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Old 04-15-2012, 01:04 PM   #1726
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Wow. Uh, yes, US 129. Front and rear preload cranked to about 3/4 hard. Not sure about the comments. It's nowhere near bottomed or maxed out and the adjustability of the factory suspension is great.
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Even though a couple of folks on this forum would tell you that you live in a fantasy world if you think the stock spring is acceptable for anyone over 175 pounds.


Time to get back to the regularly scheduled program of posting pictures. Great picture by the way..
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Old 04-15-2012, 01:56 PM   #1727
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I do increase the tire pressure for that load.
Manual says put 42 psi (2.9bar) in the rear if loaded over 90kg (200lbs). But also says do not load bike with over 209kgs all in.

The rear tyres (69V) are rated to take 325kg (715lbs).

It may be worth thinking about it if you are constantly riding loaded.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:29 PM   #1728
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No.

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p.s. - and it's light-years better than a KLR, and I own both...
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Geeze, did I walk into the wrong neighborhood basketball court? You Tenere guys are quite the feisty bunch. I was just saying it looked awfully close to the ground in the picture. It was a simple question, glad you all feel the way to you. At some point in time, this KLR will leave more to be desired and I am watching the Tenere closely.


p.s. the suspension was one of the first things I changed when I got my bike. Everyone I talk to about getting a KLR, I tell them to plan on a suspension swap. You should too, its well worth it. I recommend the Cogent/Race-tech set-up.
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:36 PM   #1729
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Old 04-15-2012, 03:10 PM   #1730
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Geeze, did I walk into the wrong neighborhood basketball court?


No. Just a bit tired of the knocks from "some other brands" I think. Don't take it too serious. There is a bit of history there.

And by the way just a heads up.
The bike doesn't weigh 700lbs.
It doesn't get 10 MPG.
The spokes rarely get loose.
And ......
It can go off road very well for a large bike.

That should about cover it I think..
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Old 04-15-2012, 06:24 PM   #1731
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Geeze, did I walk into the wrong neighborhood basketball court? You Tenere guys are quite the feisty bunch. I was just saying it looked awfully close to the ground in the picture. It was a simple question, glad you all feel the way to you. At some point in time, this KLR will leave more to be desired and I am watching the Tenere closely.


p.s. the suspension was one of the first things I changed when I got my bike. Everyone I talk to about getting a KLR, I tell them to plan on a suspension swap. You should too, its well worth it. I recommend the Cogent/Race-tech set-up.
I think it was just your "DUMB" comment about something sucking

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Old 04-15-2012, 07:43 PM   #1732
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Geeze, did I walk into the wrong neighborhood basketball court? You Tenere guys are quite the feisty bunch. I was just saying it looked awfully close to the ground in the picture. It was a simple question, glad you all feel the way to you. At some point in time, this KLR will leave more to be desired and I am watching the Tenere closely.


p.s. the suspension was one of the first things I changed when I got my bike. Everyone I talk to about getting a KLR, I tell them to plan on a suspension swap. You should too, its well worth it. I recommend the Cogent/Race-tech set-up.


Pardon me, but maybe there are alternate ways to ask a question other than "Does your bike suck?"

And just for the record, my KLR (a 2003) has Racetech Gold Valve Cartridge Emulator kit and springs up front along with a completely custom built Wilbers rear shock complete with adjustable ride-height... and those mods were done years ago. Racing motorcycles - both on- and off-road - for over 20 years gives one a bit of insight there, as does being a motorcycle mechanic, then a dealer, etc. I was doing shock rebuilds and re-valving back in the '70's with Curnutt's, Koni's, Marzocchi's, Works Performance, etc. back when we first started moving shocks forward when long-travel suspension first entered the scene in MX,..

Perhaps I can help you with your KLR set-up?

Just for the record, Yamaha used to own 20% of Ohlins, and spent years working with them on suspension systems. Yamaha's own Soqi brand of suspension components (which is what the Super Tenere is equipped with) bears a lot of design similarities and component structure with Ohlins, and is remarkably good stuff. For some the springing is a bit soft, out back particularly, but both the shock and the forks have very nice dampening good adjustments ranges for their dampening. Both the shock and the forks are strong, well-built units... Especially the forks. Nothing like the wimpy, ancient design, stone-age tech damper rod front forks on any year KLR.

Even with the Racetech fork set-up the front end of a KLR is no match for the stock forks on a Super Tenere.

So, have you upgraded the brakes on your KLR? Larger front disc? SS brake line? Pads? "You should, too. It's well worth it." After all, the KLR's front brake "sucks"!

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Old 04-16-2012, 01:20 AM   #1733
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The spokes rarely get loose.
And ......
It can go off road very well for a large bike.

That should about cover it I think..
Unfortunately my spokes have come loose... And my starter relay shat itself... And all the handlebar switches clagged up with dust and stopped working...(But at least they're easy to clean!)

But that's about all that has gone wrong in 40,000 kilometres...

Sorry, this is a "Show us your bikes" thread...

Sooooo, here you go!


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Old 04-16-2012, 02:53 AM   #1734
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Unfortunately my spokes have come loose...
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHH!!!!

That's it I'm selling mine.

Uncle Dave I just have a few things to say...

Check your spokes!!!
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Old 04-16-2012, 05:34 AM   #1735
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Unfortunately my spokes have come loose...
Page 6-4 of my users manual states it is part of the normal servicing shedule. A bit like changing the oil filter. Someday its gonna need seeing to.

It's not a fault, its part of the normal upkeep of the bike.
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:07 AM   #1736
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As long as we are all coming clean on the well documented problems with this bike....
I found the nut had come off the bottom of the clutch side lever bolt. The brake side was loose.

Will these gremlins ever stop???

I'm almost to the point of not trusting it for the next 50-75,000 miles.

I can't believe Yamaha expects us to do "Routine" maintenance on top of all this.
What has the world come to?
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Old 04-16-2012, 08:38 AM   #1737
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Old 04-16-2012, 09:40 AM   #1738
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Pardon me, but maybe there are alternate ways to ask a question other than "Does your bike suck?"

....

Perhaps I can help you with your KLR set-up?

Even with the Racetech fork set-up the front end of a KLR is no match for the stock forks on a Super Tenere.

So, have you upgraded the brakes on your KLR? Larger front disc? SS brake line? Pads? "You should, too. It's well worth it." After all, the KLR's front brake "sucks"!

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At some point in time, this KLR will leave more to be desired and I am watching the Tenere closely.
Again, didn't mean to ruffle any feathers, we KLR riders are known for catching all of the flack too. lol.

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Old 04-16-2012, 10:55 AM   #1739
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I did the Progressive springs and large front rotor on my KLR.
I still think it's fair to say it "Still Sucks".

There is still something about them that make them very endearing.
It's the bike that does nothing exceptional, yet most everthing acceptable.

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Old 04-16-2012, 11:12 AM   #1740
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I did the Progressive springs and large front rotor on my KLR.
I still think it's fair to say it "Still Sucks".

There is still something about them that make them very endearing.

It's the bike that does nothing exceptional, yet most everthing acceptable.


Yep, I agree with ya' on all counts... I love mine, and have no plans to sell it. Might be the world's best "Apocalypse Bike"! The bike you want to have if the world goes the way of some of those bad sci-fi movies...

Still, mine has definitely been relegated to a "back-up" mount to the Super Tenere as long as AMEX cards still work!

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