KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. skibo

    skibo Adventurer

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    I did the test, and got about 54 vAC continuous--didn't get the up and down I expected. I also played around with the ignition coil some more, double checking it. It's all within Clymer specs--input (during cranking across both leads) came to 33 vDC (not the 18 originally stated--meter was on wrong mode). I also tried to test output of the ignition coil, since I got some input. I could not find any output (AC or DC). Plug cap and plug wires were tested, and were good. I'm assuming I should be able to measure the output, but I don't know whether it should be AC or DC. My multimeter is a pain to use when I don't know the range of expected values (e.g. if high, then it doesn't give me any indication, so I have to test multiple ranges).

    I also retested the stator as outlined on () Since the bike won't start, I'm not sure whether to expect the AC output (just turning it over). But the circuit continuity was consistent (i.e. no shorts).

    Thanks again. Suggestions anyone?
  2. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    Kill switch. I've had two Gen 1 kill switch assemblies that were intermittent. Couldn't see anything physically wrong with the harness wires or connectors, but replacing with a new switch assembly fixed an intermittent ignition issue.
  3. skibo

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    Interesting you mention that. My switch broke a couple of years ago in a crash. After worrying about the electricians' tape keeping it on the "on" position, I ended up filling it with epoxy. I'm the perfect KLR owner!
  4. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile

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    Ya !! Filled it with Epoxy. I love it!

    ;-)

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  5. John Fry

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    Need some recommendations and, sources for parts.
    2008 klr685 mostly on slab.
    Time for new chain and, both sprockets.
    I'd like to drop rpm at top speed. I've heard changing front sprocket size can shorten life span. Can it be done at the rear sprocket?
    Can I get a suggestion for a good size and quality combination of sprockets and, chain.
    Also need new rear shock.
    Possibly a muffler. I'd like to stay quiet.
    Prefer a Canadian store/website if possible.
    Thanks for your input.
  6. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    BikeBandit shows a new kill switch assembly as costing $60.
  7. Tweakedlogic

    Tweakedlogic Adventurer

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    1376 pages of posts???

    To me it makes more since to have bike specific sub-forums. Easier to search, research, and find what you looking for without asking the same questions that have been asked already.

    I just got an 03 KLR, but i cant find the answers i need in this thread.

    Peace out
  8. BigFatAl

    BigFatAl Been here awhile

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    I get most of my KLR info on FB.
    There are several great pages that you get answers in just minutes most of the time.


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  9. skibo

    skibo Adventurer

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    Thanks, I'll look into it.
  10. HardWorkingDog

    HardWorkingDog Harvey Mushman

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    What are we missing here? Your first post to advrider in over 3 years, and it's to complain that this place is too hard?

    There's a search button on every page that works quite well. Or...just ask? Maybe BigFatAl is doing us all a favor--try Facebook.
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  11. sideroadbob

    sideroadbob Been here awhile

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    What is this Facebook thing you speak of?

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  12. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    Ask away. Most of us are willing to rehash the questions and answers.
  13. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I don't believe that a 16t front sprocket would significantly shorten lifespan. (15t is stock.) Having the bike setup for comfortably performing the kind of riding I do is more important than getting an additional 1,000 miles before rebuild.

    As my riding changes from time to time I've used the stock 15t, I've used 14t for trails, and I've used 16t for roads. With the 16t, the KLR is like a 4-speed around the rural roads here with an overdrive for faster roads. (Even if it's not numerically an overdrive.)
  14. Pollack

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    I have been using a 17T for the last 10K miles, on pace for a new chain in another 10K.

    Best regards,
  15. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    A larger front sprocket will actually wear slightly (emphasis on slightly) slower, as it's spreading the force over more teeth. I tried a 17T, took it off as I found it made 1st gear too tall. I found myself stalling a little too often getting going from a stop, and IMO it makes gearing too tall for offroad/dirt trails. Sure helps drop the rpm for highway cruising tho.
  16. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    Thought I'd share this... Today I installed an LED tail light (the LEDs on a circuit board set-up), and an LED strip type trailer light (mounted to thin L angle aluminium) on to this Gen 1 I'm fixing up (the salvage yard special :^) The HID lights in that Britannia Composites fairing are very bright and white. The license plate light is LED too. What a major upgrade over stock lighting. I'll be adding two aux lights up front as well (see and be seen).

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  17. Tweakedlogic

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    Just saying, I've been using different forums for a long time. Never seen one lump everything together like this in one thread. It's always been sub forums. Which has the benefit search by title in case I need to find threads related only to wiring, custom port work, parts for sale, or just pic threads, etc. It also makes it easier to browse when I don't know what I'm looking for.

    And yes, it's been a long time since I've been on. 3 years ago the wife got knocked up and I didn't have an adv bike. Now I have one, the kid is a bit more independent, so I've been dreaming, planning, and researching. I wasn't trying to come off as a dick. Just un-requested $.02
  18. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    You've got a valid point, and it's been brought up before. I'm guessing those "other" forums are KLR specific? When the site admin changed over the forum engine to this one (XenForo/Waindigo or whatever it is), the search feature become much better. It's not perfect, but it's better than it was.
  19. Tweakedlogic

    Tweakedlogic Adventurer

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    Varied... vintage motorcycle, 4x4 trucks, my RX7, bees, wood working, cafe racers, bicycles, contractor forums, beer/wine making. I'm into different stuff.
    Most follow the format i described. This way is a little weird to me.
  20. GreatWhiteNorth

    GreatWhiteNorth Long timer

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    Before the forum engine was changed, you could only search within a sub forum (like thumpers)... now at least you can restrict the search to "this thread only", a huge improvement. Lots of good info in this thread... just gotta dig for it.
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