Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
A Versys 300 probably has more peak horsepower than a KLR650, I know the Ninja 300 does. The Versys is re-tuned for more low & mid-range, but probably still has more peak HP than KLR650. The difference in torque is of more importance.
You will just need to use the 6 speed gearbox to allow the lower torque 300 twin cylinder to sing its song in a higher pitch. Once the engine is 'broken-in', let her Rev!
The little engine loves to sing.
Speaking of 'break-in' on the little engine, I'll suggest that you raise the rpm limit 500 rpm for every 50 miles traveled to get up to legal speed limit quicker.
A 4000 RPM rev limit for 500 miles is excruciatingly SLOW. Then they suggest a 6000 RPM limit for another 500 miles. I say BS, just work it up in steps.
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting