Last updated on July 10th, 2019
Here’s a quick and easy upgrade if you’re looking for a project to keep busy during Winter. There’s an old saying that on cars, one quick way to judge if it has as many miles as the odometer claims is to look at the condition of the steering wheel. Something similar could be claimed about the area around a motorcycle’s ignition.
One peeve of mine are bikes that have the ignition area all scratched up from keys banging around. It looks bad, and it’s avoidable. Using cheap carbon fiber vinyl we’re gonna make a custom key scratch protector for motorcycles. This 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 (Z650) is today’s victim. Enjoy!
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Last updated on October 16th, 2019
So it’s time to clean and lubricate the chain, huh? It might not be the most glamorous job, but motorcycle chain maintenance is necessary if you want your chain and sprockets to live a long life. Sure, it’s a pretty basic job. But for riders new to DIY motorcycle maintenance this detailed how-to can come in handy. Here are some tips and tricks for cleaning and lubing your motorcycle chain. Today we’ll be working on a 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650/Z650.
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 30 min
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Last updated on August 26th, 2020
The following is a non-exhaustive, 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 (up to around 2020+). Continue reading “2017-2020+ Kawasaki Ninja 650 Parts Compatibility List”
Last updated on December 10th, 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.
Tool Requirements: Basic
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: 30-50$ Continue reading “Motorcycle Fork Brace Stabilizer for the Ninja 650/Z650”
Last updated on June 1st, 2019
Next to tire pressure and chain lubrication, motorcycle 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”
Last updated on April 19th, 2020
Oh, the joys of motorcycle maintenance! Or is that just something we pretend when bragging to our cager buddies at the bar? I forget. Sometimes it’s just another item on our to do list, and today is one of those days. Taking the time to lube the throttle and clutch control cables on your motorbike is something you should do yearly. Or whenever the throttle starts to stick.
Considering the consequences of your throttle or clutch cable locking up or breaking, this is really overlooked way too often. Thankfully, it’s easy and pretty much free to do. It can be intimidating the first time, but there isn’t all that much to it. Here’s How.
Tool Requirements: Low
Time: 1 Hour
Cost: ≈0$ after the first time
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Last updated on August 27th, 2020
I’m not sure why, but I’ve always been a fan of loud horns. And if you’ve clicked, I’m guessing you might also have the same guilty vice. So when I passed on from my beloved 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS (with its Hella Supertones) to a new 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650 ABS, you can be sure a motorcycle horn upgrade was somewhere on the To-Do list. This is that. After all, there’s nothing like scaring the bejeezus out of someone trying to merge in to you with a 139db air horn, is there?
To be honest, I was perfectly happy with my Hellas. But it was annoying to have two separate horns to install and wire. This time I was curious about going with a pneumatic air horn like the Stebel Nautilus. As opposed to your typical piezoelectric horn, like the OEM model or the Hellas. Hopefully it would be louder than the Hellas, too. While I had my doubts, eventually I was able to find a viable spot and mounting solution for the horn on this bike. Here I’m going to go over the motorcycle air horn upgrade process.
I based this motorcycle horn upgrade DIY on the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 650. That makes this How-To equally applicable to the Kawasaki Z650. Nonetheless, even if you’re looking to install a Stebel Nautilus Air Horn on any vehicle, you might find some inspiration here.
Tool Requirements: Intermediate
Time: A weekend project
Cost: 40$ Approx. Continue reading “Motorcycle Horn Upgrade – Stebel Nautilus Air Horn & Kawasaki Ninja 650”
Last updated on August 13th, 2020
In this motorcycle oil change DIY I’m going to take a look at changing the oil on the 2017+ Kawasaki Ninja 650. It is also exactly the same process for the 2017 Kawasaki Z650. Thankfully, on these models changing the oil is easier than ever! Mostly thanks to an open bottom that makes it unnecessary to remove any fairings at all. While we are at it, we are also going to install an oil drain valve making future oil changes even quicker and cleaner.
Tool Requirements: Easy
Time: 20 Minutes – 1 hour Continue reading “Motorcycle Oil Change How-To – Ninja 650”