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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    just a photochop made to look like a design study. still interesting.
  2. Easy-Z

    Easy-Z Me wanna be

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    Yep. Light bikes are always more funner-er.
  3. ultrasardine

    ultrasardine Sooo many meters!

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    Probably true... To be honest, looks prettier to me than the traditional café racers!
  4. JAFO

    JAFO displaced Jeep guy.....

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    Seconded!!

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  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    if you use this platform, the ptwin with either the Versys or ER6 frame, for a street bike build, the idea is to showcase that motor...don't hide it like is necessary with an offroad bias bike where you include protection, like bars and gravel guards.

    that motor sitting in a minimalist frame is impressive, and it's hard to go wrong if you have a cohesive design concept.
  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    about to add another small report in the 2012 section...

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    my bike builds have spent 90% of their miles hauling a full load of gear, and the bikes have done very well in that instance. it's fun to get that gear off once in awhile. it's like unsnappin' the leash from that big ol' hound dog and lettin' it run.
  7. rw4x4van

    rw4x4van East Coast Rider

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    jdrocks

    Could you give the pro and cons when choosing between the Versys or ER6 bikes for a conversion like yours...
  8. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    if you want a bike similar to the V649 build, then you're looking for a Versys project bike for a very good price. the DRZ forks are an easy swap into the Versys clamps, then add an R1 shock/custom spring, put together a 17/19 wheel set with a brake solution and front fender, and you're riding a capable DS type bike. you can keep as much as you want of the stock lighting, or go naked with some other concept. 5 gallon Versys tank, better OEM seat, better footrest position. the work is all very well documented and easy to do.

    if you're building a bike with a lot of custom features, then you're just looking for a cheap Versys or Ninja with a lot of OEM parts you can sell to offset the cost of purchasing the parts you intend to use.
  9. rw4x4van

    rw4x4van East Coast Rider

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    Thanks JD.....I found and have been reading your other ADV articles and also the one on Versys forum....phew!:lol3
  10. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    heck, in the same amount of time it takes to wade through all that stuff, ya could have built the bike and gone on a big trip.
  11. rw4x4van

    rw4x4van East Coast Rider

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    ... but as my father always said, ..."your getting an education son"
  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    hope you kept notes, might be a quiz.
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    rw4x4van East Coast Rider

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    :thumb

  14. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Need to send that durn hurricane this direction to give ol' Smokey the Bear a fighting chance with these fires.

    David
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    rw4x4van East Coast Rider

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  16. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    no luck for you, that system stays east. how was the trip? i need some photos to remind me of the places the V649 didn't go this year.
  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    the LSL was dynoed at 87, but i think for the rat DS builds, you could bump to 75-80 and be very happy. the bike runs fine at 70hp using the cop motor, so i wouldn't want any motor mods that would in any way decrease reliability.

    some nice fabrication work in that link. i'd like to meet DeCoster too.
  18. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Trip starts the 7th. I'll try to keep the camera handy.
  19. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    looks like some rain from a different system got to your riding area. you trailering or riding over there?
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    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    I'm riding, my friends are bringing smaller bikes and will trailer over with one of the guys toy hauler. Then we are going to ferry the trailer with us each day. Yep, we're hard core. :rofl

    I think they got a little rain. We'll see how it goes.

    David