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post #1 of 36 Old 10-25-2015, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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2015 Apocalypse KLR650 Build Thread

Hey All

Every Winter I like to purchase a bike and either restore it to its former glory or customize it to suit a very specific purpose.

Last year I turned a very hum-drum Ducati 696 into a Tri-Color street racer. The year before that I built a custom M109R drag bike. The year before that was a 1956 BMW R26.

This year I have planned a round trip on the well know Trans Labrador Highway. This 4000+ KM trip will take me from St. John's Newfoundland, through Labrador, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and back through the center of Newfoundland via the Abandoned Railway bed. I will be leaving in June of 2016. It will involve at least 2300 KM's of gravel and should be a real test for any motorcycle.

My whole idea with this build was to construct a KLR650 that could withstand the apocalypse and still go looking for more. I want to build an absolutely bullet proof bike that is as tough and simple as a bag of nails. The AK47 of motorcycles if you will.

I will post pictures as I progress on this forum. Please remember to leave your comments, thoughts or suggestions as I go.

Without further ado, here is the brand new 2015 KLR650 I am starting with:



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post #2 of 36 Old 10-26-2015, 01:26 PM Thread Starter
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Rolled the bike onto the lift in my little workshop last night. Here she is before the tear down.



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post #3 of 36 Old 10-26-2015, 01:27 PM Thread Starter
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Started tearing down at noon today. 90 minutes later here was the result:






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post #4 of 36 Old 10-31-2015, 05:12 AM Thread Starter
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SW-Motech Rear Pannier Rack mounted:



Denali DR1 Headlight's Mounted:

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post #5 of 36 Old 11-01-2015, 06:36 AM
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All it needs is the lighting and a machete and sawed-off shotgun holder and make sure you get rid of the ugly front fender. Zombies are attracted to the stock fender.

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Gun holder is being worked on. Going to use the existing Motech quick mount system and a hard Pelican case.

As for the machete, maybe not. However I might throw a trout filleting knife in there somewhere.

As for the stock fender, I kinda like it in an ugly sort of way.
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I like your tie-down platform. Does it have dolly wheels for work space management?
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post #8 of 36 Old 11-01-2015, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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Getting past the 1/2 way mark. Here are the new additions:

Moose Headlight Guard:



Moose Brake Piston Guard:



Zumo 590LM hard wired for constant power with auxiliary USB plug on the dash for iPhone or other USB powered item:



Oxford Adventure Heated Grip. I mounted the controller on a SW Motech Switch Mount:



Denali Light's are wired to the high-beam switch with a separate master switch on the dash:



Rear Dry Tube for behind the Motech Bags:



SW-Motech Skid Plate:

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Looks great! I'm looking forward to future posts as well.
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Motech Crash Bars:



Vario Windscreen:

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