V649HP-Kawasaki's new gravel runner

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

  1. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    Never been to ND. need to get it off the list.
  2. HOT DAMN!

    HOT DAMN! ♪ ♪ ♪

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    Very nice.

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  3. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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    so what are the better route you speak of
  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    nothing wrong with the dakotas, some good riding and interesting things there. just remember to turn left before the border.
  5. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    If it works to meet up, I'd show you around some roads.

    David
  6. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    he will be on his ultimate adventure beast

    2002 Honda VTX 1800 with 2000 miles

    crappy cellphone pic day he bought it

    in november

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    back to the build jd

    we are in awe
  7. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    sounds good to me.
  8. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    my shop doesn't look too awesome right now, kinda like a bomb went off under two bikes. parts on both, crap scattered all over. everything disconnected, ready to move the motor.

    think that 1800 can make it across to your favorite watering hole so the boy might have an opportunity to nail some thongs on the ceiling?
  9. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    If you mean Hyder? Yes, he will make it there easy. I hear there is good pizza there,,,,

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    And we are going to spend two days in Wiseman. Riding that pig to Atigun and past will make a man outa him. :lol3
  10. Ednukey

    Ednukey Adventurer

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    jdrocks-

    FWIW, here's a little more context and "analysis."

    The largest component of the flexing seemed to be torsional, resulting from lateral oscillations during periods of suspension actuation; which, themselves, were a product of the eccentric loads imposed by the sidecases.

    The vertical component of flex was much less noticeable, and seemed to be much more affected by the loading from the topcase -the rear rack increases the lever length.

    Also, as I previously mentioned, the "issue" (the loose capscrews, as well as the flexing) came to my attention because of the noise resulting from the relative movement between the subframe, trellis, and footpeg mounts. Were it not for that, I would not have noticed it. At least not as a result of anything noticeable while riding.

    So, even if the ER-6 frame experiences an equal amount of flex to what I experienced, than it would not likely be noticed while riding.

    It's not a degree of flex that would likely matter (from a cyclic fatigue perspective) if you only plan on holding onto the bike for 10-15k miles - like your previous bikes. But, if you plan on holding onto the bike until it dies (my plan) and maybe longer (bike rebuild), then it would definitely be a concern from the perspective of long-term fatigue stress, particularly at the welds.

    BTW, I dig the KLR fender. I had considered putting one on my bike when I did the fender swap, till I saw that a new one was close to a benjamin. They provide very good coverage, though I do wonder how much of a wind sale they are, for 80-85 on the hwy.

    Are you planning on fabbing a nice lightweight and retractable ladder to mount that sucker? Looks like it may shape up to be quite the clydesdale.
  11. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    nice pizza, but i was wondering if that 1800 could get across to your hangout in chicken, a little less upscale. more like a cage match with alcohol served.
  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    now i understand how these bikes get to 400# so easily. the motor weighs about the same as the equivalent volume of concrete. it's a handful moving that thing around.
  13. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    Oh Chicken. Yes of course we will make The Chicken Saloon. After D2D. :freaky. Chicken should be on every long rider agenda,,,,,
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i decided to back up for a minute, clean up the harness and components, and get everything back in position before the motor gets mounted. there's all kinds of tight spots to make connections and it's easier to start without the motor in the way.

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    other than the routing, there shouldn't be a problem making up the connections, every single one is different.
  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i was able to round up a helper for a few minutes, so i changed direction again and stuck the motor in. much easier with an extra hand.

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    i'm not sure if it's the short wheel base or what, but these rat bikes start looking like snorty little SOBs, big chunk of motor wrapped in a little bit of tube...but i like it!
  16. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Looks like your oil pan is missing something.
  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    your xray vision ain't workin'. there's oil in there where it belongs.

    it's you single track guys that have to worry about what's missing.
  18. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    photochop:D
  19. old2wheeler

    old2wheeler Former nÔÔb

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    That is just plain beautiful!! It is gonna be a real winner!
  20. Truckman

    Truckman The almighty Beavis

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    That's nice that's neet but it's still not a KLX so keep tryin guys!!!! No matter what you all do it's just still not as thrifty! : ) and the smallbore part of it is nothing lmfao .........gear up, saddle up , go ride ......... Smile