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Someone has done it

I just know someone has. These bikes have been out for 4 years now? Someone by now must have built an off-road adventure bike out of one of these. I mean I bought mine for the street and I love it for that. But I'm thinking maybe if I came across a V that was inexpensive and beat up, it would be fun to try to fit a front end off of a KTM Super Enduro, 950 Adventure or the like on there.
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I just know someone has. These bikes have been out for 4 years now? Someone by now must have built an off-road adventure bike out of one of these. I mean I bought mine for the street and I love it for that. But I'm thinking maybe if I came across a V that was inexpensive and beat up, it would be fun to try to fit a front end off of a KTM Super Enduro, 950 Adventure or the like on there.
Several people have created a dual sport bikes out of t V. from changing the tires out to all out rebuild like JD has done. Most people look at mine and think its dual sport because of the hand and engine guards, Trax boxes and auxiliary lighting. but in reality I haven't done anything that will improve off-road performance. Once the stock tires wear I out I will be replacing them with a dual sport tire.
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There's also a MAJOR big-bux $$$ build documented on advrider with wire wheels, upgraded suspension, and lots more. I can't find it right now...

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How about a 21" front wheel? Has anyone done that?

What are you guys using for dual sport tires? All I can find for our bikes are crotch rocket tires. That is other than that one set of Avons.
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It would be cheaper to buy a KLR, and add bags to it. Work a lot better too. I took my V on Hoosier and Jones Pass in Colorado . . .you have to mod mod mod to take a V offroad. Keep the frame and engine, all the rest needs to be changed.


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Already have a KLR. That has its limitations. I'm thinking a poor man's version of the GS800 or Triumph Adventure.
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Dr AT: "Ron (the owner) did all the modifications and I didn't really quiz him much on it. Everything is custom built and he's usually only interested in doing once of specials rather than churing out more of the same. Suffice to say the forks are out of a husky enduro bike, the shock has been built by joining an MX shock body to the standard shaft, about 20 Kg of "junk" has been removed, and I can't keep up with him down hills (I'm riding a 640 adv)."




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21" wheel on the versys can be done very easily, or with some machining, depending on the forks you want to use. the rear spoked wheel to match is also another consideration. then there's the rear suspension and overall bike geometry.

the best compromise and by far the easiest is to just run a 19" front. discussion and recipe here-

http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...?t=5480&page=8

a real good performer with TKCs, and although not a dirt bike, it will eat up those gravel roads. plus, you keep the tubeless tires and stock double disc calipers (with the strom rotors), an advantage.
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Ok. That made me sprout wood.
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There's also a MAJOR big-bux $$$ build documented on advrider with wire wheels, upgraded suspension, and lots more. I can't find it right now...
This one: http://advrider.com/forums/showpost....postcount=3310

Best one I've seen!

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Wow! As I look at the photos. Is the power plant and lights versys and the rest like KLR? That is beyond my ability to mod like that! Very cool though!





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i'm all about tinkering and having something unique, but 12k for a versys that's probably still marginal at best off road?

you can almost get a ktm adv 990r for that kind of money.. not to mention the other, cheaper bikes that will probably do a better job without relying on hard to find custom parts for repair..

but props to him for having a unique v

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There's also a MAJOR big-bux $$$ build documented on advrider with wire wheels, upgraded suspension, and lots more. I can't find it right now...
Yup, that's the best one I've seen. We'll find it...

EDIT: Oops, you guys found it already.
Some of that stuff I wouldn't mind having. Big dollars though. The laced up wheels are just killer. Good suspension too. The motor on the V is pretty good as is, but suspension and handling really suffer off pavement.

When we were up in the Sierras I let the air down to 22lbs and suspension on full soft and went dirt road riding. Handled really well, I was super surprised. I tried blasting and braking to try to find limits of traction and couldn't without getting way out of shape, and I didn't want to crash my pristine bike.

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i'm all about tinkering and having something unique, but 12k for a versys that's probably still marginal at best off road?

you can almost get a ktm adv 990r for that kind of money.. not to mention the other, cheaper bikes that will probably do a better job without relying on hard to find custom parts for repair..

but props to him for having a unique v
There are a ton of decent old motocross bikes out there being parted out with front ends with USD forks and 21" spoked front wheels. I did a front end swap on my KLR with a KX500 front end earlier this summer and the improvement was unbelievable. Just took a little lathe work. That's why I think if someone blew up a bike like a Katoom Super Enduro or something like that and is parting it out, the front end could probably be had for $300-$500. Even the front end off a DRZ 400 would work but I don't think it would be worth the bother. If a person got a Verseys cheap enough, it would be fun to tinker like that. But you're right. Having $12,000 in the project is not something I would want.
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The Deezer forks are not junk, there's just so much other stuff out there than can be had that's lighter, stronger, better valving, etc. Lots of bikes getting parted out these days thanks to 4 stroke motocross bikes. They cost more to rebuild than they're worth a lot of times. It would be nice to find something off a heavier adventure bike with decent brakes too. With the KX500 front end on the KLR I had to get an oversize rotor and steel braided brake lines so the brake actually did something.
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What did you get those wheels off of? How much modifying did you have to do to get them to fit?
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That's pretty neat!
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