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I like to ride long distances, and weeklong trips are my favorite even though I haven't had that many opportunities to get away. So I've farkeled the Ninjette for touring. I also did some of my prepurchase due diligence here, so thanks to everyone who posted about their experiences. Feel free to ask questions. Here's my build.

STUFF I'D DO REGARDLESS

First up, heated grips. I'd do this without regard to touring. They extend the riding season in the North, and are useful even in the sunny South on cool morning, higher elevations, and if you get caught in the rain without waterproof gloves. Cold hands just don't respond well. I installed the Oxfords: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/oxford-heaterz-premium-sport-heated-grips

Gotta have the leads for my Battery Tender branded battery tender. Or is the generic name for this product a trickle charger?

The best bang for the buck has been my Kuryakyn throttle boss. You can release your grip while keeping on the throttle with your palm. It really helps on longer rides, even just afternoon rides. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kuryakyn-universal-throttle-boss

I have but haven't installed a radiator protector. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07PJD4XBS/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It's maybe not necessary, but at only 1200 miles the radiator is already looking slightly dinged.

Late Edit: I forgot that I'd ordered up some Hotbodies Racing adjustable levers. https://www.sportbiketrackgear.com/hotbodies-racing-kawasaki-ninja-400-2018-mgp-levers-set/ I just installed them today. STG has an easy to follow installation video.

STUFF FOR LONG DISTANCES

The stock windshield was ok for lower speeds, but highway riding over long periods of time is helped by a higher touring windshield. I had a Zero Gravity tall double bubble on my N650R (they don't make tall double bubbles for every bike it seems). It still looked good after having it for 11 of the 12 years I had my Little Red Ninja. I bought their dark smoke touring windshield for Ninjette Noire. It works well at keeping the wind blast off me, possibly gains some aerodynamic advantage, and maybe even helps guide a few bugs (far from all, however) over my head. The overall black color kinda makes her look like a raven (think Poe, not Teen Titans). Maybe that's her spirit animal? https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/zero-gravity-sport-touring-windscreen-kawasaki-ninja-400-2018

Reducing chores on a trip, especially a time-limited Iron Butt ride, is essential. I transferred my Scottoiler E-System automatic chain oiler from my Little Red Ninja to Ninjette Noire. I can go more than 2000 miles before needing a refill, I can increase and decrease oiling on the move to address changing conditions like rain or dust, and it's pumped under pressure rather than gravity-fed, so temperature or elevation changes aren't an issue. https://www.twistedthrottle.com/scottoiler-esystem-electronic-chain-oiler I also ordered a dual-sided applicator for the chain, but it's on backorder. https://www.twistedthrottle.com/scottoiler-scorpion-dual-injector Even with the single-sided application, the oil does migrate to the other side of the chain. It also migrates slightly to the chain guard, the underside of the bike, and my panniers. The dual sided should allow me to reduce the amount of oil being applied, thus increasing my range between refills and hopefully reducing fling. On longer trips, I bring a small spare bottle for refills, I pack this in a heavy-duty Ziplock and haven't had a spill.

I added a couple of StompGrip strips to the sides of the gas tank. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/stompgrip-universal-frame-rails-kit And a ProGrip tank pad. https://www.revzilla.com/dirt-bike/pro-grip-5007-tank-pad I bought them both in clear. It was a pain to get all the bubbles out against the black paint. Maybe opaque would have been easier.

LUGGAGE

My luggage transferred easily--I verified this on a test ride before buying my Ninjette. Kriega US 40 system tail bags are a kit with one 20 liter drybag, two 10 liter drybags, and a strapping system to tie them to the pillion seat and to each other. They can be attached singly or in any combination including all three at once. I can use the right sized bag for what I'm taking on the trip, and on big trips where I might be staying at one place for a day or two (Tail of the Dragon, for example) I can have just the right sized bag for what I may need for the day and leave the rest in the hotel. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/kriega-uscombo40-drypack-system Mine has the old attachment system--it's been improved since I purchased. They also have bigger combination bags. And they have additional attachment points for things like my bike cover.

My panniers are also drybags and fit high on the bike's sides so they do not need any additional bracing. When I bought them they were sold as Ortliebs, but now they are under the Touratech brand. https://touratech-usa.com/Store/Touratech-Waterproof-MOTO-Speed-Bags These are easier to get into than the Kreigas when everything is packed up together, so I use them for things I'll need on the ride like extra layers or H2O while using the tailbags for stuff needed in the hotel room. I also added 3M clear protective strips where the panniers touched my Little Red Ninja, I'll be doing that for the Ninjette as well.

