Originally Posted by Bump Stop
why yes actually it is, the Ktm seem to have everything on the wrong side. pipe, chain, carb, ect.
I have some experience with a kx500 that i'd rather forget.
Yep, everything's backwards. Nothing like left-kicking a high compression 550cc 2 stroke! Once it was started, it was well worth it though. Mine was breathed on a bit by a talented engine builder and put out around 75 hp. The 550 engine was designed for sidecar racing in Europe and was a beast. Stock versus stock, it was quite a bit more powerful than both the KX and CR500's.
A friend of mine built an incredible road race bike consisting of a built 550 engine in a Honda NSR250 frame. It was geared high and would top out between 140 and 145 mph on long straights. It was a blast to ride! Durable too - the thing lasted him seven race seasons without a top end job. Let me see if can dig up a few photos of that one....
Ah, here we go: