This build will be the transformation of an 07 Kawasaki Ninja 650r. Almost a year ago I got into adventure riding, dual sporting, and single track riding. In doing so I discovered the wonderful world of ADVrider.com. One thing led to another, and all of a sudden I've replaced those sport bikes with off road bikes! After developing some off road riding skills, and kind of getting a taste of what type of riding I wanted to do I came to a few conclusions. Initially I thought I could have just one Do it all bike, but I was wrong. The more bikes the merrier! That being said, you a can only have as much bikes as you have storage capacity for, so right now I'm going to thin the herd. Ive come up with my ideal trifecta of bikes. A trail bike, commuter, and backcountry discovery route / two track type of machine, the last one being the soon to be 650r Dakar. Yea, BMW coined the name, but lets be honest.... is that really something to be compared to a Dakar bike? When I see a Dakar my eyes are immediately fixated on that fairing, the big tanks, and the all around badass-ness that comes with it. So, I guess the purpose of this build is to make a bike that suites my taste. It's gotta be "cheap" not a 500# Pig, has long maintenance intervals, and has the ability to make the guys on their $10,000 bikes jealous when they get passed. Should be easy enough right? Luckily for me there are a few other very well documented builds for these bikes. So I'm stealing the bits that I like from those builds, and adding in a few twist of my own. Build Specs Front Suspension: 03 Yamaha YZ 250 (stock springs for now) Rear Suspension: 08 Yamaha R1 (paired with a 900# versys spring) Front Wheel: 06 YZ 250 Rear Wheel: Warp9 KTM 690 cush hub, custom spacers to sleeve the bearings Front Brake: 320 Warp9 rotor, KTM 450sxf complete front brake assembly caliper / S.S. line / M.C. Rear Brake: Single 220 mm petal disc with single-piston caliper Foot Pegs: 05 RMZ 450, paired with custom 1/4" plate steel brackets to lower the position. Swingarm: Stock, but has been Extended 2", Will need a 130 link chain kit to make this work. Exhaust: Modified stock header pipes (cut, bent, relocated) paired with a YZ450 fmf Exhaust Lights: ADV Monster Model 30 & 60, no Dimmers (let the light shine bright!) Before I bought this bike I had a Versys, and Two KLX250s. I use Versys as a daily rider, and it's served me very well. Which is one of the reasons I chose the ninja 650. For those of you who don't know the Kawsaki 650 parallel twin is super reliable, and makes some pretty good HP too. The KLX's that I have are also really reliable bikes, with higher maintenance intervals. They can pretty much do it all, but after a long weekend of riding the last thing I want to be doing is screaming down interstate on a 250. In June, I'm going to be going to an ADV meet up, but before the rally a group of us will be touring about the Pacific North West. At this point all the guys riding in the group are going to be on 600+cc bikes... I didn't want to be left behind in the open sections, so that's what led to me buying a salvaged 650r off of Copart, and scheming to build a bike. A few other reasons I wanted to build a bike as opposed to buying one so I could learn some very useful skills such as: precision metal working, composite forming, and tig welding. These were the majoring things that I wanted to learn to do. In my mind building a custom bike was the perfect chance to form together all of these skills. On to the build!