Saskatchewan Sportbike - Ninja 650R prepped for the prairies

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  1. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    A day's ride from any roads worth riding, and with the SK ministry of gravel redistribution hard at work, I made what should be the final mods to my Ninja 650R. A special thanks to Moving Pictures and Sask_Pirate for helping with the install. :wave

    All are reversible in the event I move somewhere with smooth, curvy pavement. :rofl

    1. Avon Distanzia SuperMoto tires. Sticky sport rubber with deep tread blocks. Tested on one freshly graded road, one hard packed gravel road, and several freeway onramps. Far better than the BT020's on gravel, and sticky enough for any spirited riding within my limited skill set.

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    2. 117 litres of lockable hard luggage for those 5 hour rides to see your neighbours. :lol3 Honey, do these make my butt look big?

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    3. You may also note the GPS, for those cloudy days when your bike is not an accurate sundial.

    4. Not shown: accessory 1" taller seat to cushion my bum and give some extra legroom for those long prairie rides.


    Thats how we roll in the 306.
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  2. Sask_pirate

    Sask_pirate Been here awhile

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    now you wantta see wide, stop by my place with the assualt luggage mounted even a semi gives mee the right of way

    picture to follow....:D
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  3. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    Any problems with wind/drag from the fatter back end?

    PS: lemme know when someone calls you to help them move.
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  4. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    I only took it up to 140kph indicated, empty, in a 50kph crosswind, but everything was quite stable. No worse than a normal ride on a prairie highway.


    On your second point, between the two of us I think we could have moved my first apartment in two trips. :deal
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  5. RumRunner

    RumRunner Sit there, turn that

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    That's a sweet set-up Grainbelt, excellent mile eating SPORTtouring rig:thumb :thumb :thumb

    DW
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  6. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    Whatchoo talking about, Willis?:patch

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  7. ZZR_Ron

    ZZR_Ron Looking up

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    Lookin' good, Gentlemen. I run Kenda K761's a fair bit in the summer, with good results. Currently on Karoos, though, those and TKC80's are rated M&S.

    I'd still like to add a Vstrom or Versys to the stable though.
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  8. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    Hey my Wee Strom with the E41's and E52 Maxia should be wider.
    BTW I know of a company selling a kit to turn those GIVI's into extra Running/Brake & Signals.
    AdMore Lighting Tell him Night_Wolf sent you :hide
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  9. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Yeah, it is a pretty inelegant solution. I saw photos of the install.

    I may wire up the topcase for an extra brakelight, but the signals are quite visible where they are. :dunno
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  10. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    Looking good. Poor little bike just didn't know what happened to it.
    What rubber are you getting on the DR?
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  11. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Ended up leaving it at whatever it ships with. If they suck real hard, I'll buy something else. :dunno
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  12. rob1313

    rob1313 Still learning

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    Thats always been my theroy. Burn off the stock tires. Damn things are free anyway.
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  13. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    Scary thing is that once I am don with the stock trailwings on the wee.... I'm going to go back to the wings.
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  14. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    Maxxis Presa Detour Radial will cost me less than $300 shipped to my door from New Brunswick :tb Cheaper than the Trailwings and look to be the same type of tire :thumb

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  15. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    Let me know how they work, what? These fookin' straight roads are killing my rear tire. I may have to re-tread this year.
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  16. JimmieA

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    Why do you need all that rubber on the side of the tyre? There are no turns in Saskatchewan! That bike will never have to lean over. From what I've seen there are no smooth roads either! Than we could talk about the football team if I haven't gotten you mad enough with the above Eh!
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  17. Grainbelt

    Grainbelt marginal adventurer Super Moderator

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    Probly have to air them down to 20 PSI on some of the roads here. Those chunky tread blocks will be great on soupy gravel 'highways'. :deal
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  18. JimmieA

    JimmieA Long timer

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    Air them down? On my KLR I had a flat tire for over 20 Km and didn't even realize it, that was loaded down somewhat to. When I passed a transport truck at like 130-140 Km and there were tar strips the back end wiggled a bit. I stopped to investigate. The tire was soft, no air. I rode back the 20-30 Km like that(on the shoulder of the road at maybe 30 Km/hr), no damage on Dunlop 606 I think it was, for sure Dunlop 60/40 street trail. My guess is that I hadn't checked the tire pressure in the early spring and had spun the tire and spun off the valve stem resulting in the flat and didn't know it on the last trip, putting the bike away in the shed. Than set out on the next trip with a flat tire ((That isn't quite true, now that I think about it. It was a Sunday monring, I realized the tire was flat and rode less than 3 Km and aired it up and got gas I rode around looking for a service shop but there was none on Sunday so I set out and didn't even check the pressure before I left town)). Being that I like to own up to some of my screwups this tire had also gone through hell I had changed it myself and did not get the two pops that you need to get (first tire changed by myself in many years). This tire had gone many hundreds or a few thousand Km with only one bead set and no apparent damage. I was motoring along and looked down at the tyre at slow speed and saw the obvious lump. I stopped next stop and added like 100# till it popped, this was well along in the tyres life. Afterwards I looked at this tyre and half tread was 1/2 and half had no tread. I had checked it a few times before but always looked at the wrong spot.

    This KLR was my first bike in about 20 years and I hope I made all my mistakes on it, although I doubt that.
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  19. Night_Wolf

    Night_Wolf Long timer

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    If you want high mileage, go woith an Avon Venom X front with a Metzler ME880 rear, 30,000kms from each :patch

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  20. Moving Pictures

    Moving Pictures Sir Loin of Biff

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    I've seen some less-than-favourable wear reports from the Metzlers, IIRC.
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