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Old 10-03-2006, 11:36 AM   #1
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New Kawasaki Twin Sport 500

A Beast or a Road Warrior? I just know it's a whole lotta fun! The most stable, planted bike I've ever ridden on a dirt road. Handled washboard road without loosing traction and the loose stuff and marble stone with ease. Convert your wifes bike today for the price of 2 pieces of flat alluminium stock to raise the rearend and two IRC GP-1's! Name:  a2f5re2.jpg
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:16 PM   #2
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In good company.

Amongst some friends......
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Old 10-03-2006, 01:22 PM   #3
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What the heck is that ugly red bike on the far right?
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:13 PM   #4
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Looks like a cool starting point, but more could be done.......
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Old 10-03-2006, 03:23 PM   #5
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What the heck is that ugly red bike on the far right?

Ahhh yes, as they have stated . . . . . Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder!

I think that red bike on the right side is a very beautiful machine!


Tony,

I am liking what I am hearing. An EX500 with some plastic removed and a set of dualsport tires! Kind of like a US version of the KLE500!

Interesting!

I've always said that's a great bike!

Perhaps now with the emergence of the Ninja 650R, the price on the EX500 will not be so inflated?

I'm taking it you used a 3.00x17 rear tire in front and a 5.10x17 rear tire on the rear?


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Old 10-03-2006, 04:52 PM   #6
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good work

Hi Tony...


Great work... i

Give us the details what did you do to raise the suspension... tires

I was thinking the same for my 98 500r... most of the plastic is already gone


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Old 10-03-2006, 08:13 PM   #7
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Hi Tony...


Great work... i

Give us the details what did you do to raise the suspension... tires

I was thinking the same for my 98 500r... most of the plastic is already gone


Willie
Well, I'm still experimenting. The bike in stock form was pretty fun on a dirt road. I bought a set of forks from an XR650R and gold valves off of Ebay but was waiting for winter to figure that out. I was chomping at the bit to do something with the bike so I made a set of suspension links out of alluminium with 5.75" spacing. This raised the back about 2". I lowered the forks about .75" in the clamps to raise the front. The front tire is a 4.60-17 rear which made up most of the difference in the height. The rear is a 5.10-17.

Leg room is slightly cramped for me so I'm planning to lower the pegs over the winter. Looks like an easy job on this bike, another reason I picked it. Planning on wider taller bars when I upgrade the forks. I'll probably order up a Wilbers shock to get some more travel out back. The links only raise the ride height, but I had to start somewhere to see how it would all work.
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Old 10-03-2006, 08:51 PM   #8
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Old 10-03-2006, 10:32 PM   #9
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I bet you can kick a Uly's butt with that bike! Good job, simple and to the point!
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Thanks....

Gives me a place to start....

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Old 10-05-2006, 08:29 AM   #11
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Thanks for the replies.

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I bet you can kick a Uly's butt with that bike! Good job, simple and to the point!
Thanks Wayne. Any suggestions for getting a little more midrange from the 500 twin? The bike had a Muzzy 2into1 on it when I got it. It sucked! The Sarachu twin slip-ons made it a little better but are kinda louder than I would like. I want to move the crossover pipe forward so it's not running under the engine to gain a little clearance. I hope this doesn't have any severe adverse effects.

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Old 10-05-2006, 09:19 AM   #12
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Very cool, lets see some more picts!
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:19 AM   #13
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I find myself wondering how this would work with the Ninja 250. Those things can be had for next to nothing and are quite light. Quick too if you don't mind turning a few RPM's

Seems like a fun project.
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Old 10-05-2006, 11:20 AM   #14
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I find myself wondering how this would work with the Ninja 250. Those things can be had for next to nothing and are quite light. Quick too if you don't mind turning a few RPM's

Seems like a fun project.

There is but one way to find out!

About the only negative I would have is the fact that when riding on the road, the revs are right up there when running along at 65 mph. I would probably lean towards the 500 cc bike.

Perhaps the question is can we do the same with a Ninja 650R?




If Kawasaki won't build it, then maybe we will just have to.



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Old 10-05-2006, 11:28 AM   #15
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If Kawasaki won't build it, then maybe we will just have to.


You won't have to.......

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