KLR 650 Modifications

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

  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    When I shipped the windshield back to Parabellum I also cut a piece of old shelving and started hitting it with a hammer. Yesterday I received the PayPal refund for the Parabellum and today I took a test ride of Wing version 3.0.


    For me the fairing without a windshield can still generate some turbulent wind. This is as quiet as standing.

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    You'll notice that it hangs over the front to catch the air coming up the fairing and it curves to about level.

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    I should have a 2-thousand-plus mile test soon.
  2. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile

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    Grinnin

    Interesting looking unit. Where does all the air go? can you feel it on your chest?
    I have am MRA vario shield on a r1150r and it has the wind channeling effect,-it sends the air over my head.
    Nice job for a guy banging on a shelf with a hammer!
    I've got a tall shield on my '06, and take it off in the warm weather to cut down on the turbulence, but, as you say it's not completely quiet.

    JIm
  3. Aprilia

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    www.easternbeaver.com makes adding a Mosfet about as plug n play as you can get. Mosfets are found all over ebay. I have 2010 BMW S1000rr on mine I picked up for $50.
  4. Wansfel

    Wansfel 50+ yrs on 2 wheels

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    How about one of these along with one of these? Maybe a mod project for next winter.
  5. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Definitely feel it on my chest. The pressure on my chest doesn't feel different from riding with nothing mounted on the fairing. I'm used to that. I've tried 5 windshields on 4 bikes, but all have made helmet turbulence. I hope to get out today to get photos with actual focus to replace the ones above.
  6. bomber60015

    bomber60015 Anatomically Correct

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    thanks, gents -- new MOSFET R/R is on the way . . . . .
  7. dreccles

    dreccles V Rider

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    A K&N Filter and a Stage 1 DynoJet kit change the bike completely! :-)
    Lot's more power across the entire rev range and Easy wheelies!

    I found that aftermarket pipes did little, the pipe even 'gutted' the low end power for an HP or two at the top-end... not worth it to me.


  8. OKlr

    OKlr 25mph gate inpector

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    those k&n filters are worthless on the klr. the way the metal frame is it blockes more air than the uni or no-toil. pluss the thin material doesn't trap enough dirt. A thick properly oiled foam filter is the best way to go.
  9. CA Stu

    CA Stu Thanks Super Moderator

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    Er...no.

    You do get a bit more power down low but peak horsepower is affected very, very little.

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    from http://www.patmanracing.com/klrdyno.htm

    Richening up the mix a bit at the lower end makes a positive change to the rideability of the bike, I think, but I don't think the Dynojet kit is the best way to accomplish it.

    You will definitely say "adios" to your gas milage using that kit. :deal

    Turning out the mixture screw and shimming the needle is by far a cheaper and better way to go, I reckon.


    EDIT: I should specify that this was from a Gen 1 (pre-2008) KLR. Not sure how much the later motors have changed...
  10. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Thanks for the info STU,I'm all about simple and hardware store instead of motorcycle store mods,and Im cheap and like my fuel mileage to stay good.
  11. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    There are a million and one things you can do to a KLR. IMO, it's the most MOD-able, FARKLE-able and versatile bike ever.

    Haven't even had my bike license for a full year and I know the bike inside and out (to a degree) because it is so easy. You can spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars modifying it, but to me... if it ROLLS and gets from A to B, it's FINE.

    I just add things that make it more comfortable for me. None of these things we talk about are ever a MUST. I have a K&N air filter and I'm gonna stick with it. Why? cause I don't care enough to change it. It's a KLR. It can gobble dirt :D

    I think it's nice to make your bike your own, but I think we kinda get sucked in to changing everything. Gotta step back sometimes to see if it's actually worth messing with.
  12. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    After doing a complete tear down and rebuild on a 1981 XS650 which included makeing it a hard tail bobber,fun project,but I bought the KLR to ride and its been great,Mod all you want cause its fun but Im taking a rest from building for now,could change at any moment.
  13. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Engine mods.

    Of all the engine mods I have done, 685 kit, advance exhaust cam,WR muffler, Stage 2 dynojet kit, K@N filter, drilled air box, nothing has helped the top end, but everything has improved the bottom end to a point where I have had to change my riding style.

    Not complaining, on the contrary, love the tractorishness, but what will make better top end? Cams, porting? and how much will it effect fuel economy? its bad enough now, but just goes so lovely.

    Interested in others experiences

    And to add to the oil part, I am running Penrite SIN 10w70 fully synthetic.
  14. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Do tell of your WR muffler mod,I'm interested and all eyes(cause,well I can't hear ya)is NZ New Zealand?
  15. innathyzit

    innathyzit AKA Woodman

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    Not a lot to tell really, Standard WR 250/450? muffler. Cheap ,relatively easy to bolt on after making a slight "s" shaped mid pipe. Have it mounted on an angle the same angle as the bottom swept up bit of the side cover on a gen 1. Looks good , is thinner so no tyre interference issues. Its a little loud for my liking, but not as loud as a lot of aftermarket pipes. Not that much lighter than the genuine one. Will find a pic somewhere and post it up later.

    Yes NZ is New Zealand, I am in Nelson at the top of the South island.

    Edit, found some pics.

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  16. Mw650

    Mw650 Bob

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    Thought it would be fitting to show my new headlight off a lil. Its a 7" led headlight by truck-lite mounted in a 2010 Yamaha v-star 650 classic's bucket then mounted to a custom bracket witch in turn was mounted to the klr's slightly modified headlight mount.

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  17. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Thanks for the info and the pics.I would like to come to your country someday,I have friend who is from Te puke and enjoy his take on the place.I say it's the farthest you can get from California without getting closer,earth curvature joke.enjoy!
  18. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Bitchin looking KLR,Kills Little Rodents I like it.
  19. Aprilia

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    If you ride in dusty conditions, as per K&N, you should be using a prefilter. Uni or even stock filter oiled with foam oil works better in dust. As for Dynojet...I use an A/F meter and O2 sensor. Dynojet needle is good but their recommendations for main jet is far far too rich. Your mileage will suffer. I'd recommend you switch to a keihin main in the 142.5 or if mileage is priorty (shouldnt be if you're re-jetting lol) go with a 140 main. Yes, even if you are using the bestest pipe ever made...:lol3

    Also, Dynojet's recommendation of drilling slide to 1/8" is often too much for some KLR's, If you get stumble when you wick the throttle this is the reason. I recommend 7/64ths.
  20. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    I had done the large front rotor and was still not happy with front brake. Rear either for that matter.

    Thought I would mess around with larger caliper. Bought some front calipers off an SV650.
    No reason for that model. Just that ebay is full of salvage parts for them.

    Tonight I welded the SV mounts to the original KLR brake plate. Still getting a spongy
    feeling in the brake handle even after bleeding the crap out of it.:dunno

    The more I test rode it the better the feel got. Can almost do a stoppie now.:D

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