Ninja Rat----DR650 frame & swingarm???

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by 13.1, Jul 8, 2012.

  1. 13.1

    13.1 Shaken not Stirred

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    Hmmmmm.........

    I am standing here looking at this totaled Kawasaki Versys frame
    sitting right next to a DR650 frame & motor with not much else attached.

    Watching the afternoon mountain rain, I scratched my chin & pulled out my
    handy dandy 10 ft tape measure.
    ---The space btwn the swingarm mounts just might be about the same.
    ---Maybe a handy guy could weld up a good combination of shock mounts
    on a Ninja Frame to allow an easy bolt on of that DR650 shock.....or maybe even
    an Ohlins or Cogent shock?????.......

    Hmmmmm........

    What about if we went THE OTHER WAY and tried to move than Kawasaki 650 Twin
    motor over to the DR650 Frame??? A quick measurement of the engine looks like
    there might be some space.

    ...............anyone ever think seriously about this, or even try this?? :evil

    I know that back several years KAWASAKI & SUZUKI shared some models and even some technology.:deal

    There are several of you that have moved this 650 Twin VERSYS/NINJA motor over to the KLX frame,
    but would mounting it into the DR650 be the ultimate merger of the 2 companies???

    Anyone care to comment, brainstorm, or even share their current build between these bikes??:ear
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  2. elgato gordo

    elgato gordo KTMRFS

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    Seems like it may be possible based on the recent KLR threads. I think it may be easier to get some decent travel out of the DR suspension because the shock is close in dimensions to existing long travel stuff.

    The KLR mods did take some major frame welding to allow the exhaust pipe to exit the engine.
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  3. 2fast4u

    2fast4u Been here awhile

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    One problem will be the gas tank. The Versys is fuel inj. and has a fuel pump in the tank not to say it can't be done just not easy fix.
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  4. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    So far the 650 twin has been shoe-horned into KLR frames , not, KLX frames . Even though the KLR and KLX were built at the same time by Kawasaki around 650 single motors , there are big differences in the frames.
    The KLR is conventional big top tube over the motor style , while the KLX is a perimeter frame. It looks to me like the KLX frame would offer some advantages over the KLR because of the open space above the motor.
    Who'll be the first to try ?
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    dentvet Long timer

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  6. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    The only thing in that thread about a KLX was the discussion of KLX 250 forks and that SamM said the KLX 650 frame was narrow.
    I don't have a 650 twin motor to measure or try , but, I do have a KLX 650 frame. I'll take some pics and measurements.
    If the powers that be at Kawasaki ever checked these threads and had 1 ounce of balls maybe they'd get off their asses and build this on a production line.
    The bike I'd like to see would be tucked in , have generous grond clearance with frame tubes runniung under the motor for protection, light as possible and have the best available suspension. That's not too much to ask , is it ?
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  7. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    has anyone tried the DR650 with Versys motor mentioned in the first post?
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  8. Homerb

    Homerb Been here awhile

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    I was wondering the same thing. Ive got a lead on a dr650 rolling chassis with worked forks and shock and lm keen to see if l can fit a ninja 650 motor to it. Also considering a hyosung 650 fi motor. 6 speed and 80 hp.
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  9. edstoll

    edstoll OPD-2019

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    A fuel injected six speed twin in my DR650 would be the perfect bike for me.
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  10. 4play

    4play Next?

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    I'd love to see this build.
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  11. DirtMedic

    DirtMedic Intrepid Explorer

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    For the life of me I do not remember where I saw it, but someone did actually build that bike. Maybe it was the OP. A ninja motor was successfully placed into a DR650.
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  12. 4play

    4play Next?

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    I believe I remember seeing the 500 twin transplanted, not the 650
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  13. yokesman

    yokesman Been here awhile

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    I believe the 650 engine is smaller in overall size than the 500,there is an overly here somewhere.some have reversed the intakes for clearance.
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    yermaun Been here awhile

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