02-26-2012, 11:30 AM
Joined: Oct 2004
Location: Malta, NY
Originally Posted by svestenik
LukasM, why not try Kawa KLE500 engine instead of Kawa KLE650 engine ?
I admit, it is only 500cc displacement, but it is proven, venerable design, bulletproof. Six gears, and it can run well above 170 kph in stock form. Easy to find, cheap to run & own, and with GPZ500 camshafts and carbs they develop a nice punch.
Same configuration as Versys/ER's, almost the same design, since Kawa 650 engine is based on it, but it should be smaller in overall dimensions and would maybe fit easier ?
They are carbed though, no factory EFI. You would have to do some aftermarket EFI conversion.
If you need measurements and photos of the engine, I can supply you with it, since I have one left from previous bike.
I don't think the 500 engine is smaller. I think it may even be bigger. I had a 500 before my 650 and the power delivery was quite different. The 500 is really soft on the bottom whereas the 650 has some grunt right off of idle.
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