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Forum: Equipment Today, 12:26 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 19,692
Posted By Grinnin
Bump. No real reason.

Bump. No real reason.
Forum: Equipment Today, 12:25 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,862
Posted By Grinnin
You may find that it's quieter when burning...

You may find that it's quieter when burning kerosene. Sootier due to the extra warmup, but quieter. I don't have a MSR but this is true of my Primus.
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me Yesterday, 03:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 228
Posted By Grinnin
About any GPS will help with what you're asking...

About any GPS will help with what you're asking about. They each have some oddities to learn about but most will help you after just a short bit of learning. Some have so many features that the...
Forum: Equipment 08-17-2014, 03:14 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,862
Posted By Grinnin
Soto had a petrol-burning stove a couple of years...

Soto had a petrol-burning stove a couple of years ago, the Soto Muka. The reviews were all positive on their burner and their draining hose connections.

After a few months it disappeared entirely...
Forum: Equipment 08-16-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 3,862
Posted By Grinnin
Pump gas causes some stoves to clog more often...

Pump gas causes some stoves to clog more often and some external parts to get more soot on them.

With my Svea 123, there are more sooty parts and refueling means taking off the windscreen so I'm...
Forum: Thumpers 08-14-2014, 04:10 AM
Replies: 759
Views: 89,279
Posted By Grinnin
Good to hear about new folks enjoying their KLRs....

Good to hear about new folks enjoying their KLRs.

This thread is a goldmine of info for upgrades to the KLR. You can certainly feel however you want to feel, but it seems to me that you've done...
Forum: Equipment 08-13-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,507
Posted By Grinnin
Mine become compacted after the AK trip last...

Mine become compacted after the AK trip last year. The usual rinses wouldn't make it stand up again. I had to wash it several times to get the calcium chloride out. In the Yukon that crap gets...
Forum: Ride reports 08-13-2014, 06:03 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,682
Posted By Grinnin
:lurk You aren't coming anywhere close to...

:lurk

You aren't coming anywhere close to "too many pictures".
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-13-2014, 05:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 1,974
Posted By Grinnin
I'd agree about the 750 listed for sale. ...

I'd agree about the 750 listed for sale.

Honda also put Hondamatics in 400 and 450s in the '70s and '80s. Much lighter. These Hondamatics do require the rider to shift (2-speed), but with a...
Forum: Equipment 08-13-2014, 04:00 AM
Replies: 6,127
Views: 2,424,315
Posted By Grinnin
Icebreaker makes a slightly-looser merino shirt...

Icebreaker makes a slightly-looser merino shirt called their Tech-T. For me it's just loose enough to wear by itself.

Pictures from the '70s show me in skin-tight shirts but we all wore...
Forum: Thumpers 08-11-2014, 02:47 PM
Replies: 13,090
Views: 1,268,689
Posted By Grinnin
I'm with X. (Well, not "with" but my opinion...

I'm with X. (Well, not "with" but my opinion coincides with his.) On Friday my aluminum skid plate was ringing regularly with rocks thrown up. When I got the bike the plastic skid plate was...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-11-2014, 05:39 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 5,843
Posted By Grinnin
I think I shoulder check often. 90%? 80%? Then...

I think I shoulder check often. 90%? 80%? Then again most people think they're more diligent than they actually are. I could be about average.

I'm aware that my brain simplifies what my eyes...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 08-11-2014, 04:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 267
Posted By Grinnin
For that price you would get the chance to learn...

For that price you would get the chance to learn about that model and update maps if required. It will arrive with the maps that were current when it was boxed which may be fine for you or you may...
Forum: The perfect line and other riding myths 08-10-2014, 11:49 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 12,285
Posted By Grinnin
Well, if it was custom Saphire and Emerald metal...

Well, if it was custom Saphire and Emerald metal flake with Sunrise Orange and Golden Burst flames accented with the same Skull Boutique mirrors and Dagger Dragger forward controls, I can imagine the...
Forum: Thumpers 08-10-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13,090
Views: 1,268,689
Posted By Grinnin
Thanks, everyone, for your input and jjtx for...

Thanks, everyone, for your input and jjtx for your repeated replies.

I think the different countershafts would make a huge difference.
Forum: Thumpers 08-10-2014, 07:47 AM
Replies: 13,090
Views: 1,268,689
Posted By Grinnin
If I'm changing sprockets, there's a 16t in the...

If I'm changing sprockets, there's a 16t in the mix.

The chain tensioner would give slack, but the chain still won't clear the space between the sprocket and the engine case. That is if I was...
Forum: Thumpers 08-10-2014, 06:15 AM
Replies: 13,090
Views: 1,268,689
Posted By Grinnin
Quick sprocket change?

I have read posts by people who change their KLR front sprocket in 15 minutes. I might be able to do that at home with all the tools there. I'm wondering, though, if I'm just not familiar enough...
Forum: Thumpers 08-10-2014, 03:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,452
Posted By Grinnin
I'm back to stock (15/43) but liked the 16t for...

I'm back to stock (15/43) but liked the 16t for back-to-back 400-mile days or the occasional really long day.
Forum: Thumpers 08-08-2014, 02:10 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,182
Posted By Grinnin
Hook it up to the battery, not the frame. The...

Hook it up to the battery, not the frame. The KLR uses wires for ground (negative) for all devices except the starter and some switches like the neutral switch and fan switch. The frame can...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 04:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,452
Posted By Grinnin
What bike do you want to ride? Do you think...

What bike do you want to ride?

Do you think you'd want to ride the 800 twin on TLH or through SA? Economics only goes so far.

I bought my KLR specifically for an Inuvik trip (and Alaska is...
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 08-07-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 972
Posted By Grinnin
Some GPSs have a limit of 500 points when you're...

