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I own a gen one v650 with abs... So far o did install a few things as sw motech skidplate, crashbars, handguards, mra touringscreen, 13-46 sprocket, lsl led headlight and progressive wirth fork springs... I need more ground clearance and i want to make it more capable offroad since i had problems on the trail today (i got no fear dropping my Versys what so ever, its goung trough hell with me)

Ill take any idea to make it better.
SW motech footpeg set is on the way.

Also, a few pics of my Versys and a klr 650 rocking trails, me on street tires.
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I've ridden quite a bit of dirt on my V650s, but I avoid the real gnarly stuff. Knobbies help, but I try to avoid places where you need them.

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I own a gen one v650 with abs... So far o did install a few things as sw motech skidplate, crashbars, handguards, mra touringscreen, 13-46 sprocket, lsl led headlight and progressive wirth fork springs... I need more ground clearance and i want to make it more capable offroad since i had problems on the trail today (i got no fear dropping my Versys what so ever, its goung trough hell with me)

Ill take any idea to make it better.
SW motech footpeg set is on the way.

Also, a few pics of my Versys and a klr 650 rocking trails, me on street tires.
JDRocks has built up two or three 650s for off road. Do a search on this forum for his build threads. Good stuff with lots of pics and details.

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-tie your handguards with 3 turns of paracord (target 500+ lbs) down to the triple clamp, otherwise they flip up and take out your clutch bolt or worse, front master cylinder.

-side stand enlarger
https://www.kawasakiversys.com/forum...ml#post1386874

-carry an axe and zdrag, that tree was an easy chop or pull.
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hi,
interested to learn more about your headlight
the search for lsl led headlight kawasaki versys yields close to nothing.
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I own a gen one v650 with abs... So far o did install a few things as sw motech skidplate, crashbars, handguards, mra touringscreen, 13-46 sprocket, lsl led headlight and progressive wirth fork springs... I need more ground clearance and i want to make it more capable offroad since i had problems on the trail today (i got no fear dropping my Versys what so ever, its goung trough hell with me)

Ill take any idea to make it better.
SW motech footpeg set is on the way.

Also, a few pics of my Versys and a klr 650 rocking trails, me on street tires.
I would've thrown that downed tree out of the way... A taller front tire would help. Have you already lowered your forks in the triple clamps?
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> I would've thrown that downed tree out of the way...
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always try, it's not a race, you have time.

> A taller front tire would help.
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1" doesn't help that much. That myth has to go. It's hundreds of $ for nothing. Spend it on suspension.
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There's no myth in taller tires when changing to new offroad tires. Every bit helps, as does lowering forks in triple clamps... Now if you insist on spending much more on suspensions, you could swap to motocross forks, 21" front wheel, and a taller rear shock.

Exhaust header collector relocation with custom skidplate as well:


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Some rad ideas. Ill have to stay legal, so i need my 2 disks up front. Suspensionwise idk what to do.
The tree tipped over but was still with the ruts.
I haven't lowered the forks yet, will do that.
A 19 inch front wheel is sadly the only legal way in Germany without spending too much money and possible failure... A vstrom 650/1000 wheel is in my mind.

Other than that, i cant relocate the exhaust due to the German tüv reasons.
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There's no myth in taller tires when changing to new offroad tires. Every bit helps, as does lowering forks in triple clamps... Now if you insist on spending much more on suspensions, you could swap to motocross forks, 21" front wheel, and a taller rear shock.

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Nice pic. Can I ask, what shock length are you using and what seat height did you end up with?

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Nice pic. Can I ask, what shock length are you using and what seat height did you end up with?
I can't find more info anymore about that very old photo...
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Try doing a SEARCH for the "KLRSys".

I've seen several articles about guys installing the V650 engine into a KLR frame. Seems it adds about 10 pounds while DOUBLING the HP!!!
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