KLR250 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bad Company, May 10, 2008.

  1. handyman1018

    handyman1018 way up firm and high

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    Love the DRL's on the new cars but likely never to own one:cry. So why not add them to the old KLR? The set I bought was from ALIEXPRESS.com. Took a few weeks delivery time from China but for only about $10 delivered why not give them a try? They are LED so they draw very little power, and I have them wired to go on with the headlight. Design wise they are very slim and fit nice with the radiator shrouds on the KLR. Enough already, on to the pictures. :1drink

    Here they are right out of the box.

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    These attach with screws but they are so light you could use some double sided tape.

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    I made up brackets out of some mending plate that I had in the shop.

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    Mounted inside the shrouds. This keeps them out of harms way if (when) things go bad.

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    Here they are with the flash on on my camera.

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    And here they are later in the day. I had to cover the headlight or things got washed out but they are nice and bright in the daytime and at night.

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    Overall a neat little project that increases my bikes visibility:clap:
  2. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Installed the studded 130/90/17 from my old 650, the right side knobs needed some trimming to clear the muffler. The left side touches ever so slightly on the bottom flap on the chain guard, not a big issue.


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  3. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    Sorry for the delayed response. I converted my glass fuse holder to the blade automotive style fuse. I now use a 20 amp atc fuse. I used a 20 amp inline blade type fuse holder from radio shack to convert it over from the glass fuse.
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2102781

    I have a spare fuse taped to the inline fuse holder with electrical tape and carry and extra spare in the tool pouch as well.
  4. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    I shimmed the exhaust outboard with a washer at the bracket to clear a 5.10-17 Kenda K270.
  5. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Been here awhile

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    I'm not sure where to take a trip on the klr250 next. I didn't take any trips on it this year as I was gone for 29 days to Alaska on my F800GS. I burned up all of my vacation time for that trip. I'm at just over 37,000 miles on it, so the miles are starting to pile up quick on the little 250. Anymore I find myself using the GS for the long rides and using the klr for the short more dirt worthy rides.
  6. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Yeah, I shimmed and twisted the muffler counter clockwise. Still had some contact so out came the razor blade. With 500 miles on these tires they still had the tits on outside of those lugs so I wasn't using them anyhow. :lol3
  7. toddzacker

    toddzacker Just the Shame

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    Needs some help on a KLR250...a friend is trying to run her heated suit on her 2000. The bike was good the first time running 50-65 mph for 2 hrs. But she ran around town for a couple hours and has not been able to get it working well since.

    Any thoughts or suggestions...may be a higher output stator or something? Fire your thoughts or suggestion & availability of these items if there are any...
    Thanks
    Todd


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  8. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Not sure the 250 charging system is up to the task of a full heated suit, my guess is the battery is run down. How much juice does the suit require? With the old weak battery my heated grips hardly worked, much better with the new battery.
  9. TinMan207

    TinMan207 Most often a lurker...

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    I'm no expert here, but if they don't work at all, I would look for a blown fuse or disconnected wire somewhere.
  10. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    A little added wind protection for the long cold winter. This was an aftermarket tall windshield from my old KLR 650 that was cut down. The checkered duct tape is there to stabilize a crack and give it some character. Looks like it should do a pretty good job of keeping some wind off my chest, will test it out this week.

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  11. DrMoto

    DrMoto Adventurer

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    Received my Seat Concepts upgrade kit for KLR250 this week (promptly).
    Initially I was kind of wishing that I'd simply shipped them my seat pan and paid the extra $20 for installation. But as a long-term DIY-er, I took my time and got it installed without wrinkles. See photo.

    Haven't done a ride on it yet but looks like a nice upgrade. New foam is a bit wider. And newer.
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  12. bigfishs

    bigfishs Adventurer

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    Very nice, what did that cost?
  13. bigfishs

    bigfishs Adventurer

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    Picked up a 94 KLR from my buddy, 6000 miles. I actually sold him the bike after having it for 1 summer, but thats another story.

    Anyway,

    Bike has fresh gas, new plug (havent checked gap on it or valve clearance yet) and a new fuel filter. It does this weird thing where it has no power after being started cold. If you let the clutch out in gear it just dies unless you give it a running start. It also seemed to die when I put the clutch in, the revs would drop and it would die despite me revving it. I just tried to repeat the problem after sitting for 4 hrs but it started right up and ran fine.

    I guess I'll try to repeat the problem after it sits overnight. Anyone had a similar problem?



