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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-22-2018, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
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Kawasaki true adventure bike!

If I could design a true Kawasaki adventure bike. I would take the frame of the x300, the front and rear suspension , wheels and travel specs of the KLR 650, and the power of the versus 650 engine. And I would think you would have one sweet true adventure bike! This is my dream kawasaki.
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Here's pics of a Honda 650 w/ the Versys 650 engine, and of a Versys w/ different wheels and forks.

I've ALSO seen some of a KLR w/ Versys engine - super-neat!!!
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I would be happy if Kawasaki would just mechanically modernize the current KLR: add EFI, a 6th gear to the tranny, and maybe use some current tech to redesign some things to save some weight.

Kawasaki could also get more of my money if they did a true Versys X-650 with long travel adjustable suspension and spoke wheels, switchable ABS...
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I would be happy if Kawasaki would just mechanically modernize the current KLR: add EFI, a 6th gear to the tranny, and maybe use some current tech to redesign some things to save some weight.

Kawasaki could also get more of my money if they did a true Versys X-650 with long travel adjustable suspension and spoke wheels, switchable ABS...
Maybe , one day kawa might do it...keep fingers crossed.
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If you were gonna say "and the front forks of a DRZ" I was going to throw up a little bit.
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I would be happy if Kawasaki would just mechanically modernize the current KLR: add EFI, a 6th gear to the tranny, and maybe use some current tech to redesign some things to save some weight.

Kawasaki could also get more of my money if they did a true Versys X-650 with long travel adjustable suspension and spoke wheels, switchable ABS...
Honestly, if they could just build a true Versys 650-X, I think the KLR650 could very quickly become redundant...and I'm okay with that. I'd like to see them keep the street model 650 that they have, and then bring an ADV 650/1000 to market with actual dirt suspension and 21/19in tires.

Make a marketable and actually capable Versys 650 ADV, then update the KLR 650 engine, throw it in the KX450 frame, give that lights and a license plate, and run that as the big brother to the KLX 250. I'd be perfectly happy with the KLR dying out then (or market the Versys 650-x as the new KLR).
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My 2009 Versys just has a skid plate, panniers, engine guards, heated grips and Shinko 705 tires. As it is, I'd say its adventure capable. At least the bike is more capable than I am.

I will say though, that Honda frame with the Versys engine that fasteddiecopeman posted is freaking beautiful to me. I want one like that.
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FWIW - a KLR 650 w/ a Versys FI engine ONLY gains about 9#....

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FWIW - a KLR 650 w/ a Versys FI engine ONLY gains about 9#....
True, but it also gains about 27hp and 17Nm of power (comparing 2018 to 2018) - from 42/47 to 69/64 hp/tq.

At a wet weight of now 441, this would bring the power/weight to 6.4lbs/hp and 6.9lb/Nm, compared to it's original 432 lbs with 10.3lbs/hp and 9.2lb/Nm. For almost a 65% increase in HP and 36% torque, I can live with a 2.3% increase in weight.

The biggest downside I see so far is that the KLR's peak torque comes on at 5k whereas the KLE is up at 7k, though I imagine if you played with gearing you could get some fun results out of it. Especially since you'd still have the 6th gear for highway overdrive.

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