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've seen the Motechs used for 50% off catalog, and you can find even less expensive footrests, but the used Fastways in that price range are a bargain.
  2. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Real Rider

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    What a bike! :clap:clap:clap
  3. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    I've been extremely impressed with mine thus far.


    I'm having a little trouble finding someone to swap the spring on the R1 shock though, any suggestions? Nobody seems willing to do it.
  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    thanks. damn, that photo reminds me, better wash that thing, doesn't look even close to that right now. it's a big ball of mud.
  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    bum the strut spring compressor at your local auto parts store with the free "lend-a-tool" program, change your spring in the parking lot, give the tool back to them.

    bring some padding material so you don't scratch the powder coat on your new spring.
  6. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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    I am in the process of installing a 98 RM250 fork on my DR350. The RM and the DRZ forks are pretty similar. These things adjust like any other showa fork. Compression danmpening is the top center screw. Rebound dampening is the center screw on the bottom. Each leg is independent of the other (meaning each leg has it both its own compression and dampening function).

    Is this what you are asking. Or are you talking about revalving/springing.

    I have been looking for a manual to figure out how to service these and have not been able to. I might break down and by the entire workshop manual jsut for the fork service section.

    A little more detail I beleive the DRZ forks you have are 49mm single chamber forks. The DRZ did not get the dual chamber till 07(?). The RM got the dual chambers 96-98. But where USD before and after, as that is what the market wanted. The USB priors to 96 were so bad that they ran the conventional, till they got it right in 99.

    If you get more fork info post it. I keep an eye on this thread.

    Jsut noticed that you were looking for an 07...
  7. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    an inmate was kind enough to send me all the DRZ fork info i need. i'm going to check all the settings to see where they are, then tweak them a bit. i could continue running them as is and be happy with the performance, but i don't leave things alone for very long.

    one more time, these forks work great in this application. big tall bike, the mirrors are at eye level.
  8. pjm204

    pjm204 Long timer

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    I only have 2 issues with that suggestion. 1, where have you found a strut spring compressor for a car that will fit between the coils? 2, I know I tried using the harbor freight one on a 350lb KLR spring and the tool failed, this spring is over double that spring rate.

    I'm too young and too beautiful to die.

    The one shop I found that said they will do it wants at least $50
  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i'm ancient, and got this old by staying away from Harbor Freight.
  10. pjm204

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    and 15 minutes later I get it done at straus auto....hahaha let's see how the R1 shock is now.
  11. marguyo

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  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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  13. marguyo

    marguyo Adventurer

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    i send to you many picture ,enjoy ...

    thank you for your help
  14. DRjoe

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    Post them up here jd so we can all dream of our own
  15. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    will do. have an all day ride today, but tonight or tomorrow you'll see Mario's spoke wheel rat Versys. this Quebec rider has been very busy.
  16. tragerbon

    tragerbon Been here awhile

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    Thats sweet, really like that the original fairing set up is used.

    Hello Kawasaki...can you hear us now !


    QUOTE : marguyo

    my mount for a 2012 kawa versys 2007.20 000 km, 34 inch seat height, 9in 3/4 ride height, weight approx 440 lbs
    Autonomy 400 km test without too misaire, change rear wheel 18 inch, 21 inch suspention av drz 400 e, sw Motrec crash bar, luggage givi suport, home made aluminum suitcase 11 lbs for 38 liter each, LIFTED hand guard for the wind, carry handle heating, released 12 volt dash, 2 denali protection rad home made, home made skid plate,

    roughly resembles a ca ca!
  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    geez, you dudes are an impatient bunch. if i understand Mario correctly, he built his bike, assisted on another, and is ready to start a third mid month.

    Mario says via PM that he watched the ER6C and V649HP builds, sold his Buell, bought the Versys and got to work. he did a great job, the man has skills.

    as for the rest of you still on the sidelines, this guy is ready to start his third bike.
  18. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    one thing that Mario requested was that any minor issues with the French to English translation be cleaned up, oh well, tragerbon only speaks the corrupted Tejas version of spanglish and didn't get that memo. i guess everyone understands what Mario fabricated himself for this build.

    i've said previously that the easiest way to go big on the suspension is to use the 49mm Showas (DRZ400) in the Versys clamps, keep the rest of the front end. several builders have said they plan to do this, but Mario is the first to come back with a photo.

    if i understand Mario, the wheels are DRZ (18/21). maybe he can clarify on the source.

    plenty of work went into this bike, nicely done.

  19. marguyo

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    yes this is rear wheel 18 in drz stock with adaptor for sproket and disk breake,front is same adaptor for fit drz fork in stock versys clam,i made a long bolt for wheel ,and a shim for rotor brake and spacer ,i made too and adaptor for fix to lower triple clam a fender of my 07 klr (see on google *klr africa express* i built last year is lock same zebra)

    i made skide plate 100% home made in alu 1/8 plate and fix on crash bar with clam


    85 % built in solo, only metal work is made by a shop with my blue print .i change with a man change for change buell ulysse 06 48000 km for versys 07 15000 km .my firts fit i change only 2 wheels ;front is 100% made 21 in wheel with many parts for fit in stock fork and use only 1 caliper brake,rear made too 100% 17in wheel fit with no cushion same of mx bike with stock disk brake,

    is run great ,but only 5.5 on fork travel is low for hard use in trail ,cranking adjustment to max is ok


    after i made this bike and finish last week

    15 april 2012 am start and other project bike for a friend , i remove front for change for drz front fork same of my bike rear stay 17 in mx wheel and fit crash bar and skid plate ,and made too side case in 1/16 alu with braket for fit on givi rack


    probaly the front wheel a sale with all braket for a bolt on kit ,the price are not fix today

    a post 4 pict at jd rock for this set up

    in french i little bit better :huh
  20. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    Marguyo's bike is pretty NICE!! What's cool about these build's is anything goes. I put a set of crf 450 wheels on my build first but was worried about the front tire hitting the bottom triple tree so stuck with the ninja wheels with a tall fat tire.
    Took my bike for a short test ride (No front brake, throttle cables to short,no grips, just couldn't wait) and i think it's going to work out for my needs just fine. Hope to have it in the wind by the end of the month.