V649HP-Kawasaki's new gravel runner

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

  1. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    So when are you going to point that Rat bike towards destinations west?

    David
  2. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i'm not familiar with either bike so i have no idea how easy it would be to make that swap. seems the ex250 would a good runner with the OEM motor and the changes you decided on, wheels and suspension.
  3. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    be in august, i'm swamped until then. no dates set yet.

    you happy with the 800 suspension now?
  4. BuffWv

    BuffWv Long timer

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    I can see a set of bike pedals on this thing :rofl
  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    going down my short list, i had to mount the power outlets to the bar riser bolts. i had already turned the outlets around 180 in the bracket for use with the Verrsys tank, but when i went to mount the bracket...oops, the upper bolts are spaced 10mm wider on center, now i need a new bracket instead of a 5 minute job.

    old on left, new on right.

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  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    and training wheels, it's child size.
  7. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    August sounds great. I'm swamped early this year also.

    :cry I haven't got the suspension on yet. If your mechanic has some free time I'll hire him.

    David
  8. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    so would i...if i could find him.
  9. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :lol3 Your kinda hard on the help. First the painter, then the glass man, and now the mechanic. :lol3
  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    yeah, got rid of all those SOBs...the next build is going to have some competent people.
  11. nuggets

    nuggets Fries with that?

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    Send them over to my place. They are loads better than my lousy work crew. :D
  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i would, but they're easily lost, never find the place.
  13. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Well I finally bribed the mechanic with the promise of a ride tomorrow. Should be a balmy 45F with snow and rain.

    The pics.

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    The shock is new too. You might notice that something fell off during this operation.

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    Had to add something to keep the shock clean.

    I put the key in to start it up and take it for a test drive, and the battery is dead. :huh Guess I'll get to try it out tomorrow.

    David
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    missing canister and chainguard at least. man, parts coming off faster than you put the new ones on. you sure my mechanic didn't fly out there to lend a hand?

    that must be a hydraulic preload ohlins. is there an upgrade on the shock bolt that you do at the same time?

    sunny and 70 here, but i'm stuck changing an axle on one of my 10 ton tag trailers, bah. seal on the oil bath hub failed on the interstate and destroyed the spindle. first ever failure for me on one of those dexters, but they fabbed a complete new custom axle assembly from the ID tag and had it to me LTL in 5 days, pretty cool.
  15. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Chain gaurd is back on, the charcol canister is not. This morning its 39, w/ 50 mph wind and snow blowing. The interstate is closed. :huh

    Dexter seems to be a pretty good outfit. Hopefully your running soon.

    David
  16. grndzr0

    grndzr0 its Ground Zero

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    You need to get out more, I was up to Bozeman and back 2 weeks ago, and Great Falls and back this week. (Not sure quite what i am saying about myself, snow 3 of the 4 days.... probably should have taken the cage....)
    :tb
  17. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :lol3 I said the interstate is closed grndzr. Dang pricks in the bannana belt have to rub in the fact they are riding already. :wink:

    David
  18. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    What do you mean "riding already"? I never quit riding. :jkam

    It's funny - having grown up in Maryland, I get such a kick out of native Californians whinging and whining about "oooh, the weather is sooo cold". I just look at them and say "you have no idea how cushy the weather is here."
  19. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    swapped that heavy mofo in, a wrasslin' match, but i out cussed it and won.
  20. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    get your studded tires on there, extent the riding season another month.