2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Parts Compatibility List

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS (Metallic Black) against a white background

The following is a non-exhaustive, yet unfinished 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 parts compatibility list. That is, it is a list of models which share a degree of compatibility with the new 2017+ Kawasaki Ninja 650.

Though this model is new for 2017 – and a major redesign on the previous version of the infamous Ninja 650 – there are still many major and minor accessories that will directly bolt-on. At least from previous models from the Kawasaki family. I can’t make any guarantees about compatibility, but it is an excellent starting point when looking for more options when it comes to replacements and upgrades.

Also, if you want to check out what parts I decided to install on my 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650, check out my mods list. I’ve definitely put a not-insignificant amount of time and money into my bike, so I can absolutely make a few recommendations. Continue reading “2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Parts Compatibility List”

Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

If you ever lose the bolts, you might end up wondering what's the best bolt grade for swingarm spools
If you ever lose the bolts, you might end up wondering what’s the best bolt grade for swingarm spools

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, I’m guessing you’ve either lost the bolts that came with your swingarm spools, they’ve rusted, or they’ve started to bend until the point where it looks like they just might break at any moment. Rather than simply buy whatever is in stock at Home Depot, you actually used that meat between your ears and thought it would be appropriate to look up what’s the best bolt grade for swingarm spools. Good for you! The only problem is that it would seem like almost no one lists the right spec. Thankfully, here we’re gonna tell you what you should be looking for in the right bolt for spools or sliders. Continue reading “Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools?”

Best Multi-Colored Electronic Hearing Protection?

Last updated on May 4th, 2018

The Howard Leight Honeywell Impact Sport are probably the best multi-colored electronic hearing protection you'll find.
The Howard Leight Honeywell Impact Sport are probably the best multi-colored electronic hearing protection you’ll find.

Best Multi-Colored Electronic Hearing Protection?

Howard Leight by Honeywell Impact Sport Sound Amplification Electronic Shooting Earmuffs – Multiple colors

Along with the Peltor Sport Tactical 100 Electronic Hearing Protector, this model is possibly the most popular electronic hearing protectors you’ll find at a range these days. Particularly among economically conscious shooters. If you are specifically looking for a cheap but decent pair of colorful hearing protectors for a child, new shooter, significant other or a friend, this is probably the best multi-colored electronic hearing protection you’ll find. Continue reading “Best Multi-Colored Electronic Hearing Protection?”

The Best Bulb for Unmodified Headlight Housings

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

 

HIDs are great, they are hard to install. While not quite as bright, here's the best bulb for unmodified headlight housings I've found. Just swap them for an easy upgrade.
HIDs are great, but they are hard to install. While not quite as bright, here’s the best bulb for unmodified headlight Housings I’ve found. Just swap them for an easy upgrade.

One of the most frequent questions on forums these days is how to improve the light output of stock headlights. It’s especially common for those riders trying to get rid of the ‘cyclops look’, so typical with imported motorcycles. The sad truth is that there still is no good answer. Like most things in life, it’s a compromise. The options are cheap, easy and bright. You can only choose two. Here I’ll show you which is the best bulb for unmodified headlight housings I’ve found so far. Continue reading “The Best Bulb for Unmodified Headlight Housings”

How to Sell a Used Motorcycle

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

So that time has finally come around, huh?The times they are a changin’ and you need to get rid of your old bike. Either you’ve outgrown it, you’re a new parent, financial difficulties or any other reason. While selling a vehicle isn’t difficult per se, there are definitely tips and steps that get forgotten since it isn’t something you do frequently. Here I’m going to go over, step by step, my actual experience selling the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS pictured above. Hopefully it helps make the job easier for you when the time comes.

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Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650

Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

It’s always nice to spend some quality time with your bike. A cheap and useful way to do that for most sport bikes is installing a Fork Stabilizing Brace. Today we’re going to install one on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. While it’s one of the easier modifications, no instructions are included. Seeing it done before trying yourself is always nice, since there are always tips to learn beforehand.

Keep reading to see if it’s a project you’d like to do to your bike.

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 30-50$ Continue reading “Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650”

How to Winterize a Pressure Washer with DIY Pump Saver

How to Winterize a Pressure Washer

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Winter is here again! Time to pull out the coats, stash the motorcycle ’till next season…and properly store some tools. Certainly not the funnest task in the world, but one worth doing nonetheless.

Winterizing your pressure washer serves one main purpose. To make sure it works the next time you need to use it. And done right, it really is worthwhile. The pump portion of your pressure washer can and will break or deteriorate if neglected (I replaced one not long ago). If you’re lucky, you can simply repair it for around 60-100$ bucks, but on most models these days that isn’t even possible. Winterizing it is just cheap insurance.

And whereas commercial winterizing products can cost over 400$ per gallon if you buy them at around 12-20$ per 4 Fl Oz (I’m not joking. Calculate it yourself, it really would cost that much per gallon), I’m going to show you something just as good if not better. At around 3$ per gallon. Keep reading to see if the solution convinces you or not.

Let’s begin!

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 20 Minutes
Cost: 5$ Continue reading “How to Winterize a Pressure Washer with DIY Pump Saver”

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment – Chain Tension & Rear Wheel Alignment

Motorcycle Chain Adjustment

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Next to tire pressure and chain lubrication, chain tension (slack) and rear wheel alignment are among the most ignored simple maintenance tasks. This despite it being a major factor for both the longevity of the chain and tire, the motorcycles handling, as well as basic safety. To see what happens when a motorcycle chain falls off due to neglecting it, click here to see a short video. The saddest part is that it could have been totally avoidable with less than an hour of time and a few tools.

Here we’re going to go over how to check the chain slack and adjust chain tension, as well as align the rear tire on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. It would also be exactly the same process on the 2017- Kawasaki Z650. On most modern bikes, the process is extremely similar, so regardless of what bike you ride, you should find some value in this tutorial.

Let’s begin!

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Requirements: Basic-intermediate
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 0$ Continue reading “Motorcycle Chain Adjustment – Chain Tension & Rear Wheel Alignment”

Motorcycle Helmet Lock: Anti-Theft Tether Cable

Motorcycle Helmet Lock: Anti-Theft Tether Cable

Last updated on May 26th, 2018

Oh, the beauties of motorcycling and biking. While riding on two wheels is among life’s best pleasures, arriving to your destination with several pounds of gear to store most certainly is not. This guide is going to illustrate my custom motorcycle helmet lock. It’s the best way to securely tether your helmet, jacket or other gear to your bike or motorcycle. To boot, it’s quick and cheap to make, and can be custom made for any gear, lock, bike, or situation. 
You can even use the same technique to make a security tether for a Go Pro action camera, to crimp high amperage battery lug cable terminals, to make stainless steel rope balcony barriers, or heavy duty load bearing slings. It really is an awesome and versatile thing to be able to make and skill to have, so I’m sure that you’ll find plenty of future uses for it.

Difficulty: Easy
Tool Level: Basic-Intermediate
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 5$

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