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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    yikes, a KLR rear fender on the front of a VStrom, what's the world coming to?

    with the DL1000 wheel on the front this rat, there's not much mystery about what yours would look like.

    i'll let ya know if i decide to make up a couple.
  2. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    Tried out a set of 17in EX500 rims on the KLR today the front will have to go on backwards unless I can figure out how to turn the forks around and have the front brake hose to not kink. Go any hints
  3. glitch_oz

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    Right you are!!

    Here's a part of a Strom rear fender on the front of a......whatever.:lol3
    Gladius Headlight, modded KTM- high guard, cut-down and bi-sected OEM front guard mounted to forkbrace

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    With alum-mesh infill-cover....the mesh will be black in the end, like the checkerplate-cheeks.
    Work in progress......s l o w progress, that is :freaky

    Love your work, mate....AWESOME!!!
  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    last i heard, those wheels were destined for the ex250. you scrap that project and decide to motard a KLR instead? don't know what that wheel looks like exactly, but the rotor should be on the correct side, then it's just a bracket to make a caliper fit.
  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    sometimes i think Oz must be the center of the universe for rat bike builds. you guys see a part and think "hmmm, i can make that work." high/low fender setup, we're thinking along the same lines.

    what material is used to fab the "cheeks"?
  6. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    Its on the wrong side. The ex500 wheels look good I may get the spacers made for Laural
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  7. glitch_oz

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    Underneath it's the OEM ABS- panels, cut'n shut muiltiple times and heat-moulded around the tank-cheeks.
    Filled and smoothed with contact-glue bonded heat-mouldable EVA (the mid-sole material of your Nike's etc), finished off with a contact-glued marine-vinyl (diamond pattern, often showing up as c/f in photos).

    2-2.5 full days of work in a pair.:freaky
  8. IndianJoe

    IndianJoe Little Lebowski Achiever

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    That looks like serious fun. I love it.
  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    wheels are one thing, but man, i'm not so sure about that caliper location. sorry to miss ya at LF, have a schedule conflict for that weekend.
  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    interesting approach, never seen that done before.
  11. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    thanks, it is serious fun.

    the gal in the photo is a rider and wanted to take the rat bike home with her, but claimed a different 650 from the fleet and took that one home instead...and now i understand that the hubby is cruising around on her new bike while making pretend check rides.
  12. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    It just dawned on me that an inmate has a factory rear KLR rim only for sale on here I may check into it. The caliper does not fly with me either but man it handles the turn faster now I will get tired of it and change it later.
    Just took another look and I will go without my speedo for now, going to swap the forks back around The gps will do for now...
  13. fredgreen

    fredgreen Proud Canoodian

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    You trying to bait me here JD. All I get to do to that bike is wrench it... no riding on it. We are going riding tomorrow, I'll post a pic later in the weekend.
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    no riding, just wrenching, ok...it's just that the entire ADV universe is on the alert for unauthorized use of that bike.
  15. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    Here ya go now if I can get the extra rear rim I will be set. My Garmin will have to do for now. Funds fell short on the Ninja
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  16. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the front is mounted backwards? and why do you need a rear wheel?
  17. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    I found a factory spoke wheel for sale I may lace it up on the stock front hub. I like the way it rides and handles with the 17 on 17 set up. I just buy 2 rear tires now at a time.. Its not as nice as your build but as close as my wallet is going to let me get..
  18. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    now i understand what you have in mind.

    as far as the money end of it goes on the rat bike, my idea is always to do it on the cheap...not much in the way of brand new anything in these builds.
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    BuffWv Long timer

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    :D
    Might have found a ex500 engine for the 250.:evil
  20. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    phase one winding down on this rat build. the bike runs really well, and i just have a short list of minor items to complete. phase two is the armor and panniers, but as i was moving things around in the shop, i took a minute for an "after" photo of the super cheap parts bike that donated the cop motor and related parts to this build.

    not much left, and what is left seems impossibly small. the rat is way taller all the way around.

    now to sell some parts...

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