KLRsys build

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by KLRsys, Jun 6, 2012.

  1. Dallara

    Dallara Creaks When Walks...

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    Not to submarine KLRsys' thread here, or his sale of parts...

    What Versys items do you need? I have some Versys accessories left over from when I sold my girlfriend's Versys to KLRsys. They're all literally brand new, and I had actually kind of forgotten all about them since they are simply sitting in storage.

    And speaking of that... KLRsys, do you have any interest in the brand-new, late generation with all the final improvements, in-the-box "Big Gun" exhaust with spark arrestor I keep forgetting to get with you on? It's just sitting on the shelf, too, gathering dust. :rofl

    Dallara



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  2. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    I would need a lot more than a motor and wiring harness. I'd need all this...

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  3. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    I don't have much listed anywhere at the moment. I need to take some time and find what I have left and post it up somewhere. But this is a busy time of year for me and I probably won't get to it until January.
  4. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    Yes, still interested. I'm rebuilding the '05 bike after it's accident on the AK trip and I've decided to try to shed some weight off it if I can so that Big Gun may help a lot.
  5. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    One other bit of news. I've decided I'm not going to build bikes to order or for sale. Once again my priorities have been refocused by my MS. I had a relapse on Nov 2, it probably started while I was at the Role the Bones rally because I really felt off my game and didn't feel comfortable riding in a group so I didn't participate much. The following Saturday it hit harder, lots of double vision, couldn't even drive a car. But my medical team came to my rescue and I got the proper treatment in short order and I'm recovering nicely. I haven't ridden since the rally other than riding my XT250 around the block just to see if I could do it, no problems with balance, that's a relief. I figure I'll be riding again soon the way things are progressing. Anyway, I decided that riding and building these bikes are my hobby and trying to turn it into a business was sapping all the fun out of it. I already have a business to run, I don't need another. I do need a hobby and enjoy the challenge of the builds, keeps the mind exercised.

    In the meantime I'm going to work on rebuilding the '05 KLR, it got a little bent up when it went down in Colorado. I've been reading the forum a lot, following jdrock's new build is getting me anxious to get back in the shop. And seeing Beezer's modified KLR fuel tank the in the "Modify a stock gas tank?" thread got me thinking about splitting one down the middle and making it about two inches wider. It would clear the right cylinder head better, give a little more room for wiring and fuel line along the main frame backbone, little more fuel capacity, allow using the wider Versys radiator and what I really want - maybe I can find enough room to tank mount the pump. Hope to get to it soon, but December's always hectic for me.
  6. drtyrrel

    drtyrrel Been here awhile

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    Sorry to here about your MS. Turning a hobby into a part time business rarely works out well and is a good way to ruin something that you enjoy doing to relieve stress. Continue building what you want for yourself and sell your old ones if you need the income to enjoy your hobby .


    Looks like for another $7000 worth of parts you could get that Verseys chassis back on the road :wink:
  7. SuperRio

    SuperRio KLRE650 PILOT

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    KLRsys,

    Well my friend wishing you good health and many happy miles of riding in the new year.

    As the year winds down and I look at it in review. Your visit was truly a highlight.

    In this life its the connections with people like yourself that make living such a blessing.

    Much hugs and best wishes.
  8. the_doc

    the_doc Street Convert

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    Found this thread on a whim.

    Just wanted to say you do very nice work. The KLRsys looks like the perfect update to the antiquated KLR!
  9. dohcfox

    dohcfox meh

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    Congrats to the OP on the fabrication skills! Wonderful work! May I ask, what kinds of benders did you use to bend up parts for your headers and frame components? Thank you! JT
  10. edjo69

    edjo69 Been here awhile

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    Every time I finish up a good thread around here, I stumble on an even better thread!!! Beautiful work, job extremely well done!! Man just when I thought I did some cool fab work......
  11. Landmissile

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    No doubt. Not sure you're going to find a better thread then this though. You've officially found the end of the interwebs, and it is good. LOL

    I was on the fence with what type of engine I wanted to use with a similar upgrade for my KLX650. KLRsys' builds helped me make that decision. So much great information you almost can't put a price on it.
  12. Ridin'nFishin

    Ridin'nFishin Been here awhile

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    Fritz,

    What are you working on these days?
  13. LumpyOne

    LumpyOne Been here awhile

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    Just stumbled on this thread from a Facebook post and wanted to let you know that your work is amazing! Read it front to back and you make me want to be a better person. Your attention to detail is amazing in every way. I have a 2011 KLR and really love riding it but always find myself wanting what this swap has done for you. I hope 2014 is a great year for you and you keep kicking MS's butt. Thanks for sharing!

