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Old 10-08-2012, 04:39 PM   #61
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Hi KLRsys,

Very nice workmanship on your bike. I have a question for you. Did you consider mounting the Ninja radiator vertically in the stock KLR location? I've also noticed that the SuperRio bike had the rad. mounted in the same location as yours so I'm assuming there is a reason.

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The space that the original radiator occupied is now taken up by new frame tubing, left engine mount and to some degree the exhaust pipes. It just won't fit there anymore.
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Old 10-08-2012, 05:55 PM   #62
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Shakedown trip

Road trip update. Iím back already but Iíll summarize the ride and my impression of the results. I left Clovis Monday morning, rode through Las Vegas NM, to Taos to Pagosa Springs. I tried to keep it under 70 and this netted me 55mpg so when I got stopped that evening I saved the fuel map in the Powercommander and turned off the autotune. Tuesday morning (38 degrees!) I headed for Moab via Durange, Dolores and Teluride. I went over Lizard Head pass which is only about 10,250ft, not too high as CO passes go, but the bike ran fine and I was in sixth gear all the way up. Got into Moab about 3:30pm and went over to Arrowhead Motorsports to get a few things from Fred (Mr. KLR in my book). While I was there another fellow showed up (Scott) riding a KLR and after seeing my bike he said the group he was with would love to see it and invited Fred and I to dinner. So I went to dinner with them and met a great group of folks, wish I could remember everyones name but no dice. They invited to ride the White Rim Trail through Canyonlands the following day and I gladly accepted. I wasnít expecting to get to do any off road riding on this trip because itís not something Iíll do alone so this really made my day. The WRT is something Iíve wanted to ride for several years, plus it made a great addition to my shakedown ride. So Wednesday we rode the WRT. I didnít take nearly enough picturesÖ

At the beginning of the trail.


I did learn that these two are some serious riders, Tom Grenon and Laura Seaver. Tom rode my bike a ways and commented that it feels much more planted at higher speeds.


This is Bob, 67, the rabbit of the group. Flyiní low on a KLR, the man could really ride.


Nearing the end.


The bike did great on the trail. It pulled well from low rpm, better than the stock engine. Many times I felt like I was about to lug the engine and realized I was in 2nd, still had 1st available. Engine braking wasnít as good as the thumper but was adequate. I was concerned that it might overheat but it never did but the fan did run a lot. I was also a bit worried about the mileage I would get on the trail, turned out I got 49mpg on that tank. Canít complain. Only problem on the trail was me, I fell on a sandy stretch, bent the fairing mount and the right pannier mounting bracket.

Thursday morning I went by Fredís and he helped me get the fairing bent back into shape so I could hit the road. He took the
bike for a quick ride, his only comment was 'Thatís the fastest KLR Iíve ever been on.'


Fredís a great guy, really knows his stuff and is always helpful.

The rest of the trip was a fast ride south. Thursday evening I made it to Moriaty, NM, Friday I overnighted in Ballinger, TX. Saturday I hooked up with Calvin, Multisurface Rider, and he led me on a spirited ride through the hill country. He put about 40 miles on my bike and I think he wants one.

It turned out to be a great shakedown ride. I got to ride in just about every type of enviroment that I would normally encounter, highways, twisties, mountains, moderate off road and it did all of it well enough for me. I covered about 2500 miles, had no mechanical problems at all. Best of all, I never once wished I was on a different bike. I think I got what I was after.
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Old 10-08-2012, 08:29 PM   #63
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This ain't your daddys KLR.

I enjoyed it and really wanted to ride it some more, 40 miles down the highway was a good test ride. This bike ate it up.

Thanks for letting me ride your bike.
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Old 10-10-2012, 09:09 PM   #64
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Thank you for build write up and follow up great job sweet bike
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Old 10-12-2012, 05:00 PM   #65
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What a great writeup, thanks for sharing

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:08 PM   #66
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I am so impressed with your build so clean and the frame details make me feel like doing the build again. Congrats on the ride. It really is a small world I have ridden with Tom G, as well long time ago.

I have been away from ADV for to long. My email got hacked and I had to create an new account. The most driving force was to let you know how your bike makes me proud. I know George Rio Constable would be smiling.

Yours respectfully Scott aka. Repsol rider. Fellow KLRE owner.

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Old 11-05-2012, 08:49 PM   #67
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I just read through this whole thread, and all I can say is "Wow".

I'd love to know how much $$ you have in the bike, ball park.

And I know that you said that you didn't want to build them, but if you ever did, I seriously would be interested! No BS.

Somewhere out there someone needs to manufacture something like this, please! 650 to 800ish cc's, fuel injected, off-ready, and simple. The F800GS is close, but why should I start modding a $14,000 bike right away just to make it capable?

