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Old 08-08-2010, 09:31 PM   #1
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Sport Bike to an Enduro or Dual Sport

During the Memorial Day Weekend of Twenty Ten, two months after I earned my motorcycle endorsement and ultimately becoming an inmate of the ADV riders group , I ran into this fellow and his beast....


The Fellow...



His Beast...



After staring at this beast for a few minutes, it dawned on me that underneath all that shiny, custom, steel mods is in fact a Ninja 650r. I said to myself, "Wow, that's pretty cool! I have one of those!" my next thought was, "Is this guy bored?"


Another two months later...

I wonder if I'm bored?
What is this picture exactly?



That's me! Removing the first bolt.
45 minutes later... all the plastic is gone!!



So as you can see, I've decided to make the plunge and convert my 650r to an Enduro/Dual Sport. We will call him EN-ja.


For now, I will say good night to you inmates and to EN-ja. Tomorrow, I will continue my search for and/or design of: headlights, fog lights, mirrors, turn signals, crash bar, hand guards, custom fabricated radiator guard, gravel guard, guard for coolant tank, guard for map sensor, tires, luggage rack, saddle bags, mounts for dash, brackets for gas can holders, custom gas can holder, gas cans, reinforced kick stand, and the list goes on and on...

Oh no! What have I gotten myself into??



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Old 08-08-2010, 09:35 PM   #2
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:23 AM   #3
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Versys?

I'm no expert and am not trying to talk you out of it, but are you sure that guy doesn't have a modified Versys? Just suspension mods alone, you're looking at...ouch Maybe for stature reasons you want to keep it low? This means less clearance for ds'ing though. Life's a series of "leaning experiences"!
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Old 08-09-2010, 07:31 AM   #4
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:23 AM   #5
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Very nice ..... BTW I love Williamsburg :)
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:41 AM   #6
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Way cool. After seeing a few bikes make this transformation, some good, some awfull and should be taken to the scrape yard before getting on the road and then some totally awsome. Do it right so that ppl will envy you for your creativity.
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Old 08-09-2010, 08:48 AM   #7
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good luck Shiela!!! and remember to double check the clearance between your front tire and anything you might choose to bolt behind it!
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:54 AM   #8
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I'm no expert and am not trying to talk you out of it, but are you sure that guy doesn't have a modified Versys? Just suspension mods alone, you're looking at...ouch Maybe for stature reasons you want to keep it low? This means less clearance for ds'ing though. Life's a series of "leaning experiences"!
Hi RoaringDS, it is definitely a 650r. Same year as mine as a matter of fact. As far as suspension goes... my thoughts are to keep it stock. Mainly because I'm barely 5'4" and also I don't plan on going way overboard when off-roading, mainly fire roads and forest roads. If I do encounter I'm missing out on ds'ing... I'll just have to extend my legs.
And I definitely agree, life's a series of "expensive" learning experiences!
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:55 AM   #9
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Way cool. After seeing a few bikes make this transformation, some good, some awfull and should be taken to the scrape yard before getting on the road and then some totally awsome. Do it right so that ppl will envy you for your creativity.
Good luck
I can't wait to be envied!
Custom radiator guard is getting cut by the CNC plasma machine as we speak. Will post pics later. Wish me luck!
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:56 AM   #10
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good luck Shiela!!! and remember to double check the clearance between your front tire and anything you might choose to bolt behind it!
Thanks Underkill! I'll keep that in mind, especially me and concusions don't mix. I'm already confused all the time!
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Old 08-09-2010, 09:58 AM   #11
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Subscribed! Looking forward to seeing the process.
Wish me luck dhillr! I can't wait to see the finished project! Out of curiosity, would you mind if I use your tire swapper thing when it's time to swap out my tires??
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Old 08-09-2010, 11:00 AM   #12
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Here's my new, shiny radiator guard!


Stay tuned...



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Old 08-09-2010, 01:32 PM   #13
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Awesome project, I'll watch with great interest.

Good luck!
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:50 PM   #14
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Old 08-09-2010, 03:53 PM   #15
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i thought you were going to be the plasma cutter guy's assistant on this build and now i find out that you're the builder and he's the assistant.

ha, gotta love that. looks like you're off to a great start on your custom gravel runner.
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