The KaTaMaki 650 ADV project (KTM LC4 gets a twin engine swap)

Discussion in 'Some Assembly Required' started by LukasM, Apr 22, 2009.

  1. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Holy Cow, Lukas, you're a mind reader.

    This is *exactly* (or almost exactly) what I'd like to build as well.

    I'm familiar with your DR build, and see you posting over on TT quite often.

    Subscribed. Can't wait to see the final result.
  2. Fuzznuts

    Fuzznuts Your Guide

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    Fuzznuts
    Lukas...can you give me a link to the ebay Verses? I look and it says 0 hits. I'm hot to get this...
  3. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    VERSYS
  4. LukasM

    LukasM Long timer

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    :D. Yeah, what Tony said.

    I don't know anything about the seller though, so buyer beware!

    http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/08-Kawasaki-Versys-LE-650-Engine-Motor_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp3286Q2em20Q2el1116QQhashZitem2300fe63fbQQitemZ150340527099QQptZMotorcyclesQ5fPartsQ5fAccessories


    By the way Fuzznuts, leave just the important stuff in a quote or simply hit the reply button. Otherwise the entire post with all the pictures will be copied and makes it much slower to load and a pain to scroll through.


    Hey Al! Get in on the fun then. DR build post needs to be updated at some point but right now I am liking this project a lot more... :evil
  5. Fuzznuts

    Fuzznuts Your Guide

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    I got it...thanks.

    I sent a query about the Ebay engine...it has a forlorn look. I asked if it came with anything. Waiting for reply...
  6. Flood

    Flood F5lood.

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    Looks a lot like the old, great, but sadly underdeveloped and rare XLV750.

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    A bike I'd love to have with modern components.
  7. Fuzznuts

    Fuzznuts Your Guide

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    Now that's a bike worth putting modern suspension on. I know it's a classic but ...well, you'd just need to have two of 'em. One classic and one fiddled with...
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    Lukas,
    I've had some exchanges with those people and studied the two pictures. It's an engine with no history of mileage, etc. It comes with nothing and they don't seem interested in looking. There is corrosion reminiscent of our bikes after a splash on the beach.

    Also there seems to be gray silicone squeezed out from under the cam cover... I'd be biting my nails on this one...plus where and how much does the rest of the "kit" cost?

    So far, I've spent zip on this project. I can do it nicely but don't want to take a running motor out and be stuck for parts. I'll be up in the states for the next week. It will give me time to collect my thoughts on this...and maybe find one. Will be checking my mail.

    Thanks very much to everyone on this thread. I'm seeing some outrages beasts here. Fuzznuts :rilla
  9. Arch

    Arch Incurable Gearhead

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    This is well beyond off into twins territory, so it's time for a thread punt. :wave
  10. pilot

    pilot Slacker Moderator Super Moderator

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    Welcome to Beasts, Lukas! I'm a Versys rider, so I'm very interested in this. :thumb
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    Arch Incurable Gearhead

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    Ditto, pilot! :nod
  12. tHEtREV

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    Told ya.
  13. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Lukas, don't encourage me. I have in mind a complete frame. It's probably only a little more work than a heavily mod'd stock frame.
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    overlandr Dystopist

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    euww! Its now in the world of beasts...!:wink:
  15. goswiftly

    goswiftly Got tubes?

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    I'm planning on doing the same thing, but with a KLX 250 chassis. It is light, has way better brakes than my KLR, way better suspension, and is fairly comfortable. My chassis is in good shape, but my motor is very loose. I thought about a 300 or 331 kit, but I'm going to use a Ninja 500 motor. I'll buy a bike with low miles, that way I'll have all the spare switches, wiring harness, carbs, cables, ect. The 500 motor is very reliable, great on gas, uses regular and will out perform my KLR in every way!
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  17. tHEtREV

    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    Funny thing is I have a KLX 250 in my shed waiting for me to find a cheap ZZR250 engine to jam in there.

    I settled for the engine because it looks like a lot less work to fit.

    But I'm still rebuilding the original engine just in case it is to hard or a complete dog...
  18. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Looks like you need to build more than one!
  19. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    LC4 frame questions....

    Does anyone know what changes KTM made over the years to the 640/620 frame and suspension? I have a buddy that will give me a good deal on a 1999 640E but I haven't really looked into wether that would be the best choice yet. If anyone watching here could save me some time it would be greatly appreciated.

    I like idea of the KTM LC4 chassis because of it's dirt prowess and accesories avaialable but as I rode the Mutant to work today I was thinking about a few things....

    1.What to use for an airbox and how would it effect perfomance?
    2.What to use for a fuel pump?
    3.Will the KTM radiator work? (is there an electric fan or one available)
  20. Roadracer_Al

    Roadracer_Al louder, louder, louder!

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    Well, that could possibly happen, perhaps as a kit, but it would be a hobby business. I think the Webber brothers (is that right, brothers?) might have a word or two about it as a business venture.

    Kit form also has the benefit of avoiding liability issues associated with vehicle manufacturing.