My dual sport Ninja yep another one

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by 2fast4u, Apr 30, 2012.

  1. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    Most of the guys that build these Ninjas do that but i have two sets of wheels one street one dirt. We have a lot of good roads to ride on and i like supermoto's so thats why i want to stay with the 17" and the Ninja wheels are cheep.
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  2. singletrackslayer

    singletrackslayer Legalize singletrack

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    Seems like going to a bigger front wheel would enhance the rake factor and make it even less steerable.
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  3. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    I had some time today to try some gravel and dirt roads and was very surprised how well the Ninja did. The only thing i noticed bad was the rear wheel bounce at speed over bumps. I'm beginning to thank this bike is going to work out just fine.:freaky
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  4. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Try tightening up your rebound damping a click or 2. That should help with the bouncing. I really like what you have done with this bike. I think you will find that it is very fun on gravel roads, just remember that it will be faster there, is heavy, and you need to "plan " your stops earlier:D.
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  5. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    Going to play with the shock some and see if it gets better. Yes you have to have room to stop on this bike i will give a lot of space between riders when riding in a group. I really like it so far other then looking like a duck sitting on a june bug.:lol3
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  6. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    I made a new front brake mount out of steel . The first one i did not have all of the pad on the rotor. JD was right about Kenda big blocks they suck. I have 600 miles on this tire and it looks half shot! I went ahead and order a TKC. NEVER BUY BIG BLOCKS.

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    One of the real limitations of that wheel size is the lack of OR rubber to put on them. The big blocks have a bad reputation already (most Kendas are cheap and wear out fast IMO). TKCs are not very precise in that size either as they are actually rear tires. I bet an older set of KX USD forks and wheel would fit on that "Duck on a Junebug":deal....
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  8. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    I could mount any 21" wheel to the DRZ forks i would have to make new wheel spacers and brake mount but the rotor on a dirt bike wheel is not big enough to stop this heavy bike, and i do not want to run tubes. This bike is good on dirt, gravel, pavement but stay out of the deep mud.. This might piss some people off but IMO no matter what you do it will never be a dirt bike just like the big BMW GS, VERSYS, V STROM will never be a dirt bike.
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    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    I did get a radiator guard on the Ninja. I will have to watch it and see if it is to restrictive.



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  10. TroyJ650

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    I'm thinking it will be this weekend,,,, we'll see for sure on Monday.:evil
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  11. PTC

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    Nice work! Yeah^^ pull that guard off and cover with half inch drill holes for sure. Or maybe go mesh?
    looks like a good time.
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  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i'll save ya some watching...it's too restrictive, especially with the smaller radiator. the kawasaki folks went with the larger Versys radiator on the late model ER6 motos for a reason. the smaller radiator will work fine, but you need max air flow.

    how was that piece cut? it looks like you can save the part if it is slotted on an intermediate layout, and a couple more rows added across the top.
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  13. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    I think i will change to a versys this winter. My guard is off my old grill. I think i will cut some more slots for now and see how that goes.
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    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    I cut it up a bit. Going for a day ride in the heat ( Close to 100) monday it should be ok now.



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  15. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    Went for a all day ride with Troy in Land between the lakes and had a blast and also found some limits on the Ninja. Here is a few pics but i will post a link to a you tube video later



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    ha ha. was the case damage from a crash cage hit or from bottoming the bike out? the peg pic has me spooked, too:huh
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    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    when you use the Versys linked shifter mechanism with the Versys footrest mounts, the loads are distributed more evenly around the shaft and onto the casting. they do break, but no where near as often as might be expected. here you have the conventional shifter and an unsupported shaft.

    the cracked engine mount must be directly related to the bar design and mount, the first i've seen. i could be mistaken without having a look at it in person, but i did write..."also, the bike needs to be able to slide forward on the bars, not grab the surface, no matter what it is. if the bike can't slide, you could see damage that might not happen otherwise."

    ya should be able to get it fixed up without difficulty.
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    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    Bottoming the rear out. Did not crash but close. I was running down a dirt road around 30 mph (after watching video maybe 40 mph) and went over a small rise and a three foot deep twelve foot wide ditch appeared, no way i could stop so i gassed it and got the front over but the back wheel hit and the whole bike bounced off the ground. I was very lucky. The crash bar did not hit the ground but the muffler took a big hit.
    I really like this bike but i learned a lesson today i have to SLOW DOWN haha, i'm way to old to take a chance like that and i'm sure that would have left a mark!!
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    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    It want be a big deal to fix but i did not crash you will see in my video if this slow computer will every get it loaded.
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    The crash bar never hit the ground, shouldn't be factor. The bike stayed upright. It bounced around alot, but stayed upright. The pipe and muffler seemed to take most of the impact. I would have expected the pipes to be crushed flat, but they held up great. It's very possible the weight of the engine pulling down put more pressure on that point than any engineer ever imagined it would see.

    Jeff probably won't admit it here, but he was freakin' FLYING when he hit the wash out crossing the road, and pulled 40 years of moto experience out of his a$$ to save it. We'd still be sorting out the peices if he hadn't known to get the front end over it. Great save. (Don't let it go to your head, you still ride a Harley....:D )
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