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Old 07-07-2008, 09:00 PM   #1
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Help me Wheelie my KLR

Last summer I bought a 2001 KLR. It is basically stock, with a few minor mods - skid plate, SS brake line, bars.

I was out on the trails the other day and was trying to wheelie over small logs and ditches. I couldn't do it at all. A friend, who rides way better than me, tried and couldn't loft the front wheel either.

So I need some help.

My first thought was to try something a little radical.










Ummm. It didn't work.

So, what can I do? The only thing I don't want to do is buy a new muffler (I'm too cheap). Everything else is fair game.

14 tooth sprocket?
Jet kit?
Shim the pilot screw?
Get some skill?


Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:10 PM   #2
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Sprocket is a good place to start.. Its cheap and it will make more of a difference than you can imagine...
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:12 PM   #3
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:19 PM   #4
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:34 PM   #5
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:44 PM   #6
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Are you serious?? a model air plane wing??? Well on a serious not, KLRs are very front heavy, and they don't have a whole lot of power for the size of bike/weight. But even with a 16 tooth front sprocket you should be able to get the front tire off the ground in 1st gear on pavement. If you bike is all stock (15 tooth front sprocket) you should have no trouble getting the front airborne, but if this is impossible for you id try a 14 tooth front sprocket. If you still cant get it up either you lack the the skill or your engine has some problem and is not putting out the power you need to do a wheelie. Iv got a 08 KLR, the heavyset KLR to date, with stock gearing and i can get it up in 1st without trouble, with some clutch and grunt i can get it up in 2nd.
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Old 07-07-2008, 09:45 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by MidLifeCrisis
Last summer I bought a 2001 KLR. It is basically stock, with a few minor mods - skid plate, SS brake line, bars.

I was out on the trails the other day and was trying to wheelie over small logs and ditches. I couldn't do it at all. A friend, who rides way better than me, tried and couldn't loft the front wheel either.

So I need some help.

My first thought was to try something a little radical.










Ummm. It didn't work.

So, what can I do? The only thing I don't want to do is buy a new muffler (I'm too cheap). Everything else is fair game.

14 tooth sprocket?
Jet kit?
Shim the pilot screw?
Get some skill?


Thanks in advance for your help.
if riding was based on a 1-10 scale.......

if you are a 1, and your friend is 100% a better rider, that makes him a 2. if he is 5 times the rider you are hes a 5. anyone thats a 5 or better should be able to get it up, maybe not ride it, but get it up. now if you are a 5, and hes only 2 times the rider you are, he would log in under holycaveman. i guarantee he can do it.

im about a 2.
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Old 07-14-2008, 08:52 PM   #8
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Talking The helium worked!

Thanks for the help guys.

As it turned out, I was just being a chicken shit. I lofted the front wheel this afternoon!

It took revving the engine and popped the clutch. The first time I unloaded the front forks, second time the wheel came up!
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:18 PM   #9
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Don't let anybody fool you - a stock KLR can wheelie in 1st with no clutch and without compressing the forks. Just crack the throttle. Roll your hand forward on the throttle so you don't have to hyperextend your wrist. Low speed - 2K RPM and crack it. Don't worry - you'd have to work really hard to loop it. Stop wasting your clutch.
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Old 07-14-2008, 09:54 PM   #10
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Don't let anybody fool you - a stock KLR can wheelie in 1st with no clutch and without compressing the forks. Just crack the throttle. Roll your hand forward on the throttle so you don't have to hyperextend your wrist. Low speed - 2K RPM and crack it. Don't worry - you'd have to work really hard to loop it. Stop wasting your clutch.
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Old 07-14-2008, 11:02 PM   #11
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I'd gear it down to 14 on the front, not for wheelies, but the bike feels better everywhere to me. I'll never go back to 15.
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Old 07-15-2008, 05:12 AM   #12
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It's not the bike. Sorry.
Agreed, but most people who can wheelie a KLR didn't learn to wheelie on an underpowered single that weighs over 400 pounds. That sounds like a prescription for frustration, injury, and trashed machinery.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:20 AM   #13
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I wheelie my KLR every time I ride it, and it has a 16 tooth countersprocket on it.

Just gas it and fan the clutch, it'll stand right up for you.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:47 AM   #14
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Don't let anybody fool you - a stock KLR can wheelie in 1st with no clutch and without compressing the forks. Just crack the throttle. Roll your hand forward on the throttle so you don't have to hyperextend your wrist. Low speed - 2K RPM and crack it. Don't worry - you'd have to work really hard to loop it. Stop wasting your clutch.

no shit. WTF?

less fuel in tank - easier.

it's all technique.
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Old 07-15-2008, 07:52 AM   #15
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