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Old 03-11-2007, 03:52 AM   #301
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i went for a ride today and as i bypased a fallen tree i hit a small blackboy at slow speed the result was i bent back the brake pedal and i broke the mounting plate , a fellow rider(steve)put two spanners and cable ties around it two hold it together, so ive found a week point in the plate so ive decided to make my own out of steel i will keep you posted . if you look at the lower large allen key bolt you can see its broken completly through it was the spring that stopped it falling off
Yeah, known weak spot on KLR's...Most all the aftermarket sellers here in the states have an upgrade bracket.
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Old 03-11-2007, 06:57 AM   #302
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a small "blackboy"?
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Old 03-11-2007, 09:33 AM   #303
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I bought a 2007 KLR last August and rode until the middle of October when we got hit with a big dump of snow that has not gone away. So I have had a little time to farkle the new bike and not ride at all.
  • Aluminum skid plate
  • Heavy duty engine guard
  • Tank guards
  • Fork brace
  • Cruise control
  • Happy trails NW rack
  • Doskosil side cases
  • Doohickey upgrade complete (stock doo and springs intact , 4150km)
  • L/H mirror mount upgrade
  • Centre stand
  • Rear brake cylinder guard
  • Wolfman tank bag
Shop items
  • Upgraded my metric tool collection
  • Canadian tire hydraulic motorcycle lift
  • Kawi manual (from the ADV flea market) and ordered the Clymer version
Planned upgrades (maybe?)
  • 400W stator
  • Rear brake mount
  • Aux lighting
  • Aluminum panniers
  • Knobby tires (TKC 80's look the best to me)
  • upgraded exhaust
  • Can't see the point of the IMS tank IMHO, as far as I can see you only gain 3-4 litres. But would still would like some more fuel storage.
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Old 03-11-2007, 01:44 PM   #304
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worst, favourite, and essential mods

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has anyone done something to their bike that they just hated? Or put something on that did absolutely nothing to better the bike or interfeared with something else? ...
Yup, worst mod I did to my KLR ('90 A4) was the jet kit and K&N filter. Yes, there's more power but it killed my gas range (330k to 220k - before reserve). Near as I can tell, it's not running overly rich. Yes, I like the extra power. But, man, I miss the range. I'll be backing off this mod on the next serious maintenance day.

Best "non-essential mod" has to be the hydraulic clutch. I love that, bike should have come with it.

Most essential mods, for my taste in singletrack, are the skidplate, DOT knobbies, progressive springs up front, steel front brake line, and 14t sprocket. Also, I made myself a set of toothed footpegs and a mount for my GPS.

First mod: kickstand safety bypass - done in the bush, with a lot of head-scratching. I also replaced the doohickey, long before bikers moved onto the Internet, again with a lot of head-scratching. Gotta love biker forums - seriously, newbies have no idea how good they've got it.

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Old 03-11-2007, 01:54 PM   #305
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Yup, worst mod I did to my KLR ('90 A4) was the jet kit and K&N filter. Yes, there's more power but it killed my gas range (330k to 220k - before reserve). Near as I can tell, it's not running overly rich. Yes, I like the extra power. But, man, I miss the range. ... David...
Are you sure your range didn't go down because it was just more fun to twist the throttle now? I just did airbox mods and a Dynojet kit, and I definitely see more more fuel and more rear tires in my future...
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Old 03-12-2007, 10:24 PM   #306
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Are you sure your range didn't go down because it was just more fun to twist the throttle now?...
Well... there is that, but then I've never been one to not ride wfo, with or without the jet kit. But, come to think of it, that may be why I noticed such a difference in range while others report very little.

Anyway, I'll back it off and see just how much of a power difference there is going the other way. I mean, going into a jet kit, I definitely noticed the extra kick. After a week though, I forgot about it. It will be an interesting experiment to see if I can get used to less, rather than more. I suppose I could always put it back in...

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Old 03-13-2007, 12:46 PM   #307
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a small "blackboy"?
yeh that's what they're called. The PC name is grass tree. like hitting a wall.
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Old 03-13-2007, 01:28 PM   #308
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i went for a ride today and as i bypased a fallen tree i hit a small blackboy at slow speed the result was i bent back the brake pedal and i broke the mounting plate , a fellow rider(steve)put two spanners and cable ties around it two hold it together, so ive found a week point in the plate so ive decided to make my own out of steel i will keep you posted . if you look at the lower large allen key bolt you can see its broken completly through it was the spring that stopped it falling off
where is the blood from the "black boy"? was he able to walk away, or did you take him out? lol
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Old 03-17-2007, 05:02 AM   #309
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i finally finished my pannier project im one happy boy
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Old 03-17-2007, 08:24 PM   #310
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i finally finished my pannier project im one happy boy
Wow, I like the setup!
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Old 03-17-2007, 09:25 PM   #311
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i finally finished my pannier project im one happy boy

Tell us more about those shiny metal boxes!!!!!!
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Old 03-17-2007, 10:18 PM   #312
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Tell us more about those shiny metal boxes!!!!!!
ok i started by making the mounting frames out of stainless steel tube then powder coated them silver, i then made carboard boxes to use as a guide to how big to make the boxes i made 3 sets to get this correct, i then started making the quick realease mounts to atach the boxes to the frame , then made the boxes out of 1.6 chequer plate ally ( i chose chequer plate to match the the rough patten of the nobbaly tyres) , the boxes are water and dust tight i then powder coated them inside and out silver shadow ,next was to find locks i didint want padlocks on them banging around , so after some looking thru my local hardware i came across window locks they have the extra benifit of also being handles, after fitting the boxes on the bike i decided i would like to carry 5 litres of fuel and 5 litres of water hence the tanks in the photo , it was a lot of work but very much enjoyed doing it i think ill cry when i drop the bike and get my first scratch, thank you for your kind commets cheers glen
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Old 04-23-2007, 01:31 PM   #313
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Great stuff

Those panniers kick ass!!
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Old 04-23-2007, 03:38 PM   #314
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There goes some long range bike right there Whaddya think you can go with a full tank and those cans full? Tree fitty at least
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Old 04-23-2007, 07:10 PM   #315
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Looks like great work on those boxes.

Isn't that a lot of weight (boxes, fuel jugs, tailbox) on the extreme rear of the bike? If you were loaded (weight), seems it would unweight your front tire way too much. Just a thought.
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