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Old 12-08-2010, 12:56 PM   #61
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I have had a few requests for kits and I am considering it .

For getting it going what would people want included?
From my experience, in making and selling parts that I did a couple years ago, its not worth it. You make some money initially, but then someone else comes along, buys one of your kits, and starts making their own, selling it for half of what you do. I had half of my products copied after a little while in the market. I know of others that this happened to as well.

If you do get into business though, I wish you all the best.

Again, great fabrication and attention to detail on this project.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:13 PM   #62
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Perhaps a good basic kit would be the lower frame/mounts to get the motor in its proper location, the skid plate and the header. Provide a diagram with measurements/locations for proper cuts/welds. Let the buyer source his own engine, midpipe and can.

What else NEEDS to be changed/modded for the versys engine to work?

For example: How did you mod the ER650 airbox to make it fit in the KLR frame? Any places where the ER650 wiring harness needs to be spliced into any remaining portions of the KLR harness.

For an additional fee, Perhaps a "production booklet" with pics and measurements for placing frame cuts/welds, & tips for routing the required ER650 wiring harness(es), or sources for suggested parts. Unless ofcourse all this detail is gonna be included in this build thread.

I think a very basic 'kit' for this mod that wouldn't be too expensive for you to put together (so that you can make a profit & still pass on a reasonably good deal to all us cheapskate KLR owners ) would be a good idea.


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OR, just make a nicely detailed 'production booklet' with all the REQUIRED items for the conversion, measurements for where the frame must be cut/welded...and other parts/mods you made and why you felt it necessary to make them.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:25 PM   #63
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I have had a few requests for kits and I am considering it .

For getting it going what would people want included?

I wouldn't mind the headers also. But the frame add-on would be the most vital.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:41 PM   #64
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That too. Whatever it would take that requires welding and fab would be a good kit with instructions.

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What would you do for the , skid plate, and header?
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:43 PM   #65
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I wouldn't mind the headers also. But the frame add-on would be the most vital.
Another idea would be you could send in your frame to the shop and have them do the mods on it and they could send it back to you and you could bolt in the Ninja motor.
I don't think I have the confidence to hack up my 08 KLR just yet .
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:45 PM   #66
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for me the need would be:
  • frame lowers
  • Header system
  • fuel pump housing
  • some instructions for proper measurements for frame mounts
  • getting the oil pan modified
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:50 PM   #67
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What if the engine would fit into a stock KLR frame?
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:56 PM   #68
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What if the engine would fit into a stock KLR frame?
Hold the phone! Looks like Sam is going to drop a bomb.

I considered this aswell but didnt go that way. Waiting on this one.
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Old 12-08-2010, 01:57 PM   #69
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Incredible work. Looks really, really good.

Question...if the donor bike is a Versys, would it not be easier to simply upgrade the Versys with better suspension? I'm trying to understand what it is about the KLR that makes a better basis for the swap. Or is it that one has a KLR and needs just some parts (engine etc) from the Versys to make a better KLR, but if you had a Versys already, then there would be an easier route to build a capable Versys?
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:03 PM   #70
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Look, I've already said too much and I'm probably in big trouble!

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Old 12-08-2010, 02:09 PM   #71
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Look, I've already said too much and I'm probably in big trouble!

thats never stoped you before
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:15 PM   #72
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What makes this swap so great is that, the KLR has a huge aftermarket. Historically, the KLR is an inexpensive motorcycle that many consider a kit bike. It's always been a build it into what you want type of motorcycle. Ergonomically, the KLR has all the parts in the correct places. Many parts can be replaced with similar parts from other bikes.

It's a dualsport bike that is somewhat capable off-road. Improving the suspension is about all that is required to go off the beaten path with a KLR.

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Old 12-08-2010, 02:17 PM   #73
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Old 12-08-2010, 02:17 PM   #74
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What if the engine would fit into a stock KLR frame?
Well, Sam...

Then I'd still buy his header, fuel pump housing & skid plate (if it would bolt to the unmodified KLR frame)...and your mass produced engine mounts

I LOVE the idea, but realistically, this won't be happening for me anytime soon. I need to have at least one ridable bike at all times, and the GS won't be back together until the spring
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But it would kick me into HIGH gear on getting an `08up KLR!!!!
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