I tested, one could say, the waterproofing when riding through variable rain on the interstates for about 4 hours on one trip. Everything stayed completely dry.

I've added a non-waterproof tailbag to my collection. I bought the Nelson-Rigg commuter light tailbag just for ease of use while running errands around town or on short rides. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/nelson-rigg-commuter-lite-tail-bag Unlike my drybags which require several straps to be loosened or unlatched and then latched and retightened, it's just a quick zip to stow something.

I have an Oxford magnetic tankbag with a GPS holder. The exact one seems to be out of production, but this is similar: https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/oxford-m4r-tank-n-tailer-magnetic-tank-bag?rrec=true It holds lots of stuff, including my lucky tire plug kit, which seems to ward off punctures just by being carried, and I'll still be lucky to have it with me if I do get a puncture. My GPS is a refurbished Magellan which I bought on Amazon at a low enough price that I won't whine too much if it disappears. The screen could be brighter.

ELECTRONICS

I added the Kawi cigarette lighter power plug. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07HKGJ464/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 My GPS has that sort of plug, and I already owned a cigarette to USB adapter, so I decided to skip the aftermarket USB sockets. But it does seem to be unnecessarily pricy.

I also have but haven't installed a Denali Compact Soundbomb air horn. The Ninjette's polite little beep just isn't enough, so I decided to go all out. https://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/denali-soundbomb-compact-air-horn-and-wiring-kit?rrec=true

One additional detail--with three ring leads being added to the battery posts, I needed longer terminal screws to make it work. I had bought longer screws for my old bike, and remembered to swap them out when I de-accessorized the Little Red Ninja before selling her. The longer screws worked just fine on the Ninjette's battery. Most full service hardware stores will have the correct size screws in stainless steel.

JUST FOR FUN

And the one decal I added so far is this for the right-hand mirror: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AR9G6XO/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 I'm tending to be a fan of minimalist decoration, so my IBA plate backer was transferred and I need to get new Deal's Gap dragon stickers next time I'm there, but that's likely it for appearances.

I also did the garage door opener DIY installation. This project is somewhat easy even for the mechanically reclined such as myself. Take a spare GDO remote, open the casing and remove the circuit board. There will be a push button on the board with 4 soldered points. Two are for power, and the other two just for physically attaching the button to the board. Now bend a piece of short wire in a U shape and play connect the dots to see which points operate the GDO--those are the ones to solder two short and flexible wires on the back of the circuit board. Then drill a hole in the casing to let the wires out and reassemble the remote. Next, drill a hole in your pride and joy for the push button and install. Mine is on the right side inner fairing where it's easy to reach while riding up my driveway. Wire from the button to a dry place under your seat and attach the GDO remote. I took the extra precaution of wrapping the remote in plastic wrap for more water resistance and also cushioning for the remote. Some people online have gone further and hooked the remote up to their bike's battery, but I figure I can easily just change the battery in the remote on the bike as easily as I can for the remote in the car.

FUTURE PLANS

Time will tell whether I want to get a cushier seat, suspension upgrades, tail tidy or an aftermarket slip-on exhaust. Riding season in Wisconsin is getting near the end, and I'll have all winter to obsess and over-think these things.

The femme fatale of an unwritten Raymond Chandler novel, Ninjette Noire, is just about ready to hoon around the continent with me. Up first will be for her to earn the IBA label I've attached to her license plate. I know the IBA says it was my achievement, but Ninjette says she doesn't feel right wearing it when she hasn't actually completed an IBA certificate herself. And then I want to return to the Tail of the Dragon. I expect that Ninjette will have great fun on all of the wonderful twisty riding roads in the area. I also want to ride to Glacier National Park's Going to the Sun Road and to ride the Overseas Highway. And a British friend wants to ride the Pacific Coast Highway someday, he'll fly in and rent a bike and I'll meet him.
 

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Thanks for taking the time to pass on your extensive touring set up knowledge champ. I do a bit of credit card touring myself, just three or four days max travelling light with no saddle bags.
I used to do the whole camping thing and it is enjoyable, but it's a lot of weighty gear to cart around. Back then I was riding bigger bikes though.
The Ninja has a good tank range which I find is really important here. One of my riding companions has a Yammie MT-09 which has the same 14 liter tank as our bikes and it's a real PITA stopping for him all the time to fill up.
 

