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post #1 of 137 (permalink) Old 04-10-2016, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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The new 2016 V649HP-RF...





The build information for the 2016 Versys bike in the photo above, previous Versys bike builds, and the new 2017 custom Versys build is located HERE.

These Versys based bikes are fun to build, perform very well in a variety of conditions, and are inexpensive. This bike cost $1500, turnkey, 1848 miles.

The thread in the link contains a wide range of information besides the bike build info...general Versys maintenance and tips, tool and equipment discussion, fabrication techniques, travel reports, and even more Qwik Mart Khronicles, plus a little BS from time-to-time. Try it!
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Nice! I didn't go through all 189 or so pages. Was all that for this build, or chronicle several builds? Reason I ask is because it looked like 6 years of posts.

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The new 2016 V649HP-RF...



The build thread is located HERE.

These Versys based bikes are fun to build, perform very well in a variety of conditions, and are inexpensive. This bike cost $1500, turnkey, 1848 miles.
Looks like the "Just right" bike to me..You really have an Artful hand in creating those bikes..Thats something I would buy, without a doubt. I do not have the time nor expertise available to recreate something like that or I would certainly try.
Cop motor, that's the Ninja 650R Motor correct?
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the "cop" motor is better described as the ER6 sportbike motor because Kawasaki uses that motor across various model designations world-wide...ER6F, ER6N, Ninja 650, EX650, and so on.

these motors have more horsepower and torque than the stock Versys motor, including the new spec 2015-16 motor. before anyone emphatically states that the HP/torque curves aren't right for this kind of bike, forget about it...y'all are not about to win that argument here.
At first I thought of asking why you have so much time that this post could be happening----but I see the bike is complete

On a serious note, if you posted a for sale on this forum, you would never have time to ride IMHO---from what I see and what I know about you --that would be something to brag about owning---HOWEVER I would want a autograph and a dated picture
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the "cop" motor is better described as the ER6 sportbike motor because Kawasaki uses that motor across various model designations world-wide...ER6F, ER6N, Ninja 650, EX650, and so on.

these motors have more horsepower and torque than the stock Versys motor, including the new spec 2015-16 motor. before anyone emphatically states that the HP/torque curves aren't right for this kind of bike, forget about it...y'all are not about to win that argument here.
I'm sure it's in here somewhere, but how much difference are we talking about? Is the torque curve similar to the Versys, and just more of it, or does the curve change much?
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anything for my Canuck friends.

these bikes are not for everyone. they're big bikes, pretty tall, 35-36" at the seat, something like 55" at the bar ends. if ya fall off, it's a long freakin' way down, kinda like fallin' off a twenty hand horse.

Eduardo is not exactly a short man, but he looks kinda short standing next to a V649. he didn't ask to take a little test ride, must not get along with horses. sorry about the undated photo, i think it's fairly recent, but who knows. it's not a real old photo, but the guy next to the bike is real old.

Providing the date was set on the camera, it says 10/28/2014, not that that will be enough for your stalker delta bravo.


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c'mon now, everyone knows it's easy to fake those camera clocks. plus, Eduardo probably doesn't even remember the bike, where he was standing, or when.

this photo might be fake too, it's the same V649HP-CS getting a sidecar rig added...

As I said, it won't be enough for your stalker.


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Providing the date was set on the camera, it says 10/28/2014, not that that will be enough for your stalker delta bravo.
And here's ANOTHER pic of the "rat-bike", beside the 'Big Man', taken about the same time, and - YES - his camera's date WAS set right...!



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anything for my Canuck friends.

these bikes are not for everyone. they're big bikes, pretty tall, 35-36" at the seat, something like 55" at the bar ends. if ya fall off, it's a long freakin' way down, kinda like fallin' off a twenty hand horse.

Eduardo is not exactly a short man, but he looks kinda short standing next to a V649. he didn't ask to take a little test ride, must not get along with horses. sorry about the undated photo, i think it's fairly recent, but who knows. it's not a real old photo, but the guy next to the bike is real old.

Well here in Canuck land we have them fold up step stools that we could deploy, or strap on a couple 6X6 pressure treated lumber on them riding boots, may get complicated shifting but, would be good as long as ya only needed first gear.

Better watch what I say, got a 1/4 drive torque wrench on the way--plus someone is rubbing in the fact it has hit 25'C in some parts of Canuck land, and for you guys, that is hot!
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the curves are similar, with the sportbike motor producing 10-14% more, depending on who you believe. i have experience with the OEM Versys motor also, and the cop motor pulls harder all the way to redline at 11,500. the motor is tuned perfectly for 80 indicated cruise at 6k, and can significantly lighten the front end with roll-on throttle all the way to overdrive for off-pavement use.
Of course sprocket choice makes a huge difference as well. My DRZ400S could only do 65, but it sure could get there in a hurry. Of course I never much went over 45 and most riding was at 30 or less.

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several Versys builds in that thread, with coverage of the bike in the photo starting around page 153. as a whole, the thread covers how the V649 series was conceived and then slammed together on a budget. the current bike is the most expensive at $1500, but another was built for half that number. the V649s have all been built with the higher performance cop motor and big suspension, and will outrun any stock Versys...all roads, all conditions.
I'm guessing your time is free? Win the lottery? If you figured $100 an hour you could be making, how much do one of those builds really cost?

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man, i miss riding out there, nothing like it. you probably want another shot at the AZBDR. i need to take the 2016 bike west.
I'll ride w/ you AGAIN, either up N or down S, but, NOT the AZBDR...!

NEXT time I pick the roads. Remember how nice the FIRST 60 miles were



and the parts of AZ 288 to Young (after we BARELY survived the AZBDR to Globe)



w/ EVEN a bit of pavement...!





Altho' SOME of the AZBDR wasn't totally unrideable...



and had GREAT views.

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JD, if that was 1500 all in I will buy it off you for 3500 right now!
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BTW, if your up here anytime....I have a full service shop with pretty well everything you would need if anything goes wrong!
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Newfoundland. Hey, your more than doubling your money on that one, and can build 2 more! and have 500 left for JD and beer! ha ha ha!

In all seriousness, the new one looks the business. That one and the first one you did that looked like a buell on steroids are my 2 favs.

sick work. I wish I was in a place where parts were easily accessable like that.
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Cheap or expensive, theres NONE. Most anything here is a cruiser. DId that and it was BORING! Well, I was on a Harley instead of the vaquero I should have bought. That being said, I love my versys and I am building something like you have in the latest version. Even if I start getting parts shipped in. Its not about the costs, Its about the build!

Oh, BTW, RAD manufacturing has gone out of business. Do you know of any center hub I could use to build a set of wheels? I really want laced, as you know....ha ha. Any help on this end would be awesome.
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JD convieniently forgets to factor in the value of his labor and engineering.
I think if he had to pay for such things the cost would be closer to $35,000.

If'n I do it, I gunna git a wippin .... OK! I do it!!!

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Yes, I was hoping he was going to forget when I offered him $3500. ha ha.
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Ha ha. maybe its worth doing the hunting and shipping to me. Even if I have 5000 into it I built it which is priceless to me. I built my last three snowmobiles.

SOOOOOO. Is there ANY way I can get some spoked wheels for my V now that RAD is gone? Is there any way to use a 17mm axle in our forks? If I could do that, then the Wee spokes will work.
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(that's El Norte to you Eduardo, the little Versys snowbird dude, if you're following the discussion)
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