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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    question has been asked, and the answer was that with the OEM muffler in undamaged and unmolested condition, it satisfies that requirement. i say "unmolested" because these mufflers have been split, decatted, and welded back together.

    i happen to like the OEM setup, even though heavy. it's quiet, robust, and tucked away under the bike so that the panniers can be fitted tight to the bike with less chance of major damage if ya flop that poor moto.

    these bikes weigh 400, and if your experience is like mine, your added ground clearance with the big suspension tends to keep the muffler away from hazards on road conditions where you could expect to run a 400 pounder. the V649 has been in some nasty stuff over the last 30K, and the last time i looked, nary a scratch.

    plenty of water crossings, no problems, and i also like the fact that i can throw a floor jack under the thing and lift the bike if necessary.
  2. 4play

    4play Next?

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    Thanks!
    I was hoping to hear the stock system was legal. I agree with all of the attributes you mentioned for the stock system. I don't care for the weight, but it's carried so low I doubt anyone would notice the difference. One gallon less fuel in the tank would be about the same weight difference & carried much higher...
  3. p0diabl0

    p0diabl0 Been here awhile

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    Really? Is this due to your modifications or is the stock Ninja muffler just that strongly attached?
  4. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    my header and muffler are both OEM and use the stock mounting points.

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    the ER6/Versys mufflers are strongly built by design and fabrication, so lifting with a floor jack causes no harm, although i place a block of wood between the muffler and lift pad on the jack.

    i've changed rear tires many times while traveling by lifting the moto this way, either balancing the bike on the jack, or dropping the bike onto conventional automotive jack stands via the paddock stand bobbins. the bike could be lifted with any style of jack, but floor jacks are seemingly found everywhere. for a traveling moto, those bobbins are an important accessory, and also work with my shop built adjustable trail jack.

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  5. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    here's a pretty cool deal that recently came up...

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    i've been "commissioned" to deliver the bike in the photo, together with all the gear, to Anchorage. an inmate here had a big trip scheduled, work got in the way (seems to happen alot), and rather than miss the entire trip, decided to have me run his bike up to Alaska. he'll fly in later, pick it up, and continue on his route.

    seems logical...i know these bikes front to back and don't even need a map to get there.

    fly-ride-fly, a first for me. i feel that ol' rock-n-roll fever comin' on.
  6. 4play

    4play Next?

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    Yeah, but no cop motor :evil
  7. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    i'll make do, it's only 4000 miles of mountains and north country, i think i can stand it for that long.
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    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Sounds like a nice trip. Have fun. You coming through this area?

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  9. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    a little west of you. PM sent.
  10. fasteddiecopeman

    fasteddiecopeman Been here awhile

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    Dave - glad you posted that pic. I'll try to "keep an eye out for you" in Dawson.
    :clap
  11. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Do I infer correctly that you'll be at D2D? I will be there (doG willing & the creek don't rise).

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  12. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    Via phone...out on a ride.
  13. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    ok, i'll watch for some old Canuckistanian dude that smells like whisky and rides a green bug, er, hornet.
  14. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    if the creek had risen much farther the last couple days...

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    i was on the WR, but i think the V649 could have crossed this route, although it would have been a handful. roads extremely rough due to rains, creeks running high and fast.

    (photo courtesy of WayneJ, and he met misfortune crossing one of these the next day)


    as far as D2D, i might swing by, but briefly. i'll be on the run.
  15. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    I'd enjoy meeting you.
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    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    Did the PM help you out? -David
  17. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    thanks for the route info. i was away from my maps until i got home, now i can look things over in more detail. i've been on some of those roads for sure. i do need to stay on pavement (mostly), street tires and time factors not in my favor as i scoot north.
  18. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    There aren't that many paved North South routes through Montana, I imagine you've seen a number of them. :lol3

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    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    true

    ...and speaking of north/south roads, the Cassier is closed, again. i ain't going to be a bit happy if it's closed when i fly by.
  20. MTrider16

    MTrider16 Ridin' in MT

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    :lol3 Really, ALL the north south roads in Montana? Hwy 7 through Baker, 191 through Malta?

    You have really bad luck with the Cassier. Hopefully it will go better.