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the first step is to trim some metal out of the way for the new liner and seat mounts.



then the new liner mount.

 

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installing the support for the fender liner. just because the frame is created in a factory jig does not mean that everything about it is uniform, it pays to check, then index. now there's more room above the wheel than travel in the R1 stroke, instead of the reverse.

 

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Old Thread Can be Opened/ Say the word

in other forum news via the waybackthere machine...

the much scrambled, much edited, and ultimately locked thread found on this forum titled

Kawasaki ER-6C, that's C as in Custom

is closing in on 375,000 views, kinda surprising since my last post in there was in 2016.

@jdrocks The old thread can be opened, your call, administration has become like any other business and changed the rules, 2 weeks to edit posts, that is it. FYI nothing gets deleted on this forum, I wish I had the storage they must have, every post that gets deleted goes to the garbage bin, which is searchable , including photos.
This day and age I see many new age people starting to shy away from social media sites such as facebook, as it is very time consuming . Since you are the major contributor to that ER-6C thread, it was closed when you left, I opened it today. If others start posting in there with no response from you I can close it again.
 

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First page Tons of Spam

I accidentally clicked on the thread instead of the last post, tons of spam by someone who took over Bear On a bicycle and flooded the forum with 1000's of porn links, eventually administration took over and deleted all of those posts. I personally deleted about 600.
 

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quiet morning, the heat index just jumped past 100F on it's way to 120F, kinda warm for 9AM, and this thread is about to hit 400,000 views even though i haven't posted here in years. this forum used to have a bunch of inmates interested in custom work on their Versys motos, but that era has largely passed here, although there are good examples on other bike forums. too bad, these Versys/ER6 platform bikes are still the biggest bang for the buck going, and a modded moto from mild to wild can be done on the super cheap with a little knowledge and planning. inexpensive parts are everywhere, and so are the how-to threads with descriptions and photos. can't pinpoint a reason, but maybe a combination of the lacks...time, money, interest, wrench skills, fabrication skills, etc., etc...probably could put a dozen lacks on the list. maybe life gets in the way of anything having to do with motos, i've gone through a few of those episodes myself.

sitting here in the AC, cool at 70F but i'm considering turning it down a couple notches, i'm looking at photos of the old bikes...and thinking about all the places they've been.

fuel at Coldfoot on the Dalton...

#1 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

rest stop before the rain, Trans-Taiga...

#2 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

Watson Lake, Yukon, turned back by a blizzard ahead...

#3 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

Arizona BDR, one tough ride...

#4 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr

northern Quebec fuel stop...

#5 by Ed Copeman, on Flickr
 

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You used to build one crazy bike every winter and then ride it somewhere far, and post lots of photos and stories....
Did you stop or you just don't post here anymore? :(
 

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You used to build one crazy bike every winter and then ride it somewhere far, and post lots of photos and stories....
Did you stop or you just don't post here anymore? :(
i've got the new bike to the 85% stage, and it would be on the road now...but along came the Wuhan and all my travel plans were scrapped. this bike was designed to go to Tuk in 20, now i'm not sure if the border will be open for the 21 season. bike is a big beastly mofo, and i tweeked the design once more to incorporate some near unobtanium after market parts sourced from the orange koolaid crowd. then i had to source a new set of LEDs, round and round it goes. hope to get back at it soon, it's too hot around here to get enthused about riding with full ATGATT, and i won't ride an inch without. i did start it the other day, needed to hear that LV exhaust shriek and cackle, gives y'all goosebumps if ya got travel on your mind. heck, even got a new freakin' helmet sittin' right next to me.

i don't know how much i'll post here, regardless, for you my friend i'll come back with a photo of the new bike at the least.

if he's on the jump, Eduardo Fast will come along and fix this last set of photos so they'll display correctly. i guess the "new" forum doesn't allow a .jpeg, and there's no edit to try a fix. what kinda joint they runnin" around here?
 

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Dave - e-mail me your pics (reasonably large files) and I'll post them up for you.

Be my pleasure!
those photos are all smugmug "large", 800x600, same size and jpg format i've used since 2008. why don't they display on the "new" forum, and what is the procedure to fix this for future use? the above photos were all posted with the "insert image" function, same as always, no worky.

i don't think i need to email, the photos are all right there, left click viewable. i just need them viewable, no clicky.
 

