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Old 02-06-2013, 07:57 PM   #4996
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Hey Brian...

...bike looks good, curious to hear how the finish on the tank holds up.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:02 PM   #4997
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Do you really not know or is that a little bit of this...

Get ready to rumble!
Haha could be a little bit of poke it and see what happens....

Just curious... seems to be so much written on the ol' KLR....

I have one... to be honest I'd like a bit more power, but I'd settle for better dirt ability... could just be too heavy for me....

only done 3000 miles on it so far, so guess I'm still learning it, but hmmmm
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:50 PM   #4998
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....sums it up pretty well. I have 2, one set up for my daily commute and one for the trails (but still very road worthy) it seems to go wherever I point it without missing a beat. I love my KLR's. I think I need a sticker that says that.
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:50 PM   #4999
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so.... how come the KLR is so popular and so many people rave about it?

It's a bit slow on the road and a bit slow off the road... is it cos it's cheap or what???
Because riding is so much more than spec sheet numbers and top speed....hp only tells half the story.


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Old 02-07-2013, 05:58 AM   #5000
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Because riding is so much more than spec sheet numbers and top speed....hp only tells half the story.
And fancy tank badges!
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Old 02-07-2013, 08:59 AM   #5001
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so.... how come the KLR is so popular and so many people rave about it?

It's a bit slow on the road and a bit slow off the road... is it cos it's cheap or what???
If you told me a couple years ago that I'd own a KLR much less enjoy riding it I'd have laughed out loud. Now I own TWO of these overweight, underpowered, poorly suspended old school bikes. However, I still like my other bikes who's purpose is shall we say a little bit more narrow ala SXV550
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:03 AM   #5002
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If you told me a couple years ago that I'd own a KLR much less enjoy riding it I'd have laughed out loud. Now I own TWO of these overweight, underpowered, poorly suspended old school bikes. However, I still like my other bikes who's purpose is shall we say a little bit more narrow ala SXV550
My trifecta of cheap, fun motorcycles.

Of course we start with the KLR.
Many KLR owners own a Concours.
Don't forget the "pick it up before the camera's come out" KLR250S, with 351 bore kit.

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Old 02-07-2013, 10:57 AM   #5003
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doo hickey mod

sorry for being so oblivious, but im new to the KLR scene and have noticed a great deal of commotion about the doo hickey upgrade. I was wondering what the benefit of doing this was and if it is necessary on an '89 KLr 650.
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:18 AM   #5004
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...bike looks good, curious to hear how the finish on the tank holds up.
Me too.... We'll know in a few weeks. I'm pretty confident, the sealer seems to have bonded well, I think the prep is very important. Are you doing the Mendo rally? It was great last year and I wouldn't miss it !!!
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Old 02-07-2013, 11:41 AM   #5005
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sorry for being so oblivious, but im new to the KLR scene and have noticed a great deal of commotion about the doo hickey upgrade. I was wondering what the benefit of doing this was (extra torque?) and if it is necessary on an '89 KLr 650.
There is no extra torque or extra hp with this upgrade lol. Its simply replacing an OEM item that has a long history of failure. Your 89 also has multi piece balancer sprockets that should be replaced by 20K miles. Kawi upgraded those in 96 but any late model sprockets will work. I can send you all the OEM part numbers if you need them. Hope that helps!
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:28 PM   #5006
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Question about lowering my '02...

Here's the deal: I'm 5'2 and have an obvious disadvantage riding my bike because it is naturally so tall. The bike came with lowering links but I'm not sure which ones (I think there's different lengths of lowering links...)

Last summer I lowered my aftermarkt rear suspension (what a tedious job) and lowered the front forks WAY too much and ended up messing the geometry of the bike so much that I crashed going 140 kmh on the hwy. SO. Keeping in mind that I won't be going that fast again, how do I A) bring the bike back to the exact stock height so that I can B) lower the front and the back at the same time to maintain the geometry so it doesn't become unstable at higher speeds.

Here is the link to the pics of my crash (if you guys are curious) just scroll down a bit.
http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...4#post19262644
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:29 PM   #5007
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There is no extra torque or extra hp with this upgrade lol. Its simply replacing an OEM item that has a long history of failure. Your 89 also has multi piece balancer sprockets that should be replaced by 20K miles. Kawi upgraded those in 96 but any late model sprockets will work. I can send you all the OEM part numbers if you need them. Hope that helps!
If you could please send me those OEM numbers that would be great. Thanks
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Old 02-07-2013, 12:44 PM   #5008
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If you could please send me those OEM numbers that would be great. Thanks
No need for OEM #s. Google Eagle manufacturing and engineering, talk to Mike he will fix you up, then put his # on speed dial....
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Old 02-07-2013, 01:49 PM   #5009
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And fancy tank badges!
Amen brother.


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Old 02-07-2013, 02:05 PM   #5010
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No Mendo rally for me....

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Me too.... We'll know in a few weeks. I'm pretty confident, the sealer seems to have bonded well, I think the prep is very important. Are you doing the Mendo rally? It was great last year and I wouldn't miss it !!!
I'm planning the OBDR this year in July. Looking forward to it.
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