KLR 650 Modifications

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by VascoMerlin, Aug 24, 2006.

  1. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    Very helpful. I like this thread, people actually answer my questions!
  2. GO_OUTSIDE!

    GO_OUTSIDE! dirty hippie

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    Another reason for the KLR was to help me cope with following cars driven by the dead on nice curvey backroads. It had been working up until this morning when I turned up the heat to get to work on time and got a quick reminder of how much I like being able to pass people. I seem to be much more tolerant when I can treat slow cars as obstacles to conquer. In fact I remember being happier when there were a few cars to navigate on my morning ride.
  3. Farmer829

    Farmer829 Green horn

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    Good to know. I'll check out my local dealership next time I'm in town.
  4. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    Mel, FYI: I re-read a couple of the old wheatwacker threads, the discussed inside split measurements at the rear were 1 1/2" and 2" at that time. Hope this helps.
  5. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    I split mine too far, in my opinion, and it looks worse for it. I think mine is at 2.5" spread, maybe 3", at the rear. This left the windshield perpendicular to the ground, which would be fine, but the upper "frame" around the headlight is bent over pointing sort of toward the ground instead of being perpendicular. This could have been fixed had my cut been handled differently.

    It doesn't look awful, just a little more "extreme" than most. It also possibly cuts down on wind against me a little bit more.

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  6. CURBCAST

    CURBCAST curbcast

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    I think it looks good!
  7. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    Ohhhh I see. Ok thanks for the heads up. It doesn't look so bad here but I think with my taller windscreen it might look a little off.
  8. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    Yeah, probably so. It's weird that I'm even bothered by it, as I'm very happy with the function and the larger dashboard that I built to fill it, but it still bugs me. Eventually, I'll go with a Britannia fairing.
  9. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    There is no way in hell I am getting one of those hahahaha it's a KLR. there's a limit to the amount of money and fancy things i'm pouring into this thing.

    I can't wait to put the dash in. I'm going to maximize the space I create. It will accomodate nicely the cheap garmin GPS I just bought :)
  10. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    I completely understand what you mean and where you are coming from.... however, I've decided that I can farkle my KLR to the level I want, have a bike that looks pretty good and does 99% of the riding that I want to do, and still be more capable than I will ever be. It took me a while to come to the idea of spending any serious money on my KLR, but once I realized I'll have less than $4000 (including purchase) into a bike that I REALLY like, I decided to go for it. Beats having three bikes in the garage, insuring, licensing and maintaining them and only riding one.
  11. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    Speaking of a taller windshield, a friend made up a couple of taller shields and I've had one on my wheatwacker (ww) '07 since last May. I spent a week on the bike around Labor Day last year, exploring Gaspe and northern NB, mostly on well maintained gravel logging roads, some not so well maintained, some near abandoned, and some atv trails. The taller shield worked well with the 1 1/2" ww mod, though the top was a bit close to the adams apple when standing on the pegs off road. Personally, I think the shield should come off anyway when going off road, so it worked quite well otherwise. Here's a couple of pics from that trip, showing the taller shield with the ww mod:

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  12. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Hey... Desiree' says ouch! :lol3

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  13. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    To each their own. You sir, will just have a nicer KLR than I will ever have. I just don't make alot of money so my bike gets mediocre mods and thats it :lol3
  14. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    Yeah! that looks good. That's the look I want right there. So NB you say? as in.. New Brunswick?
  15. JBradley500

    JBradley500 Adventurer

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    Jettn Jim,

    What's that front brake setup? I've never seen that before.
  16. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    I *think* it's the stock brake setup on a 08+ KLR650, just the bike is so farkled and customed out it's hard to tell.
  17. dmottv

    dmottv Take the Long Way Home

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    Yes, Dalhousie, NB was the base of our Gaspe "off the beaten path" ride last August:

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  18. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    Awwwwwwwwsome!

    I was in NB doing army training two years ago and that's when I fell in love with the east coast. We drove to Halifax when we were on leave and I just loved everything about the East. That's why I'm taking my bike out there this summer :) going all the way to St. John's and back
  19. Jettn Jim

    Jettn Jim This is Liv'n!!!

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    Hey Bradley and Adam,
    It's a stock DRZ400 brake 'cause Des' is sport'n DRZ forks. :D
  20. GO_OUTSIDE!

    GO_OUTSIDE! dirty hippie

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    How well does it work?