Very, very cool job.
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Old 11-05-2012, 09:52 PM   #68
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I am so impressed with your build so clean and the frame details make me feel like doing the build again. Congrats on the ride. It really is a small world I have ridden with Tom G, as well long time ago.

I have been away from ADV for to long. My email got hacked and I had to create an new account. The most driving force was to let you know how your bike makes me proud. I know George Rio Constable waould be smiling.

Yours respectfully Scott aka. Repsol rider. Fellow KLRE owner.
It's great to hear from you, Scott. I told Tom that if he saw you to say hello for me. And yes, it is a small world and you will be suprised how similar our stories are. I too thought about doing this build for a few years before I seriously looked into it. The bike I converted I bought new and eventually sold to my best friend. Unfortunately we lost him last year to cancer and his wife gave me the bike. He was big into engine swaps in cars so I decided it would be appropriate to do the swap on the bike he owned. When I came across your story I knew I just had to do it.

Thanks again for sharing your story and hoping we cross paths someday. Fritz
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:08 PM   #69
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I just read through this whole thread, and all I can say is "Wow".

I'd love to know how much $$ you have in the bike, ball park.

And I know that you said that you didn't want to build them, but if you ever did, I seriously would be interested! No BS.

Somewhere out there someone needs to manufacture something like this, please! 650 to 800ish cc's, fuel injected, off-ready, and simple. The F800GS is close, but why should I start modding a $14,000 bike right away just to make it capable?

Very, very cool job.
I really didn't keep track of what I spent, didn't really want to know at the time. But we've decided to do it again and this time we are going to track it and we are exploring the possibility of selling completed bikes. I'm doing a 2nd generation KLR and I'm hoping I can diet it down to a reasonable weight. I just got the two bikes last week, hope to get started soon.
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:22 PM   #70
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It's great to hear from you, Scott. I told Tom that if he saw you to say hello for me. And yes, it is a small world and you will be suprised how similar our stories are. I too thought about doing this build for a few years before I seriously looked into it. The bike I converted I bought new and eventually sold to my best friend. Unfortunately we lost him last year to cancer and his wife gave me the bike. He was big into engine swaps in cars so I decided it would be appropriate to do the swap on the bike he owned. When I came across your story I knew I just had to do it.

Thanks again for sharing your story and hoping we cross paths someday. Fritz

I feel an instant bond , Thank you for filling me in on that detail. I beleive that our bikes ,truely were a labour of love.

I have been riding my bike alot this year and it gives me great pleasure. If my path can be directed I will turn my handle bars in your direction. The conversation would be totally worth it. Scott.
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Old 11-06-2012, 04:17 AM   #71
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I really didn't keep track of what I spent, didn't really want to know at the time. But we've decided to do it again and this time we are going to track it and we are exploring the possibility of selling completed bikes. I'm doing a 2nd generation KLR and I'm hoping I can diet it down to a reasonable weight. I just got the two bikes last week, hope to get started soon.
Wow, you are the envy of many long time KLR'ers. Interested in following this next build. I am contemplating a 685 kit in my old girl but your build definately has my interest. Ever thought about putiing together a kit?
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Old 11-06-2012, 05:31 AM   #72
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I really didn't keep track of what I spent, didn't really want to know at the time. But we've decided to do it again and this time we are going to track it and we are exploring the possibility of selling completed bikes. I'm doing a 2nd generation KLR and I'm hoping I can diet it down to a reasonable weight. I just got the two bikes last week, hope to get started soon.

Another one, 2nd generation. This could lead to something.

I think these bikes need an official name now that you are building another one.

Are they going to be called "KLRsys", KLRE or what?
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Old 11-06-2012, 10:56 AM   #73
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I, too, saw this build at RTB3 and was mightily impressed. Not that I have skillz, time, or money to replicate (or to purchase a replicated one), but still ....mightily impressed.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:53 PM   #74
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Wow, you are the envy of many long time KLR'ers. Interested in following this next build. I am contemplating a 685 kit in my old girl but your build definately has my interest. Ever thought about putiing together a kit?
Thanks.

I've thought briefly about a kit only because I saw folks asking for it on the SuperRio thread, but I'm not sure how it could be done. It wouldn't be hard to reproduce the parts but the frame and engine mounts, I don't know how to ensure the buyer would get them in correctly. For the time being, I'm going to stick to complete bikes.
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Another one, 2nd generation. This could lead to something.

I think these bikes need an official name now that you are building another one.

Are they going to be called "KLRsys", KLRE or what?
I don't know, Calvin, what do you think? Beemer KilLeR? When is Barbie going to get a pair?
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