KLR650 Only Thread......

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by willys, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. ausfahrt

    ausfahrt mach schnell

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    Welcome aboard.

    Let's see some pics!:lurk
  2. grasshopper

    grasshopper Been here awhile

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  3. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    As KLR owners are recognized to be value-oriented, I thought I'd post this find. Mine just came in this evening, I've looked at the seams and gave the thing a thorough once-over and I scored. It's a very well-built piece of gear, particularly for $55 USD shipped. It fits as if it was made for my Eagle Mike rear rack, and so would fit happily on the Happy Trails also.

    I was looking for a dry duffel -- top opening, which would compliment my Wolfman bags. I've found that raft-style soft dry luggage is the goods for dual-sport use. I've never seen a soft-luggage rain cover that works very well, and covers tend to blow off under hard use, or flap annoyingly. I love hard luggage on the road, but it has disadvantages off. I adore Wolfie's offerings, but it's hard to keep the Wolfman in the style he's accustomed to. His gear is worth every penny, but expensive.

    Found this, available here:

    http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produ...rd_OB1012BLK_Waterproof_Medium_Sport_Bag.html

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    I find it hard to believe this wasn't designed for moto use. It's not submersion-proof, but will likely keep your gear dry in most conditions you'd ride in. What they don't mention in the description is that there are reflective stripes on the rear, and a few nice zippered pockets inside. It's brilliantly finished, with good zippers, and very sound detailing. There's an outer Cordura shell over the radio-frequency welded inner. The side panels are silver and reflective. If you combine it with a couple of straps, it's a very good rear rack bag, and is easy to get into. The problem with submersion-proof bags is that they generally open from the top, which is a PITA when the item you want is at the bottom. I'm likin' it. I may snip the handles off.
  4. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    If this was for me, no. My (faulty?) logic went, These forks were meant to be slammed off road on a machine more capable then the KLR and the YZ isn't all that much lighter so maybe a heavier oil will work.

    Td you it was faulty. For NOW the forks are great. If I were out west with a wider area to ride I'd have done it. The shop I am getting to do the seals are going to put in a larger spacer and heavier oil. The dive isn't too bad right now, better then stock. But one day...
  5. willys

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    Hi:
    I personally buy the best chain I can get my hands on, my way of thinking, I only have one so it better stay intact, theory. DiD X ring chain Gold linked, or whatever they call it, the one with gold side links. It is expensive up here above the border. The sprockets, again, open to how you think about it. The stock rear is a 43 and the dealer's seems to be the longest wearing one to buy, BUT it's whorely expensive!!!! Same goes for the front sprocket if you were to stay original, it also comes with the rubber anti-shock piece on it. Now I use 16/42 gearing from JS if I can remember correctly. They supply the dealership with the 16 for the sportbikes to change up from the 15 they come with.....why I don't know, but that is what my dealership parts guy told me. Yes I know, no I know him well and he's not feeding me a line.
    So, it's up to you on how much and where you actually buy them from. BUT, when it's time to change one out, change them all out, nothing eats items faster than one worn item in that collection of items.....ask me how I found out!:freaky

    Hope this helps
  6. willys

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    This trying to figure out what forks are best is what is slowing me down.....I just don't know and it hasn't been high on my priority list until now. This winter I'm installing a FCR-MX pumper carb and a LeXX slip on. So maybe next year's efforts will be the forks......I have plenty of time to research them I guess???:freaky
  7. grasshopper

    grasshopper Been here awhile

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    Thanks, definitely helpful. How does the sizing of the sprockets effect the way the bike rides? (is this "gearing"?)
  8. willys

    willys Long timer

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    Yes this is gearing.....a 16/42 gear ratio is more for highway and a 14/45 is more for off road riding.....the higher the front sprocket and lower rear will result in lower RPMs at lets say 6mph where a 14 front and a 45 rear will result in a high rpm at 60 mph.
    So, you need to make the decission on how you plan to ride your bike the most......terrain wise that is, highway or dirt and pick a ratio to suit your riding. Those gears are close to the far ends of the scales.....remember 15/43 is a stock gearing. Just going down or up one number on the front sprocket will raise or lower your RPMs by 500rpms....:freaky

    Hope this helps...now it's as clear as mud!:freaky
  9. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    At what ground speed? Ain't flat 500 rpm from "dc to daylight," is it?

