Kawasaki 650 Thinja notes; parts bin build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by dentvet, Jan 23, 2011.

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    When I bought the Vesys tank I had no intention of keeping the color, but I like it with the black frame. I'm going to add the Versys side tank panels & trim to fit. Thanks JD for the water bottle idea, looks much better than the plastic wart did. [​IMG]
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    It started right up! I still have a few details to clean up like side panels for the tank, but the racks worked out well with the quick pins I made instead of the seat straps. Anyone have a good suggestion for a tank bag?

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    Looking good.

    For a tank bag I would recommend the Giant loop diablo. Have been using it this summer and I am very satisfied with it.
    Fits perfect on the versys tank.
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    What a transformation, that red frame was an aesthetic anchor.

    you might experiment with just blacking out the area on the tank normally covered in plastic unless you already have the solution worked out there.

    Your teeter-totter bike stand is great, I always tried to think of uses for that hole through the center of the bike. maybe a road flare would fit in there:D
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    Yeah, my wife's Harley friends may let us park near them now :D

    I bought the Versys side panels I will need to trim to fit, the top fairing brackets, I will eventually have to cut off, fill & paint, or one other thought was to trim them off & have a really bored CNC owner make some aluminum "badges" with Chevelle SS style fins or Ninja :deal

    You guys made this easy, I just took what JDrocks, Sanjo, KTMKLX, Saliah you & others had done & applied what I think I wanted on my version of the rat..
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    It's back on the road, still have some tank trim to work out, but better

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    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    Are you forgoing the rear plastics?
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    Yes, Those fat plastic hips were dependant on the original inner fender, I replace that with one I made from ABS plastic for more upward wheel travel.
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    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    That looks pretty darn nice, if you want to give a few more HP, just paint the tank red!:evil
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    I loaded up the beast & took it to have the rear shock revalved.

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    My buddy Pete Russel of NOST suspension took it for a short spin, pulled the shock & started laying out shim stacks & worked over the high & low speed compression valve. It amazes me that he can take a shock he has not worked with being used in a bike it was never designed for and dial in in the way he does.

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    I wish I would have had a camera handy while he was running the Thinja on the Vintage Moto X course (baby jumps). The 1st time I saw him launch it I was concerned for his safety, but the bike soaked it up like it was normal to land a Ninja from a moto x jump. Pete played with the settings & the bike looked very balanced, comfortable.

    I'm very anxious to see how the changes affect the handling & how it's going to handle the rocks..

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    Pics or it didn't happen:D
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    sailah Lampin' it

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    That looks great!!
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    I do wish I would have had my camera handy, but something about a 440lb Ninja being excercised on a MX track I was not about to leave to go get it out of the truck. After Pete was done on the track he made his way around the pits showing off the Mutant. When he finally did make his way back to the trailer he asked how much I was going to charge him for letting him ride the bike, good times.

    I was looking at the upper part of the Versys tank not really wanting to repaint the tank & thought of the louvers on the old Chevelle SS hoods, I bought some aluminum heat sink that I'm thinking about trying to achieve the same look.

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    If it doesn't work out I can always paint ..
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    Dave mentioned a couple of times he wanted to find a use for the cross tube on the Ninja. I was reviewing my tools for a ride tomorrow & with the weight of this thing realize I need a support if I ever need to service a tire.

    Here you go Dave :D

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    The ends will fit in my roll up

    So the main body of it just happens to fit in the cross tube
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    Ran some powerline roads & Table Mesa, 7 springs to Big Earl's for breakfast. We didn't stop for many pictures, but here are a couple of the Ninja. Pictures never seem to do the hills justice, this one took a good run in second gear

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    Going down was fun as well.

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    The bike handled some pretty rocky terrain, very stable, very capable.
    NOST did a really nice job revalving the rear shock, it's plush but progressive. I'm very pleased with the bike, it is an absolute hoot on 2nd gear & up two track.
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    I like that very much!

    That hill climb shot looks fun. That is the exact usage I had in mind when I decided to look for a ninja. Only problem was that we don't have that kind of terrain out here.

    Seabee Don told me you guys got some rain. Looks like great fun but what do your riding pals think? Are you treated with respect or suspicion?:lol3
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    Sweet!
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    Dave, they think I'm half a bubble off no matter what I ride. But after the ride, the conversation at breakfast was why doesn't somebody build something like that?

    Sanjoh, the Ninja sold a headlight fairing setup for you. My buddy Eric will be contacting you today. Now that the rears suspension is working properly, I can honestly say It's a better handling/riding machine than the 990 Adventure, it's not an SE but what is?
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    How do you like it?

    I have both and you would be surprised how close the ninja is to the SE.