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Old 08-03-2012, 12:05 AM   #1
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2008 Kawasaki KLRE650ie Build

EDIT: This bike build has taken a bit of a turn. Not sure yet what will happen with it.

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Old 08-03-2012, 12:11 AM   #2
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Sam,

Why the change from the Ricor to the Cogent shock on the rear? I haven't been keeping up with the KLR forums but I remember the Ricor was the hot ticket.

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Old 08-03-2012, 12:25 AM   #3
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The Cogent Dynamics shock will provide more travel on the KLRE650 and I have another KLR based project bike that needs a shock. That bike will use RICOR Intiminators in the stock 2008 KLR forks. Once my KLX sells, I'll order the shock from CD. The RICOR shock is very good but they don't offer anything for the KX inverts.
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Old 08-03-2012, 02:43 AM   #4
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been waiting for this thread for far to long.

Frame mods look great.
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Old 08-03-2012, 09:01 AM   #5
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my biggest concern with the engine is it is at 20 degree forward angle normally, most of us put it with less. somewhat of a concern but not sure how it might effect the engine.
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Old 08-03-2012, 10:31 AM   #6
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thomas.tc.young,
We were concerned about the engine angle too but I don't think that it will be an issue. There needs to be an excess of room in front of the engine to fit the Versys radiator, the header tubes and the engine mounts. That area fills up fast. I'd also like to add crashbars much like repsolrider did. Not sure there's enough room for that. The engine angle on my bike is not as steep as others but I also wanted to use a standard FNS heavy-duty skidplate. The oil pan fits up in there very nicely. I still need to cut the Versys oil downspout off and rethread it for an oil drain plug. The skidplate has already been drilled for access to the new oil drain plug.

DRJoe,
Me too! Thanks! I think it will be worth it the wait. There is still a lot to do on this thing. The fuel tank that's on it has been in a crash and is folded up. The first thing to do is fit a standard steel tank to see how the clearance is. I'll move forward from there. I'd like to stay with a lightweight theme on this bike. The 5.5 gallon IMS should give me enough fuel for my use. The bike will be setup to carry some reserve fuel as well.

I'm off to the shop!
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Old 08-03-2012, 12:53 PM   #7
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Old 08-03-2012, 01:19 PM   #8
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thomas.tc.young,
We were concerned about the engine angle too but I don't think that it will be an issue. There needs to be an excess of room in front of the engine to fit the Versys radiator, the header tubes and the engine mounts. That area fills up fast. I'd also like to add crashbars much like repsolrider did. Not sure there's enough room for that. The engine angle on my bike is not as steep as others but I also wanted to use a standard FNS heavy-duty skidplate. The oil pan fits up in there very nicely. I still need to cut the Versys oil downspout off and rethread it for an oil drain plug. The skidplate has already been drilled for access to the new oil drain


I'm off to the shop!
One way I was thinking of getting around this is to use a drz or similar radiator. They mount on the side so it can provide room for custom headers or stock
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Old 08-09-2012, 06:23 PM   #9
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Looks very clean!

Can't wait to see what you do for the intake!
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