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Old 02-01-2011, 06:27 AM   #421
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I think the Blue Gel is all that keeps my KLR together....Every fastener I remove gets it, because as everybody knows, KLR's don't drive anywhere, the move by vibrating through the air molecules.
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Old 02-01-2011, 10:47 AM   #422
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I think the Blue Gel is all that keeps my KLR together....Every fastener I remove gets it, because as everybody knows, KLR's don't drive anywhere, the move by vibrating through the air molecules.
KLRs vibrate? can't be that bad, even though they're described as a washing machine on wheels.

the only bolts i neglected to loctite when up there last year were the two holding on the chain guard. lost one bolt and the other was a turn from falling out coming down from Quebec. reset both in loctite, but then the entire chain guard sheared off somewhere in Labrador, except for the little strip under the bolts still attached to the swingarm.
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:21 PM   #423
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thanks. i could have spokes i guess, but i don't want 'em for this bike. cast wheels have survived 6000 miles of gravel road in just the last two seasons with no problems. good enough test for me. besides, i want tubeless.

I hope I didn't jinx you. May your wheels stay straight and true.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:02 PM   #424
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I hope I didn't jinx you.
hardly, the question has been posed a hundred times, maybe more.

all the rest of the ninja builders are using spokes, not me, don't need or want them for the way i run the bike.
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Old 02-01-2011, 01:34 PM   #425
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Wish I could find a set of 17s cheap enough I have found that 16s in a rough tread pattern is hard to come by.
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:14 PM   #426
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Wish I could find a set of 17s cheap enough I have found that 16s in a rough tread pattern is hard to come by.
those 16s won't do it. you looking for the 250r 17" cast or some in spokes?
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Old 02-01-2011, 05:20 PM   #427
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those 16s won't do it. you looking for the 250r 17" cast or some in spokes?
I found some 17s for $160 shipped
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Old 02-01-2011, 07:37 PM   #428
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Just read through this thread..WoW Great work! I'm a Zuki guy traditionally but damn you make these budget Ninjas look great.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:02 AM   #429
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Just read through this thread..WoW Great work! I'm a Zuki guy traditionally but damn you make these budget Ninjas look great.
thanks. hey, got Suzuki wheels and forks on there at least.
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:34 AM   #430
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Geez Dave, you're up too bloody early.......
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:15 AM   #431
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Geez Dave, you're up too bloody early.......
not for me, that's only 6AM eastern, don't want the day to start without me.
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Old 02-02-2011, 04:22 AM   #432
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all this talk about KLR vibration, you guys must have all rode goldwings! I've got a 99, and yes, it thumps a little, I'd say it's actually pretty smooth for a big single.
you guys need to ride some old brit bikes or sportsters, you'll think the KLR is velvet!!
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:07 AM   #433
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...you guys need to ride some old brit bikes or sportsters, you'll think the KLR is velvet!!
rode all those back in the day, Triumph, BSA, Norton, HD...but that still doesn't make the KLR smooth, not that it bothers me at all. the KLR doesn't have a puddle of oil under it where ever it's parked at least.

the Kawasaki 649 ptwin, now there's a smooth runnin' motor.
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:40 AM   #434
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My 2008 KLR650 shook noticably less than my 2005 KTM 950 Adv did. I say shook, because it's now getting a 2008 Versys engine. That will all be history soon. The 950 was horrible. I couldn't believe that a 950 V-twin would shake like that. It wasn't as bad as the Buells, that I owned in the past but it was bad.

No critism here, just asking! Why did you go with the high handlebars? Do you plan to drop the footpegs any? I dropped the footpegs 2" on my KLR because the stock riding position was somewhat cramped for my 32" inseam. Even after raising the seat up an 1" or so. Do you plan to raise the seat on your bike any?

The build is looking great jd. For your planned use, I think this is going to be a great bike. I can see many guys here going down this path. The R1 shock is a great idea too. And a very inexpensive option. Very cool! I may give Cannon Racecraft a call today.

If anyone needs a red KLR fender like your's, I have one! Cheap!

Thanks!

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Old 02-02-2011, 06:05 AM   #435
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As a matter of fact I did ride a Goldwing for years. An 81 1100, sold her with a hundred thousand miles, probably still running..In all truthfulness, the KLR doesn't vibrate that much, but is notorious for loosening off bolts, not sure if it is the made in Malayasia bikes or all of them. I would think JD's bike would be much smoother than any single cylinder bike though and damn near ideal for the kind of riding that he does.
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