Hey Buddy,

    So you bought your way into the club!:freaky Good Job. The bikes are fun, I love mine. I think the stock R1 spring would be way to soft for my set up. The reason I say that is that the spring I am running works really good and it is a lot stronger than the stock R1 spring. I did try the stock R1 spring with the stock swingarm, way to soft. Never ran it with the longer swingarm, but that would only be worse.

    JDrocks helped me source my spring, check post # 958 of JDrocks build thread, I am using the same spring. This spring was pretty expensive, I heard some guys are having good luck with a Yamaha cruiser spring, check the Versys thread. I am running it on the lowest preload setting and I weigh 170 lbs.

    How is the riding in Arizona this time of year?
  12. 4play

    4play Next?

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    Thanks, I had a KTM990S & although they are pretty capable 100hp dirt bikes, there is plenty of room for improvement in many areas but cost of ownership & weight were my biggest objections. Then I started seeing the Mutants & I've been following the builds waiting for the right time.
    I had the pleasure of riding with Dentvet last year in AZ (not on the Thinja), when I saw it was his bike up for sale I had to pursue the opportunity.

    I saw JD's Racecraft 16kg spring & intend to have a spring wound as well. I was just curious what your take was with your swing arm mods.

    Thanks

    Oh yeah, riding in AZ is awesome. With elevations from 0-9000' you can ride year round chasing the temps.We've got desert, scrub & pine trees you can exerience in the same ride depending on the time of year. Our typical dirt rides are 50-130 miles with almost no pavement.
  13. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    What about installing a Versys engine in a 950/990 motorcycle?
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i put up a link for an alternate spring source in the V649 thread, might work for you.
  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    where's your Versys ptwin powered KLR, sort of a variation of the same question isn't it?
  16. Ednukey

    Ednukey Adventurer

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    I can confirm all this. I called Cannon last winter about and R1 shock spring and they quoted me $160+. So I said no thank you.

    After more research, I ended-up ordering a Hyperco spring from HRP. With shipping it was under $100. You will also need to order the reducing collars from Racetech directly. IIRC, they are less than $10. It all fits together perfectly. In case you are worried about the collars - don't be. It's the same spring and collar set-up that Elka uses on their Versys shock. I know, because I had one for a bit.

    The biggest PITA of the whole project was finding a shop that could compress the springs. The spring compressor that I already own wouldn't work on the R1 shock - the spring and shock body were too close. Same story with the loanable ones at the local auto shops. None of the local bike shops where I spent the winter had a compressor that would work, either. It wasn't until I moved to the Rockies for the summer that I found a shop that had a moto-X shock spring compressor that would do the job. And the dipshits still managed to scratch the shit ouf of the shock and spring. Always so hard to find folks that do good work.

    Here, this will make it easier: http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4958&page=3
  17. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    jd,
    I do like the mutants. You guys are doing a great job with these bikes. I've looked for a Versys frame but can't find one that isn't destroyed and comes with a title. I may revisit the KLRE650 build later.

    Sorry, for the hijack!
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    sailah Lampin' it

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    Sam check copart thats where I got mine
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    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    Thanks sailah, I will.
  20. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Just an fyi, pa does not require a dealer license so anyone can bid but different states have different rules.

    The gavel price for my ninja was $350, but my otd price was $560. Still very reasonable I think.