Some GPSs have a limit of 500 points when you're loading a file. When recording a track, there can be many thousands of points. To deal with this, some people cut the journey up into small sections....
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 08-07-2014, 06:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,107
Posted By Grinnin
The Montana 650T comes with more internal memory...

The Montana 650T comes with more internal memory which is good. It also comes with the 100k topo maps which I don't think support routing. The 24k topos do support routing.

For routing, the GPS...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,182
Posted By Grinnin
The spring holds you up. The oil reduces the...

The spring holds you up. The oil reduces the speed at which the fork sliders slide. If the fork is feeling soft it probably needs a firmer spring. If the fork bounces and doesn't settle down after...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 03:56 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,182
Posted By Grinnin
The bolt head is 17mm. If you use the stock...

The bolt head is 17mm. If you use the stock engine guard you can get a box wrench or maybe even an open-end wrench on it. I have an aluminum guard and carry a 17mm socket mainly for the oil drain. ...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 03:30 AM
Replies: 13,090
Views: 1,268,689
Posted By Grinnin
I thought the problem was that I hadn't modified...

I thought the problem was that I hadn't modified the seat enough.

Just yesterday I noticed (again) that I didn't have my knees firmly on the tank (again) so I pressed them in (again) and noticed...
Forum: Thumpers 08-06-2014, 03:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Posted By Grinnin
Yea, but I blathered on for 3 column-inches while...

Yea, but I blathered on for 3 column-inches while you said the same thing in 1.

And my last paragraph wasn't clear at all. Part of the reason is accurately naming the indicators at the corners of...
Forum: Thumpers 08-06-2014, 03:19 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,182
Posted By Grinnin
When most of my motorcycles were new, Honda...

When most of my motorcycles were new, Honda recommended ATF for the forks. (KLR is my only non-Honda.) Very similar needs for auto transmissions and forks.

Most readers may know this, but some...
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2014, 05:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 618
Posted By Grinnin
The trouble is in your dashboard. With a...

The trouble is in your dashboard.

With a stock setup, when you turn on the left turn signal, it also puts 12V into the green wire into the dashboard indicator. The grey wire from the indicator...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-05-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 481
Posted By Grinnin
Did you create a folder called "Garmin" on your...

Did you create a folder called "Garmin" on your SD card and put the .img file in that folder?
Forum: GPS 101 - Which GPS For Me 08-05-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 605
Posted By Grinnin
Garmin mini USB power supplies often have the 5th...

Garmin mini USB power supplies often have the 5th wire connected to one of the other 4 with a 27k ohm resistor. This tells it that the GPS should start in navigation mode instead of data mode.

If...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-05-2014, 04:01 AM
Replies: 11,145
Views: 1,209,110
Posted By Grinnin
OSM data varies widely for different areas. ...

OSM data varies widely for different areas. Around here there are many dirt roads on OSM that aren't on CNNA. 24k topo beats both for detail so I'm fine if I stay in the northeast. Was hoping to...
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2014, 03:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By Grinnin
I also ride a '75 CB750SOHC. The fuse box is a...

I also ride a '75 CB750SOHC. The fuse box is a simllar plastic frame that holds clips for 3 glass fuses.

On the SOHCs these fuse boxes are a problem for many riders. Age and neglect have a lot...
Forum: Equipment 08-04-2014, 04:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 988
Posted By Grinnin
Good luck. Trying to draw the line between what...

Good luck. Trying to draw the line between what everyone needs and what everyone doesn't need will continue forever because everyone is different.

I get away with far lighter sleeping gear than...
Forum: Thumpers 08-03-2014, 04:50 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,182
Posted By Grinnin
I won't buy again from KLR650.com, but the tool...

I won't buy again from KLR650.com, but the tool kit you link to there is the most complete. It has lots of weight you don't need (11, 13, and 16mm open end and half those Allen keys). It doesn't...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-03-2014, 04:06 AM
Replies: 11,145
Views: 1,209,110
Posted By Grinnin
Yes, I use OSM. I have started using the OSM...

Yes, I use OSM. I have started using the OSM "cycle map" which has more topo information and is still routable.

It's gpsfiledepot that looks good but won't play with my chosen OS.
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-03-2014, 04:04 AM
Replies: 11,145
Views: 1,209,110
Posted By Grinnin
The 650T has more internal memory -- 7.3 gB...

The 650T has more internal memory -- 7.3 gB instead of 3.6 gB for the 600 and 650.

The camera on the 650 isn't great, but I often ride without a camera or cell phone, so it can be handy. My...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-03-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 11,145
Views: 1,209,110
Posted By Grinnin
You say "no restrictions" but I haven't found any...

You say "no restrictions" but I haven't found any of those maps that are simply maps. They are all maps plus installers that require either Windows or Mac, and usually Basecamp.

I am glad to...
Forum: Layin' down tracks 08-02-2014, 03:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 533
Posted By Grinnin
Garmin sells different coverage areas for City...

Garmin sells different coverage areas for City Navigator North America. I had a Garmin with lifetime maps for North America but it covered only the lower 48 state. Updating the maps using the LM...
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2014, 12:03 PM
Replies: 13,090
Views: 1,268,689
Posted By Grinnin
I had to cut the mud guard for clearance for the...

I had to cut the mud guard for clearance for the Lexx midpipe. How much is enough?

There's not quite 1/4 inch or 6mm there. I have a rubber extension below the stock mud guard so the shock...
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2014, 07:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 2,182
Posted By Grinnin
Here's how to connect a relay to the KLR 1st-gen...

Here's how to connect a relay to the KLR 1st-gen "city lights" wires to turn on and off larger devices with the ignition switch.

The quick version:


Connect the city lights wires to relay...
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