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Old 09-18-2011, 12:26 AM   #766
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G'Day wise green men. I need some advice.

My brother just bought a new KLR650 after probably 25 years off bikes. He's saying after riding it for about 15 minutes the vibration is making his hands numb. Is this a common issue with KLR's or:

Front wheel balance? / Tyre pressures?

Better bars?

Is there some after market rubber bar mount kit for them?

Or does he just need to HTFU until he gets used to it? (as I said he's been off bikes for a long time and is 60)

ALSO, as he's a short arse he is wanting to lower it. I assume you can buy lowering kit like other bikes.

Any links to these matters on this thread and or any help would be appreciated.

Cheers, Kipo
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:05 AM   #767
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G'day Kipo,
You should look at the DOOHICKEY thread for information. Maybe, like mine, the spring is non existent. There is plenty of information on the fix. Basically it is an adjustment on the tension of the balancer shaft chain. That may fix the vibration problem.
My own 2002 KLR only has tingles in the footpegs when you get up high in the revs, around the 100kph mark ( I don't have a Tacho).

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G'Day wise green men. I need some advice.

My brother just bought a new KLR650 after probably 25 years off bikes. He's saying after riding it for about 15 minutes the vibration is making his hands numb. Is this a common issue with KLR's or:

Front wheel balance? / Tyre pressures?

Better bars?

Is there some after market rubber bar mount kit for them?

Or does he just need to HTFU until he gets used to it? (as I said he's been off bikes for a long time and is 60)

ALSO, as he's a short arse he is wanting to lower it. I assume you can buy lowering kit like other bikes.

Any links to these matters on this thread and or any help would be appreciated.

Cheers, Kipo
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:49 AM   #768
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If it's new.. then it is probably a case of him hanging on too tight. I too had a break of 25 years and thought the same when I bought my new KLR 2 or so years ago.

He'll get used to it!

A teaspoon of cement and all that....
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:25 AM   #769
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If it's new.. then it is probably a case of him hanging on too tight. I too had a break of 25 years and thought the same when I bought my new KLR 2 or so years ago.

He'll get used to it!

A teaspoon of cement and all that....

Thats what I reckon is more than likely the problem. He lives 200kms from me so when I'm down there next I'm gunna ride it and see what its like.

sturleyau, thanks for that, I'll check it out.

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Old 09-20-2011, 07:12 PM   #770
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Picked up a new to me 1992 Tengai a couple of weeks ago,
Prettty rough condition, but with a rebuilt engine.

Have stripped it down and started work on it.
The PO painted with with some awful green paint, very thick and rough. When I stripped it off I found the side fairing plastics very rough. I have order two new ones from:
http://www.prixhistoric.com.au/

New front brake pads.
New rear pads, rebuilt master cyl and caliper seals.
Fixed non working indicator switch.
Replaced front brake light switch.
Sandblasted and painted gas tank.
Sourced new side covers which were missing.
New metal footpegs.
Drained forks and refilled with 15wt oil. Seals were fine.
Replaced horrible green fork boots.
Ordered Doo hickey kit and new longer gear shift lever.
Ordered new thermal fan switch.
Replaced broken clutch lever.
Stripped green paint from plastics, will paint it all white.
New grips/bar risers.
New high mount front fender.
Order replacement allen bolt kit for whole bike. PO held a lot if it together with roofing bolts and nuts.

Before pic below, will update with new pics shortly.
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Old 09-21-2011, 02:04 AM   #771
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well i thought i better start on the rebuild of the pig for next years APC Rally , i was hoping to do africa next year but i want to build a shed and i ain't won lotto recently so something has to give , i will use it in the rally and get it sorted for africa in 2013,here is a before piccie ,i guess it will be a bit like granpa's axe by the time its finished
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Old 09-21-2011, 03:27 AM   #772
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And this is now, lots of goodies going on it, KXF 450 front end, Ricor shock, Scott oiler, Safari tank, Corbin seat, 18" Excel rear ,Brembo brakes
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Old 09-24-2011, 03:47 PM   #773
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Spent some time trying to find some racks that would take hard panniers as well as soft bags. The best I could find were well over the $300 dollar mark.
So, for $60 plus a bit of welding wire, some paint, and a wet weekend, I made my own. Made out of 10NB round tube. The sidecovers can still be removed, though the right one needs a little care. The flat bar across the centre is to help hold soft bags.
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:41 AM   #774
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what after market handle bars are people using in the 08+ bikes that clear the fairing/screen as i high sided mine yesterday and need a new set..

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Pro taper high bend ADV bars is what I have fitted to mime and are very happy with them.

Have the originals sitting in a box so if anyone is looking for a replacement set let me know, they were removed prior to delivery so are in new condition
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Old 09-25-2011, 12:56 AM   #775
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G'Day wise green men. I need some advice.

My brother just bought a new KLR650 after probably 25 years off bikes. He's saying after riding it for about 15 minutes the vibration is making his hands numb. Is this a common issue with KLR's or:

Front wheel balance? / Tyre pressures?

Better bars?

Is there some after market rubber bar mount kit for them?

Or does he just need to HTFU until he gets used to it? (as I said he's been off bikes for a long time and is 60)

ALSO, as he's a short arse he is wanting to lower it. I assume you can buy lowering kit like other bikes.

Any links to these matters on this thread and or any help would be appreciated.

Cheers, Kipo
Better Bars, I run the Pro Taper high bend ADV bars and am very happy with them.

Change the grips to something a lot thicker, i also wnt for the Pro Taper ADV grip and they are going well.

Try a Throttle Rocker, get them for $15 from ADVMOTO which saves the hand on the longer higher speed stuff!

Changed my pegs to Pivot Pegs, bloody love those things!!

Never really felt the vibration on this bike at all, used to on the Dirtbike until I stopped holding on for grim death!! This is probably the main reason for the numbness in the first place??

Great bike though and very happy with it, sorting out the bars and grips was the best money I have ever spent on a bike!!
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Old 09-25-2011, 04:00 AM   #776
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:00 PM   #777
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HI ALL,

so have an 09 KLR... i have two tank bags both severly inhibit my standing up riding position... anyone know of any makes that do not get right up in your cruch when standing up...?..

Thanks

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Old 10-04-2011, 08:33 PM   #778
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Getting in some k's for the Big Trip - Suggested Spare's??

Good ride on the weekend, through Picton to the Coast and back again, couple of Pics below.

Few bolt on's over the next couple of weekends before the big Vic High Country trip in November - can anyone help out with a list of spares they would suggest to take as this will be the first real long trip on this bike??
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Old 10-04-2011, 10:36 PM   #779
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Old 10-05-2011, 04:00 AM   #780
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G'Day wise green men. I need some advice.

ALSO, as he's a short arse he is wanting to lower it. I assume you can buy lowering kit like other bikes.

Any links to these matters on this thread and or any help would be appreciated.

Cheers, Kipo
Eagle Mike in the States does lowering links. Check out KLR650.net for more info
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