own 500cc mean
By the staff of Dirt Wheels
❏ Here is the quad most riders were
wishing Kawasaki would sell back in
the late ‘80s. Actually, they’re probably still wishing that today. Brice
Paulet is one of those riders, and he
decided to do something about it.
Instead of just wishing for a KFX500,
he set out to build one himself.
Brice started with a 2009 Yamaha
YFZ450, and then he took out the four-stroke engine. Next, he reinforced the
frame with gussets and made a longer swingarm. At that point he was
ready to make engine mounts to fit
the big two-stroke motor he acquired.
It came from a 1987 Kawasaki KX500
dirt bike, which was quite well known
for its massive amount of explosive
horsepower. He modified it to be even
more ferocious with a FMF power
valve and 40mm carb. To keep it cool,
a larger-volume aluminum radiator
To round out his project machine,
Brice mounted up his favorite assortment of handlebars, levers, nerf bars
and bumper. He gave his quad a
distinguished look by using a Monster
Energy graphics kit. In this case, the
word “Monster” on the gas tank does
indeed apply. Instead of a Quadzilla,
though, its nickname would be
A rear view of this machine is what
most riders see when it’s out on the
trail. If you have an interesting project
machine like this, e-mail photos and
info on it to us at dwletters@hi-torque.
If Kawasaki were to come out with a KFX500 monster quad today, it might look
something like this.
The big 500cc two-stroke engine will certainly get your attention when you look at
this machine, and even more so when you take it for a ride.