685 bore vs hotcams modification
For me, the joy of owning a motorcycle is of course to ride but also to modify it by improving on years of Engineering. I love almost everything about my 09 KLR 650. I'm a big guy and I wish this machine had 8 to 10 hp more! Along with the usuall performance modifications (jetting, exhaust, air flow, thermo-bob, progressive suspension) I am seriously thinking of the 685 Kit and/or Hotcams stage 2 cams. I ride 80% road and 20% dirt...My take on these 2 modifications:
685 bore: + power all across the RPM range, + reasonnably affordable. - not a whole lot of steel left on that cylinder, - little harder to do for DIY.
Stage 2 cams: + Cheaper, + easier to do. - Power in the mid to high RPM range...I am starting to lean towards this option for this summer...
I installed performance cams in my KZ engines before...at low RPM, the bike performs almost like a stock bike, perfect for cruising. If you want to play hard, just twist that throttle and HANG ON!
I have not found a lot of threads talking about cams for the KLR...Am I missing something? Anyone with experience with these cams?
Thanks for your inputs.