Another path?

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Another path?

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Where do I start? Bit of a loaded question, but the gears are turning...What I would like to build is what you would get if a dirtbike and a sportbike had a baby. The pic below is a bit what Im talking about. (Also, think Ducati hypermotard) I have the rest of the kdx frame, and an 80 kz1000 frame (ex cop bike). Also, an 05 zx10 engine, and suspension. What do you guys think?
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What you are describing is the very active Adventure Bike arena. Lots of good builds over at Adventure Rider. One of the best is the CRF500 which is a Honda PTwin wedged into a CRF frame (link here). There's also a guy who takes Kawasaki Ninja 650 motors and shoehorns them into a Versys frame (link here). I think you will find that a ZX10 is going to be a heavy engine for true offroad work, but would be a killer fire road candidate. This is not the forum for that though, as this is specifically for KDX hybrids using the KDX motor and better frame/suspension, the Other Bikes forum is probably a better choice.
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bufftester wrote: 06:44 pm Jan 04 2024There's also a guy who takes Kawasaki Ninja 650 motors and shoehorns them into a Versys frame (link here).
Hmm, the Versys already has the Nija 650 engine in it only tuned differently.
bufftester wrote: 06:44 pm Jan 04 2024This is not the forum for that though, as this is specifically for KDX hybrids using the KDX motor and better frame/suspension, the Other Bikes forum is probably a better choice.
I completely agree. Moved to Other Bikes sub-forum.
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I hear you about the engine being heavy for real offroad use. Ill jump on the 200 for that. There's plenty of fire roads around where I live in eastern wa. It's 6 miles of dirt to pavement from my house...I cant swing a "new" bike, but I have parts...lol
If this ever gets of the ground, I'll be sure to post lots of pics. So far I've just walked back and forth with a tape measure...And thanks for moving this to the right forum.
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Yea, in E. WA that would be a fun scoot. I'm in W. WA but dad lives outside Mattawa so familar with lots of dirt road lol.
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Haven't really done anything with this yet. It's been pretty cold.
Bufftester: what part are you in? I grew up in lake stevens.
Mattawa hmm. That's where the desert 100 used to be.
I'm pretty sure there's a few of us in wa. We sould try to set up a ride some time, after winter.
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Im in the South Sound (Tacoma area). I rode in the old Mattawa 100 back in the 70s with my dad and brother. Still some fun riding there up in the BLM land. Summer time its all Taneum/Manastash/Mad River. Lots of great riding all over the state.
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Well, I think I'm going to use the kz frame for ease of engine fitment. I know the hillclimb guys have stuffed streetbike engines in dirtbikes, but it looks like a pain.
This was an old cop bike, so it had bags and such, that I pulled off yesterday to get a better look at things. Looks a lot smaller without all that stuff on it. No pics of this bit yet, but the back of the frame is about the same width as the kdx, so I may be able to adapt the mx fender (and seat, side panels) off the kdx for some dirtbikeish flare. I don't think the engine swap side of things will be to bad, but it needs to look right as well.
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