2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Parts Compatibility List

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 Parts Compatibility List - Title Thumbnail

Last updated on August 23rd, 2018

The following is a non-exhaustive, yet unfinished 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?

Which is the Best Bolt Grade for Swingarm Spools? - Because Chinesium Bolts Suck - Title Thumbnail

Last updated on September 17th, 2018

If you’ve stumbled upon this article, I’m guessing you’ve either lost the bolts that came with your swingarm spools or they’ve rusted. Perhaps 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 I’m 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?”

Rudyard Kipling – The Gods of the Copybook Headings (PDF)

“As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn, The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!” — Rudyard Kipling - The God of the Copybook Headings

Last updated on June 6th, 2018

“The Gods of the Copybook Headings” is a short poem Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) wrote in 1919. It contains “age-old, unfashionable wisdom” that Kipling saw as forgotten by society and replaced by “habits of wishful thinking.”

It can be found in the book Prophetic Verse,  within which you can find a collection of his best words. It includes many of his impressive classics. Some of those included are works such as “The Gods of the Copybook Headings,” “The City of Brass,” “Recessional,” “Jubal and Tubal Cain,” “When Earth’s Last Picture Is Painted” and “If.” Among others. Continue reading “Rudyard Kipling – The Gods of the Copybook Headings (PDF)”

Best Multi-Colored Electronic Hearing Protection?

Here you'll find the best electronic hearing protectors I've found for new shooters.

Last updated on June 18th, 2018

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, you should consider it. 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

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.

Last updated on August 14th, 2018

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. I hate to be the harbinger of bad news, but the sad truth is that there is still 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

How to Sell a Used Motorcycle - Tips & Tricks to sell my motorcycle - Title Thumbnail

Last updated on July 13th, 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 (congratulations!), financial difficulties or something else entirely. Here’s how to sell a used motorcycleWhile selling a vehicle isn’t difficult per se, there are definitely tips and steps that no one tells you in advanceI’m going to go over, step by step, the process I used to sell my motorcycle. I’ll cover my actual experience selling the 2016 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS sport bike pictured above.

Selling a motorcycle can be a hassle. Hopefully this guide helps make the job easier for you when the time comes.
Continue reading “How to Sell a Used Motorcycle”

International Used Motorcycle Sales: Selling and Shipping Abroad

International Used Motorcycle Sales - Selling and Shipping Abroad - Title Thumbnail

Last updated on June 19th, 2018

On its own, selling a motorcycle is daunting if you don’t have experience. Even considering international used motorcycle sales can sound like a recipe for a disaster. But is it? When I had to sell my motorcycle, it ended up sold to an international buyer. And the experience was almost as easy as with any other local buyer. Before totally dismissing the idea of selling and shipping a motorcycle abroad, consider this before concluding it’s a bad idea. Continue reading “International Used Motorcycle Sales: Selling and Shipping Abroad”

Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650

Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer

Last updated on June 7th, 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 Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer. Today we’re going to install one on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS. The process and part are exactly the same for the 2017+ Kawasaki Z650. While it’s one of the easier Ninja 650 mods and upgrades, no instructions are included. Seeing it done before trying yourself is always nice, since there are always tips to learn beforehand. Here’s how to install a motorcycle fork stabilizing brace on a sport 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 August 21st, 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. You should winterize a pressure washer for one main purpose – To make sure it works the next time you need to use it.

Commercial products to winterize a pressure washer can cost over 400$ per gallon, if you buy them at around 12-20$ per 4 Fl Oz. I’m not even joking. Calculate it yourself, it really would cost that much per gallon! Here I’m going to show you how to make 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 July 3rd, 2018

Next to tire pressure and chain lubricationmotorcycle chain adjustment is among the most ignored simple maintenance tasks. Even though chain tension (slack) and rear wheel alignment is a major factor for the longevity of both the chain and tire. Not to mention the motorcycles handling, as well as basic safety. To see what happens when a motorcycle chain falls off due to neglecting it, 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 following this process. Continue reading “Motorcycle Chain Adjustment – Chain Tension & Rear Wheel Alignment”