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A couple of pics for winter...

Well - I kicked off this project several months ago with a search for a headlight...
http://www.kawasakiversys.com/forums...ead.php?t=1126

Several members were kind enough to point me in the right direction. A couple of months and quite a bit of cutting and welding later, I had the Aprilia headlight grafted on and the bike back in rideable condition. I kept hoping to have some time to do the finesse work, but with all the holidays and cold weather, it probably won't happen until spring, so I thought I'd go ahead and post up some pics for anyone interested.

Hopefully over the winter I'll have time to do some metal work on the tank, or possibly thinking of grafting on a Ninja 650 tank. Anyway, here are some of the mods:








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that's really nice. it's a killer llok for sure.
not exactly what I would do as I use my bike for touring... but really good job. nice naked V!


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Looks good. Can't wait to see the final project.
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I really dig it. Nice work man
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Looks nice but wouldn't trading your V in for the ER-6N been more what your looking for?
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Looks great. Maybe you can think of something to make use of the brackets on the tank. Tank bag holder? Design your own graphics and make it mount to the tank. I see other possibilities. Use the brackets may be easier that cutting them off.
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Yep, looks good. I think you're on the right track. It definitely has a more street fighter look to it.



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That's SWEET! You might try removing the lower fairing and brackets. Are you working on a new front fender or going with the "Hooligan" look?

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I m really liking the naked look and that headlight looks great mounted .. Grreat Job !


you should see it the Naked Ninja fender will work that could work

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Certainly the most stunning frontlght i saw on the versys, congrats !
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Thanks for the kind words. To answer a couple of questions:

Ocean - The ER-6N isn't available in the states until '09 and it has a little different look still. Plus, this way, no one has a Versys that looks like this.

golfmuch - That is one possibility I hadn't considered...something I might have to ponder for a while. I had considered either smoothing the Versys tank out, but leaving the basic shape alone, or mounting on a Ninja tank which sets a little lower in the front (and gives up about a gallon of fuel capacity)

bicyclebob - I've been considering a couple of things with the fairing...I might try an take it off to see what it looks like. Right now, I was just planning to leave the fender off and possibly work on some type of radiator guard to block any stones thrown up by the tire.

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speaking of winter

so yeah the first real storm is coming through, for the next 3 or 4 days... so it looks like I'm gonna call it for a month or two... I'm going on vacation to boston for 3 weeks and I'll come back in January the worst part of winter but come February we'll see what happens... I started riding last year so thats not to bad of a weight...
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I figure you've already seen this, but I think it would work well with your headlight. I know they're expensive & I'm not even sure we could get 'em here in the states, but it may give you a direction to go...






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Thanks for the kind words. To answer a couple of questions:

Ocean - The ER-6N isn't available in the states until '09 and it has a little different look still. Plus, this way, no one has a Versys that looks like this.

I was just curious - I think what you are doing is great and your bike looks really good. Nice work.

Between you and Invader - your bikes are less Versys in form and more so in function! If that makes any sense.
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I was sort of expecting something more like this from the title.

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Favoo! It's cleaner under the fairing than I would have expected.

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I guess this is one solution to the fairing buzz. Looks good!
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Not really, Darth...there are 2-3 metal brackets welded to the frame on each side. Had to cut those off, grind smooth with the frame, use a feather coat of body filler to get it back to 'perfect' then paint. Then there's the coolant tank, several relays to relocate, turn signals which were attached to the lower silver radiator fairing, cutting ~3" out of the handlebar riser, completely removing the ugly 'cage' that the stock headlight was in, relocating the stock ignition switch because it sticks out so far, etc.

All together, the V is an ugly monkey with no fairing in stock form!

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How'd you shorten the risers?

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That probably shows up best in the third pic down from the top. It's a cast aluminum piece so I cut a 2-1/2 to 3 inch section out of the middle, TIG welded the ends back together, smoothed and ground the transition, then gave it a coat of body filler to bring the surface back to a 'like new' look.

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