It rides and handles pretty much they same as my other KLR, but the engine is much smoother and quieter, and its quite a bit faster. It also creeps around at low speeds better than it did before which will help with certain types of off-road riding. As far as comparing it to a stock Versys, it's apples and oranges. The KLR is a dual sport and the Versys is a street bike (at least in my opinion).
I was hoping to see somebody do this. Nice job. Now get a proper KX front end installed and compliment it with a real shock. After that, KTM's should be concerned.
A new front end is a possibility but I haven't looked into what other folks have done. I have another KLR that has Progressive components front and rear that is going to get raided for all it's cool parts as soon as I finished a few more things on the KLRsys. Besides the Progressive items, it's going to contribute paniers and a trunk, crash guards, a Corbin seat and a few other items.
awesome! and it looks great, clearly not a hack job. strong work, wish i had one!
do you know how much the two motors weigh?
for anyone with deep pockets who is desirous of their own KLR twin, there is a place called Motomorphic, located out Cali way, that specializes in building one-off frankenbikes. for the rest of us, perhaps it's something to file in the back of our minds in case of inheritance.
In a world full of people, only some want to ride. Isn't that crazy? Seal/CRAZY/misquoted
I tried the Versys radiator but it was a bit too wide. I used Ninja 650 radiator which is the exact same layout but an inch narrower. I couldn't use the KLR radiator because the new lower frame members got in the way.
I had a 09 KLR for a bit but I didn't like the underpowered motor. Everytime I got in traffic I felt like I was about to be run over. I move to Versys and I'm much more comfortable in traffice. I still ride the back roads with the Versys but I do have to turn around more. If my KLR had had a Versys motor I'd still have it. I'm very impressed with what you've done.
Mine is a BLUE 2009 KLE650A9F
Former RED KLR650 Rider.
Former Yellow/Black Suzuki M50 Rider.