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Per RyanF9, 300X has the same power to weight ratio and top speed as KLR.
Low end grunt? Now that’s a whole other story...
here's a KLR with some grunt, low end, high end, ain't gonna matter. the astute motohead would understand. this KLR passed me in west Texas running the ton plus some. i was running 80 on the V649HP and the KLR went by like i was parked.



i had a KLR 650 once, sold it to a Canuckistanian before i ever bothered to ride it. must have been a sweet deal, the buyer came all the way down to the Mid-Atlantic to pick it up.
 

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Was I just insulted? Displacement snob!!!
certainly no insult intended, and as i said, i sold my KLR650 without even riding it, never put on a single mile.

that said, i would ride the KLR649 in the photo, a truly exquisite build by my friend, it even has electronic cruise control. i wasn't joking when i said he went by me at 100+ mph, try that on the box stock KLR650 or 300. we were running 80 cruise on the Texas border roads, the popo were occupied with other things.

look at the photo.
 

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I'd like to see the fabrication to get that lump in there...
the fabrication and attention to detail is spectacular, all the work self performed in his garage, ultra pro level work. it's not an easy fit, but completely transforms the bike.

when stopped for fuel, a guy came over to look at the bikes. he owned a KLR650 but didn't realize that there was a 649 ptwin mounted in there until i pointed it out. the bike looked stock.
 

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coming soon, partial Versys Gen2 part-out. first up are wheels, swingarm, Givi TRK33 panniers with Givi mono key racks. i'll post some photos and asking prices when i get a chance. parts from a low mile bike.
You build your own racks for the mod bikes right? I’ve been thinking of doing the same because I’m worried the aftermarket racks wouldn’t handle slamming the ground


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You build your own racks for the mod bikes right? I’ve been thinking of doing the same because I’m worried the aftermarket racks wouldn’t handle slamming the ground
probably 99.9% of riders do just fine with factory pannier racks, but i have a short list of criteria for racks, and they are not met by the racks available commercially so i started building my own. i'd still fab them myself for a stock bike, but this work is not for everyone. it's frustrating fab work to get everything straight on a complicated left and right mirrored assembly...no jigs available, lots of clamps and welding in place.

my racks are built to survive, but then i try to build the whole bike the same way.
 

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probably 99.9% of riders do just fine with factory pannier racks, but i have a short list of criteria for racks, and they are not met by the racks available commercially so i started building my own. i'd still fab them myself for a stock bike, but this work is not for everyone. it's frustrating fab work to get everything straight on a complicated left and right mirrored assembly...no jigs available, lots of clamps and welding in place.

my racks are built to survive, but then i try to build the whole bike the same way.
Right, ive done fab work in the past but not a lot where im needing it to look nice. I dont have a tubing bender but ive needed one many times. My main complaint with the versys is the stock suspension, If id do something to get the suspension performing better it would be pretty great. But shes one project im juggling with the rest lol
 

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Right, ive done fab work in the past but not a lot where im needing it to look nice.
yeah, better look nice, then there's function and durability. it's x-y-z work, and to get it right you're trying to hold all three at the same time. the V649 custom racks have been on the ground dozens of times...it speaks to the design, the places these bikes have been, and my sometimes lack of riding skills.

much written about the Versys 650 suspension, it's been a topic for discussion since day one. the solution is dictated by how you use the bike. i've settled at 8" front and rear, seems like the sweet spot for both on and off pavement use, at least for me, but is not required by most riders.
 

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yeah, better look nice, then there's function and durability. it's x-y-z work, and to get it right you're trying to hold all three at the same time. the V649 custom racks have been on the ground dozens of times...it speaks to the design, the places these bikes have been, and my sometimes lack of riding skills.

much written about the Versys 650 suspension, it's been a topic for discussion since day one. the solution is dictated by how you use the bike. i've settled at 8" front and rear, seems like the sweet spot for both on and off pavement use, at least for me, but is not required by most riders.
Yep and I like the look of your fabbed racks much better than the aftermarket options.

And yeah I’ve read about the suspension a few times but figured I’d wait to really look into it until I was ready to disable the bike long enough to get it done. Sounds like the r1 rear shock is everyone’s go to mod though for the rear. My forks leak a decent amount but should still have enough oil in them. But they bottom out far to often. While the forks are to soft, the stock rear shock is blowing my back out lmao


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...My forks leak a decent amount but should still have enough oil in them. But they bottom out far to often...
you might be into those forks sooner rather than later.

don't feel bad, i've bottomed the DRZ400 forks many times, and they have 300mm travel. stuff happens when you're roamin' around out there.

now i bottom my KX450 forks, but i shortened them 50-60mm. what can i say? rough roads, or start picking a better line.
 

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you might be into those forks sooner rather than later.

don't feel bad, i've bottomed the DRZ400 forks many times, and they have 300mm travel. stuff happens when you're roamin' around out there.

now i bottom my KX450 forks, but i shortened them 50-60mm. what can i say? rough roads, or start picking a better line.
Mine just feel way to soft for my weight and the weight of the bike
 
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