Project Full Circle:Ninja 650 gets a makeover

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by sailah, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Thanks I just like it in the welding shop because no one bothers me and it's halfway between all the fun tools:lol3
  2. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    On a lighter note...I built the seat for the Ninja and it came out great. I'm heading out on a long trip tomorrow up to Maine and was getting the ole FZ1 ready. She's been ridden hard and put away wet and the seat was a little tired. Decided to refoam and resuede her for the trip. Been playing around on the laser and drew up a little logo. It's a joke with my local riding buddies who are always giving me shit. My retort is, well, you guessed it:lol3

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  3. 4play

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    I like the logo.

    I'm anioux to see what yours weighs.
  4. 16VGTIDave

    16VGTIDave Reaver made me do it...

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    I would like to join that racing team, especially if I could get some team stickers! :D
  5. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Hmmmm I do have a local riding buddy that owns a sticker company.....
  6. Mercury264

    Mercury264 Once you go Triple...

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  7. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Never got it??:ear Anyways, I'm back in the burgh.

    So the bike is finally done. Not done done, but done enough for its maiden voyage. I got back from an 1800 mile trip to New England on the Ronin bike and have come to value comfort on a bike more than ever. By the end of the trip I was dying, pain in the neck and ass:lol3

    I got the cables from Motion Pro that had been a long time coming. Fortunately they fit great and are very well made. The used the stock ends from the Ninja cables I sent them and mated them very well to the 950 throttle tube. I wired up a headlight and cautiously took it around the block. It was having a weird throttle issue where it would bog, badly, around 1/4 throttle and then when you rolled through to the "main" it would behave normally. Rather than risk having an issue in downtown Pittsburgh in rush hour trying to get to bike night 30 minutes north I trailered it to meet up with a buddy so we could ride together. Other than riding it basically around a city block, this was its very first ride.

    At bike night

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    Thoughts...

    The fueling issue was the TPS sensor as I thought. Somehow I forgot to tighten the Torx screws and they were "floating" Fortunately my BMW buddy (they're good for something:wink:) had a Torx 25 and I guessed. The ride home was great, zero issues, bike pulls hard right up to redline.

    The seating, handlebar and peg position is perfect. Super comfortable. I couldn't improve on the controls at all. The seat I made is also very very very comfortable. Maybe I'm biased from coming off the torture rack of the FZ1 seat, but I feel I could easily log big miles on this seat. Standing is also easy. The bars are about right, you are bent slightly but I could ride for miles standing.

    The steering feels just about right. I let go of the bars many times and it tracks straight. I was running a non DOT knobbie and will swap that for a good match for the K60 on the back.

    Suspension is good. It's not surprisingly like riding a big dirt bike on the road. Soaks it all up. The back feels a little soft but I am also running light preload so I will take a couple turns and tighten that up. Springs up front are right on.

    No leaks, weird noises (other than chain slap) or anything else that would make you worry. It runs really well.

    The motor is pleasant. Has torque in the right places and feels much more tractor like. Def more thumper than screamer. A nice combo. I feel like this is an ideal motor to build an ADV bike. That said the exhaust is a little loud. I might try and fabricate a muffler to fit this bike or even try a stock can to quiet it down. I don't want to run a high mount, I like the weight down low.

    The gauges need to be angled lower, although that's a minor point. Also the speedo isn't working so I need to chase that down.

    The clutch cable/engagement is abrupt, I suspect I have all the slack out of it and just need to adjust.

    Overall, I love it. I can't wait for a longer ride, I did about 10 miles tonight. All things point to this being my new hotness.
  8. 4play

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    Nice! I kept thinking I wanted more sound, but the more I've ridden it with the stock can the more I think it I should leave it alone. How was the gearing? After balancing the tires, the 15/52 feels near perfect cor my use.
  9. Te Hopo

    Te Hopo AKA Deanohit

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    The comment right at the end sums things up about right:
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  10. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    hard to tell without the speedometer working but certainly close
    Thanks thats my buddy rufus. He's a good dude, weird but good
  11. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    went out riding today. Ripped it up for a good 50 miles. My buddy was filming a lot of it, he said on the dirt road it was 50' rooster tail:lol3

    The bike ran awesome. On the offroad section I hit something with the can and will def need a skiplate. Bike rips wheelies like nothing else and I'm not a wheelie guy:evil

    I did find the limit of the big brake rotor when I was trying to test it out, ended up smoking it. What a fun machine

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  12. 4play

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    Cool. It's always a plus when nothing falls off :deal

    I'm going on my 1st real ride tomorrow. The plan is over 200 miles mostly offroad. I find it interesting how much different our bikes look. Mine looks like strech limo, compared to yours.

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    Another plus of the stock muffler, that thing is tough. You just need a pan ahead of it to get the leading edge over. I was "thinking" I could save a few lbs by making my own crash bars & skid pan, but after removing the skid pan to change the oil I think I'd be hard pressed to shave 5 lbs from all the above & these actally workd pretty well.
    I think I'll skip a few cheeseburgers & take the weight off higher up :lol3
  13. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Yeah I wish mine was a little longer in the rear.

    On the plus side I weighed it. 208# in the rear, 180# in the front that was with 3 gals of gas, ready to ride. So 388 fueled. Back out 18 lbs for gas, 2-3 lbs for oil and coolant and it's about 365 dry. My CBR was 364# fueled with 2.25 gals so its about 20 lbs heavier than the CBR. But I'll gladly take that weight because this bike has FI, 5.5 gal fuel, seating is vastly more comfortable and a LOT narrower.
  14. 4play

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    Wow, ~45lbs lighter than mine.

    I was scratching my heads thinking about where could I have that much extra weight.

    Stock Muffler I'm told weighs a ton, passenger pegs & mounts, tail rack, SW mototech engine guards & skid pan, steel swingarm vs your KTM aluminum, the Mefo 150 rear tire is no lightweight.
  15. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Good job getting it on the road. I have never weighed mine, I probably should, you have made me curious.

    What did you end up with for rear travel and seat ht?
  16. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Rear travel is 300 mm. seat height not sure exactly I'll measure but it's got to be 37"
  17. PhiSig1071

    PhiSig1071 What's ******width?

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    That thing is so cool. Your builds are always fun to watch.

    Please don't stop there! That is going to look amazing with a Dakar-style fairing on it.
  18. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Greetings from Dawson City -- Congratulations!!!! well done.
  19. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    Thanks don't get your hopes up for any major changes until winter though. This is too much fun of a bike to take apart and work on until the snow falls
  20. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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    38" :eek1 Somehow it doesn't feel that tall. All my bikes are like that though. My 950S was really tall, my Husky is seriously tall and the FZ1 is also tall. Being that this bike is so narrow it wears it well.