V649HP-Kawasaki's new gravel runner

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

  1. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    That was my first ride after the suspension was installed. Figured I'd test it:D

    It passed
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    Bike building is on hold for a while.
  2. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    you better get movin'. departure date will be on ya before you know it.
  3. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    Proally gonna end up with stock suspenders and wheels with some gravel protection on the girls bikes. They don't care to follow me off road anyhow.
  4. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    JD, I sure do enjoy reading about your motorcycle build up projects.




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    Well, I'm starting my adventure. Not quite as ambitious as JD's, but a first step for me.

    David
  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    great way to spend a montana winter, and fun. so you're going to make what into something? nice set of forks, what are they from?

    ...then the beast world will need some pix.
  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    they still need to be able to ride gravel, those construction zones can be brutal sometimes.
  7. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Forks from the F800GS. I'm sending them off. At least they should have pretty stickers on them when they come back. We'll see if the guts live up to the sales hype.

    David
  8. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    damn, just when i change the whole suspension on the rat to help me keep up with the big guys, they go out and up the ante again. now if you show me around montana, you'll be over the hill and five miles ahead.

    those forks need help. where are they going to get the treatment?

    from my 2010 ride report up near the labrador border, there was an 800GS rider ahead of me that went down hard in one of the big soft spots in the road surface i call sand holes. they could be 5M long or 300M long. when the bike suddenly hit that sand at speed, those soft forks bottomed and the bike was down. bike and rider patched back together and continued on. bike had $5000 plus damage.

    good that you're getting them tricked.
  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the 650R wiring harness is longer than the Versys harness in the subframe area because the CPU connections face the rear, while on the Versys the same connections face the right side. i didn't feel like cutting and shortening the whole damn harness, so it took a little jiggling around to get everything in there so that the fender liner fit.

    i stuck more of the trim pieces on to see how it was shaping up, and i also wanted to get it off the stand to check the seat height. tall, almost 36", but i can get my toes down at least, no flatfoot.

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    this is turning out to be a lot of bike for the budget money involved, my most inexpensive build so far.
  10. DanVFR

    DanVFR Continent Crusher

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    Very smart!

    Was interested in how you'd compensate for the extra rake but it's not as bad as exspected!
  11. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i should have taken some better photos when the stock parts bike was parked next to the rat. both bikes have the 650R swingarm and are on stands the same height. if you look at the forks in the photo, you can see how much the front end has changed. hard to tell in the photo, but the main frame tube on the rat is at least 5" above the same tube on the 650R.

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  12. freewheeler

    freewheeler Been here awhile

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    JD ... Did you check the fork travel yet ... better do it before you get to far along ... just unscrew the fork caps and let the forks collapse ... then adjust the tubes accordingly ... based on how I have mine set on my DRZ ... I have the feeling that you will have to raise them a little ...
  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    you make a good point. i'm waiting until i get my new R1 shock back from the spring guys to set the forks in the clamps. that shock is just slighly longer and will raise the rear a little. i haven't even bothered to tighten the clamps yet.

    hope to have a shock at the end of the week.
  14. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    JD, looking pretty nasty! What handle bar risers are you using? What handle bars do you have on it?
  15. freewheeler

    freewheeler Been here awhile

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    JD ... Would you do me a favor .... Measure the wheel base on the Versys ... and the Ninja ... I'm curious as to how much you gained ...
  16. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the bar riser is the Versys riser that mates to the Versys clamps. it's a proprietary setup for this bike and something i wanted to keep for this build if i could. very strong, much better than stock clamps with aftermarket risers.

    the bars are ProTaper SE ATV High, and are a perfect bend for the riding position i like for long travel days. the silver bars on the bike are a little beat, so i ordered new bars in platinum.
  17. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Don't worry JD, I'm sure you'll do just fine.

    Ohlins, FGK 30mm piston and springs. Non gas charged cartridge, rebound in one leg compression in the other. Getting a shock and a mortgage on the house. (jk about the mortgage.)

    David
  18. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    The build looks very nice. You won't need to hide this horse behind the barn.

    David
  19. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    will do. can't see it in the photo, but you can't miss it if standing there.
  20. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    damn, ya ain't foolin' around there!

    local guy and wife ride the 800, and when asked about whether his wife was getting something real nice and expensive for Christmas, he replied-

    "Yup, she sure is."

    "Jewelry?"

    "Nope."

    "What, then?"

    "Ohlins."