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Old 06-03-2011, 08:56 PM   #241
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I really like that exhaust...from the header to the muffler.

Great job !
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Old 06-04-2011, 03:42 PM   #242
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rear links ?

I don't know if you guys address this or not in your builds.
A buddy of mine built a Ninja 500 dual sport a couple years ago. We went for a spirited dirt ride and he ended up snapping the dog bones on a bump, then went into a long, controlled sliding stop. We wedged and wired a rock to keep the subframe off the rear tire in hopes he could carefully ride out. That only worked for a couple miles, at most.
We had to leave the bike. He rode bitch back to my house, I loaded up a trailer and then went and rescued the Ninja "hard tail".
It was somewhat amusing.
He welded the stock ones back that eve and rode home, but soon thereafter, made a much stonger set of rear links.
I am assuming the Ninja 650 would have a similar weak point?
Might want to beef those babies up if you haven't already.
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Old 06-04-2011, 04:39 PM   #243
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No linkage on the 650
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Old 06-04-2011, 08:35 PM   #244
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As far as forks go, find some Aprilia Caponord forks 50mm should be stout enough for the job
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:13 PM   #245
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Very nice bike.
Thanks, it was a lot of fun restoring it.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:15 PM   #246
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I am assuming the Ninja 650 would have a similar weak point?
Might want to beef those babies up if you haven't already.
As JW noted no linkage on the 650 Ninja. I did order an R1 shock yesterday, That seems to be the hot low cost set up for the rear.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:17 PM   #247
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As far as forks go, find some Aprilia Caponord forks 50mm should be stout enough for the job
Oh , I think the KLX forks should be stout enough.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:19 PM   #248
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This photo shows the mods to the fairing bracket. Four headlight mounting tabs added and the uprights cut, rotated and rewelded.

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Old 06-12-2011, 09:36 PM   #249
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Test Drive

Pegs relocated, rear wheel complete, front susspension installed, front wheel installed, exhaust installed, seat foam added, ProTapers on, thought it would be a good time to see what this mutant feels like.

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Old 06-12-2011, 10:01 PM   #250
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Just tooled around the yard a bit and up and down the street.

The seat/peg relationship feels real good. I think I am going to go to a higher handlebar or a riser, bars are a little to low.

The rear suspension is still stock, that needs work.

The KLX front end is as I recieved from ebay. Seems kinda sticky, not as plush as I expected, this is going to need some work.

I used the stock Ninja front master cylinder with a SS KX brake line and KX caliper, there is no mush at all in the brake lever. Seems to have good braking power, although I think I will be replacing the Gold Fren brake rotor
with something else.

When compared to my KLR, this bike feels much lighter and more solid. It is easy to ride, but you have to be careful when opening the throttle, it has a lot of power.






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Old 06-12-2011, 10:07 PM   #251
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When the 650 twin spools up it means business. I am convinced this will be a treat on the trails, gravel and highway.


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Old 06-14-2011, 06:53 AM   #252
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So, you posted up pics of the videos, but not the videos?
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:16 PM   #253
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So, you posted up pics of the videos, but not the videos?

Ya, my son was running the camera, I don't think his heart was really into it. Alot of ground shots, shots of trees, very shaky and not much focus on the bike. I did my best to glean some nice shots of the bike.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:09 AM   #254
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Ya, my son was running the camera, I don't think his heart was really into it. Alot of ground shots, shots of trees, very shaky and not much focus on the bike. I did my best to glean some nice shots of the bike.
How about a sound track then

I just wanted to hear it with all your effort on the exhaust.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:53 AM   #255
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Well, let's be carful here, this set up has not seen the outside of my garage yet.

What I did was purchase an All-balls tapered roller set for a Ninja 650. The stock lower race on the Ninja was replaced with the AB tapered roller race. The KLX lower tapered roller now mates up with the Ninja lower. I left the Ninja upper race in the the stem and use the Ninja stock upper ball bearing with a custom adapter (spacer) to mate the 28 mm KLX upper stem with the Ninja 35 mm upper ball brg. The spacer looks like this.

This is an impressive build. I'm working on a similar build for my Ninja 650, but I'm using a fork and triples from a YZ400F, but I've run into a problem. The YZ stem has the same dimentions as the KLX. I'd machine a spacer of my own for the upper bearing, but I don't have access to a machine shop anymore. I'd be more than willing to pay you to machine another one of those spacers for me. Let me know if you're interested. Also, how did you mount your ignition switch to the upper triple? I'm looking at fabricating some kind of bracket, and I'm wondering if it's possible to retain the steering lock function.
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