CRF500L build #3 - The Brit remix

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by Scutty, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Oyabun

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    As per the service manual, the engine weights 52.7 kg dry. If the TB or other accessories BV are calculated with idk
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  2. 11motos

    11motos Feral Rider

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    Thanks for the info!!!
    Very light engine yet reliable and smooth.
    With this thread first thing came to mind was the KLE 500 that was 192kg(423lbs) wet.
    IMO this bike build is how a true dual sport twin should be engineered and there is no doubt it can be done with available components and w/o over engineering things.
    Truth is I never understood the 250cc fetish in the USA. The 250 has to work hard and still falls short. 400 or 500 (+ twin on top) feels perfect for a machine the average
    working man is going to enjoy.
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  3. digger2

    digger2 A cad & a bounder

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  4. MotoPolo

    MotoPolo So many places, so little time Supporter

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    The Ohlins shock is in and looks AWESOME!!!! I haven't ridden it yet but just from sitting on it I can tell it's going to make a huge difference


    Scutty - how are you liking this shock - I am considering using it on my build. Do you know what the total rear wheel travel on the CFR 250L is?

    thanks
  5. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    The shock is brilliant - it transforms the bike, the second best mod (after the new engine!).

    The CRF has 9.4" rear travel apparently but I've not measured it myself. I do know that the bike sits a lot better on the Ohlins shock and RT forks.
  6. 11motos

    11motos Feral Rider

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    I am waiting to see if anyone releases a light dual sport bike like the versys 300 but with a bit more bite and suspension perhaps.
    Perhaps a versys 400... who knows but otherwise I am taking notes on your wonderful project so when the time comes and get
    lucky with parts I can tackle something similar.
  7. totensiebush

    totensiebush re-tarded

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    I agree, the Ninja 400 seems to have next to no downsides vs the 300, so a Versys 400 would be a nice thing to see (especially if they put decent boingers on it, or at least something better than early 80s tech)
  8. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    Would not be hard at all to take a v300x and splap 21" front along with 10" fork. As for the rear. Super easy to swap a rear shock with longer stroke to get 10". And a 18" woild also be fairly easy.
  9. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    But its still going to weigh north of 180kgs
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  10. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    i got my wifes v300x down to 362lb's wet. 350lb's wet is totally possible as i mention at the end of the thread.
  11. Scutty

    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    How have you shaved 12kgs off that bike? Also the comment was regarding a 400 Nija engined version, which isn;t going to be lighter than the 300 unit.
  12. Oyabun

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    As per the versys 300 thread the 400 engine seems to be slightly lighter than the 300 one.

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  13. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    i actually shaved off more like ~35lb's off the bike, but after added crash bars, skid plate and various other bits brought the weight back up to 362lb's.

    did you not read my v300x build thread scutty?
    http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/versys-300x-adventure-build.1274086/#post-33957289
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    michaelkozera Long timer

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    exactly, ninja 400 is ~20lb's lighter then the ninjia 300.
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    Scutty Talent-limited bike builder and rider Supporter

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    Website says the 400 is 8.8 lbs lighter and that isn't necessarily all from the engine?

    I did follow your build Michael, I am amazed that the Versys is almost the same weight as my CRF.
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    I just went onto the kawasaki.ca web page.

    States ninjia 400 abs is 166kg.

    States ninjia 300 abs is 174kg.

    Thats 8kg diffenerence. As i said ~20lbs.

    The "~" symbol means "approximately" . Since when i do the real conversion 8kg actully is 17.637 lb
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    And still is a 300.
    Best bet on that one is to wait for the 400 vx and hopefully will give a few extra mm. of travel.
  18. J_B

    J_B Mid-life Crisis

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    Crf500L boys. , I have the frame completer and engine in , now just working through the wiring harness which isn’t as daunting as I imagined thanks to all your good pics,

    Just wondering how you mounted the ignition switch and HISS?? - it’s a chunky item

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  19. flipflopdog

    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    JB, I believe I’m the only other one using a HISS ring. If your using the standard CRF top yolk then it’s a doddle but if your asking about the ignition switch itself then I guess your not...?? The CB ignition switch will bolt straight in place, for the HISS ring there are two existing blind mounting holes accessed from underside, of you drill these through and tap them out 4mm you then can position the ring and fix from above using some nice s/s caps. That’s what I did. Works fine.


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  20. J_B

    J_B Mid-life Crisis

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    not Sure if the Australian CB has a different ignition but the mounting bolts won’t line up with the holes in the CRF yoke ,

    Also I thought it needed to incorporate the HISS to make the whole thing work ?

    Is it possible to junk the hiss and just wire in the CRF ingnition switch.