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Old 03-19-2015, 07:48 AM   #1
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: Santa Rosa
Motorcycles: 2014 R1200GS & 2015 WR250R
Name: Rick
Cool Turning my Ninja 650 into a Sport Touring machine

I decided to post up some progress pics of my sport touring 2012 ninja 650 build. I first got this bike as my replacement for my beater/learner ninja 250, and have really been getting into some longer distance riding on it now that I've got some experience.

In the US, we don't get the luxury of having 2012+ ER6 models that have OEM spots for hard luggage racks. I was able to find another 650 owner up in Canada who was able to send me his racks, and provided a video on how to modify the 2012 USDM fairings for use with the PLX Givi racks. Here's how that turned out:





It was a bit difficult getting it all lined up, but now it looks and functions great. I ran into an issue where my EvoTech fender eliminator happened to reposition the rear turn signals right where the racks needed to sit to be bolted to the frame. This caused me to buy the integrated rear light, which I had wanted for a while anyways. Now I just need to save up for the ridiculously priced V35 bags before my week long touring trip in June.

Other things that I've done to improve the riding experience:
  • heated grips
  • tall windscreen
  • lower footpegs
  • Nitron Sport rear shock
  • RaceTech front springs & valve emulators
  • preload adjusters from a SV650
  • corbin seat

I've also installed the sport bars, as I previously was wanting to have a more aggressive position, but have decided that once I pick up an older SS bike for the weekends, that I'll install the OEM tall as hell flat bars back on to make it as comfortable as possible.
I'd love to hear from any other sport touring riders about what they might suggest next. I've heard mixed reviews about ScottOilers, but was considering one. Let's hear your thoughts
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