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Old 20 Dec 2009
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FYI all,

My kle is being built for that perfect dirt tourer. This means a light bike, manageable HP, reliable etc....hence kle. Sure a BMW 800 would be nice (my mate has one), but even he said after riding the kle that it (the BMW) is not worth the $13k AUS he paid for it given it weighs more and in the dirt I was as quick if not quicker (dont get me wrong that BMW is a nice bit of gear and its fuel economy is awesome but you still have power).

Anyway stop going off on a tangent.....

Completed to date are my custom headers, a carbon exhaust, decent footpegs, a Garmin Nuv500 custom mount, D606's front & rear and a Pelican case on the rear.

To Do:
USD forks - I have a kx125 USD front end waiting to go on, just need to press out kle stem and put into stock kx triples. May need to shorten them 2", but will still have like 275mm travel or so with full rebound/comp adjustment.

Rear shock height - With the USD I need to lift rear shock by using the next hole down on the rear mount bracket - almost looked like Kawa were thinking of adjustable ride height on this bike. Of course I will need to create a sleeve to make it strong enough.

3" excel rear rim - fits a 130/90 much better and stronger.

Brakes - with the new front end I have kx brakes - not bad. But I also have a 320mm disc and bracket......yummy. Maybe a bit big for dirt, but hey most riding is long fast dirt roads.

Future - well I dont 100% need more grunt, but gee it would be fun. I'm looking at getting a Versy/er6 engine to fit in.....but this maybe a while off. Cheaper than getting this engine to give me more grunt.

Anyway, as things progress I will update and post pics (if I figure out how to do that).

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got any pics of the exhaust and headers
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Hi all,

Well I have just about got my USD forks onto the kle. Basically I had the fortune of having a klx250 which I found some 93 model kx125 forks for - they bolt straight onto the klx. Well that left me with my klx forks.

They are a good option for the kle because they (2009 model) have reduced travel compared to full dirt bikes (only 10 inches). So basically they have better dual purpose capability. While not fully adjustable unlike the kx forks, you do have comp adjustment which is good enough.



Pressed out the kx steerer stem with a 9T shop press which is 30mm diameter, pressed out the kle - 27 mm. So because it is smaller I am getting a collar made up which will go in the tripple clamp and the kle stem can be pressed into.

I also have a 320 mm disc with adaptor that fitted the klx forks that I will put on.

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Nice work mate - looks the ducks guts!
Ain't nuthin gonna stop that baby now...!
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Got my klx USD forks on now with 320mm floating disc!!

Why did I do this you ask, well I cant help making a cheap bike perfect by modifying - so now my front wheel travel has gone from 220mm to 255mm (perfect dual sport travel I reckon0, but total fork length has not really changed.



kle500 pleasant cheap suprise - Page 6 - ADVrider

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