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Old 11-29-2010, 06:37 PM   #16
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sounds like good engineering to me So did you keep the stock 9" of travel or did you increase it when you redid the forks?

How is the frame stiffness with the new found power?

thanks for taking the time to answer a million questions
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Old 11-29-2010, 06:56 PM   #17
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Very nice work. It looks like it came out of the factory that way.

I wish.

How does the performance measure up against a 685 or 705? What about gas mileage? I Love it.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:33 PM   #18
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Wow. Sweet build.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:54 PM   #19
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it will have to run well considering that the versys has 60 rwhp it stock trim. With a after market exhaust system stgII head and 705 big bore your only looking at 45 rwhp. If you add a exhaust to the 650 twin then your looking at about 66 rwhp. now that bike will run


lets look at this:

model weight rwhp power to weight
klr 650 single 410 wet 32hp 0.08
klre 650 twin 420 wet 66hp 0.16
bmw 800gs 456 wet 76hp 0.16


seems like the klre would be a good runner. a lot better than stock

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Old 11-29-2010, 08:07 PM   #20
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Belated condolences on the loss of your friend. This bike is a fitting and beautiful tribute.

And I agree wholeheartedly that the factory should produce this!
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:08 PM   #21
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just to add info. if you drive my 705 stgII klr nice you can get 42-45 mph. if your on the freeway runing 80mph look at 39mpg head winds 35mpg.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:24 PM   #22
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Wow.. This the coolest bike I've seen in a while. If only Kawasaki would build something like this...
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:47 PM   #23
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sounds like good engineering to me So did you keep the stock 9" of travel or did you increase it when you redid the forks?

How is the frame stiffness with the new found power?

thanks for taking the time to answer a million questions
It seemed to just work out that way.

The wp forks are just stock travel. Anymore and it will just be a plow.

The frame is more than solid enough for a passenger and the extra power.
We lucked out the first time with the plates and box construction to replace the cases to swing arm anchor.

As for gas milage its dead even with my test mule Bessy. 400kms to a tank. All I can think is its always turning about half the revs.

It never seems to run out of steam. It has been the other side of 115mph. The best part is how smooth it is.
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Old 11-30-2010, 04:42 AM   #24
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The best part is how smooth it is.
+1

Which is why the single lunger is on the floor

And why I can ride mine 700+ miles a day and still function the next.
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:11 AM   #25
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Great job, repsolrider! That's one awesome bike that you've built there. I've been wanting a KLRE650 for quite awhile now and decided to seek professional help! My KLR ships out Thursday to the fabricator that is building my 2008 KLRE650 for me. I hope you don't mind if we use some of your ideas? We'll add our own spin to the KLRE650, as quite a few of our own ideas are going into my build. We'll be using an '08 KLR650 donor bike, an '08 Versys KLE650 engine and '08 KX450F forks. My bike is pretty bare bones, as I want to keep the weight as low as possible. Hopefully, less than 350lbs dry. Not sure if that's possible yet but we will try. It's being built for off-road use and commuting but with an all day touring capability.

To my thinking, admittedly flawed at times, the KLRE650 concept seems to be the best option to finally achieving the goal of having one true, do-everything dualsport motorcycle. All of the factory multi-cylinder, so-called dualsport motorcycles are much too heavy for anything other than just street use. Sure you can go up gravelroads but any Harley will do that. This animal is different. The V-twin engines make those bikes too long for trail use. The parallel-twin is the way to go. The KLE650 engine is perfect because it's the right size. Liter bikes belong on the racetrack. No sane human needs that off-road! It's overkill. Drop the weight to a manageable level and the 650 is perfect. If I need more, doubtful, I'll add a Power Commander for tuneability and flexibility. Factor in the KLR aftermarket and this conversion is a no-brainer! It just makes sense.

Again, you did an AWESOME job on this motorcycle build! Very impressive work and results! She's beautiful!

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Old 11-30-2010, 06:12 AM   #26
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Kawasaki, please build this bike !!!!
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:22 AM   #27
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GREAT looking build!!

As others have noted, this IS the bike Kawasaki should have made....and hopefully will.
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Old 11-30-2010, 08:54 AM   #28
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Fantastic!

If a guy had deep enough pockets to afford a replica, how deep would the pockets have to be?
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:57 AM   #29
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I know Kawasaki has been toying with something like this for a while now. But you guys have nailed it. You have kept the simple basic lines of the KLR, while doubling it's performance potential. At first glance it just looks like a very nice production KLR. But closer inspection reveals so much more.
I'm totally impressed. I'd buy one.
I am a little curious as to how much you have into it though.
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Old 12-01-2010, 03:47 AM   #30
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Nice bike
What is the width of the 18" rim?
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