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Old 05-20-2010, 10:46 PM   #76
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Question F-n Kawasaki

You know, I like kawasakis, and I own a few of them, but this just befuddles me. They got rid of the klx650, Then they take the new klr's and tailor them more for the street when they could've just brought this kle over here, and maybe made the klr more like the lc4's..... I'd like to buy a new kawasaki, but they just don't sell anything here I like. WTF ?
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Old 05-22-2010, 01:08 AM   #77
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Ok all -klx forks now fitted!!! With 320mm full floating disc....

The forks
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Bottom tripple collar - machined of high grade alloy and tapped into tripple clamp and loctite..
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Top tripple collar.
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Brake Caliper Adaptor and disc
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The only thing I am sorting out now is how I will fit a fender on - think I can easily retrofit the stock one....will sort it out tomorrow. In fact this is the most challenging bit, the rest was simple machining.


Used the rear bit of the front fender as a temp solution:
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Old 05-24-2010, 03:05 PM   #78
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Good Job Jimmy, I'm surprise more people haven't done this to their KLEs. These bikes are unreal value for money.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:22 PM   #79
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Nice job.
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:29 PM   #80
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aNother complainer

yes I will add my name to the ones who say WE DON'T GET THAT BIKE IN OUR COUNTRY, Mexico to be more precise. Any way I think this is the perfect bike for me. From what I read is like a NInja 500 with more dirt abylities.

enjoy, i will go back to the beginning and read everything you have done. and yes more pics please.

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Old 05-27-2010, 12:13 AM   #81
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Originally Posted by jimmy101
Ok all -klx forks now fitted!!! With 320mm full floating disc....

The forks
[br]

Bottom tripple collar - machined of high grade alloy and tapped into tripple clamp and loctite..
[br]

Top tripple collar.
[br]

Brake Caliper Adaptor and disc
[br]

[br]

The only thing I am sorting out now is how I will fit a fender on - think I can easily retrofit the stock one....will sort it out tomorrow. In fact this is the most challenging bit, the rest was simple machining.


Used the rear bit of the front fender as a temp solution:
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F'N Awesome! Ride report please!
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Old 05-27-2010, 10:27 AM   #82
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dumping emulator

For those who do not have a new fork.
I put in the forks "cartridge emulators" and got surprisingly good results.
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Old 05-27-2010, 11:36 AM   #83
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hallo from Greece , it's cool mod , i like it.
i own a 92 KLE 400.
do you think is possible to fit a versys engine at KLE?
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Old 07-05-2010, 01:58 AM   #84
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Some recent pics with my mate on the gs - no real action shots as too busy riding... Stock fork springs are too soft (I knew that anyway as they are 0.46 mm/kg springs) so the front end is sitting about 1.5 inches too low. Will be getting 0.50 weight springs soon.

Oh, and I just bought a klr650 swingarm/axle/brake adaptor off ebay to replace the heavy piece of junk that is the box section steel kle unit.... it was $26US...yes not missing a zero....but to Australia I paid $150US postage... Still for $220 AUS it was delivered in 4 days where a wrecker would charge about $500, so I am still happy. Unfortunately the seller wouldn't accept the cheaper UPS air postage that is available. More details to come.....


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Old 07-05-2010, 07:47 AM   #85
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that's impressive. great shot.

so, what sort of work was it to change that frontend? new tree?

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Can't get over how badass this bike looks with some nice knobbies on it.
Light-weight, decent fuel range, skidplate, nice high out-of-the-way exhaust- what's not to like? It'd be a very nice step up from the super sherpa here in canada.
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:48 AM   #86
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that swingarm fits? or have to adapt somehow?

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Some recent pics with my mate on the gs - no real action shots as too busy riding... Stock fork springs are too soft (I knew that anyway as they are 0.46 mm/kg springs) so the front end is sitting about 1.5 inches too low. Will be getting 0.50 weight springs soon.

Oh, and I just bought a klr650 swingarm/axle/brake adaptor off ebay to replace the heavy piece of junk that is the box section steel kle unit.... it was $26US...yes not missing a zero....but to Australia I paid $150US postage... Still for $220 AUS it was delivered in 4 days where a wrecker would charge about $500, so I am still happy. Unfortunately the seller wouldn't accept the cheaper UPS air postage that is available. More details to come.....


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Old 07-05-2010, 07:52 AM   #87
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Wtf?

We dont get Versys w/ ABS, we dont get the KLE ( i love this ) we dont get the Super Ten or Ten660.

I can only assume that the boats leaving the US are filled with our Tresury Bills on the way to China, and on the return they are filled with Cruisers, Ipads and new Toyota gas pedals.


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Old 07-06-2010, 01:34 AM   #88
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that's impressive. great shot.

So, what sort of work was it to change that frontend? new tree?
Yep, as the post says, just needed to press out old steerer, make collar and press in kle steerer (which is longer).
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Old 07-06-2010, 03:28 AM   #89
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that swingarm fits? or have to adapt somehow?
Should do as it is narrower so I should just need some spacers made, but will not know exactly until get the kle one off. I didn't really care if it did not fit because my klx250 has the same swingarm and I would like to lengthen it - but it looks like it will be a very easy fit to me.

The swingarm appears to be about the same exact length as the kle, but possible another 1cm worth of adjustability which would be good as I can run the wheel a bit further back.
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Old 07-06-2010, 03:19 PM   #90
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We dont get Versys w/ ABS, we dont get the KLE ( i love this ) we dont get the Super Ten or Ten660.

I can only assume that the boats leaving the US are filled with our Tresury Bills on the way to China, and on the return they are filled with Cruisers, Ipads and new Toyota gas pedals.


Hey MC manufacturers: we are people too

Ha Ha, I keep thinking that the Americans get heaps of stuff we in Europe dont. I import heaps from the US, and sometimes European products are cheaper in the States! Reason: So European manufactures can get a foot hold in the huge US market, once the brand awareness is up, so will the price...

test riding the kle500 tomorrow, looking forward...
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