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Old 04-11-2020, 09:29 AM   #1
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Ninja 250/500 engine in a dual sport frame

Iím thinking of buying a complete engine off eBay and stuffing it into a Kawasaki KLX 650 frame. I canít find a dirt bike engine or other dual sport 650cc engine but plenty of ninja engines for cheap
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I have a Yamaha TRX850 engine in the shed. That would be an interesting hybrid.
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I figured that or a KLR 650 would be readily available, nope. I found a couple KLR engines but the fleabay parts experts want dealership retail for them.
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I have a Yamaha TRX850 engine in the shed. That would be an interesting hybrid.
I like where this is going, do you have everything to run it and most importantly are you willing to sacrifice it for the greater good?
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I got it some years ago with the idea to put it into a TZ250 frame ... it was going to be the ultimate SuperSingle, I mean SuperDouble... the 70hp and almost 70ftlb sounded interesting.

I will need to see what all is left of the project. I believe the motor is still in the crate as delivered.

Its either from a TRX850 or a TDM850. I seem to recall one was more rev happy than the other, but still worth a laugh though.

I'll check the storage and get back to you. How about $550 cash?
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I got it some years ago with the idea to put it into a TZ250 frame ... it was going to be the ultimate SuperSingle, I mean SuperDouble... the 70hp and almost 70ftlb sounded interesting.

I will need to see what all is left of the project. I believe the motor is still in the crate as delivered.

Its either from a TRX850 or a TDM850. I seem to recall one was more rev happy than the other, but still worth a laugh though.

I'll check the storage and get back to you. How about $550 cash?

Sent a PM, this could be pretty epic
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I bit of a lot on this, but Iím gonna chew it until this is complete.
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1992 Yamaha TDM 850

RC45 is a bit of a ďcollectorĒ letís say. But his stuff is friggin COOL!

Pics to come I still am waiting for my brother to come help me offload it.

I already joined a UK based TDM forum, hopefully they can help me make this come together sooner than later.

RC and I had a discussion about acquiring too many bikes/cars and not being able to use them once you have too many to keep up with. So I promised I would see this project to the end and I really need to. The KLX is a rarer bike and with a twin Yamaha 850, even more so.

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Let me know if you think these after market YZ450 Radiators will be of any use.

I am using a different setup on the 500 so these are no longer needed.

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Well postage from Europe is shut down due to the virus :/

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