At It Again....Thinstrom 650

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by glitch_oz, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. tileman

    tileman Long timer

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    I think petrol is about .707 kg per litre?

    May be wrong though
  2. Andy G

    Andy G 2wheeled alpinist

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    holy shit! nice job!

    cheers, andy
  3. Kallunki

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    petrol 0715 kg/litra
  4. glitch_oz

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    @tileman and kallunki:
    Thanks folks!
    Had some other replies elsewhere, all of them around similar weight/litre.
    With 20l in the tank and 171kg at weigh in...it makes for ~157kg dry (~346lbs).

    That's 22lbs (10kg) heavier than a stock DR650 ...
    ...and 40lbs (~18kg) lighter than a current model KLR.

    Guess, that makes for a BIIIIIGG grin :1drink
  5. elephant man

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    you meen: greeeen :evil:evil
  6. glitch_oz

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    Hmmmphhh....what was supposed to be a piece of cake (done it before lots of times) turned into a nightmare.

    After stuffing around around with the plaster-mould

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    I moulded various screens at different temps and with different techniques.

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    Sure finished up with nicely shaped screens....but ALL became optically distorted by the moulding process....blurs, circles, 'bubbles', "stress-lines".....crap, all of 'em.:evil::evil:

    Looks like I bought the wrong material this time around :rolleyes:

    Whatever....since the bike is booked in for the inspection earlyJan, leaving hardly a chance to get different material through the Xmas-break period, I knocked up a straight, flat one.

    Surprisingly, it turned out quite well and sort of suits the 'blunt' nose of the bike.

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  7. tslewisz

    tslewisz Long timer

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    The bike looks fantastic. You must be proud. I know I'd be.
  8. warnabrother

    warnabrother .. if you see the Rozzers

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    pete - you still got some of the "crap" screens left.. or did you chuck them in the bin already..

    looking for a screen for my new DR and dont care if optically they are shit..
  9. glitch_oz

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    Hanging for the first ride...but starting to feel that way :clap :lol3
  10. glitch_oz

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    Mate...still got ~3/4 sqm of the stuff sitting here. I can cut you a couple of clean, flat ones if you like.:clap :clap
    Quickly done, quickly trimmed, too.
    You can drill the holes to suit yourself.
    Ditched the moulded ones, recycle-bins went yesterday:1drink :D

    A DR ? :lol3 :lol3 Withdrawal symptoms, aye :lol3 :lol3
  11. warnabrother

    warnabrother .. if you see the Rozzers

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    yes.. my diet was lacking diet badly.. thanks for the offer, but flat ones I can do easily.. it's the curved ones.. however.. it appears the new Transalp screen might be just the ticket..
  12. adrianox

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    What a treat to see the beast in green :clap

    namaste:beer

    see u in '09. Adrian
  13. Bear on a bicycle

    Bear on a bicycle Been here awhile

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    I think that green looks better on your bike than on the Versys...

    :thumb
  14. glitch_oz

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    Hey mate
    Good to see you around :clap
  15. glitch_oz

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    Uhuh...don't tell the folks on the Versysforums :lol3
  16. glitch_oz

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    After sailing through 3 different inspections before registration, she's on the road.....:freaky :freaky :clap






    FINALLY...a fresh morning in Melbourne and we've got to get the new mobile phone unlocked, as it came "tied" to Telstra.

    Despite 4 calls to their "Unlocking Dept", Telstra stuck to its "claim of fame", never returning a call/ SMS. Screw 'em then...

    So it's off to the guys at the local Sunday markets, who solve the problem for $60 and in 5 minutes flat (it's a BB5 phone and needs a cable-unlock, the codes from the Net don't work).

    Along come the SHREK and my WTF1000 (the copper-coloured one).
    With a bunch of flowers for mum wilting away in the topbox, it's off into the hills, swapping bikes every 20k's or so.

    With a handfull of tools in the jacket-pocket, little tweaks are made quickly, idle adjusted, rear preload wound down... a fettle here, a small adjustment there.
    Dropping past a mate's place, he produces a big screwdriver to back off the front-preload as well...and things are falling into place neatly.:chug:

    Using the well-dialled DLK as a benchmark, we get things sorted bit by bit over the next 2 hours.

    Check the plastics around the back for any distortion/ melting around that underseat exhaust....nothing.
    A later inspection with torch and telescopic mirror show the same results....looks like my guesses about spacings and heat-shielding were on the money.

    The 2 WTF's are roaring through the Mt. Dandy backblocks, a flitting patch of colour through the greenery....a quick stop, playing with the dampening screw at the rear and we're off again.

    While not really trying at the front, it's obvious that Goodie's taken to the 650 like a duck to water....she's hanging on like a piece of velcro, the grin from ear-to-ear.
    Definitely quicker and obviously more comfortable than with her DLK (#051).

