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Forum: Thumpers Today, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8,351
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Posted By VikB
https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3890/14981926181_92...

https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3890/14981926181_921ed15439_b.jpg

Reached 10K kms on my 2010 KLR. :evil I live on an island so racking up mileage is harder than elsewhere.

To celebrate the big...
Forum: Thumpers Today, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 404
Posted By VikB
I'm hoping to add a 690R to my garage in 2015. It...

I'm hoping to add a 690R to my garage in 2015. It pretty much meets my needs as is since I'm heading to the lightweight side of things, but I commented anyways.

A very lightly ADVenturized 690R...
Forum: Thumpers Yesterday, 09:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,550
Posted By VikB
Sounds like a best case scenario given a...

Sounds like a best case scenario given a defect....you can still ride the bike and the dealer is supporting you through the warranty process with Kawi.

Having a defect sucks, but that's life...
Forum: Thumpers 08-18-2014, 12:54 PM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
If XpressCS 28K is talking about miles than he is...

If XpressCS 28K is talking about miles than he is 4.5 times as lucky as I am...:freaky
Forum: Thumpers 08-18-2014, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
+1 - just broke 10K kms on my 2010 KLR [I live on...

+1 - just broke 10K kms on my 2010 KLR [I live on an island so racking up mileage takes time!].....I didn't done the Doo and it's working fine.

My '97 KLR never had the Doo done and it kept going...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,471
Posted By VikB
I'd work out the cost of a BMW F800 GS ADV...

I'd work out the cost of a BMW F800 GS ADV including all the farckles you want/need, insurance and operating costs for a couple years.

Do the same for the KLR.

The KLR will be cheaper, but...
Forum: Thumpers 08-07-2014, 03:17 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 8,308
Posted By VikB
+1 - well said. I was one of those guys waiting...

+1 - well said. I was one of those guys waiting on a Japanese big more thumper, but I'm now saving my pennies for a KTM690. If the Japanese companies decide to upgrade their models great and if not...
Forum: Thumpers 08-05-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 816
Views: 196,174
Posted By VikB
I don't have the part number, but that's a KTM...

I don't have the part number, but that's a KTM Supermoto fender. I ordered one from my KTM dealer to fit to my KLR. :clap

https://farm7.staticflickr.com/6007/6197580861_c73c21466e_b.jpg
Forum: Thumpers 08-01-2014, 08:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By VikB
Have a read in the BMW multi forums. This is par...

Have a read in the BMW multi forums. This is par for the course unfortunately.

Not saying it's just a BMW thing, but it seems to be common when dealing with BMW NA warranty issues.
Forum: Thumpers 07-11-2014, 01:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,083
Posted By VikB
The asking price and the selling price are two...

The asking price and the selling price are two different things. I generally price stuff I sell on the higher side of what I think the reasonable range is. This gives me room to negotiate without...
Forum: Thumpers 02-17-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 427
Views: 57,550
Posted By VikB
Even better you can just not fix anything and...

Even better you can just not fix anything and still ride the KLR and it will do just fine. If you are lazy like me. Although I still end up spending the beer money either way so I only saved $275....
Forum: Thumpers 01-31-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 2,922
Posted By VikB
Can you get a higher seat for the 650 and some...

Can you get a higher seat for the 650 and some lowered pegs? That might solve the long distance comfort issues and then you are golden, dirt capable and debt free...:evil
Forum: Thumpers 01-23-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
I've got a 2010 KLR with 7000kms on it. Runs...

I've got a 2010 KLR with 7000kms on it. Runs fine, but lately when I start it [it's cold so I use a bunch of choke] I get a loud pop/backfire out of the exhaust [stock] then it starts and runs fine....
Forum: Thumpers 10-06-2013, 06:58 AM
Replies: 8,351
Views: 1,961,398
Posted By VikB
Here's the wheelies....:clap ...

Here's the wheelies....:clap

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9Qg4kIdEAQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngTpkxscqUk

and here's the jumping...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4lN30XK22zM
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-20-2013, 07:15 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,953
Posted By VikB
Far from ideal, but I am glad you are getting...

Far from ideal, but I am glad you are getting some movement towards a fixed bike - just in time for winter sadly! :cry
Forum: Thumpers 09-17-2013, 10:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,530
Posted By VikB
Mileage - I never measure and don't fill up...

Mileage - I never measure and don't fill up accurately so I can't say, but it's enough that I don't spend a lot of time worrying about gas. I start thinking about filling it up after 350kms, but I...
Forum: Thumpers 09-13-2013, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
A GPS will tell you your mileage as well with...

A GPS will tell you your mileage as well with minimal hassle.
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2013, 08:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 501
Posted By VikB
http://www.list-alert.com/craigslist/360990/klr-65...

http://www.list-alert.com/craigslist/360990/klr-650
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2013, 08:39 AM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
You should doo whatever you want. I'm not telling...

You should doo whatever you want. I'm not telling you what you should doo or not doo.

I'm expressing my opinion on the subject. :evil
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2013, 08:35 AM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
http://motoryder.blogspot.ca/2013/04/diy-klr-650-c...

http://motoryder.blogspot.ca/2013/04/diy-klr-650-chirp-removal-exhaust-mod.html
Forum: Thumpers 09-06-2013, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8,351
Views: 1,961,398
Posted By VikB
+1 Also stops opportunistic BMW thieves that want...