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i don't know how much i'll post here, regardless, for you my friend i'll come back with a photo of the new bike at the least.
Thanks Dave, I look forward to see another crazy invention of yours ;) Soon you'll need to talk to Musk to make one for Mars :O
 

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Soon you'll need to talk to Musk to make one for Mars :O
i don't think Elon needs my help, but i did get launched into space on the 172 road at 3AM on my way up to Saguenay...maybe you know that road, pretty good in daylight, not so good at night.

Canuckistan in the wee hours, i wrote...

Highway 138 is the coast road on the north side of the St. Lawrence, and I’d been here before, but riding northeast. Now I was headed the opposite direction, prospects slim to none at this hour of the morning in falling temps, and I’d been rolling for over eighteen hours at this point. I was still feeling pretty good, had caught a second wind, and as I shifted around in the saddle prior to my turn southwest, my active mindset was “Well, ok, just let ‘er buck”. Without that active state of mind I would have been forced to park it, no use continuing on.

The 138 is a scenic ride from Les Escoumins northeast, but less so southwest towards Tadoussac, didn’t matter, couldn’t see anything anyway, except for “No Vacancy” signs, or infrequently the French equivalent. Some establishments had bonfires going in front, party central, big crowds of Quebecois, no doubt some still half drunk from the previous night’s revelry.

I passed the intersection with highway 172 which runs north to Saguenay, this road was on my route as an alternate, but continued on to Tadoussac, maybe lodging would be available there, yeah sure, “No Vacancy” neon was branded on my eyeballs. I should take the free ferry across the Riviere Saguenay, but when I got to the landing there was a long line of tractor trailers waiting, the ferry had broken down, that was the report I got from an English speaking driver with Ontario plates on his rig.

I sure as heck wasn’t going to wait, so I backtracked to 172, turned left, and headed north to Saguenay. I’d been there too, but now a long ways off on a dark highway, not much in between. Yeah, that’s what I said, and a fuel stop I remembered on the 172 was closed up, out of business when I got there. My mental fuel range calculator said “Fumes” in the same sentence with Saguenay, man, this is going to be close.

Those thoughts were in my mind when I ran into about 30km of brand new road surface, beautiful smooth black pavement, freshly striped same as the States, and I was flying headlong up the road, fuel, coffee, and food had to be somewhere ahead. That’s when the new pavement markings stopped, no signs, no nothing, and I floated off into pitch black space, weightless and winged.

No moon, no stars, no traffic, no lights of any kind except those pointing forward, and all I saw was black as I seemingly flew off a sharp edged cliff at 70mph. I was hallucinating, and I must have traveled a good half mile through the air before I landed, figuratively speaking, and if I had been alert before, now I was really wide awake. I’d been swallowed by a rolling sea of blackness, my spatial reasoning in failure mode. Now I was back, ain’t no Knievel, the heck with that flying nonsense. Let’s get to Saguenay, and I backed it down a little, save some fuel, either that or walk the final miles.

The glow from Saguenay was showing against the clouds, then finally some actual lights, yeah, lights, like my low fuel light, I’d been staring at it for 25 miles while I crawled along. No chance of impeding traffic, I’d only seen two vehicles since 138. It was around 3am, what fuel stops would be open at this hour? Three o’clock in the morning, and I coasted up on two young kids on bicycles, maybe 10 or 12 years old. They wanted to race, I was going that slow, near out of fuel, but I finally pulled away, leaving them pedaling furiously, no quit in those two.

Another mile or two into town, here’s fuel with the lights on in the convenience store, no lights at the pumps, I stopped anyway, hadn’t been off the bike since the ferry. I thought the store was closed, but a car pulled in, a guy jumped out and went over to the door, locked, but then I heard a faint buzz and he pulled the door open, aha, a safety feature for the night time store clerk. I walked over, knocked on the door, the clerk took a peek at me, then buzzed me in. I headed straight for the coffee, passing close enough to that other buzzed in guy, damn, they must sell Boy Chanel somewhere around here, although no one would ever confuse him with a svelte urbanite.

I asked for pie in English, then tried in French, but the fat-boy clerk looked at me like he hadn’t heard a single word, deaf in both languages. I did buy a couple candy bars and a sticky bun, then hung around long enough to find out a credit card would work at the pumps, he’d turn one on for me, at least I think that’s what he said.

I got out there real quick and fueled the bike, no fuel and I was stuck right here. I was standing there drinking my coffee, eating my fuel stop breakfast, when the two bicycle boys rode right up to the store door, brakes locking up the rear tires, then dropping the bikes like rocks. The clerk buzzed them right in, must be his 3AM regulars, no curfew in this town.

