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Old 08-14-2008, 10:08 AM   #76
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Did yu guys use Rotella to run your 08's in as recommended by Glenn at klr.net? I just bought 10l to use on mine for the first few thou Kms.

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I haven't been able to find the specific Rotella T that the yanks go on about here in OZ. The closest I can find is Rotella DD which is no good as it is monograde. I currently use Penrite 15W-60 DELO but have used Shell Rimula 15W-40. Mine used to consume oil pretty badly but hopefully the new piston has taken care of that.

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Old 08-14-2008, 05:31 PM   #77
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Bought a new 08 about 2 weeks ago (which is why it has drizzled every day since, no doubt). SW Motech crash bars arrived the other day, and the Wolfman Beta should arrive any day now.
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:29 AM   #78
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:30 AM   #79
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Old 08-15-2008, 01:37 AM   #80
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Griffo1962,what happened to the klr?,dont normally hear much about failures on those engines.
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Old 08-15-2008, 02:34 AM   #81
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Griffo1962,what happened to the klr?,dont normally hear much about failures on those engines.
It hadn't failed, it just drank "lots" of oil. On the Alice trip (GC to Alice - 6500kms) it used 7-8litres of oil. I had to top the engine off everytime I filled the tank.

However I can't complain, it had done ~160,000kms in its 21 yrs. It still ran really well and pulled like a teenager but the oil consumption was giving me the shits. The bore looks pretty good but I bet it's not round anymore, real shiny and glazed too.

I now have about 500kms on the new piston and it's great, soo much smoother than the old and it pulls even harder.
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Old 08-15-2008, 03:39 AM   #82
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Yep,160k,they are a great engine,met a rider in the late 80s who had a klr650,his had over 100k on it with no problems,the two i had were the best smile per mile bikes i have ever owned!
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Old 08-18-2008, 02:02 AM   #83
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Here's a pic of the new girl on her first run west of Townsville.http://i285.photobucket.com/albums/l...g?t=1219050000
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Old 08-24-2008, 08:32 PM   #84
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Here is mine, 06 model loaded for trip from Brisbane to Ballarat. 2300ks in 3.5 days, plenty of it on dirt. The setup was for a 2 up, 3 week trip around Tassie after getting it to Victoria.

I have been meaning to do a ride report, but have been struggling to find the time.

The KLR has been good, gets belted around the bush, asked to have grip in the twisties and then is expected to be a 2up tourer. Not bad for 1 bike.

Gear so far, HT PD Nerf Bars, alloy bash plate, Ebay pannier racks, decent hand guards, Eagle screens tall windscreen, pelican case mounted on nylon cutting board, 12v outlet. 2 x tool and tube tool cases mounted to pannier racks. It is my poor mans GS!

I keep putting things on and taking them off depending on what kind of riding I am doing. Tall windscreen is only for touring, I don't leave it on when I am on day rides in the bush.

Anybody around SEQ area want to catch up for a ride sometime. Let me know.
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Old 08-24-2008, 11:55 PM   #85
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I like the way you have everything packed Matt. not like some folks I know and we wont mention names, will we Aussie!!.
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Old 08-25-2008, 02:57 AM   #86
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I like the way you have everything packed Matt. not like some folks I know and we wont mention names, will we Aussie!!.
Thanks Barra, still trying to perfect my camping gear. Sleeping bag needs to be replaced with a much smaller down one and I normally don't need the bags at the front. Overall the setup worked really well. Bike handled really well on and off road.

I do love the KLR, need to look at suspension, but I changed the fork oil to 15wt and that helped a lot. Next step is to get the front end reworked and maybe look at the Moab shock from the States.

It really is good value. Thanks Tagati for starting the thread, we need to see more Kwaka's the site is full of KTM and BMW.
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:14 PM   #87
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Would anyone be able to measure the distance between the rear swingarm pivot and the front down tube please (2 yellow lines on the pic below)

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Old 08-25-2008, 11:09 PM   #88
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Old 08-26-2008, 12:31 AM   #89
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Would anyone be able to measure the distance between the rear swingarm pivot and the front down tube please (2 yellow lines on the pic below)

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Akward place to measure with the extra bars on mine, but best estimate is 417mm from centre of swingarm pivot bolt to centre of front down tube.

If you need anything else, I can measure it. As theTrev asked, what are you up to?
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:01 AM   #90
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Nothing . . . . . . .


Thanks Matt . . . . . out to the shed I go . . . . . . .
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