KLRE650 super Rio build thread.

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by repsolrider, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. johnwesley

    johnwesley wanta be

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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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  2. 514Advrider

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    Wow.. This the coolest bike I've seen in a while. If only Kawasaki would build something like this... :clap
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  3. repsolrider

    repsolrider Been here awhile

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    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.:wink:

    It never seems to run out of steam. It has been the other side of 115mph.:huh The best part is how smooth it is.
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  4. sanjoh

    sanjoh Purveyor of Light

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    +1:deal

    Which is why the single lunger is on the floor:D

    And why I can ride mine 700+ miles a day and still function the next.
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  5. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    Great job, repsolrider! :clap 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! :D 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! :thumb Very impressive work and results! She's beautiful! :wink:

    SamM
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  6. patiodadio

    patiodadio Motorcyclist

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    Kawasaki, please build this bike !!!!:drif
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  7. DaFoole

    DaFoole Erudite inchoate...

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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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  8. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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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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  9. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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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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  10. gkam

    gkam Adventurer

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    Nice bike:clap:clap
    What is the width of the 18" rim?
    Thanks
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  11. juames

    juames Have Fun, Don't Die!

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    Nice build!:clap Question for you: how did you fit an 18 inch wheel with the KLR swing arm? Would an 18" knobby fit?:ear
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  12. repsolrider

    repsolrider Been here awhile

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    Sam has it right to make the 18" wheel fit you just take some material off the swing arm.

    The goal is to run knobbies on the Rio. For testing I wanted traction to stress the chassis. Thanks for posting up.:clap
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  13. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    repsolrider,
    Today is the big day. Leaving at 7am EST to ship the bike to the fabricator for my KLRE650 conversion. Can't wait. He's seen your pictures and like your bike a lot. Can't wait to get it back in a few months. :clap

    I weighed my Versys engine lastnight. It weighs 127 lbs. but all the stock steel brackets near the oilpan were still on it to protect it during the shipping. Those brackets will not be used on the bike, so the engine should weigh a few pounds less when those are removed. I've also seen a few things that I will cut off it later to trim it down more. I'll weigh the KLR engine today when I get back.

    SamM
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  14. repsolrider

    repsolrider Been here awhile

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    Sam that is awesome look forward to the second official KLRE650 to hatch. The fact that your are running very similar hardware is even better.

    Are you going to run a stock fuel pump? If so make your tank out of aluminum it will save a lot of wieght.:wink:
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  15. SamM

    SamM Jeep Overlander

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    No, I didn't buy a stock fuel pump. We'll probably use an inexpensive external fuel pump and I'll carry a spare on trips. Another change is that, we'll be running dual Fluidyne aftermarket radiators. There will be a few things that we'll need to change as we go but we do have a plan.

    Much like you did, I don't want to say too much too soon. The bike is on it's way to the builder now and shipped out this morning from Pittsburgh.

    Hopefully, there will be something to post soon.

    SamM
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  16. mike21b

    mike21b Been here awhile

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    Nice!

    My son's Ninja 650 and my KLR are frequently sitting side by side in my garage, and the thought has gone through my head, too..... "what if...?"
    I'm sure a lot of other people have thought similarly.

    Since I regularly ride the Ninja, I can attest that it also feels like it has twice the horsepower. Has pretty good low end torque, too.

    As far as Kawasaki building this bike, probably not - they're going to tell you that the Versys is "the one" but I would prefer a KLRE-650, or a KLXE.... heyyyyy.......:norton
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  17. IslandSpark

    IslandSpark Adventurer

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    Scotty!

    Glad to see she is all finished up bud, looks great! when are we doing Africa or Eastern Europe :patch Hope to see you at the Official life unveiling tomorrow night!!

    Pat
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  18. Maniac28

    Maniac28 Been here awhile

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    Dude! I've been riding KLR's since I was in high school and this is the best thing I've ever seen. Nice job! Now where can I buy one? I'd buy one today if available. I never would have bought my KTM 950 or my F800 if a bike like this was available from Kawasaki. I even told them that at a focus group, this is the bike they need to make. Hopefully they will get it soon, what with the success of the F800 and the big hooplah going on around the tiger 800. Give me a twin cylinder offroad capable bike in a small and light package, without the expense and BS of the BMW's and KTM's.
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  19. Maniac28

    Maniac28 Been here awhile

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    Oh yeah, about the versys, when it came out, that's all they wanted to talk about at the KLR focus group I was at. I guess they think most KLR riders ride on street only. Well, maybe they do.
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  20. repsolrider

    repsolrider Been here awhile

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    The only thing on my mind is building more of them. Send money:evil. Pick your colours and hard parts. :clap
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