New Kawasaki Twin Sport 500

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by tonymorr, Oct 3, 2006.

  1. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    A Beast or a Road Warrior? I just know it's a whole lotta fun! The most stable, planted bike I've ever ridden on a dirt road. Handled washboard road without loosing traction and the loose stuff and marble stone with ease. Convert your wifes bike today for the price of 2 pieces of flat alluminium stock to raise the rearend and two IRC GP-1's!:rofl a2f5re2.jpg
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  2. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Amongst some friends......
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  3. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded

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    What the heck is that ugly red bike on the far right?
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  4. Kawidad

    Kawidad Long timer

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    Looks like a cool starting point, but more could be done.......:wink:
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  5. Prairie Dog

    Prairie Dog Been here awhile

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    Ahhh yes, as they have stated . . . . . Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!

    I think that red bike on the right side is a very beautiful machine! :evil


    Tony,

    I am liking what I am hearing. An EX500 with some plastic removed and a set of dualsport tires! Kind of like a US version of the KLE500!

    Interesting!

    I've always said that's a great bike!

    Perhaps now with the emergence of the Ninja 650R, the price on the EX500 will not be so inflated?

    I'm taking it you used a 3.00x17 rear tire in front and a 5.10x17 rear tire on the rear?


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  6. canadian XR

    canadian XR Adventurer

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    Hi Tony...


    Great work... i:clap :clap :clap :clap

    Give us the details what did you do to raise the suspension... tires

    I was thinking the same for my 98 500r... most of the plastic is already gone


    Willie
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  7. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Well, I'm still experimenting. The bike in stock form was pretty fun on a dirt road. I bought a set of forks from an XR650R and gold valves off of Ebay but was waiting for winter to figure that out. I was chomping at the bit to do something with the bike so I made a set of suspension links out of alluminium with 5.75" spacing. This raised the back about 2". I lowered the forks about .75" in the clamps to raise the front. The front tire is a 4.60-17 rear which made up most of the difference in the height. The rear is a 5.10-17.

    Leg room is slightly cramped for me so I'm planning to lower the pegs over the winter. Looks like an easy job on this bike, another reason I picked it. Planning on wider taller bars when I upgrade the forks. I'll probably order up a Wilbers shock to get some more travel out back. The links only raise the ride height, but I had to start somewhere to see how it would all work.
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  8. AndrewAnonymous

    AndrewAnonymous Making things worse.

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    I love it!
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  9. Wayne Weber

    Wayne Weber why are we stopping?

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    I bet you can kick a Uly's butt with that bike! Good job, simple and to the point!
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  10. canadian XR

    canadian XR Adventurer

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    Thanks....

    Gives me a place to start....

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  11. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Thanks Wayne. Any suggestions for getting a little more midrange from the 500 twin? The bike had a Muzzy 2into1 on it when I got it. It sucked! The Sarachu twin slip-ons made it a little better but are kinda louder than I would like. I want to move the crossover pipe forward so it's not running under the engine to gain a little clearance. I hope this doesn't have any severe adverse effects.

    Tony
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  12. TomN

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    Very cool, lets see some more picts! :clap
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  13. Adh007

    Adh007 Needs to get back to work

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    I find myself wondering how this would work with the Ninja 250. Those things can be had for next to nothing and are quite light. Quick too if you don't mind turning a few RPM's :evil

    Seems like a fun project.
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  14. Prairie Dog

    Prairie Dog Been here awhile

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    There is but one way to find out!

    About the only negative I would have is the fact that when riding on the road, the revs are right up there when running along at 65 mph. I would probably lean towards the 500 cc bike.

    Perhaps the question is can we do the same with a Ninja 650R?

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    If Kawasaki won't build it, then maybe we will just have to.



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  15. Schtum

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    You won't have to.......

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  16. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    I would love to try it. Seems like a great motor. I looked around for one. They are so new it's hard to find a deal. I picked up the '02 500 with just under 5k on the clock for $2200. One thing I noticed on the 650R was that the oil pan drain plug is on a boss that sticks down. Even if you moved the exhaust you would be left with a low drain plug. Could probably modify it I guess.

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  17. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    great project!
    wouldnt a more restrictive ( say stock) pipe give it more mid range?
    higher flow pipes increase top end, usually at low to mid range expense. maybe you can find some dyno reports to back this up from pipe mfrs.
    great job:1drink

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  18. MookieBlaylock

    MookieBlaylock Long timer

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    that screw on oil filter could be a problem
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  19. Leipo

    Leipo '08 wr250r

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    funny to see that the bike is called Ninja where you live, here in Europe they call it the er-6f (and er-6n for the naked version) :D
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  20. bross

    bross Where we riding to?

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    Nah, that's what the headers are for! :evil Jodie has a 650R and that bike is a hoot, I really like the motor and I like the look of the Versys but you are all right, there's no frame below the motor and lots of critical bits exposed so I think that really limits where you'd want to take the bike. At least with the 650R's plastic you're protecting the oil filter from a rock.
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