KLR only pics!!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by damasovi, Jan 17, 2007.

  1. beergut

    beergut Thumper

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    this town was named after my brother in laws family way back when. All that stands now is this sign

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    Untitled by Frank Vest, on Flickr
  2. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Lake Siskiyou CG, Mt. Shasta, CA.
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  3. pdedse

    pdedse paraelamigosincero

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    Tell me about it...that edge was a ridiculously steep drop. I had to drag it out to the center of the road a bit...a few seconds later a local guy comes flying down the hill opposite direction with his two little sisters on the back of his honda125. Hops off, gives me hand getting me bike upright and off we both go.
  4. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Something similar happened around here. KLR650 and all, however the guy got a little bit sideways (street tires and inexperience I believe) and off the edge his bike went. I just so happened to be rolling by on one of my ATV's when he flagged me down, what a beast that thing was to wrestle back up the hill. I couldn't imagine it fully loaded with gear...
  5. PacificPT

    PacificPT Been here awhile

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    East of Hollister CA, Browns Valley Road,
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  6. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    This is a little late so I'm not sure if you bought hand guards already, BUT iI have acerbis Rally Pro guards and they work amazingly. I'm assuming my bike was dropped numerous times by the previous owner because the guards are all scratched up, but never bent. I have also laid down my bike and they've always held up. I'll send you a link in case you're interested.

    http://www.acerbistore.it/product.aspx?ID=290&C=155&L=2
  7. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    +1 on the Rally Pro guards. I pretzeled my bars and the guards never bent, just scraped up the plastic at the bar end...
  8. COSpringer

    COSpringer Adventurer

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    My brother-in-law and I played hookie last Friday from a family reunion in east Tennessee to rent a couple of KRL650s and ride the Smokies for a day (we both live in Colorado). First of all, props to Dan and GSM Motorcycle Rental in Townsend, Tennessee! Good bikes at a great price and southern hospitality to boot! Check out his website at http://www.gsmmotorent.com. He also rents in the Big Bend, TX area in the off season for the Smokies.

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    And here's a map of our route, about 203 miles of which maybe 70-80 was dirt/gravel. B to C was dirt, D to the middle star was the Tail of the Dragon (318 curves in 11 miles), and F to N was dirt. Altogether, a great dual sport day!
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  9. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    Sold my '98 KLR250 the other day, made me :cry

    Then picked up a project '86 KLR250 today, made me :wink:

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  10. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Got to play with the bike a bit today. My buddy isn't the best of photographers...

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  11. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    Nice air dude! Have you done your subframe upgrade yet ??
  12. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    I have done nothing, wasn't even aware of any subframe upgrades... Links?

    I don't really like to jump on bikes, I'm more of the go fast up a dune kind of guy, so it's pretty big air to me :evil
  13. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    The upper and lower subframe bolts are notoriously fragile, mostly from 2 up and heavy loads but any type of stress (jumping?) can put them at risk. Eagle Manufacturing & Engineering makes upgrades, one is simple, just replace the bolts with a higher grade. The other is a PITA and that is the drill through upgrade but is much better. Hey, getting any substantial air under the rubber of a heavy pig is "big"....Google Eagle Mikes website or "KLR 650 subframe upgrades" and I am sure you will find a plethora of info....
  14. RevBill

    RevBill Irreverent Reverend

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    .. yep .. busted mine and it was a **!!@@@%&** to drill out after it broke off ..

    .. much easier to drill through before breaking one .. still a pain, but not nearly as bad and it won't take three or four drill bits as you break them drilling through the old bolt (or the remains of the old bolt I should say) ..

    .. btw .. awesome air .. lol .. never launched mine that high ..
  15. RandoCommando

    RandoCommando Wannabe

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    Please take pics and post the progression for all to see.
    I'm interested in seeing your restoration start to finish.
    Grats and thanks
  16. RandoCommando

    RandoCommando Wannabe

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    Nice pics considering they are action shots.
    I think your friend did a pretty decent job.
    You look good.
    You might want to consider some protective gear.
    Don't want to see you suffer any major injuries.
    Not saying that you're a bad rider. Obviously you're not, but shit happens.
    Mechanical failure can happen (subframe bolts do break on the KLR) or something in the road/trail could cause you to down.
    I was downed once when my front tire caught a tree root coming out of a whoop.
    I recently broke my fibula despite wearing knee high motocross boots.
    However, if it wasn't for the boots, I would have had compound fractures of both the tibia and fibula.
    And you'll get bad road rash wearing shorts and a T-Shirt for sure.

    I did the drill through subframe bolt upgrade.
    It's a bitch drilling it and takes a while, but well worth it.
    If you keep the drill bit oiled and cool, it won't dull as fast and will do the job just fine.
    EagleMike will give you two bits. One small and one large.
    Start with the small one until through, then go to the large one.
    Make sure you keep your carb covered so no metal bits get in it.
    I covered the carb and actually used a vacuum during the drilling to minimize the issue.
  17. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    We're working on protective gear, however I ride like that all the time. If I get messed up it's because of my own doing. My home town is very tolerant of anything with a motor and wheels, be it bike, trike, or quad :evil

    Helmet is NOT optional to me, at least protect my pretty face :rofl

    I'm not going to get fully dressed up for a stroll, I'm more than confident enough I'm not going to do anything stupid (although jumping with road tires is pushing it quite a bit, hoping to change that soon). Very likely going to upgrade the subframe bolts to grade 8 or higher, there is a hardware store in town where I tend to splurge on stuff like that all the time :lol3
  18. 2handedSpey

    2handedSpey bunned

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    RandoCommando, thank you for the link to Clayton's story in your signature. I just read it. Wow... Thank you for the link.

    Required reading, indeed. Thx
  19. Velour Fog

    Velour Fog Pants optional

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    A bit OT but as the topic of the upper subframe bolt was mentioned.
    The ones that come with the Motec crash bars are 10.8 grade, and I am lead to believe that these are about the strongest that you can get.
    Is there that much strain that these break as well? Has it happened to anybody?



    Thanks
    Scotty
  20. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    It's not that there is that much strain ordinarily; but there can be considering load, terrain and riding habits (see above jumping man), but rather the "stock" set up is a two smaller bolt system. Drilling through the sub-frame and using one longer, stronger bolt lessens the chance of catastrophic failure and adds considerable strength.
    Yes mine did pull out on one side but was able to complete the drill through without any problem for the fix.