At It Again....Thinstrom 650

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by glitch_oz, Jul 26, 2007.

  1. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Prologue here:
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=248975

    Yes, he's back again....the crazy bastard who can't keep his hands off the Stroms.:wink:
    And after the 2 WTF1000s, the 650 is finally a starter.

    Let's see what the Damaged Vehicle Auctions spit out....

    Here we go then.....

    .... Gilders Transport in Brisbane did a GREAT job of picking the bike up and getting it down to Melbourne.
    All within 3 days !! :shock:
    Picked it up yesterday....and collected a quote for shipping the Posties up to Brissie for the Cape York Ride next year, while at it :thumbs: :wink:

    Urrrrks....

    At least it saves me taking the fairings / headlight off :lol:

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    CRUNCHIE !!!

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    Easy...

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    No probs here, either...

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    Rooted...bar the switchblock.

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    Gonna need something prettier here...

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    Even the foot of the sidestand copped it....

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    Seen that before.... :wink:

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    The whole front is looking good and straight at first sight...
    still the OEM Deathwing rubber at both ends...and plenty of it.

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    Anyone got a 2000W steam-iron?

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    Hmmm, yah...

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    Rear footpeg bracket bent in (at the subframe-lugs) hard enough to have juuust touched the swingarm (a couple of fine scratches).

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    Radiator...threaded lug 3/4 ripped out....left side mounting lukg pushed in....it's an easy fixer-upper.

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    Pretty neat from the back, eh? :D

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  2. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    A bit hard to see....the tank bracket's totally outta whack.

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    Instrument cluster, busted housing, The A$750 green bit inside is fine though, once the key is turned, everything fires up. The cracked wire near the right switchblock proved to be the reason for the error-message when the ignition was turned on, just twisted the blank ends together, turned key and everything lights up/ fuel pump kicks in...first problem sorted :D

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    Left rear footpeg assembly, not all that far off a kg. I think I'll leave them off and follow my idea of a single-seater.

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  3. Zapp22

    Zapp22 ZAPP - Tejas

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  4. amr2ul

    amr2ul Machinery 2 Upper Level

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    Left rear footpeg assembly, not all that far off a kg. I think I'll leave them off and follow my idea of a single-seater.

    Yeah, I can't get my old lady on the back of mine, so I left mine off too.
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  5. Gustavo

    Gustavo Motociclista Errante

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    Pete, that is a fine looking motorcycle, I can't imagine you had a lot of competition for it at the auction... :evil

    Waiting to see how it turns out. :ricky


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  6. Red_Chili

    Red_Chili Fresh Ground

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    I love watching your minimalist builds. And plastic bodywork skilz.

    Maybe Zooki will watch too, eh!

    Death to barn doors, death to barn doors...
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  7. glitch_oz

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    Hi buddy....don't bet on it, bent 650 are as rare as hen's teeth over here :wink:

    Same here :D I've already been swayed from my decision on the final colour (black), that I was dead-set on.....after seeing a green Benelli TRE in front of some bike shops last Saturday. What a gorgeous paint-job that was, yaieee
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  8. glitch_oz

    glitch_oz Long timer

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    Doubt that Zook will ever get their ar^e into gear, Zook AUS hasn't even replied to any of my emails in the past....so...screw 'em.

    This one will be a longterm project, there are too many big/ loooong rides set up and organized to quickly slap it together in between...
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  9. Jonnylotto

    Jonnylotto Zipper Club with Clusters

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  10. inkdwheels

    inkdwheels Negro Please.

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    :ear

    I can't wait.

    And unfortunately Im probably gonna try to copy you too:lol3
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  11. glitch_oz

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    Unfortunately? :wink: :lol3
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  12. glitch_oz

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    A drizzly morning, some shopping...dropping off the radiator to get fixed, then ordering some spares like the footpeg-bracket and other small bits.
    Decided to stick with the OEM instrument cluster, ordered the bottom casing for it, but baulked at $156 for the top cover (the one with the clear lenses)...I'll think of something else!! At 150 bux they can shove it...

    After getting home it was time to hit the garage, fix some of the minor blemishes caused by the accident, repair the tank filler cap (Christ, THAT'S fiddly :shock: ) with some spares I still had on the shelves ....and kept wandering around that rear end of the 650.

    With the seat and OEM rack off, the thing is decidedly lopsided with that single pot on the right. The thing's MASSIVE, too....ideas started to spin, no plans really, just ideas....that tiny Laser exhaust i'd seen on Steve's R6...then my eyes settled on the old Staintune box half buried by junk in the far corner.


    A little over 8kg:

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    One of those things I'd come by years ago, a brandnew Staintune for a Yammie TT600 !! Hmmmm.....looked at the rear-end of the bike real close for a while..... things started to gel.

    Doing the sums....2.5kgs here...

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    Plastic-welded up some cracks in the instrument cluster cover first...let it stew for a while.
    Then the tools came out and an hour later the tail was stripped bare.
    BARE!

