KLR250 thread

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

  1. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    What I do, YMMV:

    1) Make sure the carb mixture screw is adjusted right!

    2) With kick stand down, stand on pegs, stiff leg on kicker, drop your weight on it.

    3) Go ride!

    If you can't rest it on the stand:

    1) Push kicker down with bent knee until compression is felt. Quickly extend leg as you climb up on kicker. It may take more than one of these if the first try sucked.
  2. dan-o

    dan-o Adventurer

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    again,thanks for the input, I will find the manuals and into the valve adjustment. According to the owners manual the oil was changed at 500 and 3500 miles, as I stated before the bike doesn't appear to have been abused at all. I was just suprised the cam chain adjustment was so close to the end.
    As far as kick starting it, guess I gotta beef up a little :lol3
  3. stevemd

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    Same here though with 15k on the kick lever it is pretty loose, might need replacing.
  4. dan-o

    dan-o Adventurer

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    can it be replaced without a total tear down of the engine?
  5. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    What can wear/need replacing with the kickstarter assembly?
  6. dan-o

    dan-o Adventurer

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    I think he was thinking cam chain
  7. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    Took a pleasure ride today. The little KLR is quite capable. :D


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  8. HandKPhil

    HandKPhil Been here awhile

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    Nice looking ride. They are fun little exploration machines, aren't they? Both of my KLR250's are sleeping (minus their batteries) in my garage at the moment, but I did take my new '99 DR350SE out for an icy blast today. It hit about 30 degrees here, but it was sunny for a couple of hours so I decided to ride.
  9. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Don't need no stinkin' batteries to run 'em, if I read the wiring diagram correctly.

    Looks like an independent exciter coil on the stator powers the CDI, totally separate from the battery charging and storage circuit.
  10. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    ive left my parking light on a time or two and totally drained the batt. still starts just fine. just an extra kick or two. the battery is just for the lights, i hear.
  11. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    Yup, they'll start and run with no batteries. Believe lights and signals will work as well.
  12. gasolinetom

    gasolinetom Mechanic

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    i removed signals a long time ago
  13. bigfishs

    bigfishs Adventurer

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    Very nice:clap Did you have the bike professionallly painted? Also, what is the cargo rack and bag you have on there? Also, arent you fecking freezing riding that thing?
  14. beeper

    beeper Badger tickler

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    The PO rattle canned it flat black, looks good enough and easy to touch up. The cargo rack was on an old Honda CB200 that I cut down and modified to fit, then coated it with truck bedliner. The bag is an inexpensive Bilt from Cycle Gear.

    With my homemade wind defelectors, windshield, heated grips and winter gear I'm comfortable in freezing temps..to a point. If it's 15 degrees or less the bike stays parked. :wink:
  15. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    They grow 'em tough in WI.
  16. stevemd

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  17. dan-o

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    I have found the source of the rattling on my 2004 KLr250. I pulled the valve cover off and checked the valves ( which were good) but saw that the spring on the KACR is missing. Does anyone have a picture of how the spring is suppose to go? Is there only one spring?
    thanks
    dan
  18. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    There is only one spring. I may have an extra off a burned cam, will check.
  19. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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  20. stevemd

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    My KLR fell over onto the left side, was on floor for about 30 sec. This being my first water-cooled bike, do I need to burp the cooling system or anything?