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Old 11-28-2010, 02:22 PM   #1
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KLRE650 super Rio build thread.

What is a KLRE650?





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

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Old 11-28-2010, 02:58 PM   #2
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nice looking KLR!
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:23 PM   #3
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I've been waiting for this here thread. George has left a nice mark with this bike.
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Old 11-28-2010, 03:58 PM   #4
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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.
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:30 PM   #5
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Old 11-28-2010, 04:47 PM   #6
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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
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:23 AM   #7
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A little late to this build thread

repsolrider

Very sorry for the loss of your friend. Condolences to his loved ones.

Like most everyone else here who has/had the KLR, i also felt all the bike needed was another cylinder, 20 or so more hp, a six speed tranny, and better brakes.

The ex had a 650r at the same time i had my KLR (05), and there were many times i'd be thinking why didn't mother Kaw put the parallel twin in the new 08 KLR.

Excellent build on the KLE. Thanks for taking time to post all the pics and info.
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Old 12-13-2010, 04:56 AM   #8
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sanjoh reports his 650R bike weight at 350# on a commercial scale, while this KLR version weighs about 100# more. where's the weight difference?
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:13 AM   #9
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sanjoh reports his 650R bike weight at 350# on a commercial scale, while this KLR version weighs about 100# more. where's the weight difference?
Scott weighed his KLRE with fuel, and with the larger capacity tank. The 650R has the same 440lbs claimed wet weight so it will probably be a bit higher in reality. There is no way Sanjo stripped 90+ lbs off his bike, so I assume it was an empty weight. Scale inaccuracy is probably also a part of it.

I bet the bikes would be very close if you weighed them wet, no fuel, on the same accurate scale.

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Old 12-13-2010, 08:51 AM   #10
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I think Lukas got the wieght thing right. If Kawasaki never builds this bike dont worry. If I can make one most could. On this mornings commute I reminded myself why I built this thing.

Most of the time a stock KLR makes enough power. Two up on the highway making passes not even close.
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Old 12-13-2010, 10:50 AM   #11
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The weight thing is interesting.
Even the DR650 and GSX400F are only 20kg or so apart.

The big singles are not featherweight engines to start with.
But at least the mass you're adding is down low.

How does the KLRE like steep hills?
Is it a tractor or revver?
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Old 12-13-2010, 05:09 PM   #12
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That is probably the best example of the most perfect ADV bike creation ever. I would buy one.
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Old 01-03-2011, 02:39 AM   #13
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I love the look and idea behind this bike. Great job. I'm really curious to hear more about how it performs. Any updates?
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:38 PM   #14
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Just built a cheap-o knock off - thanks to RepsolRider for the inspiration.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=710918
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Old 07-28-2011, 11:28 PM   #15
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Just built a cheap-o knock off - thanks to RepsolRider for the inspiration.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=710918
You do me a great honor. I hope your KLRE brings you as much fun as mine has brought me. The reactions are half the fun.

I see some of my ideas made your build, thanks for sharing the link.Two bikes and counting.

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