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COBAUM 08-17-2006 10:06 PM

KLX650 riders UNITE
 
OK. I am a KLR650 rider. The KLX650 always intrigued me. From what I read, it is the county road brother of the KLR. Not many around, but a VERY loyal (maybe delusional) following. I came across a KLX650 that was owned by the Colorado Springs Police/Fire depts. Seems they took turns using it to patrol off road areas. One of the riders dropped it and cracked the case (hairline) right where the clutch rod enters the side case. So the clutch started sticking. Then, they started cannibalizing parts for the other patrol bikes. I bought it for ~$350 and after a close examination; it will take ~$500 to get it back to running and street legal. Add $175 if I cannot repair the side case.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p>
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So, I find that the only place to get good info is the yahoo KLX650 group. Why do you guys not hang out here? I hate the message board software yahoo uses. It is difficult to find info using the search function whereas here it is a breeze. Come on guys. This is a great site and a great place for KLX riders to hang out.<o:p></o:p>
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itsatdm 08-17-2006 11:29 PM

It's a lost cause. I have posted pictures twice of my KLX 650 and the mods I have made. Even tried veiled insults to the multitude of KLR owners explaining how they are inferiorer in every way. Get a couple of: "nice bike comments" then relegated to obscurity. :D

sattara 08-18-2006 06:24 AM

There are a few of us here, but the size of this forum and the small number of KLX's make it less practical than a more focused setting like the yahoogroup for bike specific info.
Sat Tara

Rusty Rocket 08-18-2006 09:25 AM

They're pretty rare. I worked at a Kaw dealer when they were new. The dealer had 1 that didn't sell for such a long time that he dropped the price so much that a guy in service dept picked it up and made a motard out of it. Never seen another.

HighwayChile 08-19-2006 10:45 PM

ok I had a yahoo ID once, forgot it. :norton
man you stole that one, and an ex-cop bike. does it have any trick cop paint? Uzi/AK mount or something?:evil

davorallyfan 08-19-2006 10:55 PM

S'pose a pic of one wouldn't hurt.
http://davorallyfan.smugmug.com/photos/54126970-L.jpg

katbeanz 08-20-2006 08:13 AM

Interesting bikes, had a buddy down in wichita that got one after he parted ways with his xrl. I ran across a comparison between the xrl, dr and klx, the article is at least 10 yrs old. It refers to the xrl being in it's 4th model year. :lol3

http://www.motorcycle.com/mo/mccompare/opendp.html

gas_pig70 08-23-2006 12:14 AM

I just found out that one of my neighbors obtained a KLX650C recently. He's in the midst of "going through it".

yater 08-23-2006 07:50 AM

We tried to turn one into an adventure bike last year with no luck. We couldn't get around the tank issue. After trying to import an "R" tank to retrofit to the C with no luck, we gave up and rode the bike for what it is. It's a big dirtbike with no aftermarket...still a cool bike. This particular bike hits reserve at 90-100 miles...not exactly adventure capable

Mr.Grumpy 08-23-2006 06:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yater
We tried to turn one into an adventure bike last year with no luck. We couldn't get around the tank issue. After trying to import an "R" tank to retrofit to the C with no luck, we gave up and rode the bike for what it is. It's a big dirtbike with no aftermarket...still a cool bike. This particular bike hits reserve at 90-100 miles...not exactly adventure capable

Jumpin' Jimminy! They aren't that rare! No one has an after market tank for one? Daammmmn.

Posaja 08-27-2006 06:42 AM

Here I am:clap
http://www.enduristianonimi.it/album/Immagine%20104.jpg

http://www.enduristianonimi.it/album/Immagine%20011.jpg

itsatdm 08-27-2006 08:51 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by yater
We tried to turn one into an adventure bike last year with no luck. We couldn't get around the tank issue. After trying to import an "R" tank to retrofit to the C with no luck, we gave up and rode the bike for what it is. It's a big dirtbike with no aftermarket...still a cool bike. This particular bike hits reserve at 90-100 miles...not exactly adventure capable

OK one more time, just to get my post count up and for the 1/2 dozen that might be interested. This is my effort at an adventure bike:
http://itsatdm.smugmug.com/photos/77759514-S.jpg
Side panel tank is a Baja Designs for a Yamaha 426. Couple of simple brackets and cheap electric fuel pump to replentish the main tank via the charcoal cannister vent. Quick connects for fuel and it can be removed in about 15 minutes. Total capacity is 4.4 gal. A few carb adjustments and it pulls like a train and still gets over 50mpg.

Posaja 08-28-2006 01:17 AM

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Originally Posted by itsatdm

Great job dude:D
Here some specification of my model
http://www.enduristianonimi.it/album/klx650a.jpg[
Starting from a 96 model (shown above) I put a self made tank and all the plastics and seat of a KX125
http://www.enduristianonimi.it/album/Immagine%20011.jpg
Extra wide WRP footpegs
http://www.enduristianonimi.it/pagin...ultime/WRP.jpg
Magura hidraulic clutch
http://www.enduristianonimi.it/pagin...ime/MAGURA.jpg
Holins rear shock absorber
http://www.enduristianonimi.it/pagin...me/2%20004.jpg
Stealt sprocket and green chain
http://www.enduristianonimi.it/pagin...ra/c%20004.jpg
pro taper handlebar, ramirez risers, GPR stering dumper, GPS Garmin III http://www.enduristianonimi.it/pagin...ia/c%20002.jpg http://www.enduristianonimi.it/pagin...ia/c%20001.jpg

switchback 08-28-2006 09:32 AM

That is one nice bike. Self-made tank! That is awfully ambitious. How does one even start that process unless it is aluminum? I see that Acerbis in Europe has a larger tank in black for tha KLX but none listed over here.

Why in the world would Kawasaki abandon this bike in favor of the dated KLR. I remember reading some tests on the dirt bike version and the only issues were the weight and small radiators.

Posaja 08-28-2006 10:03 AM

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Originally Posted by tigerowner_ut
That is one nice bike.

Thanks:D
Quote:

Originally Posted by tigerowner_ut
Self-made tank! That is awfully ambitious...

That's the photo report of my work (be patience I used on line translator)


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