+1 Also stops opportunistic BMW thieves that want to make their bikes look like KLRs by grafting on our plastics. :evil:rofl
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2013, 06:32 PM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
I'm not suggesting anyone who is saying they had...

I'm not suggesting anyone who is saying they had a problem didn't have a problem. I'm saying there is a difference between a report of a bike with a specific issue or even a dozen bikes with a...
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2013, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8,351
Views: 1,961,398
Posted By VikB
http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6137/5982336375_78d6...

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6137/5982336375_78d6d5780f_b.jpg

You can get those racks from Happy Trails:

http://www.happy-trail.com/KLR650/OSR-Side-Racks-87-07-KLR650.aspx
...
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2013, 03:34 PM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
Your adjuster could have been overtightened at...

Your adjuster could have been overtightened at the factory or at the dealership before you got it or maybe your doo just broke without an overly tight adjuster bolt. You don't actually know and one...
Forum: Parallel Universe 09-05-2013, 10:05 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,696
Posted By VikB
My buddy who was a long time Euro BMW ADVrider -...

My buddy who was a long time Euro BMW ADVrider - long before there was ADVrider...gave me that tip when I outfitted my first bike with TT boxes. I just had to have the hardcore adventure look so I...
Forum: Thumpers 09-05-2013, 10:01 AM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
I'm on my second KLR. I haven't touched the...

I'm on my second KLR. I haven't touched the engine on either bike. There are a small number of bikes with actual problems - just like any gas powered machine you can name. Then there are a whole lot...
Forum: Thumpers 09-04-2013, 03:07 PM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
Puke +1 - Good point! All you KLR riders with...

+1 - Good point!

All you KLR riders with bikes that run just fine who don't realize that they are in fact totally screwed, but you just don't know it yet and may never know it...and you missed out...
Forum: Thumpers 09-04-2013, 08:38 AM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
A 20 yr old KLR Gen 1 with the stock doo???...

A 20 yr old KLR Gen 1 with the stock doo??? That's impossible!

I read on ADVrider.com that all the Gen 1 doos are doomed for failure...:deal:freaky
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2013, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8,351
Views: 1,961,398
Posted By VikB
I'm not an uber high mileage rider so as long as...

I'm not an uber high mileage rider so as long as I get 5K kms+ out of the rear I'm happy.

For my winter commutes I'm switching back to the stock Dunlops to wear them out. I do all my dirt riding...
Forum: Thumpers 09-03-2013, 08:15 AM
Replies: 13,104
Views: 1,270,414
Posted By VikB
I was talking to my local Kawi mechanic about the...

I was talking to my local Kawi mechanic about the doo. He seems like a straight up guy based on the interactions we have had and I owned a KLR so no incentive to sell me anything.

His take on the...
Forum: Thumpers 09-01-2013, 08:01 AM
Replies: 8,351
Views: 1,961,398
Posted By VikB
http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7231/7177943363_50e2...

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7231/7177943363_50e202598d_b.jpg

I've been using Michelin T63's for a couple seasons now (http://klr650blog.wordpress.com/?s=michelin): 60/40 paved/logging road. They...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-30-2013, 05:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,696
Posted By VikB
+1 - good points. I would add that soft bags...

+1 - good points.

I would add that soft bags won't end up hurting you in a crash they way large metal panniers can.
Forum: Thumpers 08-30-2013, 11:06 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 33,102
Posted By VikB
A full tank will get you ~400kms+...how many...

A full tank will get you ~400kms+...how many hours straight do you want to ride before you get off for a break?
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-29-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,076
Posted By VikB
If you are going offroad I would reconsider...

If you are going offroad I would reconsider buying any metal panniers in favour of soft luggage. Width is not the biggest issue....weight and ability to survived being dropped are. Those lovely metal...
Forum: Thumpers 08-29-2013, 07:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,256
Posted By VikB
No having to look at the seagull front end of my...

No having to look at the seagull front end of my KLR and the improved highway aerodynamics make the $25 KTM fender mod well worth it. Saving my headlight from some mud spray is not a high...
Forum: Thumpers 08-28-2013, 04:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,256
Posted By VikB
+1 - :clap ...

+1 - :clap

http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6190/6033673528_6c5c80239f_o.jpg

Before and after...:evil

http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7082/7363286496_6ab21f5393_b.jpg

and the front...
Forum: Parallel Universe 08-28-2013, 10:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,400
Posted By VikB
Nope and I hate running into folks who have them....

Nope and I hate running into folks who have them. They are completely obnoxious for other riders and drivers to have to deal with. :kboom

If you are concerned about a specific driver seeing you...
Forum: Thumpers 08-28-2013, 08:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,006
Posted By VikB
Build a spreadsheet of all the things the old...

Build a spreadsheet of all the things the old bike would need to get her to the point you are happy. Note the cost [parts/tools/supplies] and how much time it would take to do each item.

It's...
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2013, 08:00 AM
Replies: 322
Views: 88,508
Posted By VikB
+1 - very true. At least thanks to folks like you...

+1 - very true. At least thanks to folks like you I get to enjoy some wrench free Ural Adventures...even if only through my computer screen...:clap
Forum: Ride reports 08-28-2013, 07:54 AM
Replies: 322
Views: 88,508
Posted By VikB
http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/9616340778_8e93...

http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/9616340778_8e933ac929_b.jpg
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