KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    Somebody has been in your carb without your knowledge. :evil Sounds like typical results from a DynoJet kit installation. Time to pull the carb and record/document what you have for jets/needle etc.
  2. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    Worst I have ever got (with panniers etc) was 32 - into a 50-60mph head- wind in northen MT. Best, 58mpg with a tail wind up through AL. Usual is about 46. At one time I tried all the jets and needles and all it did was use more gas. Returned the bike to stock a few years ago..
  3. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    By all means express your own opinion of whatever bike you choose to ride. But to state that a particular bike ( be it a KLR or any other) is catagorically 'not capable' is an opinion and not an accurate reflection of what the machine is capable of.

    Now , as to what makes me personally think a KLR is capable of a real '77'mph on the highway, the answer is simple. Because it is my choice of a ride, fully loaded with camping gear too and has been for tens of thousands of miles and many 800 mile plus days at those speeds. The speeds and distances covered and viewed (Both odo and calibrated cycle computer that have been verified with a GPS) have indicated that and for me is now more comfortable than my Beemer for most long rides I do.
  4. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    ^I agree. As with anything, YMMV.

    It's all in your own preference.
  5. Apocalypso

    Apocalypso Mellow Adventurer

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    Lurked awhile, now leaping.

    Never had a KLR650 before. 2006 with an aftermarket seat and exhaust, heated grips, great deal, quite pleased and using it regularly. Know both POs, tracking down jet and doohickey data. I'm 6'1", 200#, and my fiancee likes two up on it.

    Can the sages here tell me:
    What size fasteners should I carry to replace those most commonly lost to vibration? Mine loses weight with every ride.
    Dry, dusty climate, hot and cold. What do you use for chain lube, and how often?
    For those KLR owners who wind up with a second complementary bike in the stable, what is yours?
    Tire faves? Kenda 80/20 street/dirt on now, seem fine. Tire pressures?
    Gas: Cheap 85/86 octane OK at 7000 ASL? Runs fine with it. MPG and conditions?
    Soft tank and rear pannier types, sources, MacGyver methods?

    Thank you all in advance.
  6. Rode2Nowhere

    Rode2Nowhere Long timer

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    Hey there, and welcome! I'm on my third KLR. My humblest of comments below:
  7. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    Properly fastened fasteners will not fall off. That said every bike has problem fasteners and the KLR is no different. Two that are most common...header flange bolts and footpeg mount bolts. Header flange will be fine if you do the following. INstall new gasket and tq to 15lbs. Run a couple heat cycles then retorque to 15lbs. Footpeg bolts....very poor design but without cutting/welding I safety wire both bolts. Do not over tighten!

    I stopped using chain lube many many years ago. My KLR's get about 15-20K miles on a set. I do keep the chain clean. If you live in a wet environment get a chain thats plated and maybe spray some wax on it on occasion.

    I have several bikes all pretty much cover different aspects of riding i.e. cruiser, track bike, motard etc.

    I've found the Shinko 705's to be pretty complimentary to the KLR. Neither is offroad but do fine in DS territory and most important for any KLR owner....Cheap!

    Cheap gas in all weather except dead of summer here in Az. KLR engines can ping in hot weather and not good for any engine. Stock carb you should see mid/upper 40's MPG in mixed riding. I rejetted with KLX needle kit and leaner main jet and get far better response and still avg 48-52mpg pretty consistently. DynoJet kits go way way way way way way too rich. Stock main jet is actually too rich but Kawi had to with such a lean EPA mandated midrange jetting.

    I like soft bags for Panniers. Favorites being Ortlieb and Wolfman.

    For two up I added the rear backrest from www.KLRdash.com I can give more feedback on that accessory if you're interested. Best upgrades for the KLR....good maintenance (lube that rear suspension!), new doo, KLX needle kit and upgraded suspension. Getting sag correct, especially 2up, is very important.
  8. ADW

    ADW 'tard bike restos

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    Agreed, with all that wind resistance plus 75mph that's probably the cause of the low mileage.
  9. KSJEEPER

    KSJEEPER Long timer

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    That is pretty rough MPG - sounds silly, but tires aired up? Run some good cleaner through the fuel system?

    Does MPG go way up if you drop down to 60mph? If so, maybe the panniers are just big enough that 75 is your wind threshold and it kicks its ass?

