Versys 300x adventure build

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by michaelkozera, Dec 27, 2017.

  1. 79thunder

    79thunder Been here awhile

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    Thanks Samtech,
    I'll look into the Cerakote, the finish looks good to me. I don't think I've ever heard of it and don't know if I can get it locally.
    As long as the smell goes away once cured, that won't bother me.


    That reminds me of a friend I have who refinishes furniture, that when referring to urethane and water based finishes he feels that
    "If it doesn't stink, I don't trust it !!"

    So, I'm guessing that if it really stinks that bad, It must be good stuff!
  2. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    It's mail order. A little goes a long, long way too. You don't cut it with anything and you just pour it in and shoot it.
    Thing is, you have to blast it first, keep it completely oil free (finger prints) and shoot it all in one coat. It's wicked thin and the coating thickness is very low. If you over do it it looks like shit and your back to blasting.
    Finger prints also show up... IMG_7451.JPG
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  3. 79thunder

    79thunder Been here awhile

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    Gotchya, Thanks!
  4. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    you can buy it in 10ft-25ft rolls. something like 20$ on ebay

    yes , tig. with stainless steel filler.
  5. OHjim

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    Do you use 312? Or straight SS 308 or 316?
  6. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    Can't speak for Mikey but I used 308 for 304 and Er-70 for transitions from mild steel to 304.
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    totensiebush re-tarded

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    The troll even suggested a ride height reduction instead. I guess he somehow didn't notice the ride height reduction, or thinks it should be lowered to where it has 2" ground clearance.
  8. Samtech79

    Samtech79 Two wheeled lunatic

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    It got flushed.
    ... I was hoping I was going to get to use the "Kiss your Momma-cousin-sister with that mouth" line on him...
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  9. 79thunder

    79thunder Been here awhile

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    Looks like I can find Cerakote at gun shops. We've got gun shops!!
    It looks like a couple in my area that carry/apply Cerakote.
    Thanks Samtech, I think that's worth looking into.
  10. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    got a skid plate mock up out of cardboard made.


    figured id go for maximum coverage and make it wide to protect everything including shift lever and brake lever.


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    pardon the exhaust, as its not done yet, still has to be touched up , cleaned and polished.
  11. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    bike with skid plate sits at just about 5.6" ground clearance.



    but assuming i can skim it and get it to 6" of ground clearance should be enough for off roading.

    the important part is the skid plate is gonna be very substantial , so she wont have any issues with damaging it or the bike.





    the skid plate will also be mounting to the frame both in the back and front, thus it will act like a "pseudo" double cradle frame, helping frame rigidity when off roading.


    what you guys think?
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  12. Atalanta89

    Atalanta89 Been here awhile

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    Looking forward to seeing more of that skid plate.
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    Holes for oil filter, drain? Holes for exhaust - cat heat ventilation, oil pan cooling? Love the build.

    :*sip*
  14. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    there is enough room to remove both with the plate on, but it will be kinda a mess and tight squeeze with ur hand. best to just remove the plate as with most bikes.

    there will various drilled holes for ventilation, both for exhaust and oil pan.
  15. 79thunder

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    Skid plate looks good... Although I prefer to use cardboard from empty beer cases.
    The slope at the front should help get the bike up and over any big stuff.
    I like the wrap around side deflectors.

    I agree that removing the skid plate for oil changes isn't a concern, it should be removed once in a while
    to clean out mud, rocks and roadkill.

    I have no idea how many slots or holes to put in the plate for air flow.
    That's where I'm at with my skid plate, looking for that balance between adequate air flow and strength/protection.
    I've been drawing holes on the cardboard.
  16. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    skid plate is all done.

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    weighs in a 2632g (5.8lb) including screws, pretty heavy for an aluminum skid plate i know but i wanted maximum protection/ coverage. and at 4.7mm (3/16") thick 6061 she can land the entire bike on a pointy rock and i am confident the plate will survive.


    ground down the welds/edges.

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    next, sanded the entire plate smooth.

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    3 bolts hold the entire plate on. two in the back and the front bolt is that long one that attaches the engine to the frame. ( so total of 4 mount points).

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    reminds me of one of those dakar bikes with the massive skid plate

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    exhaust shield flows nicely with the plate.

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    oil changes will be a breeze, just take out both back bolts and the plate pivots forward. EZ

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  17. rockt

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    Holy sh-t, man, you've outdone yourself! That thing is a work of art. Yeah it's heavy, but with the parameters you set out and met, you wouldn't be able to make it much lighter. And it's low on the bike so she won't even notice that weight.
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  18. Ken in Regina

    Ken in Regina Long timer Supporter

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    What he said!

    ...ken...
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  19. HeadinSouth

    HeadinSouth Adventurer

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    Wow love the skid plate, nice work!
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    We used 309 to join stainless to mild.

    Great job on the build !