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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    i like my 1450 pelicans and they fit these bikes perfectly. compact and mount in tight. the side load never bothered me and i just used the "green" cloth shopping bags for liners, usually free or less than a buck.

    i've held up on a gear order while i think about it some more. the pelicans might end up on there yet, or i have two other options in the mix. i'm trying to balance the basic load out requirements with total weight and how the weight is distributed. durability and cost are in there too.
  2. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i'm using the DL1000 front wheel, and as i've said before, this is a very versatile wheel for rat builders because bearings are available all the down to 15mm and a variety of cheap rotors in different sizes will bolt right up.

    the rotor on the left is a 290mm SV650 rotor and on the right is a 310mm DL 650 cut down to 300mm for use with the Versys calipers/forks. i'm using one of my 300mm rotors with the DRZ fork setup.

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    oops, got a little carried away with that cutting wheel and knocked the center right out of that SV rotor, glad it was cheap.

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    i'll turn that center section down to maximum diameter, mount it on the right side of the 19" DL wheel hub and use it for a block off plate to keep junk out of there.

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  3. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    looking at my list, i had "folding shifter" written down. the Motech bars protect the stock shifter pretty well, but a folding end would be better yet. i had an old KLR shifter, spring loaded end, and larger diameter peg which was good too. [​IMG] clipped the end off the KLR part and welded it on the stock Versys shifter. extended the arm 20mm at the same time so my boot fits in there better. [​IMG]
  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    next down the list was "folding brake", meaning i needed a folding end for the stock Versys pedal.

    on the last build, i made a new end for the OEM 650R pedal and i liked the bigger size, but it didn't fold and that made it less survivable.

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    so bigger and folding both, ok, i had a KLR250 folding footpeg that looked about the perfect size. cut it off the mount and cleaned it up.

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    cut the end off the stock pedal and carefully positioned the new KLR part.

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    aaaah, better all the way. hope it doesn't touch the ground, but i'm in good shape if it does.
  5. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Looks good, I'll be using that same folding end on my mutant. My old KLR shifter broke at the shaft mount somewhere in a Montana forest last year. Good thing I didn't throw it as far as could, which was the first thing that crossed my mind.
  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i think it's a good choice, and i like the larger diameter end. little 100 mile test run this morning, changes to both shifter and brake pedal work great.

    i really like the way your bike turned out. it has to be the new template for the full custom rat ninjas, and you know by now that the bike will fly with the cop motor.

    on a side note, stopped at a quikmart yesterday and a guy flat out did not believe me when i said the bike was built from a bunch of junk parts. he claimed it was an Aprilla, and was kinda pissed when i said he was wrong.

    you'll get the guessing game with your bike too.
  7. ktmklx

    ktmklx Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I think the bike will be a blast.

    That is quite a compliment, being mistaken for one of them sexy italian jobs!
  8. BSR

    BSR Happy at the back

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    Couldn't agree more. Superb example of form and function.
  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    that guy didn't know bikes beyond the HD tag.
  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    yeah, all that custom fab work, exhaust and the rest.
  11. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    damn, my poor gas tank...

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    filled the gas tank to check the range to the low fuel light, and i noticed a blister in the paint on the upper left rear. WTF? i thought at first i had spilled brake fluid or something on it. nope, the tank had a fuel leak.

    i cleaned it up and found a tiny crack at the spotweld which used to hold the bracket for the tank fairing. fixed it, but i'll ride around for awhile before i pull the tank off again to repaint it.
  12. fredgreen

    fredgreen Proud Canoodian

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    Just leave it alone.....it is a Rat Bike after all, doesn't look very ratty without a scuff or two..
  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    fixt.

    i think you must mean unintended scuffs. besides no one will mistake the rat for an Aprilla if i don't paint it.


    i still think you should bum some space on one of those CAF planes and fly the KLR out to Alberta in august. ya got desert camo on that bike, sorta milspec look, no one would know.
  14. fredgreen

    fredgreen Proud Canoodian

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  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    nice, i like how you send Shirley ahead to see how deep the water crossing is.
  16. C-Stain

    C-Stain Accredited Nincompoop

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    He does that so he knows how much electrical tape the V-Strom behind him will need to make repairs. :D
  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    my brand new set of panniers...

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    ok, that's where the money for the panniers went. actually, there are 5 new TKCs, the other F&R set are shipped north.

    on a budget, can't have everything, so i'll use my pelicans again with new mounts.
  18. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    one of the spares i carry on a long range trip is a spare front brake line. rather than find another used OEM DRZ400 line, i got a new braided line, so the line i got with the forks will be the spare.

    the DRZ brake line is a long one, so i expect to find improved feel.

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  19. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    yeah, well if ya hang with that KLR crowd, ya know that electrical tape, duct tape, and coat hanger wire will automatically end up on the Strom.
  20. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i carry extra fuel, and i could get 12L into these cans, worked pretty good the last couple years and i needed the fuel many a time.

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    with the ninja main tank i was carrying a little over 7 gal. the Versys tank used on this build is a 5 gal tank, so i still need fuel but i decided not to use the saddle cans this time. this bike is taller and i can see the need to provide more room for my legs and feet, plus i didn't want the weight of the cans and mounts when i am on a stretch where i wouldn't need fuel.

    i decided to try one of these, hope it works out.

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    this is the 3 gal size, so i'll have 8 gal max if i fill it up. weighs little, and i can roll it up and pack it away when i don't need it.