EX650 project

After a rough ending to my 2014 season of trackday riding, I have the tough choice whether I should scrap out my R6 or rebuild it.  The bike has a cracked and bent frame and has damage to the fuel tank, fairing, bent forks, busted triple tree, bent front rim, busted subframe, and some other nickle and dime BS.  For the cost of the repairs, I might have been the best off buying another salvaged R6 and moving my goodies over to that bike, and then E-Baying what was leftover.  I am choosing a different route.

I chose the Kawasaki Ninja 650 because, I think in the long run the bike will be less expensive on tires and other parts.  I picked one up with 3700 miles at the salvage auction for $1k.  That is a far cry from a salvaged R6, which would run depending on the damage into the $3.5k range.  So already I have $2.5k difference (that’s a years worth of track days I could spend that money on).

So here we go.  A new build for the books, and it will not be some tricked out Pasta Bike.  It will be a mild track bike build with a possible race future (40+ thunderbike might be fun).

In a race class that the SV650 dominates, it will take a ton of late nights and hard work to make the EX650 even close to competitive.  Did I mention money? Yep it takes that too.

My first and foremost is reducing weight.  I already weigh in at 180ibs with very little to loose, so I guess it needs to come off this bike.  I will try to document exactly how and where the reductions in weight are coming from.  My goal is a 50 ibs of reduction.

These pictures are from the auction website and I am unsure what some of them are supposed to be showing me, also some are very poor quality.  I don’t know if the photographer was all jacked up on coffee or if he had a piss poor camera, because some are very blurry.

The Basic Plan:

  • ZX6 rear wheel BRP provides a superior kit for this. (so I can have a better tire selection)
  • Race Tech rear shock (my penske from the R6 will be to expensive to convert)
  • R6 Front end swap with Race Tech rebuild (I already have the parts, it would take $1200 in parts to get the stock forks even close to my R6 forks)
  • Woodcraft rearsets (stock rearsets weigh in at almost 10ibs)
  • Slipper clutch
  • Air switching valve delete
  • Replace the heavy Stainless Yosh slip-on

















Kawasaki ninja 650 er6 with squid lights new project race bike
And it has a bonus!

I will begin pealing away the layers of unwanted items (like the lights in the fairings) and hope the parts sell on E-Bay.  In all realization of looking at the bike, it is in really good shape.  I have no idea why the insurance company wanted to salvage it out.



Riding motorcycles and wrenching since my preteen years, I have moved from motocross to street bikes. Being a teen back in those days it was tough to get me off of the bike. Now days even though I am very busy being a dad I still have my weekends and go to the track to race and on occasion will do a track day or two.

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