    Both of us are still not quite sure, how far those TKCs can be pushed on bitumen, but there's a spare front rim in the mail to mate to the spare rear in the garage and soon we'll be able to re-shoe the Shrek with a set of Tourances or the like.... something a little more road-orientated, something we're familiar with.


    One thing's obvious though...the 650 can be punted harder through the twisties than the thou...the motor is a gem, which either provides howling entries in 1. and 2.....or tootles through it at 60kmh in 6th just as happily and smoothly. No chugging, no hiccups when opening the throttle fully at 2500rpm...the flexibility of that mill is amazing.

    Sure, the lower weight helps it along somewhat...and quickflicks through the tight stuff are just pure joy.:clap :clap
    As in...250-like joy :huh :huh :clap :clap

    Also on the money is the shaved seat, providing the same comfort-level as the OEM piece (which we both haven't got issues with), plenty of room to move back/forth...both side-edges of the foam giving positive and lively feedback at the edge of the bum and narrow enough in the front to comfortably steer the tank with the knees, sitting or standing in the pegs.

    The grip of the TKC's on the little loose stuff we did is just amazing ::clap

    Front/ rear balance of the bike (with 1/2 full tank) is as sweet as...there isn't even the tiniest bit of CoG transfer felt, whatever the situation, however quickly jammed into a bend under brakes...or hitting the gas on the way out.


    Shite...if it wouldn't take another 18mths to build a copy....
    :1drink :D


    Yup, saved the flowers for mum, too....JUUUUST before they started to make a brown and mushy mess of the topbox :lol3



    Next: Getting dirty !!
  17. OoPEZoO

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    Very cool man :clap
  18. Zapp22

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    one of the moto mags said it well "what suzuki has achieved with this motor is something akin to Alchemy"
  19. jimGR

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    you rock!!!

    thats one of the best home made customs i have ever seen!!!
  20. glitch_oz

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    Things have sort of stumbled along through summer...either it was too stinking hot or smoky (bushfires) in the garage....or I just didn't find the time/ drive to get on with things.

    Suspension has proven a bit awkward....I just couldn't find some acceptable settings while the thing was hopping around on the chunky rubber blocks of the TKC80s....a lead for another front wheel in Perth cropped up to compliment the spare rear already sitting here. :freaky

    A complete swap-over set of wheels fitted with the well-used-to Tourances finally gave some results...the front is sorted now, tracking like on rails with enough suppleness to stay on the ground through some quick, choppy asphalt.
    The rear is getting there, too...but still a bit "nervous".

    Dropping that much weight off various parts of the bike upset the applecart (speak: OEM settings) somewhat....

    Shoved the bung back into the exhaust, as Goodie complained about a "drumming head" after a 350k day-ride..."SOUNDS GREAT!!!...but NO GOOD for a full day"...

    Plenty of short runs to suss out suspension settings and general behaviour.... Mountain Hwy just up the road got a good workout :so...pockets bulging with tools for quick-adjusts along the way.
    Guess, the SHREK's now well known by the locals. :whistle:

    Got those GSXR750 calipers from the US and dragged my feet re: making adaptor-plates for a while... the idea being, that with the lower weight and the beefier calipers I'd be able to do away with the right disc (another reason for the custom forkbrace), to save more unsprung weight.

    In case it doesn't work out, I'll revert to twin-discs....or if they prove too beefy for the 650, bolt the whole schamozzle to one of the 2 thou's.

    Therefore the PAIR of calipers....and the need for a pair of adaptor plates (don't want to start again on that, if it turns out that way).

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    Re-shaped adaptor plate after getting the initial work done by FRING ENGINEERING..."THANKS", Konrad :chug::chug:

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    Painted up

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    Hooked up, bled...and ready to roll

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    Went with both sides for the start, as a smaller master brake cyl is needed for a single-disc setup.

    The Gixxer caliper on the right, OEM caliper on the left.

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    With the Gixxer-item there's not much space left between the caliper-housing and the wheel-spokes.......the spokes clear the calipers by ~3mm each side :wow:

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    Just a quick lap around the block last night....
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    LOVE IT !!


    One word: SUPERB!! Compared to the standard setup, there's now a hell of a lot of feel and feedback, the pressure is nice and progressive, the final bite at the end of the squeeze comes with plenty of warning...

    Needless to say, that the final bite is eye-popping...

    This is one worthwhile mod for the Strom....and the calipers and adaptor plates are the same for the 650 and 1000.
    From reports, an aftermarket/ different master cyl improves things even more :wow: (and the GSXR1000/ K2 item is supposed to fit perfectly, including being easily modded to keep using the OEM handguards).