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Old 10-27-2010, 03:59 PM   #16
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Why are they in the Versys thread then?
This is not the Versys thread, this is a mutant Ninja thread under Beasts....
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:01 PM   #17
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This is not the Versys thread, this is a mutant Ninja thread under Beasts....
LOL, I know but they are also in the Versys thread.
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Old 10-27-2010, 04:04 PM   #18
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Sounds like a fun project!

One item I think I'd try to address are the ergonomics wrt the seat/tank setup. I personally wouldn't be happy doing serious enough dirt to require the other mods with that setup, seems the tank would be seriously in the way,not to mention an, umm, safety issue.
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Old 10-27-2010, 08:57 PM   #19
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Like this?

Close, but no cigar. I am lookin for a little more suspension travel, wire wheels and something much different for a headlight (don't want to affend the Versys guys, but my opinion, that thing got hit hard by the ugly stick).

I think I will be able to build this ninja for quite a bit less than what I could but a Versys for. Like the others have mentioned in other threads the Ninja can be had cheap.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:03 PM   #20
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Money has nothing to do with it. If you build your 650 with weight savings in mind it will weight significantly less than the 800 and outperform it.
For me, money has a lot to do with it. If I had $14,000 burning a hole in my pocket I would buy a 990 or GS800 in a heart beat!
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:28 PM   #21
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I'll offer some suggestions but most importantly - What type of riding do you want to do with the bike?

Most of the folks who have built the 650r start with some idea of what they want it to do. JDRocks wanted a gravel runner, I wanted a bike that I could ride 1000 miles then do some single track. Each bike looks very different.
I will use the bike for pavement, gravel, dirt road, two track trail, and an occaisional single track.

I have a KLR and like the bike. I would like to recreate the KLR traits I like on the ninja. I like the plush suspension, ergos and go any where ability of the KLR. What sucks on the KLR is the power and brakes.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:32 PM   #22
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What are these forks off of?
Those are new generation KLR forks. Plug and play, don't even have to change the clamps. That may be a good way for me to go. I have an older KLR and don't like the fork twist when braking on that bike. One of the reasons I was thinking of something USD.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:34 PM   #23
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So what are the good years to start such a project with?
I think 2006 was the first year for the 650 Ninja twin.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:56 PM   #24
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I like this concept, but 4 carbs? Or am I missing something?
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:59 PM   #25
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:50 PM   #26
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jdrocks other ninja mutant

This is SO freaking cool.
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:54 AM   #27
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Those are new generation KLR forks. Plug and play, don't even have to change the clamps. That may be a good way for me to go.
technically true, but take a look at the stock 650R clamps in comparison to the KLR clamps or any other clamps used on long travel forks. those stock 650R clamps are tiny, should work just fine for pavement, but i don't know about regular heavy duty use beyond that.
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Old 10-28-2010, 03:57 AM   #28
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I like this concept, but 4 carbs? Or am I missing something?
650R is a FI ptwin.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:06 AM   #29
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Just a thought for front forks for you 650. I'm building a rat bike out of a ninja and looking at the price for a new set of tubes or a springer to get the length I want, but if I start adding all the parts together it gets real pricey. So I started looking at whole bike, older dirt bikes to be exact. For a couple hundred you can find an older DP bike with a blown motor. Then you get the longer cables/ taller bars/ spoked rim all at once.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:13 AM   #30
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I will use the bike for pavement, gravel, dirt road, two track trail, and an occaisional single track.

I have a KLR and like the bike. I would like to recreate the KLR traits I like on the ninja. I like the plush suspension, ergos and go any where ability of the KLR. What sucks on the KLR is the power and brakes.
What's the mix of road/off road?

Any vertical challenges on the seat height? Proally not since you have a KLR. The 650r gets tall quickly.

Sounds like you want a more street friendly (vs KLR) bike or will this bike replace the KLR?
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