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Old 05-23-2008, 09:03 AM   #61
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How's this project going? I hope you'ven't hit any walls.
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Old 05-23-2008, 09:58 AM   #62
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Well, part of the reason I haven't gotten too far is other financial obligations. I haven't decided exactly what to do with the forks. I was thinking about just using Vstrom 1000 forks because they will bolt right into the stock triple clamps. That would make fitting the wheel and brakes a whole lot easier. All in all it's going pretty slow. I'm chomping at the bit to just ride it and try out the motor some more. I only took a little ride near my house when I got it.
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:48 AM   #63
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looks like a great project - when do you expect it done? (can't wait :))
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Old 06-09-2008, 04:59 AM   #64
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looks like a great project - when do you expect it done? (can't wait :))
Thanks;

I expected it done a month ago I going to get going on it again this week and really figure some things out. I suspect it won't be done when I start riding it. I'm thinking it will evolve into what I want.....slowly.
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Old 06-12-2008, 10:26 AM   #65
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Update

I'm going back to using the WP forks. Machining my own triple clamps, using the stock stem and ignition switch location.
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Old 06-12-2008, 11:28 AM   #66
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Looking good

Awesome idea! I'd be tempted to do something simmilar, but the wheel and fork swaps would likely be way out of my mechanical range...
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Old 08-12-2008, 12:32 PM   #67
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New developement

Well, I know it's been awhile. I've been busy with other things :-( The latest developement is that over the weekend I realized that the '08 KLR forks are 41mm, they will fit right in the triples of my Ninja. I have some on the way along with caliper, master, and axle. I'm still going to use the Vstrom 19" front wheel. Initial measurements are very promising. The weight of the naked Ninja is not too far off fromthe '08 KLR so spring rates should be close. I really wanted to use the WP forks but in the interest of time I'm going ot go a different (easier) route for now. Forks won't be here till early next week. I'm going to work on relocating the footpegs in the meantime. Also need to figure out which bend bars to get........

More info coming soon.
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Old 08-20-2008, 09:41 PM   #68
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Woo Hoo!

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Old 08-21-2008, 02:04 AM   #69
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Holy Shite!



So uhhhh... You'll be riding it to Cromag?? How "done" is it? Review! Review!
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Old 08-21-2008, 04:03 AM   #70
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I'll report later today, gotta do this work thing. Argh!
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WHAT HE SAID.. WOW!!!
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Old 08-21-2008, 10:12 AM   #72
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wow!! that looks awesome!!
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:25 AM   #73
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Nice work! I'd like to hear a ride review, and what extra tweaking may be needed. BTW, you are putting a silencer back on, right?
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Old 08-22-2008, 10:53 AM   #74
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Nice work! I'd like to hear a ride review, and what extra tweaking may be needed. BTW, you are putting a silencer back on, right?
Nuh ah, loud pipes save lives baby!

Yes, I am putting a silencer back on. I'm going to put the stocker back on for now so I can ride it. The stock can has got to weigh 20 lbs. I'm not kidding, it's crazy heavy. I want to get the exhaust out from underneath the bike. I was thinking a low, side exit carbon fiber two brothers. Anyone know a good custom exhaust shop? I also want to modify the oil pan so the drain plug isn't as low. I think it just sticks down like that so it's easier to drain when the plastics are on. Imagine a bike manufacturer making it easy to change the oil! I have a guy that can do the welding for me. He can weld anything. Will probably do all that stuff over the winter.

Sorry, that's all i have time for right now. I promise I will give more details and maybe a preliminary ride report before the weekend is over. I won't have a front rotor till early next week so the first ride might be interesting. Wish me luck
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Old 08-22-2008, 03:07 PM   #75
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wow.

That rules right there. Lots of creativity for sure.


I know it's just a detail, but could or would you think about possibly changing the tail to something more "dirtbike like"?

Aesthetically, I think it could go more towards the dirt. The passenger pegs kind of don't flow with the overall concept either (IMHO). Can those come off and possibly be replaced with something more utilitarian looking? That whole area looks kind of swoopy and stuff.

......but man, I'm being an armchair builder here living through you and it's your bike. Don't take my comments as anything other than suggestions. Hopefully you see it as constructive criticism and nothing more.

By the way, I'd love to have that bike. Seriously, it's cool as all get out.
Thanks, keep the ideas comin. I'm heading out camping overnight but just checked in so here's a quick response. I'm thought about making a whole new peg bracket as I think I'm going to want the pegs lower and more forward. I'm going to leave the stock baracket because I'm going to be mounting Stormcases(Pelicans) and need something to hold the bottom of the bracket. I think I'm going to try these....

The tail will be covered by the cases so you won't really see it much. I may just cut the plastic so the bags can fit in tight as possible.

Off to camp, more info tomorrow......
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