Yet Another Budget Ninja Mutant Build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by draco_1967, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    It should deform before breaking. Milk jugs, motor oil jugs, even grocery bags are all HDPE. It's very tough to break without using a blade or tool.
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  2. 11motos

    11motos Feral Rider

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    In any case, perhaps you wan to cut the long piece in two a bolt them so in case it breaks in the middle of nowhere you can remove the head piece and attach it to the triple with bungees or something.
    Perhaps try that idea too so you could steer with all that attached

    It should be simple to do, or maybe don't worry ... I guess it is "the Murphy" in me.
  3. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    OK, where did I leave off? I made a lot of progress in the time I have had working from home. I go out and spend 30-40 min of my lunch break, then go out for 30-60 min after work is over at 3:30. Then usually another hour before bed. Not every day, though. I still spend lots of time with Mrs. Draco and Mini-me.
    Here he is helping in the garage: :clap
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    I got the nav tower together (mostly). I decided to ditch the big dash board, and just use a ram mount for the GPS above the clocks (not done yet). But I have all the electrical done, the tower tightened up, and the tail buttoned up. I do want to remake the luggage rack. I can't find a used SW Motech. Fleabay does have a Chinese knock-off, but I'm skeptical of quality. I'll probably roll my own. It doesn't need to hold a lot, it just needs to be a place to strap my Green Chile soft rack to.

    I also made a puck/lift for the kickstand with some scrap HDPE. It isn't pretty, but it does the job until I can take the welding class (it was canceled due to Covid :()

    Aux electrical
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    Wiring in the tower:
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    Let there be light!
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    Kickstand's new platform heel:
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    I feel good about the lean angle:
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    Tower completed and view from the seat
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  4. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    Another update!
    I am close to done, other than paint. I do need to change the front tire. The Vstrom wheel came with an 8-year-old Aneke 3 on it.

    The windshield and front fender are mounted.
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    The Quality Assurance Manager approves!
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    I also did a new rear rack I didn't like the fitting of the Givi rack.
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    Now, I am torn when it comes to color. I do like the green, but I am kinda wanting to paint it tan (Toyota Tacoma Quicksand). I tried to get close, but it should be a little darker What say ye?
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  5. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    The tan looks way better than the green, but a darker tan would look better. Keep in mind that your visibility to other drivers will plummet with the tan- even more so than with the lime green.
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  6. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    Very true! The lime green would be easier to spot when I get lost in the desert too...:imaposer

    I will think on it a while yet. Maybe for now I'll just touch up the rashed side of the bike with green.
  7. 11motos

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    you are going to get a lot of expert opinions about colors!! lol
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  8. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    Took it for a spin this afternoon on my lunch break. First time it's been out since December, I think. It feels pretty good. I had no rear brake. I forgot to bleed it after changing the stock banjo bolt for a pressure switch bolt :muutt. I bled it already, but will have to take it out again to make sure it works well again. I forgot how weak the front brake is compared to my other bike with dual disks, and almost blew through a stop sign :lol3

    The green does look pretty good in the sun...
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    ETA: I took it for another spin, and the rear brake was working, but not 100%. I took a closer look. The foot peg spring was interfering with the full travel of the brake lever. It was only a couple of mm, but it was enough. I removed the spring, and now it's great.
  9. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    I've gone on a few more short rides on lunch breaks, and I am really liking the changes.

    I played around in Photoshop some more to get it closer to the tan I want, and I think I am going to go tan. I really like the look. I ride as if I am invisible anyway, so I don't think I'll lose much safety over the green.
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  10. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    Judging by that recycling bin in the background, I think you're safer out on the streets than being parked! :lol3
  11. 11motos

    11motos Feral Rider

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    Love it!!
    It should be very simple to make a plastic fairing for under the tank if you also back it with some aluminum sheet for rigidity. Recycle your recycling bin behind? lol

    Also take a look at this white pearl from VW.... Cadillac has also one that is very nice between white and light cream.


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  12. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    What 11motos said, I see some mounting tabs in the triangular part of that frame that you could make a fairing to fit.
  13. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    Haha, yeah the can is brittle from old age, and last time the garbage truck lifted it, it collapsed! I need the city to come take it away.

    I have thought about a little fairing. I think that will be next winter's project.
    That VW color is nice!

    Yep, the old fairing frame mounts will be perfect for that.
  14. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    Well, I've ordered the materials to spray some desert tan urethane on the dirt ninja! It's close in color to the Toyota, but a little cheaper since it's an off the shelf color.
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    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    Well, it's been a while since the last update. I went on a little ride a couple weeks ago up a canyon that becomes dirt. The Dirt Ninja does a great job!
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    This weekend I painted. It looks great from 10' away :lol3
    I made a lot of mistakes, and many of them show on close inspection. I'm good with it, since this bike will see some abuse, and probably get sleepy.

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  16. 11motos

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    Love the color and the way it came out.
    you are truly a pro!
  17. draco_1967

    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    Thanks! You probably wouldn't say that if you saw it up close! :rofl
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    it is probably better than fine and would need glasses anyway. just need the sakiwaka logo back!
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    draco_1967 Spoon!

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    I do have a decal on the way for the tank...:deal
  20. greasyfatman

    greasyfatman Long timer

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    Would two left forks allow you to run a second caliper? How did you have duals on the other bike?