Sport Bike to an Enduro or Dual Sport

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by dunesnstars, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. dunesnstars

    dunesnstars Been here awhile

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    During the Memorial Day Weekend of Twenty Ten, two months after I earned my motorcycle endorsement :clap and ultimately becoming an inmate of the ADV riders group :fyyff , I ran into this fellow and his beast....


    The Fellow... :1drink
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    His Beast... :D
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    After staring at this beast for a few minutes, it dawned on me that underneath all that shiny, custom, steel mods is in fact a Ninja 650r. I said to myself, "Wow, that's pretty cool! I have one of those!" my next thought was, "Is this guy bored?"


    Another two months later...

    I wonder if I'm bored?
    What is this picture exactly?
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    That's me! Removing the first bolt.
    45 minutes later... all the plastic is gone!! :eek1
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    So as you can see, I've decided to make the plunge and convert my 650r to an Enduro/Dual Sport. We will call him EN-ja.


    For now, I will say good night to you inmates and to EN-ja. Tomorrow, I will continue my search for and/or design of: headlights, fog lights, mirrors, turn signals, crash bar, hand guards, custom fabricated radiator guard, gravel guard, guard for coolant tank, guard for map sensor, tires, luggage rack, saddle bags, mounts for dash, brackets for gas can holders, custom gas can holder, gas cans, reinforced kick stand, and the list goes on and on...

    Oh no! What have I gotten myself into?? :huh :huh :huh



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  2. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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  3. RoaringDS

    RoaringDS Adventurer

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    I'm no expert and am not trying to talk you out of it, but are you sure that guy doesn't have a modified Versys? Just suspension mods alone, you're looking at...ouch :eek1 Maybe for stature reasons you want to keep it low? This means less clearance for ds'ing though. Life's a series of "leaning experiences"! :evil
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  4. dhillr

    dhillr Long timer

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    Subscribed! :clap Looking forward to seeing the process.
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  5. manganos

    manganos Let me pontificate.

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    Very nice ..... BTW I love Williamsburg :)
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  6. booger1

    booger1 Been here awhile

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    Way cool. After seeing a few bikes make this transformation, some good, some awfull and should be taken to the scrape yard before getting on the road and then some totally awsome. Do it right so that ppl will envy you for your creativity.
    Good luck:clap
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  7. underkill

    underkill Horsepower Junkie

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    good luck Shiela!!! and remember to double check the clearance between your front tire and anything you might choose to bolt behind it! :evil
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  8. dunesnstars

    dunesnstars Been here awhile

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    Hi RoaringDS, it is definitely a 650r. Same year as mine as a matter of fact. As far as suspension goes... my thoughts are to keep it stock. Mainly because I'm barely 5'4" and also I don't plan on going way overboard when off-roading, mainly fire roads and forest roads. If I do encounter I'm missing out on ds'ing... I'll just have to extend my legs. :lol3
    And I definitely agree, life's a series of "expensive" learning experiences!
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  9. dunesnstars

    dunesnstars Been here awhile

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    I can't wait to be envied! :rofl
    Custom radiator guard is getting cut by the CNC plasma machine as we speak. Will post pics later. Wish me luck!
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  10. dunesnstars

    dunesnstars Been here awhile

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    Thanks Underkill! I'll keep that in mind, especially me and concusions don't mix. I'm already confused all the time! :lol3
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  11. dunesnstars

    dunesnstars Been here awhile

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    Wish me luck dhillr! I can't wait to see the finished project! Out of curiosity, would you mind if I use your tire swapper thing when it's time to swap out my tires?? :lol3 :eek1
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  12. dunesnstars

    dunesnstars Been here awhile

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    Here's my new, shiny radiator guard!
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    Stay tuned...



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  13. stoked steve

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    Awesome project, I'll watch with great interest.

    Good luck!
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  14. B.E. Coyote

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    Nice!
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  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i thought you were going to be the plasma cutter guy's assistant on this build and now i find out that you're the builder and he's the assistant.

    ha, gotta love that. looks like you're off to a great start on your custom gravel runner.
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  16. dunesnstars

    dunesnstars Been here awhile

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    JD, you should have known who does all the heavy lifting around here! :evil
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  17. dunesnstars

    dunesnstars Been here awhile

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    Ok so while most of you were at work...
    I was also at work working on... :rofl

    My new radiator guard! Here it is installed! Still have to do some tinkering. It needs to be shinier....
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    Progress slowed down because mpowers decided to get in my way with some of his projects. But that's a different thread...:lol3
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    While he was working on his project, I went online and bought the following: :clap

    Dominator Twin Headlights
    Mirrors
    Handlebar Guards
    Turn signals (well, almost)

    Tonight, I will make cardboard guard models for the coolant tank, map sensor and maybe even for the gravel guard. Thinking about moving the map sensors inside the frame and cutting the bracket off. But I'm going to try to keep the frame stock in case my evil twin decides to flip flop it back to stock. :evil

    My goodies I bought will come in Wednesday morning (after a $47.10 two-day express delivery charge). In the mean time, I can cut, bend, weld, etc the guards.

    Once the headlights come in, there will be more custom fabricating as I will need a headlight housing assembly that will be able to incorporate the new turn signals, and the fog lights that I haven't bought yet. I'm having a hard time dishing out the cash for the PIAAs. :cry

    I still need an 08 versys crash bar. I'm tempted to fabricate that as well. Why the hell not, right? I wonder if anyone locally has one I can borrow for about two days?? Hmmmm...

    That's all for now. Stay tuned...
    Gotta work on my models now. Is there anyone out there with origami experience? Anyone?? :lol3


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  18. IgoFar

    IgoFar Been here awhile

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    I'll be watching as well, should be interesting. I still say JDRocks has one of the coolest bikes I've ever seen.
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  19. stoked steve

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    When I first saw this pic:

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    My heart skipped a beat and I said, Oh Yea! That's the bike I need.

    Can't wait to see how this comes out....:lurk
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  20. UpST8

    UpST8 turnin gas to noise

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    I have seen two of these conversions...jdrocks and Tony Morr's. Both are bad ass and both move me :super Looking foward to ride with a third someday :D

    Tony's bike from AMP 2009
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