    I've only gotten down in the high 30's a few times, and that was on long interstate slogs where I was in a hurry and doing more like 80+mph which KLR's hate, of course.
  10. XpressCS

    XpressCS Must. Have. Lumens..

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    Tell me about it..........
  11. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    How's your air filter looking?
  12. Panama

    Panama Been here awhile

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    The Bike is a 2006 with 8k miles. The Tires are duro (70/30) street/ Dirt with 30 psi. Gearing is stock, 70 mph was 4800 rpm. The Spark plug was changed before the trip and the air filter was cleaned. I expected the milage to be less than my back road trips but then I get high 40's low 50's. I am the second owner but I dont think anything was done because it only had 1k miles at purchase.
    I will do another rider at 60 mph. I tried to go slower on the interstate but thought I was going to be smashed by semi trucks.

    Thanks for all the tips. Will report back results of slower ride.
  13. jonyfi

    jonyfi 21st century adventurer

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    " I tried to go slower on the interstate but thought I was going to be smashed by semi trucks."
    :rofl:rofl

    Most of us who have KLR's have probably thought the same:D

    I started with a KLR
    then could afford a used BMW GS
    Then owed a KTM 950 ( which is AWSOME)
    And now have a KLR

    And I have had similar thoughts... but when it comes to the KLR and the freeway (and in general) some of your ego focused standards and expectations must be sacrificed for one of the most dependable, easy to service and repair, not so large/heavy as to break your back, economical, go where ever the FUCK you want day or night, winter or summer, solo or two up, with your buddies or not, Moto that takes you many places over the many miles, meeting the many folks, having the many memorable moments on and off road motorbike that human beings (thus far) have built....
    No it's not love, just an appreciation:rofl
    Though I wish it was a v twinn, not a single :D
    And had over 100 hp with no weight increase:rofl
  14. Dave92029

    Dave92029 Been here awhile

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    I'm riding a 2012 KLR with HT bags and a GIVI top box, plus I certainly need to go on a diet. That's my way of saying that my bike is pushing a pretty good size load.

    During Group rides I've found myself going down the interstate at 85mph, but when by myself I feel much more comfortable doing an indicated 70 mph.Why do I feel more comfortable riding an indicated 70?

    The engine is turning approx. 4800 rpm and feels relaxed.

    The Bike sits high off the ground, and tends to feel more stable, and doesn't react to the wind as much at that speed.

    I don't need to worry about getting a speeding ticket (My bike is Red).

    I ride in the number 2, lane and leave the number one lane open so the guys in the pickups and BMW's can race each other. The Semi- trucks are generally in the number three lane.

    Almost every fill up works out to an average of 48 Mpg (regular).

    I used to do a lot of long distance riding (Iron Butt, etc.) which taught me that your top speed isn't as important as the amount of time you spend off the bike getting gas and eating. If you ride at a speed that traffic allows you to maintain, and stay relaxed, you arrive at the destination sooner.

    It's always a good idea to move to the right and let the professional drivers of the semi trucks pass you. :huh
  15. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Welcome to the 2006
  16. Nitro1970

    Nitro1970 Been here awhile

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    Are the Primary drive sprockets from Rockymountainatvmc good for the $$ or would $30 more for a sunstar be the way to go??
  17. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    Im a long time Primary Drive user but if you are looking for the most bang for the buck I'd say step up to the Sunstar sprockets. I generally have to flip my counter sprocket half way through my chain's life. I never lube but keep it clean and generally get at least 15K miles from Primary Drive set up. With Sunstar sprockets no flipping and they are in better shape by the time the chain is done...around 20K.
  18. eddie bolted

    eddie bolted BOING!!!

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    . I generally have to flip my counter sprocket half way through my chain's life.

    Doesn't that throw the alignment out between the front and rear sprockets?, The front sprocket has a collar that is thicker on one side more than the other.
  19. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    all of the time, nothing fancy, just standard steel sprockets. That's all I've ever bought for my 2009 and 1990, last one (16 tooth on my 2009) got 16K out of it, Didn't flip it just replaced it when it started "hooking" and the rear was worn anyways. I always replace them in sets with a new chain.
  20. DirtyDog

    DirtyDog Lust for dust.

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    My thoughts exactly