It has been thought of on other forums. Its been brought up to Kawasaki designers. And I'm sure i'm probably bringing up an old thread on this forum (though i tried to do a search for it), but I've been so infactuated with this concept that I did a little more digging into the subject.
With the new BMW 800cc engines, the VSTROMS twin engine, and pretty much every adventure bike competing with the KLR, Kawasaki STILL has an amazing machine with the KLR 650 being the most off road oriented Adventure bike (under $10k perspectively) and yet still uses a carborated SINGLE!
But what if...and i mean IF.. Kawasaki was to take a mostly street version of the KLR (the Versys) which makes great power being a Parallel Twin and throw that engine into the KLR 650? Lets call it the KLV650 cause i need a distinctive name for it and it fits
I live in San Diego and made just 1 phonecall to a cycle place and they said that they would call me no later than tuesday but they are confident that they could get the full set up (engine, trans, clutch, electical, etc..) of a 650R engine for me. Which is the same engine the Versys uses, just tuned differently.
Do i have your attention?
Forget cost here. I dont care about that. Lets look at what we could possibly have here! We have practically the same weight engine (maybe at most 15 lbs heavier) with around 20 HP MORE
than the stock KLR650, a 6 speed gear box, fuel injected which is more efficient and needs less to maintain, and the ability to pull out even more impressive hp and torque numbers from the engine. Not to mention one mean sounding KLR!!
The big question... Will the 650cc Parallel Twin actually FIT in the KLR frame? and thats the deciding factor here. I'm confident that with mild chassis tweeking and motor mount adjustments, this is very very plausable. Agree?
Now the next thing that will be a huge concern, the suspension. I honestly dont know if the suspension can handle that kind of load. The suspension is already soft and has a lot of un needed travel so just to be safe (and more custom) a heavily modified suspension would be needed. Agree?
I've looked all over the web to see if anyone has ever done this swap or even attempted it and cant find any sound results. I would like to know some expert opinions on this. Do i have something here or is it just too good of an idea to be true? Again forget cost estimates (its obviously a prototype so ya gotta spend some cash to see an advancemnt).
So, what say you?