CRF500L full build thread

Discussion in 'Japanese polycylindered adventure bikes' started by michaelkozera, Jul 2, 2015.

  1. Redneck-Hippie

    Redneck-Hippie Adventurer

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    Oyabun thanks for your reply as you say no replacement for displacement and low revs ect Honda.
    Thinking about the Versys 300 or R3 build idea this might add to the discussion or it might not :)
    Low cost solution on the Versys 300 ~40hp 10000 rpm appears to be exhaust mods, pc5 air box baed on the Dyno charts.
    The Yamaha R3 made the same 40 hp at ~6000rmp with similar air box and mods ect ...

    Cheers
  2. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    Important to add that i originally had to choose between the 500 twin honda and the ninja 300 twin.

    i eneded up going with the 500 twin honda because it had a very square bore to stroke ration, flat tq curve, and reliable. sure ~60hp sounds great, but to me i dont need more then 40hp in the bush. and last i checked 47hp (crank) on the highway in a bike that weighs 344lb's wet was plenty too.
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  3. Redneck-Hippie

    Redneck-Hippie Adventurer

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    I am with you but I was contemplating the next bike, I did the 690 sold it and I am left with the wrr and read you comments about the versys 300 as an alternative IE sell the WRR and replace it or r3 engine replacement
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    RH and MK - Um, you both are in Calgary, eh? :deal
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  5. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    after riding my wifes versys 300 for almost 500km i am extremely impressed with the bike.


    comparing the wr250r to the versys 300 is abit unfair. the versys is pretty much a better bike in every way :p

    yes the wr250r is 90lb's lighter and has twice the suspension travel (and 21/18) butttttt....... the versys 300 has a much lower seat height, thus u can go on some very rough off road while keeping the bike up. the suspension on the versys is surprisingly good for only 5" of travel and the engine totally blows the wr250r out of the water, like not even the same race. also 17L in the versys gets u 800km!!! like holy shit, you could go to vancouver and back on 40$ lol

    all the versys 300 needs is a skid plate and Out of the box very capable bike, both on and off road.


    i guess if you really did want to compare the two bikes i would say the WR is 90% off road/10% on road. while the versys is closer to 40% off-road, 60% on-road,

    IMO the versys 300 competes very closely with the KLR650. the KLR being 50/50 of course. but KLR is 50lb's heavier and has less HP......
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  6. michaelkozera

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    as for R3 engine in a WR. it would be much easier to put 21/18 and 10" of suspension travel on a versys 300 then transplant the r3 engine into the wr.

    the only reason to go r3 engine in wr would be for the weight savings. about 70lb's
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  7. Redneck-Hippie

    Redneck-Hippie Adventurer

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    Thanks for your thoughtful response, and I actually don't use the suspension fully on my wrr or 690 given my riding preference. I need to get a test ride on the 300 this spring.
  8. Redneck-Hippie

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    Good point.:hmmmmm
  9. Redneck-Hippie

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    Any speculation on how much lighter you can make the Versys?
  10. michaelkozera

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    385lb wet, ive got it down to 360lbs wet already. but once you ad crash bars and luggage looking at 370lb's wet.

    i wil be making a build thread for that bike shortly so stay tune.
  11. Redneck-Hippie

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    Looking forward to it and hopefully they bring over the ex 400 next.
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    L_Bomb Strewth and blimey

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  13. michaelkozera

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  14. KayDubbya

    KayDubbya Been here awhile

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    Doesn't it just kill you how stupid people can be? This truly is the mythical unicorn of "Adventure bikes" and people have the nerve to trash it, sight unseen. That's why I stay off the Internet. :loco
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    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    I am going to save this phrase for future use, sir.
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    flipflopdog Youth & Talent, no match 4 Old Age & Treachary

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    It’s just so true though..!!!


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  18. splicer64

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    Hi..Michael congratulations on your build a great deal of hard work for sure. I am thinking there is no way to send you a PM, I suppose you disabled the function..? If someone wanted to reach you how would they go about it? Thank You
  19. michaelkozera

    michaelkozera Long timer

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    i get messages from members all the time?
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  20. splicer64

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    Ok..let me try a few thing on my end..I'll send you a message asap. Thank You