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  14. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    i did the 22 cent mod, added two washers to the needle, running 38 and 118 jets, fuel mixture screw set 2 and a half turns out, and baffle removed. no airbox mods. runs great, coolant gauge straight up and down. great throttle response and power with no flat spots. my slow jet is stripped so i think i have to drill it out to remove it, i want to move the jets up to 38-40 and somewhere in the upper 120s for the main jet. im running without a baffle, no problems so far. oh, the bike was backed into by a car while on the sidestand and it broke off the sidestand tab, snapped it right off the frame, im having trouble rewelding it to the frame at the correct angle, are there any aftermarket side stands that bolt on, or even clamp on to the swingarm that i could use, getting a little tired of leaning against trees. :D
  15. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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  16. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    ok, so i bought this bike for $800 in march 2012 with nearly 3000 miles on the clock. it was white, had a cold starting issue and old cracked up tires
    on account of the tires, i had it trailered back to my house so i could give it a fine toothed comb inspection. the tires were cracking, but still had a couple miles left on them, seeing as i just go around town mostly, i thought this was ok.

    after driving it around town a couple weeks, i decided that the carb would have to be cleaned again.
    upon inspection of the carb, i found rust, and that the airbox to carb manifold would have to be replaced, so i ordered the part and cleaned the carb really well. drilled the plug and turned the screw two turns out.
    i added a mirror to the left side as this bike came to me with neither mirrors nor blinkers.
  17. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    one day i decided to take it on the highway to my school that was about 5 miles down the highway, that is when the problems started. it got up on the highway just fine, a little more vibration than i was used to as i had knobby tires. also, i had to flip to the reserve tank as soon as i got there, thinking i would have to fill up on the way home.

    After class it was a PITA to start and it kept dying on me so i took the backroads back home as they were slower, but it adds a mile to my trip. i must have had to pull over and kick it (about 20 times to start) every quarter mile. what i failed to mention earlier is that the tank had once had rust in it and the previous owner said he power washed it out. i thought that this would account for the rust i had found in the carb when i had cleaned it.
    when i got home i removed the tank, the carb, airfilter (whick was rotten). the tank was almost empty, so i drained out the dirtiest fuel ive ever seen. full of rust and crap. i pulled the petcock to find the screens on the main drain were clogged with rust and the reserve line had no filter tower, and was also clogged with rust. i didnt even try to mess with it, i had a spare petcock form another project that fit, so i tossed the old petcock in the trash. i went to the store and got an airfilter and a kreme kit , and started to kreme the tank.
    tank kremed, carb recleaned, new airfilter. decided now as good a time as any so i changed the oil and filter while i was at it. threw it all back together. ran great.
    about 1000 miles later it was becoming hard to start cold so i did a valve adjustment. now it kicks on the first try.
    then i put some nice shinko 50/50 tires on it, and cleaned and lubed the chain.
    i removed all the plastics minus the tail section and painted them od green, looks sharp. and ditched the crap tool bag for a small military box, plastic with a waterproof seal, it was a throwaway from when my old army unit was moving to colorado, glad i saved it. i also added a nice steel license plate mount and used the plate bolts that have the little leds in there so my rear plate will be illuminated.
  18. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    i ve taken my girlfriend on the back of it to dallas and back a couple times, she loves it. made her assist me in doing another oil change and a radiator flush.

    there was a clicking noise from the front tire. i tightened all the spokes as they were all loose. no noise.

    one day when i was down in dallas it started making a clicking grinding noise it the front and the speedometer was jumping around so i pulled over and removed the inner cable of the speedo. no noise. it had just backed out a little from the gauge. i fixed and lubed it when i got home. no noise, happy speedo.

    one day i parked it on the street near the bars and had a few drinks,,,, the next day when i returned to the bike, or rather where i had parked the bike, it was gone. i found the kickstand on the ground in the middle of the road, the mounting tab still attached to it. the bike was leaned up against a light pole about half a block from where i had parked it. and half the gas was missing from the tank. im guessing some one backed into it real slow, as the wheels were still in good shape, and that snapped off the kickstand. then maybe someone saw it laying in the middle of the street, where it leaked half the gas out, and righted it, and put it on the light pole. now i have to lean it against trees and the sides of buildings. if anyone knows of a good clamp-on side stand, please let me know. PM me PLEASE!!
    i turned my fuel mixture screw to 2 and a half turns out, from bottom, and added two #4 washers (.22 cent mod) to the needle, also removed the baffle but left the spark arrestor in place. rides great, sounds awesome. the coolant needle stays straight up and down. right in the middle of the gauge, it runns a little cooler when im on the highway, but it never gets any hotter. :D
  19. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    i didnt balance the tires when i put new ones on, kinda wish i did. is slime any good? i use in on bicycles all the time, but i dont know how it would pan out of the klr. anyone use balance beads?
  20. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    when the bike was white, it had an awful blue seat, so i picked up some marine grade black seat vinyl and re covered the seat, only took two hours, but it looks professional.