KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    Too much buffeting. Definitely keeps a larger pocket of quiet air directly behind the screen but I think the oddly shaped side lobes of the Kawa Tall screen create additional buffeting right at helmet level.

    The riser was a marginal improvement, probably wouldn't do it again but I like the way it looks so I guess I'll keep it for now. Vanity... :lol3
  2. Pollack

    Pollack Adventurer

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    It appears they are no longer making motorcycle products. They don't have anything on their webpage any longer.

    Best regards,
  3. 2whlrider

    2whlrider Fulltime laker

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    That's too bad! They made quality goods.
  4. Blackheart

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    My previous response posted here: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/klr650-only-thread.742912/page-1366#post-33141492
  5. chaotic_robot

    chaotic_robot n00b

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    I have the laminar lip on my stock windshield and it works for me at 6'4". I like the fact that it keeps the windshield low and out of my way.
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  6. myat35

    myat35 Adventurer

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    Any recommendations for swapping out the stock (lame) mirrors on the KLR for mirrors with a wider & larger viewing area? Would be looking for ones that simply bolt or screw right into the stock threads with no modification needed. Let me know what others have put on with good results. Thanks!
  7. skibo

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    I can replace things if I need--trying to figure out what needs replacing. I'm getting some voltage to the igniter coil, but I don't know if it's adequate, or what it's supposed to be.
  8. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    TPI 5-1/4" rectangular mirrors with dampers.

    Google, "TPI Motorcycle" and you'll probably find 'em.
  9. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    I commend to you the "Electrical" section of the Clymer service manual.

    Exciter coil resistance, 100-200 ohms; pulsing coil resistance, 150-200 ohms.

    Output from each remains rpm-dependent; with resistance within specifications, chances are you're getting the necessary juice required to fire the ignition.
  10. skibo

    skibo Adventurer

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    Thanks. Yeah, I've been going through Clymer testing everything. I'm getting juice (18v) out of the igniter coil, but no spark through both the original and replacement plug cap/wire. I don't know or have reference to how much voltage is needed to run the sparkplug. I'm trying to work backwards from the plug to see what the problem is (e.g. if coil is working properly, then the problem is upstream).
  11. ontheroad68

    ontheroad68 Adventurer

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    Do you have the stock short or tall windshield with the Laminar Lip?
  12. ontheroad68

    ontheroad68 Adventurer

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    WANTED: 1996 + Engine lower end. Needs to be complete but does not need to be functional/serviceable. Can have broken studs/chipped case etc. Case can be damaged! Send PM. Thanks!!
  13. ktmdoc

    ktmdoc Been here awhile

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    Thanks for. all the help. I wish I would have had the foresight to go to the forum when I was stranded in Vernal halfway through the ride. My thinking was that all of the problems were in the broken on/ off start switch gave me tunnel vision. In the process of shorting over the ignition module as suggested here revealed a simple loose connection which when tightened solved the failure to start. I highly recommend anyone having issues on the road that they cannot solve log in to the vast knowledge base here for help.
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  14. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    DISCLAIMER: Comments relative to Generation 1 ignition.

    By "igniter coil," do you mean, "exciter coil?" An AC voltage should be detected there, proportional to rpm.

    Actually, THOUSANDS of volts are needed to "run" the sparkplug. This voltage comes from discharge of a capacitor in the CDI unit across the ignition coil's primary windings.

    The capacitor is discharged by a pulse from the pickup coil ("Coil, Pulsing," in Kawasakiese) triggering a thyristor. Many of these functions are hidden within the circuitry of the CDI unit; however . . . you can check exciter coil resistance and pickup coil resistance (as previously mentioned), and . . . monitor pickup coil output, to some extent.

    Further, CDI unit contact resistances are published in the service manual.

    Above are a number of parameters you can check without substitution; I'd put a priority on finding a pickup coil output, from your description so far.
  15. skibo

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    Thanks for your patience--getting terminology mixed up. I've checked the ignition coil (primary coil and secondary coil, Clymer Table 2, p. 222) and the exciter coil. It is the input into the ignition coil, upon cranking, that I got the voltage, just trying to see if the coil is getting juice to send to the spark plug. I've tested the ignition coil, exciter coil, and pickup coil per Clymer (resistance only), and they are all within spec. I opened up the alternator cover to see if anything was lose, and I got the same readings while moving the wires. I just bought a new spark plug to test, to no avail. I've compared the resistances of the spark plug caps and wires between the original and the new (used) one, and they are the same. As far as I can tell, I've done all the tests Clymer recommends, but still no spark.

    So how do I check pickup coil output?

    Thanks again, both for your patience and assistance. This electrical stuff is pushing my pay grade.
  16. chaotic_robot

    chaotic_robot n00b

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    Stock short on a 2009
  17. CharlzOP

    CharlzOP Adventurer

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    I need some advice. So I have the Clymer KLR650 2008-2017 KLR650 service manual. My bike is a 2016 KLR650. I need to adjust my chain slack, but I don't really know how. It's out of spec. So the Clymer manual says to do tghe measurements while the rear wheel is off the ground but the swingarm says to do it while it is on the side-stand. First question, which is the correct way to do it? Second question. I have the large tursk panniers one the bike. Should I do the adjustment while they are on or off the bike?
  18. myat35

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    Ok, I will take a look. Thanks for the reco!

  19. trentster

    trentster Been here awhile

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    So I have to say I know very little about KLRs, curious what you guys think about this purchase, the miles are higher than I would like, but I think its got most of the mods that I might be looking for. Any and all feedback is much appreciated. Link below. Thanks again.
    https://lexington.craigslist.org/mcy/d/2008-klr-650/6292798556.html
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  20. sasho

    sasho Dual Personality

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    16K on that bike is nothing...
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