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Thanks, Kiwi Rider.

Wow, I just looked at this again and it's a dense read. I had considered separate posts, but thought that it may make a more comprehensive thread in one location. And the search function will cause it to show up if someone is looking at one of the things that are mentioned. I put in some headings and did a little reorganizing. I hope that helps.

I invite anyone to add their touring or long-distance mods here to benefit anyone researching touring mods. I've learned a lot about the 400 here when I was researching my next bike. And I remember how helpful it was to go online to a bike-specific site for my Little Red Ninja and learn from the experience of others so that I'd have the right tools and information when I started riding. We're all here to help each other out.
 
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I should have explained this part better:

I also did the garage door opener DIY installation. This project is somewhat easy even for the mechanically reclined such as myself. Take a spare GDO remote, open the casing and remove the circuit board. There will be a push button on the board with 4 soldered points. Two are for power, and the other two just for physically attaching the button to the board. Now bend a piece of short wire in a U shape and play connect the dots to see which points operate the GDO--those are the ones to solder two short and flexible wires on the back of the circuit board. Then drill a hole in the casing to let the wires out and reassemble the remote. Next, drill a hole in your pride and joy for the water proof push button available at Amazon and install. Mine is on the bike's left side inner fairing where it's easy to reach while riding up my driveway. Wire from the button to a dry place under your seat and attach the GDO remote. I took the extra precaution of wrapping the remote in plastic wrap for more water resistance and also cushioning for the remote. Some people online have gone further and hooked the remote up to their bike's battery, but I figure I can easily just change the battery in the remote on the bike as easily as I can for the remote in the car.
 
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I'd like to update the Scottoiler reference in case someone is researching. I've added their Scorpion dual sided oil emitter about 300 miles ago, and it's been working very well.

https://www.scottoiler.com/us/scorpion-dual-injector/

Their instructions were unnecessarily difficult to study because they seem to be trying to do it all with pictures only and no words. I suspect this is due to an international market for their products instead of fundamental illiteracy in their marketing department. But a practical eye toward the product and it's fittings resolved my issues and it installed easily.

In practice, I kept the drip frequency setting the same as I had with the single-sided standard emitter, and the chain is plenty wet. I'm going to clean the chain guard & such of excess oil fling and reduce the drip frequency (from every 60 seconds to every 90 seconds) and then see if the chain is still wet enough and if fling is reduced. If it looks like I can reduce further, I'll experiment again.
 

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I also installed the Denali Compact Soundbomb air horn and it's plug-n-play wiring lit, only to have it not work. I'd bought from Revzilla, and called them hoping for some installation help as everything I could think of for troubleshooting didn't work. But they instead offered to take it back for a full refund. I decided to give up on this idea for the time being.
 

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And I installed an Arrow Pro-Race slip on, with a review at the Arrow thread under exhausts. It's not too loud for urban riding, it looks good, and doesn't interfere with my right heel like the stock can did.
 
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I'd like to update the Scottoiler reference in case someone is researching. I've added their Scorpion dual sided oil emitter about 300 miles ago, and it's been working very well.
I've been talking back and forth with another rider about his Scottoiler system. Just as a note for you, after numerous installs on different bikes, he's found synthetic ATF works well as a replacement for the unit's oil, at a reasonable cost.
 

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I've been talking back and forth with another rider about his Scottoiler system. Just as a note for you, after numerous installs on different bikes, he's found synthetic ATF works well as a replacement for the unit's oil, at a reasonable cost.
Synthetic ATF, hadn't thought of that. I would wonder whether it might fling off too easily. Does your friend have to increase the drip rate more than with the Scottoiler blue or red?

One of the good things about the Scottoiler e-system is that they are easy to transfer to your next bike. I'm not so sure about transferring a v-system as a tube will likely need replacing.
 

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My disappointment is the fuel tank size. Would like to have 500+ km range.
I agree. But we do get good mileage to make up for the disappointing tank size. My plan would be to research gas stations before traveling in areas where fueling might be an issue, such as Nevada's Loneliest Highway or the Northern Rockies. I imagine that some of the scenic areas I'd like to see in Canada may have similar issues, especially in the west and north.
 
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