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Old 09-18-2013, 02:23 AM   #226
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Wow you blokes are really bringing this KLE thread to life!
You haven't looked here yet, have you?

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=463467&page=9
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Old 09-18-2013, 02:53 AM   #227
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by the way, does anyone have a picture of a kle with the klx forks??

A user 'jimmy101' did the mod and spoke about it on this forum

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...=463467&page=6

however he doesnt seem to use the website anymore. I would love to have a crack at that upgrade!!
10 psi in the forks with a hand pump makes a big difference to the stock forks.

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Old 09-20-2013, 09:55 AM   #228
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Hey all!

Here are a few of my progress pictures:


But there is a slight problem. When I have installed a Kawasaki wheel in KTM forks, it all fitted like it was made to fit. And so I thought. After measuring the distance from each fork to the centre strip on the tyre I got 1mm off-set left-right.

Here is my question to you:

Can this 1mm of off-set cause any safety or handling issues
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Here is the picture:


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Old 09-20-2013, 09:07 PM   #229
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Ok, if you can copy and paste from the "other forum" where you posted this same question......
Here is a copy and paste of my reply from over there too.

[oh, and nice work by the way].


Don't measure to centre of tyre.

Measure to the edge of the rim on each side [rotate your wheel slowly to check the rim is not buckled first though].

Sometimes a tyre can be mounted slightly off on a rim so your measurement may not be accurate that way.

I suspect such a small off centre amount will actually affect the ride or safety concerns, but only riding will tell for sure.

There are bikes out there with bent frames/misaligned forks/tyres not seated correctly that people ride every day without ever noticing something is off.

Also, while riding, a tyre flexes all over the place due to road surface irregularities.

I truly doubt you will even notice it is off.
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Old 09-21-2013, 12:48 AM   #230
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Ok, if you can copy and paste from the "other forum" where you posted this same question......
Here is a copy and paste of my reply from over there too.

[oh, and nice work by the way].


Don't measure to centre of tyre.

Measure to the edge of the rim on each side [rotate your wheel slowly to check the rim is not buckled first though].

Sometimes a tyre can be mounted slightly off on a rim so your measurement may not be accurate that way.

I suspect such a small off centre amount will actually affect the ride or safety concerns, but only riding will tell for sure.

There are bikes out there with bent frames/misaligned forks/tyres not seated correctly that people ride every day without ever noticing something is off.

Also, while riding, a tyre flexes all over the place due to road surface irregularities.

I truly doubt you will even notice it is off.
Thanks for your answer, on both forums. I posted on both because of different time zones we all live in and it sometimes takes a long time to get a answer on The Hubb.
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Old 09-21-2013, 03:16 AM   #231
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No worries mate.

I do the same on the Goldwing forum, most of the info on them comes out of the good ol' US of A.

With the KLE's you have to post on as many forums as you can find because they are such a small segment of the market.

You've been doing some good machine work there too.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:17 AM   #232
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Ok, after much prodding from certain inmates I have decided to do some work on my KLE500 project. This is not a build thread it'll just be some pics of my progress as time goes by. I bought the KLE from Jimmy101, it unfortunately was missing lots of parts after a dump run Jimmy and his Missus did went wrong?!

Anyway I bought it with a stuffed motor, no fairing panels, no front forks, no front wheel, headlight, dash, etc., so a fair bit of work ahead. I did plan on fitting KLX650 rear shock and swing arm that I have for it, however too much time consuming mods required to fit them. Believe it or not the KLE swing arm and pivot bearings & bolts are much bigger, so at this stage I have stuck with the original parts fitted with shorter links for increased rear height.

This KLE already had the modified triples fitted so I bought and fitted KLX650 USD front forks. I am fitting a rebuilt motor in this week and still need to sort out the front headlight and fairing headlight surround as I want to do something different to standard.


Prior to engine removal.


Ready for rebuilt motor to be fitted.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:23 AM   #233
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Ok, after much prodding from certain inmates I have decided to do some work on my KLE500 project. This is not a build thread it'll just be some pics of my progress as time goes by. I bought the KLE from Jimmy101, it unfortunately was missing lots of parts after a dump run Jimmy and his Missus did went wrong?!

Anyway I bought it with a stuffed motor, no fairing panels, no front forks, no front wheel, headlight, dash, etc., so a fair bit of work ahead. I did plan on fitting KLX650 rear shock and swing arm that I have for it, however too much time consuming mods required to fit them. Believe it or not the KLE swing arm and pivot bearings & bolts are much bigger, so at this stage I have stuck with the original parts fitted with shorter links for increased rear height.

This KLE already had the modified triples fitted so I bought and fitted KLX650 USD front forks. I am fitting a rebuilt motor in this week and still need to sort out the front headlight and fairing headlight surround as I want to do something different to standard.
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:26 AM   #234
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Old 09-22-2013, 03:46 AM   #235
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Old 09-22-2013, 04:45 AM   #236
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Tiggs,

If you find a bigger tank to fit up I'm all

The forks look like a good change too.

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Old 09-22-2013, 04:57 AM   #237
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Tiggs,

If you find a bigger tank to fit up I'm all

The forks look like a good change too.


As far as I'm aware there is no larger tank made available for the KLE. The previous owner had a Nomad style tank fitted at some stage as there are fuel lines going to the rear of the bike. When I bought it he mentioned to me that if I want to enlarge the original fuel tank he knows someone who can do it but two standard tanks are needed. At this stage I want to get it back on the road, then I'll see where I want to go with it from there.
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Old 09-22-2013, 05:27 AM   #238
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Old 09-22-2013, 06:04 AM   #239
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As far as I'm aware there is no larger tank made available for the KLE. The previous owner had a Nomad style tank fitted at some stage as there are fuel lines going to the rear of the bike. When I bought it he mentioned to me that if I want to enlarge the original fuel tank he knows someone who can do it but two standard tanks are needed. At this stage I want to get it back on the road, then I'll see where I want to go with it from there.
You have got a really nice project there, keep us posted!

Here is what I saw this summer at 3. International KLE meeting in Croatia:


The owner made its own "big" tank. He used 2 stock tanks, top part is the bottom of the stock tank He said it increased the capacity by 5 liters, but in my opinion it wasn't worth it as the bike look's kind of funny with that huge hump on the tank. I have a few more pics of this tank if anyone is interested I can post them.

More pictures of the meeting on my FB profile
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Old 09-22-2013, 08:02 PM   #240
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You have got a really nice project there, keep us posted!

Here is what I saw this summer at 3. International KLE meeting in Croatia:


The owner made its own "big" tank. He used 2 stock tanks, top part is the bottom of the stock tank He said it increased the capacity by 5 liters, but in my opinion it wasn't worth it as the bike look's kind of funny with that huge hump on the tank. I have a few more pics of this tank if anyone is interested I can post them.

More pictures of the meeting on my FB profile
I don't mind the look of that tank but for the amount of work and cost an extra 5 litres isn't very much.

I saw this modified KLE 500 in North Queensland last year towing a trailer with an ultra-light aircraft in it. The tanks on this bike are ugly but from memory he said he had about a 1000km range without towing. He said this bike was his third KLE500 and it had mega kilometres on the clock and never been apart. He had ridden all over Australia and had even been across the Simpson without the trailer on it. Super reliable!


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