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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by VascoMerlin, Aug 24, 2006.
This was my overnight fun!
WOW what a difference
Did you put the nerf bars on as well?
Any problems to report with them?
No nerf bars - too heavy and expensive for my liking. I'd like that bigger front brake disc though
New guy here. I just bought an '07 KLR and have started tinkering on it. Has anyone checked out the Electrosport ESG451 (400w) Stator and ESR262 regulator combo? If so, is it worth the $$$?
I did eveything listed and more, it was still a POS so I sold it.
I slid some square stock inside the highway bars and slid the pegs over it doing away with the folding aspect. Works real good in a spill for protecting the bike and keeping it raised up. And I test it quite often. You just get a big wrench or something, bend em' back, and your ready to crash again!
No need to come down here and piss on our parade!
We are here to celebrate the inadequacy of our beloved KLR and the steps, processes, and toys to make what we want. And for everyone, that is something different, that is why we love it. So if you failed to succeed in your dream of what you thought this bike should be, blame yourself, and not a machine which was built and serves for one reason--- bring enjoyment to it's owner.
That is all to funny, would you happen to have a picture of that?
Have you seen anyone with a device to protect the rear swingarm, rear fairings, etc...?
Dunno bout protecting the swingarm! but here's a pic showing my homemade saddle bag rack that acts a s some sort of rotection for the rear parts.
No up close pics ,but you can see it ftrom here a little. I looked for some rear axel sliders ,but thet don't make em for the klr. I was gonna make something but never did
I smile every time I see a picture of that bike,
What make are the wheels and the front forks, how did you do it?
The forks are stock. Just painted em'. The rims are Sun, laced up to stock hubs by Motostrano
I did Fred's #1 combo
An order of Guards (HT Rad/Tank and Utah Skid)
LP drain plug
subframe grade 12
Twin Air filter
JC Whitney tail trunk
Tractor Supply Panniers (they work I wouldn't buy them again)
Adjustable pilot (still figuring out why this is not doing what I expected)
Lots of tunning like desnorkle looking for max performance and gas milage.
I really need to do the switch bypass and the folding shifter so I don't punch another hole in a side case when it throws me off it next time....
I spend about $100 a month on motorcycles one way or another..
I bought used and I'm at $4300 with mods for an '05...that leaves plenty left over to spend on my other bikes......
I like them a lot when doing some slabbing.. it gives me a place to stretch out a bit, although you do feel the vibes there more than you do at the footpegs.. Plus, when I'm blowing by a cruiser guy with his legs way out on his highway pegs, I can show him how I too can do it on my KLR chick magnet!
I used to have the pd nerf bars when I had the stock tank on there, but found that the plastic tank works even better off road.. no dings or rust to worry about.. and it holds a total of 27.5 liters.
I just purchased my '07 and plan to ride it year-round (as much as possible). I have the following mods "in the works":
Bentspoke's wiring upgrade (fuse block and relay) and Mini-dash (I received them today!! way cool!!)
Rear brake pedal/Rear master cylinder mount
Rear Master Cylinder Guard
Kawasaki KLR650 PD (Paris Dakar) Nerf Bars
Frame Bolt Upgrade kit
Moose Wheel Bearing Kit
Balancer Idle Lever and Spring Upgrade - DOOHICKEY
Balancer Idler Lever Install Kit
End of money.....must wait for next pay day.
Magnetic Drain Plug
Oil Screen Cleaning @ 1-2K miles
Swing arm lubrication and Zerk fitting upgrade
Gafer SS brake lines
320mm front rotor
Heavy duty shifter
Replace stock KLR swich/choke/mirror mount
Progressive fork springs
Progressive rear shock
Upgrade stock stator to the Electrosport 400w stator & regulator
Wire in a set of PIAA 510s
Moose skid plate
What's the word on the 400w Electrosport stator and regulator? Has anyone bought the combo?
Also, are there any other thingies I should change for riding in the rain? I've been using http://www.multisurfacemotorcycling.com/klr650_page.htm
for many of my planned changes.
Dang Cobalt, Such eloquence! I'm considering my first dual sport and after reading this post and all these pages I'm even more enclined to join the KLR brethren! Good posting, guys. Mark H.
I was so busy with my calculator, I forgot to tell you my feelings about the "best mod" I have so far.
That would have to be the PD bars from HT. They bolted right on without too much fanfare. And, I've "tested" their durability on several occasions. Very strong construction and I think they've saved me their cost in other body parts (radiator, fan, etc.).
I did have one lower mounting tab break where they attach to the highway bars. Like I said, I've used 'em! Happy Trails paid for shipping to and from their shop and had them back to me in a few days - no charge. They advised that in the future, I shouldn't torque down the mounting bolts on the highway bars. Just tighten them down until they are flush. The nylock nuts should keep them from backing out. Following their directions, I've had no more problems despite continued "durability testing" on my part.
I'd get 'em off the garage floor and onto your bike. You know, just in case?
Oh yeah, my second favorite mod...
Have to be the TKC-80 tires. They are real confidence builders when you get offroad. And, the best part is they work really well on pavement too.
They are a little pricey and from what I read they don't last as long as other tires. But, I've got about 2000 miles on them so far and I think they should go for another 1500-2000 miles. I'll buy them again when the time comes for new rubber.
Others like the D-606's, but I haven't tried them. I figure I'm happy with what I've got, why experiment further?