At It Again....Thinstrom 650

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

  1. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Jay had the wrong crashbars delivered for his new KLR650....tried to make 'em fit, but without success. No amount of abuse would bring those Hepco-bars into a mountable shape...so I finished up with them.

    The right/ left sides are shaped differently, apparently to go around some engine/ chassis protrusions of the KLR...still, something to play with.

    The original KLR left bar up top....the "re-arranged" right bar on the bottom....near all of the tubing is re-used.:so:so

    The tubing is 22mm (7/8")....and by chance the same diameter as the stock handlebars, more on that later.:cool:

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    Making spacers out of 16mm Alum rod....

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    The old Strom handlebar....bent as on the first day the 650 came into the joint :bs Do you see what I see??

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    Cutting it down the centre gives 2 nicely cranked pieces for the crashbar-crossbrace

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    The short alum rod semi-modded to fit into the tubing....it'll be drilled out 8mm down the centre, leaving a piece of thick-walled alum-tubing as a centre-connector which ties the 2 halves of the crossbrace together via a couple of set-bolts.

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    Getting there....slowly

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    Left side, after the welding.

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    And YES, cutting the tubing to get all those angles right was a bitch!!

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    Still to go: the crossbrace.... then bead-blasting/plating/ powdercoating.

    Weight so far...~1.6kg
  2. Weekend_warrior

    Weekend_warrior Been here awhile

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    Nice work Oz!
  3. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    I'm trying...:D
  4. glitch_oz

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    Crash bars came out fine ...THANKS to Jay (Stookie) for the "raw materials" (originally Hepco/Becker bars for an '08 KLR650)....supplemented by an old, slightly bent set of stock-handlebars for the crossbrace :idea: :idea:

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    As usual, the camera turn's the paintjob to shit...:D:D



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    And pinching one of Adrian's shots that day...

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    On another note:
    There won't be further updates to this thread (not from this corner anyway)....time to enjoy this jigger now and ride the wheels off it. :wink:


    Sure, there will be some minor tweaks and changes here and there.... but nothing substantial anymore.
    Thanks to all who've been looking in again and again over the past 18mths or so...been a pleasure to have you along.
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  5. OldDog

    OldDog non impediti ratione cogitationis

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    Thats looking bloody good Glitch, well done!
    Do you do your own carbon fibre work?
  6. Joe Bar

    Joe Bar Middle England

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    Thank you for sharing, it's been a pleasure to come along for the ride. Love how your bikes turned out. :D :D
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    Thanks for posting all of this, Glitch. Gives me lots of inspiration and ideas about what I could do with my Wee-Strom!

    --mark
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    yellowbirdrs Been here awhile

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    OMG! that is a cool Wee, all you need to do now is replace the OME wheels for spokes. I know is hard but after this thread I know you can do it.
  9. glitch_oz

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    Hi mate

    there ain't a piece of carbon on those bikes.
  10. glitch_oz

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    Looked into that...but dimissed it as too expensive for the little gain achieved.
    $3k for a set of wheels is beyond the envelope of this built.


    Again, thanks for looking in....and perhaps the one or other mod might find its way into other bikes somewhere around the globe.:wink:
  11. Dorzok

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    Hey gltch, why'd you run the exhaust around the swingarm instead of up next to the shock where the headpipe for the rear cylinder runs?
  12. glitch_oz

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    Space (or rather the lack of it)....the need to fab another header/ collector, and the need for removal of the battery box were the major problems there.

    Would've been 'cleaner', but brought too many other probs with it.
    All that relates to the shortened rear subframe....which brought the can ~5" closer towards the ctr. of the bike.
  13. War Hammer

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    Beautiful work OZ, but you gotta loose those ugly Emgo mirrors. Aprilia/Guzzi mirrors would look great on there!
  14. glasswave

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    I can't really tell from your photos. Is your exhaust stock going from the engine to the new tube. My main dissappointment with the wee is ground clearance and I had hoped that a good exhaust shop could re-route the pipe along side the engine to get more clearance. I had hoped that this along with a custom bash plate could significantly raise the GC w/o drastically affecting the bike's on road handling or seat height.

    Do you have any other I deas for improving the strom's GC?
  15. glitch_oz

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    Don't expect them to last forever....and whatever goes on, has to be fairly cheap....which pretty much knocks out the Priller/ Guzzi stuff :lol3
  16. glitch_oz

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    Yep, stock headers/ collector.
    Thought about re-routing the front header pipe along the side....by the time everything else is considered, it'll sit that far "out", that it'll seriously cut into cornering-clearance... or have too many bends to keep things clean and healthy.


    Guess we can't have it all....

    Other ideas? Apart from changing suspension components drastically and expensively? NO
  17. glasswave

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    I have always thought that the Leo Vince system seems to jut out to the right and tuck up under the peg a little higher but have never found a picture good enough to tell. It seems as if the pipe routed directly under the peg that cornering clearnce wouldn't be affected much, but I'm just an "ideas man" not an engineer or customizer. Sounds like you're more of a "real thinker," so I'll have to defer to your judgement. :D

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  18. glitch_oz

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    Looked at the LV as well....they've got the "run" sorted pretty well, of course that'll include a new set of headers/ joiners to match.

    From all that transpired along the way since it's launch in '04, the stock system (and the headers in particular) have proven to be pretty much the perfect match for the 650engine in that particular tune...many aftermarket systems (and even some cans) created some sweet sound for sure....at the expense of losing a few ponies or causing other hiccups i.e. fueling.

    Haven't come across a dyno sheet of a 650/ LV combo yet...and even if it comes out pretty close, it doesn't mean that it's got the same set of characteristics as the stock item.

    Didn't want to try and re-invent the wheel....when the existing one is pretty much bullseye. (well...there's that GC thing :lol3 :lol3 )

    In the end it always comes down to input ($/ effort/time) versus result.
  19. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Well glitch you certainly have reason to be pleased with your bike! Great job, and very well executed.
    So a year or more down the road when you have a hankering to get after something different.How about one of these?
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  20. Dorzok

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    The Aprillia mirrors are right around $20 U.S. for the pair and fit right onto the Suzuki mounts. don't know what the transfer rate is down under but that ought to be cheap enough.