14 650Wee build...RTW focused!

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Dalmatino, Aug 31, 2019.

  1. Dalmatino

    Dalmatino Been here awhile

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    I started this project a year ago but resisted posting the build because I figured it would drag out too long...my prediction was correct lol. So a fair warning it could be slow still.

    So after building a new 15 DL1000 (was a tossup between it or 650) with typical "add on everything but the kitchen sink" mantra and adding on at least 60lbs I realized it wasn't the way to go...neither with the 1000 or the gear. For me the extra power wasn't worth the extra weight but mostly wasn't the trade-off for much lighter, nimbler and smoother 650. So out the door it went and in came a used 14 DL650 with slight cosmetic damage for a very reasonable price. Perfect platform!

    Out with the new and porky!
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    In with the old and skinny..er!
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    The goal is to keep it as light as possible and prep it for RTW capability. Hopefully it well see SA within next year or so.

    I started by building a custom aluminum rear rack (getting rid of that plastic thing)!
    Hardly any more weight added but now I can load up the top box.
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    Delkovic Exhaust was added primarily to save a good chunk of weight but more importantly to narrow down the right side which it did considerably!
    20180811_100635.jpg It sounds fantastic and is not loud at all...thank God because I want the bike as quite as possible!

    Now I had to do something about the boat anchor passenger pegs!
    SV650 was kind enough to donate it's :)
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    Seat was done by Volker's out of Edmonton AB. He does great work!

    I've come to a realization that for me best scenario for luggage is a good lockable plastic top box and a set of Mosko Moto 80l soft paniers over the seat and that's it!
    I plan on a tool tube which is yet to be designed/made and basic small light side racks just to keep the bags sturdy and off the bodywork/exhaust.

    This is as far as I got last fall before cold, work and travel brought everything to a grinding holt.



    I got back last week and figured I better get at it quick before it starts all over again.
    Patiently waiting!
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    TLR Race bike anyone? ;)

    So, I got at it and installed this kick ass top of the line TFX Adventure shock from TFX in Holland. It's a beauty! Thanks Hans!
    While I was there I took apart all the linkage and swing arm, cleaned and regressed everything.
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    I had Too Trick racing (thanks Al) in BC install a complete Cogent package (thanks Rick) in the front forks. Also Swapping out the steering stem bearings for tapered ones and having the T-clamps powder coated satin black along with my tail rack and passenger peg setup.
    The complete header system is being ceramic coated in satin black also.

    Cleaned up the rotors and installed SS braded lines.
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    Now a bit of a wait for the stuff to come back from coaters...hopefully by mid week.

    Also waiting on;
    520 sprockets and chain from sprocket specialists (15/49)
    Hyde bash plate
    Adaptor plates for sv1000 calipers
    Buell Ulysses foot pegs
    PCV

    Still to do;
    Install electrical stuff (heated grips, power outlets, auxiliary fuse box, extra led tail light etc.)
    Make tool tube
    Replace antifreeze and brake fluid
    Do the 24k valve check and check/sync the throttle bodies

    I'm sure there's few more things...

    Hope someone finds this somewhat interesting and/or informative lol
    I'll try my best to be prompt with updates as things happen.

    Cheers :beer
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  2. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    I had 2015 wee which expired last November coming back from Mexico.. didn't make last 11mi lost fight to a deer. Had 73k at that point. Nice bike it would be fine as long as you are not planning to ride from Urique to Bata on it.

    You need to go through what you be carrying; weight in top case makes huge difference good luck.
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  3. Motomantra

    Motomantra Registered Lurker

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    Digital volt meter.
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  4. Dalmatino

    Dalmatino Been here awhile

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    Hope you got through that well!
    What did you replace it with?

    I got ya regarding the weight in top case. I figure I need the top case for things that should be under the lock and soft bags just pick up and go.
    My idea of riding SA is a bit different. I plan on spending months at a time in same country living and exploring and slowly moving on. When I'll be living in an area for a while top box is there for every day use. At some point when I have to go back I'll just leave the bike and come back in few months to continue. This is why I chose the Wee versus say a DR650 for this trip. Comfortable, good for two up and 75% tarmac use. I don't plan on any real gnarly off road stuff.

    Fill me in on Urique to Bata?
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  5. Dalmatino

    Dalmatino Been here awhile

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    Thanks Motomantra, got one in plan!
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  6. cyclopathic

    cyclopathic Long timer

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    It's technically a road 70km in Cooper canyon; last guy I know of who did it on wee did it in 11 hours and bent headers badly.

    It's dr650 territory.
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  7. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    @Dalmatino
    get rid of the front cast rim...softer than warm cheese. The spoked rims from the XT will be a slightly better choice. Failing that, bring a 19" tube and tools to swap in.

    We bent two of the two DL650s that came on the ID BDR...on the 1st day.
    [​IMG]

    Oh ya...call me when you get in...need to talk about that SV frontend..otherwise...carry on.

    you brought the thou back with you? or left it in the home state??
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  8. Dalmatino

    Dalmatino Been here awhile

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    It's got to be the riders lol.
    I'll be safe from bending any rims if I don't go on any rides with you guys :rofl
    We'll catch up soon..
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  9. Greg the pole

    Greg the pole There are no stupid questions, only stupid people

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    Dammit man! Always blame the equipment!
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  10. Dalmatino

    Dalmatino Been here awhile

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    Update with more progress in last week.
    Stuff came back from powder coaters, Hyde bash plate arrived plus the caliper adapters with new pads.
    Got busy with all that and had the valves checked and adjusted. Few exhaust valves ware on the tight side so shimmed accordingly.
    Threw in new plugs, air filter and water coolant.

    Powder coated top and bottom triple.
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    Ceramic coated the whole header system and powder coated the passenger foot pegs.
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    Wired in the PC5 and PC8 accessories fuse block along with the Oxford heated grip power wire..
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    Hoping to have things pretty much together by end of this week if my 520 chain and custom sprockets from sprocket specialists come in.

    On a side note...Last week had an unexpected guest pop up and make itself at home.
    Says he wants a makeover too :-)
    Shit never ends lol..
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