    Tim
  14. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    Dang, it's been while since I've posted! But I haven't done anything lately worth posting, running my business and moving my mother to a retirement home in Boerne has kept me steppin and fetchin plenty. I'm anxious to get back to redoing the '05 KLRsys but I can't even get in the shop, it's full of stuff from mom's house. Maybe in a month. I did do one thing m/c related, I bought back a bike I sold about six years ago. I think I have a thing for bikes with rectangular headlights.

    [​IMG]

    And thanks everyone for all the nice comments. They do a lot to keep the motivation high. I've pretty much recovered from my last relapse, I'm exercising again and planning a ride to Maine and then over to North Dakota. If I can complete that ride I'll have ridden through all 49 states, more than half of them on a KLRsys. Not an important goal, but something to look forward to and an excuse to go riding.
  15. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    Thanks. I used a Pro-Tools MB-105 Standard Duty Bender, but only for the frame tubing. For the exhaust I bought mandrel bent 90's and 180's and cut them to fit.
  16. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    Scott, thanks for that wonderful new years greeting. Our stop in Victoria was the highlight of the trip for me, so glad you were in town. We may see you again. My wife is itching to fly up to Seattle and explore the area, if we do we'll look you up. Take care my friend.
  17. LumpyOne

    LumpyOne Been here awhile

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    If your Maine trip brings you through the Twin Cities, MN and you have time I wouuld love to see the KLRsys in person and provide a meal/drinks/roof.

    Good luck with everything.
  18. donroger1

    donroger1 Wanderer

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    Read this from start to finish and have concluded that you sir, have a gift and passion that most could only dream to achieve.

    I am in awe!

    Haven't ridden much for the last 4 years dealing with my Mother and nursing homes. She passed peacefully and I am still sorting out her estate. Had back surgery a few weeks ago and am finally looking forward to riding again as I used to.

    The surprise in your thread is the pristine ZREX. That has been MY dream bike for years but cannot ever seem to find one when I have the cash.....

    Praying that your MS remains manageable and that you ride and build for many years to come.

    Best of fortune and hope this thread goes on for years to come.
  19. KLRsys

    KLRsys Been here awhile

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    Thanks Don. Nice to hear.

    Yeah, the ZRX was one of the bikes I'd always lusted after, old school muscle bike. Since you brought it up, I'm going to tell the story of the ZRX. (Copied from a post on another forum).

    "I'd always wanted a ZRX and in March of '06 I found out they weren't being imported anymore so I got on the phone and called as many dealers in Texas that I could get a number for but couldn't find one. Then I stopped in at the Harlingen, TX dealer, a tiny dealership, to see if they could help me find one and lo and behold, they had a 2004 leftover on the floor. I went home and told the wife about it and she tells me I have enough motorcycles, ain't gonna happen.

    A couple days pass and I decide to go and try to make a deal on the bike, maybe if I get a really good price she'll let me buy it. So I'm asking the salesman, what can you do for me? He says not much, they have another buyer. I say something like what kind of bull is that, it sat here for close to two years and now that I'm interested you have another buyer??? The fellow is being real evasive and shuffling his feet and finally says "Well, I probably shouldn't be telling you this, but the other buyer, well, it's..... your wife".

    Turns out my birthday was coming up and my dear wife took it upon herself to call every dealer in the Rio Grande Valley and ask if a 6' tall blond guy came in asking about a red motorcycle. She didn't know the brand much less the model (she's not a rider). She said they all thought she was nuts but she was persistent. And I got a new ZRX for my birthday.

    I kept it a couple of years, loved it but figured I was going to kill myself on it and in a moment I came to regret I traded it off to a friend for a weestrom and some money. Kinda upset my wife too since she'd bought it for me. But I bought it back and I'm back in her good graces."

    Turns out the Vstrom I got it trade was partially responsible for the KLRsys builds. I really wanted to put that v-twin in a KLR but it would never fit. That's when I went looking for an alternative and discovered the Versys.
  20. donroger1

    donroger1 Wanderer

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    Great story Fritz!!

    While my wife doesn't mind that I maintain a bike or two, she has never purchased one for me. :lol3