Done in the store, the boys came over to look at the bike, they didn’t respond to English either. What the heck, maybe I can get them to help lube the chain, and I got out my spray can. I showed one kid what I wanted done, he understood immediately, and as I rolled the bike forward, he sprayed down the chain, good job too. I packed things away, turned to the boy who had helped me, pointed to the chain, and said “Merci beaucoup”. He looked me right in the eye, and said “You’re welcome”.

Ha, that was a small gift, but if I laughed too hard the boys wouldn’t have understood. Hey boys, let me gift ya back, give ya something to talk about, and I left the pumps in a near redline launch, Leo Vince an out of control wild scream. Yeah kids, there’s madness in there, don’t have to dig too deep.

 

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This cafe racer is pretty neat:

i like custom work, but i'm currently building gravel runner style motos. maybe when i get too old for gravel, i'll build a cafe, i already know the direction i'd take.

note they used the same children's water bottle for coolant expansion as i did back in 2011, maybe someone was on the forum, or over at ADV, small world. photo from back on page 26. now i custom fab the expansion tanks, no more bottles.

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i don't think Elon needs my help, but i did get launched into space on the 172 road at 3AM on my way up to Saguenay...maybe you know that road, pretty good in daylight, not so good at night.

Canuckistan in the wee hours, i wrote...


Done in the store, the boys came over to look at the bike, they didn’t respond to English either. What the heck, maybe I can get them to help lube the chain, and I got out my spray can. I showed one kid what I wanted done, he understood immediately, and as I rolled the bike forward, he sprayed down the chain, good job too. I packed things away, turned to the boy who had helped me, pointed to the chain, and said “Merci beaucoup”. He looked me right in the eye, and said “You’re welcome”.
I took 172 once by car, so don't remember much.

BTW, talking about chain cleaning, sorry to hijack your thread (tried to send you a message but somehow the site doesn't show me the Message button :O:O), what do you think about my ChainBath?
I designed it specifically to make it easy, fast and mess free (to avoid that nice bend down, spray the chain, move the bike a bit, do it again, efficiency very low, mess everywhere) at home or on the road.

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...if he's on the jump, Eduardo Fast will come along and fix this last set of photos so they'll display correctly. i guess the "new" forum doesn't allow a .jpeg, and there's no edit to try a fix. what kinda joint they runnin" around here?...
...those photos are all smugmug "large", 800x600, same size and jpg format i've used since 2008. why don't they display on the "new" forum, and what is the procedure to fix this for future use? the above photos were all posted with the "insert image" function, same as always, no worky....

Dave - I've got your pics UP in that post, but did it the ONLY way I know HOW TO - so, SORRY - that they say 'edcopeman' pics, but AT LEAST THEY SHOW UP, and in the same order as you posted them.

The OWNERS changed the Forum, for better or for worse, and MOST MODS have quit, 'cept for ME (SO FAR!).

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I took 172 once by car, so don't remember much.

BTW, talking about chain cleaning, sorry to hijack your thread (tried to send you a message but somehow the site doesn't show me the Message button :O:O), what do you think about my ChainBath?
I designed it specifically to make it easy, fast and mess free (to avoid that nice bend down, spray the chain, move the bike a bit, do it again, efficiency very low, mess everywhere) at home or on the road.

Thanks
hadn't seen that ChainBath before, clever idea, the world likes a thinking man. i'm really tough on chains mainly because of all the gravel miles. i'll never win an award for most miles out of a chain, like the one on the chloride covered bike in the photo. by the time i managed to swap in a new chain in BC, that chain was missing a bunch of rollers and you could tie it in an overhand knot once removed.
 

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Dave - I've got your pics UP in that post, but did it the ONLY way I know HOW TO - so, SORRY - that they say 'edcopeman' pics, but AT LEAST THEY SHOW UP, and in the same order as you posted them.

The OWNERS changed the Forum, for better or for worse, and MOST MODS have quit, 'cept for ME (SO FAR!).

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i don't think anyone will think those bikes are yours, ya would need to carry around some kind of folding ladder just so you could get on and off. chid could probably design one for you, consider making an inquiry. as compensation, you could regale him with the merits of high test WD40 and remind him not to use a clip on the rear axle nut.

make your job easier if all commonly available forum functions were present and actually worked. with the quarantine time-outs lately, you'd think stuff would get fixed.
 
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