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Old 04-23-2009, 01:37 AM   #25
LukasM OP
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Joined: Nov 2006
Location: On a RTW ride - currently SE Asia on the way to OZ
Oddometer: 5,426
Originally Posted by mousitsas
On the other hand, you may consider getting an ER6 (naked version of versys with 5+hp), replace forks, swingarm and shock, transfer the exhaust from under the engine to the side for better ground clearance, lighten it here and there and you will end up with a sub 200kgr fully fuelled bike. The versys is 205 fully fuelled.

Of course this is the 'daddy' of this kind of machine....
Grafting everything onto the Versys or ER-6/Ninja frame might be possible, but I think it will end up being just as much or more work than a swap. I also doubt that it will work together as well as the LC4 chassis. This guy tried it:

I would also like to end up considerably lighter than 200kg. Around 160kg (without fuel) should be doable, apparently the Versys engine weighs around 55kg (to be confirmed). So slightly more than an LC4, but I can save a bit with lighter muffler, fiberglass fairing, rally tank etc. Something like Jaybo has done on his LC4, except for the rear tank I have almost all the parts anyway:

I have a feeling that a 160kg Adv with a 62+ HP twin would be a lot of fun....

Originally Posted by ADVJake
putting a twin in that chassis could prove difficult... this would widen the bike a fair bit, and you might not have enough room length wise.

Stick to a single.
I'd put a F650 motor in it, or an x-challenge motor if you can find one. They meet all your demands.
The Versys engine seems to be quite compact. I am going to the local Kawi dealer (who happens to be a family friend) and will get some measurement this weekend. Hopefully I'll get in a test ride as well.

I agree the BMW 650 would be the easiest choice. I might still end up doing that if I find a good deal, but but it wouldn't be anything you can't do with a farkled X-Challenge. Touratech rally fairing, front tank, and steel subframe, etc. Could have just gotten this bike on Ebay a few weeks ago, sold for 6k or so:

Currently going RTW on a KTM 690 Rally, trip blog:

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