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repsolrider 11-28-2010 02:22 PM

KLRE650 super Rio build thread.
 
What is a KLRE650?

http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/4108/...idethankse.jpg



I am part owner of a small motorcycle shop in victoria B.C. . Most of the time I work as a mechanic .Four years ago when the Kawasaki Ex650r was released we had a Klr650 and ex in the shop. It came to me that this would be a great splice. We took some measurements and it looked like a winner.
I went home knocked of a drawing and the idea was firmly locked in my head.

Several years went by with no sight of donor bikes. I told my good Friend George Rio Constible about my idea when he worked for me in 2009. George was my mentor and a great mechanic who had built many a cool bike. With his complete enthusiasm for my idea, my fire was lit.

Sadly George was killed June 1st of 2009 riding to meet his family and friends for his favorite outing Monday bike night.

I dedicate this bike to his memory.

This is my EX650R powered KLR. http://superrio.smugmug.com

fatalerror 11-28-2010 02:58 PM

nice looking KLR!

dentvet 11-28-2010 03:23 PM

I've been waiting for this here thread. George has left a nice mark with this bike.:clap

eakins 11-28-2010 03:58 PM

nice. more or less what kawi should have done with the versys.
funny how kawi has all the pieces to build a bike like and sell it like hotcakes
...yet they don't.

johnwesley 11-28-2010 04:30 PM

every thread needs a pic :norton

http://superrio.smugmug.com/Motorcyc...04_B6TPG-L.jpg

johnwesley 11-28-2010 04:47 PM

After looking around at pics, very impressive build. What is the ground clearance? How is the handling off-road? can you tell and difference in weight? Also looks like you may have widened the frame, if so how much?


That should be enough questions right out of the gate :D

welder 11-28-2010 05:50 PM

you need to send a link of this thread to Kawasaki. :clap

C-Stain 11-28-2010 05:50 PM

That is the coolest looking "KLR" I've ever seen...

Cheers!

:clap

repsolrider 11-28-2010 05:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnwesley
After looking around at pics, very impressive build. What is the ground clearance? How is the handling off-road? can you tell and difference in weight? Also looks like you may have widened the frame, if so how much?


That should be enough questions right out of the gate :D

Thanks for the great reply. I enjoyed your klr ride report and love your bike.

The Rio is 10inches under the rear of the skid plate.

The bike felt heavier today the happy trails rad guards are bulky. I will have it wieghed again.

The frame is no wider over all, just at the front its now the same as the rear. The lower crash guards come off with quick pins. gives you the option.

:wave
http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/9600/photo1rk.jpg


Todays ride.

little_twin 11-28-2010 07:46 PM

Very nice work. It looks like it came out of the factory that way.

Ridin'nFishin 11-29-2010 08:25 AM

KLRE650 Super Rio
 
KLRE650 Super Rio, wow what a perfect name for a fantastic bike.

I love the KLR650's and I have tried a few others, but just seem not to be able to let go of my KLR. I have wanted a little more out of it and look at what you got here. :thumb

It is good looking realiable bike that runs great and the suspension is perfect. That engine has to be fun in the KLR body and will preform with the big boys on and off road.

Good job.

johnwesley 11-29-2010 08:44 AM

you have 10" of ground clearance, have you increased suspension travel?

How much lower are the frame rails with the twin?

Mezo 11-29-2010 02:56 PM

Nice work. :deal

Mezo.

Pezz_gs 11-29-2010 05:40 PM

Brilliant!!

It looks a little too Good :evil

Like a Phactory bike!!! Well Done :thumb

repsolrider 11-29-2010 06:25 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by johnwesley
you have 10" of ground clearance, have you increased suspension travel?

How much lower are the frame rails with the twin?


John, the rails are 1-1/2 inches lower, but the rear wheel is now 18" with a tall 140/80-18 tire.

The stock clearence I had at 11" so not much lost. Hope this makes sense.:1drink

Thanks for all the great feed back.:clap


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