V649HP-Kawasaki's new gravel runner

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

  1. mpowers

    mpowers Been here awhile

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    Well now we know why we haven't heard from ya, lol. I still haven't fixed up the mrs enja from her first off road test weekend and your off building another one!
  2. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    hey mike, ya better get that bike shined up, might have people banging on the door wanting to look at it after the holidays.

    if PM count is an indicator, there's a lot of interest in your lower ride height version. then there's the gal yesterday who is rounding up all the parts to build tonymorr's version of the rat ninja for herself. hope she comes back with a photo.

    so i should be painting some parts, but i'm still waiting on some things to show up so i can shoot it all at once.

    at least i'm painting something...touching up the paint on canada goose decoys.

    show and tell at McD this spring, look forward to seeing you both.
  3. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i've had the parts bike in the shop for awhile now, and it's been a distraction. there was no opportunity to start it when i got it because of the damaged generator cover, so other than satisfying myself that it had compression, i didn't know 100% whether the damn thing would run.

    i caught a break from holiday obligations and mounted a new cover and fixed some other stuff the PO damaged. some people are just plain dumb when it comes time to turn a wrench.

    new oil and filter, charged the battery, added seafoam, and hit the starter. cranked for two seconds, then lit right up. nothing unusual, runs great. what a relief. let it idle for an hour, then changed oil again.

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  4. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Checking in to see how your doing JD. Hope you had a great Christmas and here's to a happy New Year! :freaky

    David
  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    thanks, same to ya.

    family headed home tomorrow, might have time to spray the frame.
  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    frame painted hotrod black in acrylic enamel. i hate painting frames. all those tubes and brackets, hard to get real good coverage and i usually find a spot or two where i could have gotten a better blush. looks pretty good from ten feet...and has twice the amount of paint that the factory put on there.

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    now i can start bolting this thing together.
  7. squirley

    squirley punk in drublic

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    JDROCKS!!! Keep up the great work man, your an inspiration! If I owned Kawasaki, I would fire some people in the corner office to make room for you!
  8. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    that's a scary thought...besides, i'm supposed to be retired.

    stay tuned, bolting this beast back together.
  9. KLRnit

    KLRnit Adventurer

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    great job guys on the builds
  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    thanks. you should be wishing for a 649HP swap instead.
  11. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i've used a Versys shock on the Ninja 650R builds previously where the Ninja frame was used, and that shock actually works pretty well. this Showa shock uses a 16kg/mm spring, is about an inch longer than the 650R shock, and has damping adjustment.

    Ninja shock left, Versys shock right. you would never confuse the two.

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    i'm looking at some shock options, but until i settle on something, i'll mount the Versys shock. a full custom shock for this build is not in the budget, so the new shock has to be better than the Versys and cheap.
  12. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    Ohlins makes one! :D

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  13. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :lol3 - sorry this just tickled my funnybone for some reason.

    David
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    ya really do need a riotous sense of humor around this place...
  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    so, got the frame, got the swingarm, got a shock to tie things together and now it looks like this...new style Ninja swingarm on the Versys frame.

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    i needed to clearance the front lip of the lower shock mount about 2mm to ease the bolt through. they changed the shape of the mount just enough to make a tight fit. no problem.

    now i need a front suspension and some wheels and i'll have a roller.
  16. tragerbon

    tragerbon Been here awhile

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    That's looks hot !
    I want to see the front forks in place, what will they be...will the two spacers From earlier in this thread be holding them in place ?
  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i should have forks and wheels on in a few days. some business stuff is going to interrupt my bike building.
  18. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    I meant it to be funny! Nice build jd! :clap

    SamM
  19. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    thanks. you should be working on that Ural rig while the KLR is out getting built.
  20. dentvet

    dentvet Long timer

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