My ADVersys

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by kajj, Feb 23, 2012.

  1. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    Hi.

    The cost, hehe. A LOOT. I have had to import all the parts from the states. So take the price of the
    product x 2.5 - 3 for shipping and customs. I think that you can multiply the cost for JD,s-build several times.

    This build would be a lot cheaper if I lived in the states.

    The riser are Rox risers.
  2. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    No, no lowering of the pegs. But I guess it is possible that these from sw-motech is a little lower. But not much.

    The seating position can perhaps be a little cramp seated, but that is nothing that I have thought/reacted
    to earlier.

    I think it works fine.
  3. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello kajj,
    so get yourself a pack of Huskies and a sled to overcome the long winter in your country.
    Kind regards, Bambi ... with a (now small) pack of Huskies and usually not enough snow in winter, so mostly working with them on wheels ... btw: winter 2009/10 and 2010/11 were fine, 6 weeks of dog-mushing from my door-step ...
  4. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    Finally I am back to the daily routines. Still living at a friends house as my apartment wont be ready until April.

    There has been some progress with the bike the last couple of days. The caliper adapter, hub cover and side stand
    are finished, the beast is almost ready for the road.
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    Side stand:
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    Hub cover:
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    Caliper adapter:
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    Things to do!

    * mount new brake line.............................................. ......ok
    * Find a 310 mm disc.............................................. ........ok
    * Finish wheel axle.............................................. ............ok
    * fabricate brake caliper adapter/hub cover,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ok
    * headlight rubbermount....................................... ... .........ok
    * new rally fairing........................................... .....................ok
    * carbon fiber dash, relocate switches and power outlets
    * Weld and paint sidestand............................................ok
    * mount radiator guard............................................. .....ok
    * cut front fender and fabricate mount..............................ok
    * change sprockets and chain...................................3/3 ok
    * Air filters........................................... .........................ok
    * paint luggage rack.............................................. .........ok
    * tighten side mirror mounts...........................................o k
    * check rear wheel/swingarm bearings............................ok
  5. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    Just need to fix the dash, paint the side stand/hub cover and caliper adapter and it will be ready for the road.
    Just two more month. Then perhaps the snow will be gone from the roads.

    And some pictures of the beast. :evil

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  6. Albin

    Albin Adventurer

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    :clap Looking forward to see the bike IRL in june......
  7. Tonibe63

    Tonibe63 Adventurer

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    Nice!!!!:clap
  8. MadM

    MadM Dreamer

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    WOW Very nice transformation:clap:clap. I don't like the stock look on versys, but I love what you have done to your bike! Have a lot of safe anf fun km's on it! :freaky
  9. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello Kajj,
    you really changed an ugly, though basically very good, duckling into a pretty and technically even better swan! Well done, mate!
    One question: Have you fixed the fairing to the front of the frame or to the forks?
    Kind regards, Bambi
  10. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    Thanks guys.

    Bambi: the fairing is fixed to the original frame for the headlight and gauges.
  11. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Well done, Kajj,
    that's the way I would have done it, too!
    Kind regards, Bambi
  12. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    Time for an update.

    Painted the side stand, brake caliper adapter and hub cover.
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    And the beast is ready for a test ride as soon as the ice melts from the roads.
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    Things to do!

    *Paint front fairing.
    * mount new brake line.............................................. ......ok
    * Find a 310 mm disc.............................................. ........ok
    * Finish wheel axle.............................................. ............ok
    * fabricate brake caliper adapter/hub cover,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ok
    * headlight rubbermount....................................... ... .........ok
    * new rally fairing........................................... .....................ok
    * dash, relocate switches and power outlets.....................ok
    * Weld and paint sidestand......................................... ...ok
    * mount radiator guard............................................. .....ok
    * cut front fender and fabricate mount..............................ok
    * change sprockets and chain.......................................ok
    * Air filters........................................... .........................ok
    * paint luggage rack.............................................. .........ok
    * tighten side mirror mounts...........................................o k
    * check rear wheel/swingarm bearings............................ok
  13. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    Wouldn't it have been easier to buy a set of RAD hubs for the Versys and get Woody's Wheel Works to make a set of 19/17" wheels. There is probably a way to increase the wheel travel, with a new set of springs for the stock Versys inverts. I'm not a big fan of the solid wheels. Too much work. Woody can make the spoked wheels tubeless if you prefer. Just saying! The bike looks great and you guys have inspired many people to build AdvVersys bikes.

    One more thing. The seat looks low. When I sit on a Versys. The seat is just too low for me. Any thoughts to adding some padding to raise the seat height. The subframe looks heavy. I bet a lot of weight could be removed there. I guess that's two things.

    Awesome job!
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    let's see, Woodies wheelset imported to Sweden with shipping, tax, duties, and all the rest would be what? $3000USD.

    you will never get 300mm of travel out of the OEM Versys USD forks, a physical impossibility. those Showas aren't fully adjustable either.

    "solid" wheels too much work? this whole front end swap was inexpensive and very easy to accomplish. geez, the bike was built in his student dorm room, after all.

    the DL wheel has proven durability on the V and Wee, besides the many Versys running the setup.

    next...
  15. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    First off, wow that first pic got large :) I did not notice that.

    Thanks for the comments. As JD states, it would have been nice. But way to expensive.

    It would be nice with some more padding on the seat to make a better angle for the legs.
    But then it would be to high when I need to stop. I bearly reach the ground with booth feets. As it sits now.
  16. Bambi

    Bambi Been here awhile

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    Hello there, hello kajj,
    concerning the wheels I had the same thoughts as jdrocks immediately. Ok, getting a set from a European specialist would be a lot cheaper, but a new bike deserves new, or nearly new, wheels. To prevent it from looking partly odd. And a (nearly) new set of wheels will set you back about 800 - 1.200 EUR at least! Without the money and efforts needed to put it into the bike.
    And about the seat-height: Comparing this to the position of the door-handle in the back-ground I think I wouldn't have a real chance to put my feet down on the ground. How high is the seat-level? I'm just 1,70 m tall, err small, and my DR Big with a seat-level of about 90 cms is a challenge for me. I have to use some tricks like moving my ass to the right. So I can reach down some more cms. Turning the bar to the left tilts the bike slightly over and gives me another 1 or 2 cms. An unplanned stop's always an adventure ... :evil
    Bike looks greater and greater, keep on!
    Kind regards, Bambi
  17. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    Ok, my bad didn't notice that he was in Sweden!

    For someone building a similar bike here in the States, I can't help but think the RAD hubs would be the easier choice. A good suspension shop could increase the travel of the stock inverts. Are you guys getting more travel outback with the R1 shocks? I have 2 or 3 of those shocks in my shop.
  18. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    I do not remember the numbers. But I think the R1 shock will allow a bit more travel then the OEM shock.
  19. Bart1

    Bart1 Adventurer

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    Great looking bike, good job.

    It is possible to get a bit more travel out of the V forks by moving the compreession valve into a new bit of tubing. I added 37mm but you need new springs as the stock springs don't have enough compression travel in them.
    Here is a thread http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums/showthread.php?t=18133

    The only down side is choosing the right spring rate and shimstacks etc.

    It seems you gain far more with the DRZ forks but loose a brake disc....
  20. kajj

    kajj Been here awhile

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    Measured the seat height today. About 88-89 cm with the bike in an upright position.
    I think the original seat height is 84 cm. So it is a bit higher then stock :evil