    Looks like one countersprocket tooth up or down would change engine rpm by about 1/15th the rpm of stock gearing at any given speed, to me . . .
  10. willys

    willys Long timer

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    Have you changed your counter sprocket? Either way to see? I have and that is what it changes it by roughly 500rpms.:freaky
  11. Aces 6

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    Don't know about used plastic tanks but Safari has a cool one for the KLR. Almost hoping for a non-injury crash as an excuse to get rid of the plastic and replace with a Safari tank.

    http://justgastanks.com/p2292/KLR650-Safari-Fuel-Tank/product_info.html
  12. Aces 6

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    Anyone out there have tubeless rims on their KLR or know where to get a pair? Owned a couple of BMWs before going back to big K and got used to the plug and play way of repairing a flat.
  13. schaffer40

    schaffer40 I look lived in.....

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  14. BigT

    BigT Been here awhile

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    I was wondering the other day if Woodys could make tubeless KLR specific wheels. It would be interesting to find out what it would cost.

    Another option is this company. http://tubeliss.com/

    I know they make the tubes in 21", but I'm not sure they've got a 17" tube.
  15. willys

    willys Long timer

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    Some have used a aircraft grade epoxy to seal the spoke holes but I would have thought that in doing so would end all spoke adjustments and thus killing your rim if you accidentally warp it.:freaky
  16. XDragRacer

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    Just me, or is there an ECHO in here?

    Well, I'll follow suit:

    At what ground speed? Ain't flat 500 rpm from "dc to daylight," is it?

    Looks like one countersprocket tooth up or down would change engine rpm by about 1/15th the rpm of stock gearing at any given speed, to me . . .

    Hard to imagine a countershaft tooth accounts for a constant 500 rpm change from idle to redline.
  17. willys

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    At roughly 4500 it drops it by 500.....that is close to 60mph for me iirc. But I'm sure nobody thinks it's across the entire RPM band now do they?......We all want to know what our cruising RPM will be not what it is while putting around in traffic.....?

    Hope this helps the 99.999% of you out there and that last portion of a percentage will still find fault with whatever I say!!???:freaky
  18. Kawidad

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    Hey Rab,

    Do you have any clearance issues with the forks at full lock in either direction? I'm scouting around for a fork upgrade, but it appears some of the bigger forks could have some clearance issues. :ear
  19. Ragin Rabbi

    Ragin Rabbi Semper Fidelis

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    The only "issue" I have had is that there is no steal steering stop. The lower triple acts as the steering stop, and I am not sure if that is a good thing, or bad. I left the stock metal steering stop on at the bottom of the steering head (does that make sense?) and it put two small divots in the lower triple, by small I mean small.

    You loose some steering sweep, like when pushing the bike around the driveway, but on the road you don't miss it. I believe some of this is due to the forks being longer, and the way that they mount they are more vertical then the stock forks. It speeds up the steering on the road, and slows it down at low speeds.

    Once you get used to the planted feel, the quicker steering, and of course the stiffer front end it all really falls into place and you can't help but wonder why Kawi doesn't use the forks off of the KLX 450 and just do us all a favor.

    I did the front and rear at the same time, so I can't really give any info on just the front with stock rear vs. stock front with rear replacement. Do them both (I followed the "Its better to beg for forgiveness..." approach) at the same time and be done with it.

    I'll see about getting some pics up a little later, after class.
  20. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Well, mounted the Moose shifter up and took a test ride yesterday - the snow finally melted and it was near 50 degrees. I have to say, the Moose is beefier than stock and is a very nice piece of gear, but it did not solve the problem. At least I've eliminated one variable.