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    That rear-end will be drop-dead fuggen gorgeous !!
    Fingerlicking horn!

    And to top it all off, Jamie (Prof. Dr. Farkles) dropped by and brought along a DLK handlebar !!!
    Mate, once this thing's finished, the first ride is yours :chug: :chug: :lol:
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  13. Zapp22

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    he's a genius.....:norton
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  14. Chromer

    Chromer So, a funny thing has happened

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    +1. And an EVIL genius, at that. :thumb
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  15. ADK

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    Is that gonna be enough room for suspension travel?
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  16. glitch_oz

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    Not the way it's dummied-up to take the shots and get an idea...
    The can was made for a TT6 Yammie (Tenere something) and has hanger-brackets welded accordingly. The front one spaces the can about 1" low at the moment, as the hanger bracket hits the seat-lock crossbrace.

    The crossbrace also has a bent lip (downwards)....removing that in the section the exhaust hits it, gains another 1/4" towards the tank.
    The hanger bracket facing down also needs removal....
    and then there's a 3/4 to 1" raise of the back on the cards via new dogbones.
    That'll create another 1/2" height at that point.
    It'll fit...not a lot of clearance, but still enough to stop the rubber touching the can when she's hitting the stops, even accounting for more aggressive profile rubber (TKC80 etc)
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  18. glitch_oz

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    A nice, clean tail....the undertray has been shortened, the rear part removed to make space for that Staintune can...
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    Jamie's bars give the front end a different look...and something to hang onto when pushing the bike around the place.

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    Reading around the forums, Suzuki seems to have gotten it right with their exhaust system on the 650...and that joiner/ balancing pipe setup looks fairly elaborate.....
    With things cemented to go with the undertail exhaust, it'd be stupid then to replicate the whole front part exhaust system, despite my liking for something cleaner, lighter,less complicated....and most of all: out of the way of rocks harm around that front header pipe.

    Perhaps that's something for later, but for the time being I'll go with the standard headers and the factory joiner/ balancer.
    I therefore cut the pipe just below the original can (it's all one piece...the front header needs to be removed to remove/ refit the rest of the system).
    The joiner/ balancer section comes to 2.4kg....
    (add that to the 2.5kg of the Staintune can, compare to the 8.5kg of the OEM setup and the net-gain is only 3.5kg total).

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    Which leaves the tricky part of where/ how to route the pipe (to be fabricated) from where it ends at the moment to join the can under the seat....
    The only logical space to "go through" is where the OEM passenger bracket is bolted on....and the higher, the better... to allow for a gradual "climb" of the pipe towards the rear of the can (keeping the bends of the pipe as shallow as possible for good flow) ....and to allow sufficient clearance when the rear suspension is fully compressed (and the swingarm travels up towards the rear-subframe...or the other way around, whatever :wink: ).

    Which means, that the right rear footpeg bracket has to go....ditto for the subframe lugs that the brackets bolts to. Which are also the same lugs that the rear-shock remote adjuster-body bolts to !!

    Let's relocate that one first then....together with the rear-brake fluid reservoir, as that is in the way as well ...and the original line has already rubbed the paint off the rear subframe, note the rusted/ chafed section close to the fixing bolt.

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    I used the frame lug that the brake reservoir is usually bolted to as one fixing point, placing the remote-adjuster behind the lug....as far "inboard" as possible, keeping the "narrow-profile" panelwork to come later, in mind.

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    The hydraulic line of the adjuster has now a fairly sharp angle as it drops toward the shock, which shouldn't matter though, as the line is fairly stiff and solid and doesn't kink.

    Now to the left and the other fixing lug of the adjuster....and making a bracket that takes care of that, as well as becoming a new fixing point for the brake reservoir.
    Let's make some room first !! :D
    There's bloody bracketry everywhere, some of it unused by any factory item...

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    The DELICATE fabrication of the new bracket :lol: :lol: :p

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    Yup, fits all neatly :wink:

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    The bolt that holds the battery-compartment now also holds the fabricated bracket which is the fixing point for the remote adjuster AND the brake reservoir.
    A quick primer/ paint job later and all's in place securely, without rubbing/touching/ interfering with anything else...

    While mucking around that area, might as well rig up the LED relay....and I had to refer to one of the WTF1000s to check, which of the original wires I'd cut there... getting the wrong one is a messy and time-consuming repair job.

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    New LED relay tucked inside the seat-brace (found a nice/ easy/ unused threaded hole there ) :wink:

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    I think, that's about it for the time being, there are still a few small blemishes (accident left-overs) to fix/ paint up....before getting the radiator back next weekend.

    Checked the airbox, found a very clean airfilter (same as DL1000...great, saves stocking up on yet more parts on the garage shelves), indicating that the mileage the bike shows is pretty much genuine (tyres and other items confirm the same)....and that the bike was hardly ever used on dirt.
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    Firefighter_Joe Been here awhile

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  20. Uncle Pollo

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