V649HP-Kawasaki's new gravel runner

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by jdrocks, Dec 13, 2010.

  1. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    so what makes you think that the Ruckus can't out run the 800.
  2. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    very nice mario, but nobody cares about the gas...how much beer on ice can you carry in the action packer?
  3. marguyo

    marguyo Adventurer

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    i put 100 can on ice and hot dog stove on rear rack ,for natchos a make and other rack at the front

    same at baseball !!! chips, peanut,hot dog ,cool beer :rofl

    with this many people are interest for make my friend:freaky
  4. Sasquatch2112

    Sasquatch2112 scatology expert

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    Jd, you head west I'lll head east. Trade you a frankenbike (650L for Sasquatch) for a rat bike. :lol3
  5. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Well, that's putting it to good use. :deal I'll be your friend.
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    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Well, I'm slower than snails, so it might have a chance. :wink:
  7. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    that's a start anyway.
  8. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    PM the Clown for a ride report anytime after Friday.
  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    it's the bike, not the rider...built a rat.
  10. kilroy1

    kilroy1 was here!

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    Long time reader of your builds. It is neat to see what can be done with the Versys platform. I have a quick question for you and your experience with them.

    My 09 Versys killed its stator, r/r, and battery a while back and I am putting the parts together to rebuild it. Looking at installing the Compu-fire r/r instead of the OEM stlye r/r. Any knowledge of this system or opinions on doing this mod? I have read the Versys forum stuff on the subject just looking for other opinions as well. The cost is more for the Compu-fire compared to an OEM stlye from Rick's just wondering if it is worth it.

    Thanks,
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  11. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    kilroy,there has been much research done regarding the electrical problems you went through,poor ground connections have been a common occurance.
    clean any paint off any electrical components at the attachment screws,use a star lock washer to add grounding effectivity. keep them clean and tight. this is common in the world of bikes.
  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    nope, don't see the point of going after market when the OEM parts are available dirt cheap. the stator failure on the ptwin is documented, but it's such a low incident rate that it almost comes down to bad luck. remember, the Versys uses the same parts as the ER6, EX650, Ninja 650 and that's a lot of bikes out there on the road worldwide.

    at least it's not a BMW 650 stator at a cost of $1100 plus related parts and special tools to R&R.

    it's an easy fix. order the 2 SS dowels when you order a new gasket for the cover, 15cents each, cheap insurance. use RTV in clear, with 3M adhesive remover sprayed on paper towels to remove excess when the cover is in place. don't spray 3M directly on the part. when done, it won't look like anyone has been in there.
  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    true, but the electrical on these bikes is reliable overall. of course, it helps if the bike is checked front to back for chafe and routing, all the connections pulled apart and greased, switches lubed, and so on. a good rainy day job, that's what i do.
  14. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    common problem no matter the brand,single ground to the vr.
  15. kilroy1

    kilroy1 was here!

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    Thanks JD.

    I aggree with your thoughts on this. I was just making sure there is not a better mousetrap out there now. I figured with the amount of miles you have on these bikes that you would be a good resource for some info on it. I have a Rick's stator coming for it now and I am going to have the old one rewound as a spare.

    Good luck on the new bike, I look forward to see what you make out of it.

    Thanks,
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  16. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the V649HP was for sale here, but...
  17. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :cry You are getting another one, right?


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    In case you missed the mods; ADVmonster lights, Fuzeblock, Pivot Pegz, Wolfman racks, and Scotts damper.

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  18. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    very nice. so, after reading the Farmer's Almanac, you decided to spend the winter in Baja?
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    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Not really, Copper Canyon would be more tempting. If you bring your next rat out here around March, you could make it even more tempting.
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    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    no riding in March in Montana, i'd have to meet you and the trailer queen 800 at the border.