KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. Rode2Nowhere

    Rode2Nowhere Long timer

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    I once bought an ST1100 from a guy who owned another ST1100. He had 317,000 miles on his with no... zero ... motor work. He said people come to him all the time asking what oil he uses. "You must have THE ANSWER!"

    "10W-40. Whatever's on sale."



    Keep it changed, keep it topped off, ride it. :gerg
  2. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Hmm....

    I believe I'm in the 'none of the above' category. Tire pressure is good, tires were balanced when new by dealer, I don't believe the rotor is warped, wheel bearings seem good, tires matched, not sure about neck bearings but only 6,200 miles on bike, and there was almost no load last time I noticed it. Small backseat bag, under 2lbs.

    I'm thinking maybe either the rifle windshield is too tall for it, or maybe the tires are just wearing funny. They look to be wearing normal, but the rear is squaring off way quicker than the front.

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  3. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Speed wobble on on 05? Front fender is a sail. Change it. Spindly fork legs. Put a EM fork brace on. That is as good as it will get but it won't be perfect above 90. Ever. But yeah, a tall shield could add to it and bring the number down to 75. Take the shield off and ride it to top speed. If that doesn't fix it to your liking, do the above.
  4. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Jules, look for signs of suspension leaks while you are diagnosing. Leaking rear could sure induce a wobble. One more thing, are you a "heavier than normal" fella? I weigh 250 and the Eagle Mike raising links helped me a bunch.
  5. beemerjim

    beemerjim Been here awhile

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    Yep. What he said.



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  6. Fireman1000

    Fireman1000 Long timer

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    Just curious. I picked up a new to me 2009 KLR 650 this afternoon, rode it about 13 miles, and noticed the temperature gauge didn't move. Is this a normal thing, or do I need to start checking connections?
  7. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    Sounds normal. It doesn't move much. Don't worry about it. :1drink
  8. Myfuture_yourdebt

    Myfuture_yourdebt Banned

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    If it literally didn't move at all, you probably have a problem.

    Regardless...
    http://www.watt-man.com/Information__Articles.html
    (Buy and install a Thermo-bob)
  9. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    I was wondering how long it would take for someone to suggest that.

    OK, you're also going to NEED a doohickey, fork brace, lowering links, raising links, 16t sprocket, extended shifter, sarg seat, heat, offroad pegs, new tires, gps outlet, bar risers, locktite, highway pegs, 705 kit, tall shield and on and on. Better sell it now. They're all lemons and NEED another $1500 dumped into them to keep them on the road. :evil
  10. newcastleadam

    newcastleadam Artful Tagger

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    Don't think many would argue with needing loctite :-)
  11. Myfuture_yourdebt

    Myfuture_yourdebt Banned

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    If I were to leave a KLR650 as stock as possible, no matter what I'd still want to upgrade the doohickey with EM parts, upgrade the subframe bolts, and install a Thermobob, and adjust the idle mixture screw...all those mods go a long way while still keeping things as simple as possible. That's all just my opinion. And I myself think Watt-man's site makes a pretty damn good case for the Thermobob especially if you do any cold-weather riding.
  12. ANutt

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    $1,500.00 will cover all that? I don't think so.
  13. jules083

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    I'm not too worried about stability at 90mph. 75 would be nice though.

    When (if) we get a somewhat nice day here I'll pull the windshield off and try it, then after that pull the front fender and try again. Can't hurt to try it. I keep hearing good things about the fork brace, I'll probably get one over the winter depending on how work goes.

    There are no leaks that I can see. I'm only 150lbs, shouldn't be an issue. The suspension still feels soft to me though, I'm used to motocross bikes.
  14. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    I corner real hard and you can see the forks flex without the fork brace.

    But if it wobbles even riding more "sedately" I think it is likely the big honking shield. My wobble didn't come until well past 75 with the stock shield and/or fender.
  15. ADW

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    I like the Shinko 244 on the back because the outer lugs are bigger/flex less than the Kenda 270 when the bike is leaned over on pavement. However, I like the Kenda K270 on the front because it comes in a bigger size (3.25 vs. 3.00) than the Shinko.
  16. RandoCommando

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    I had a wobble on my 99 KLR that disappeared when I had the front wheel balanced and a fork brace put on.
    Although I don't think the fork brace would have mattered. I believe it was truly an out of balance problem.
  17. slowoldguy

    slowoldguy Tire Tester

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    Ahhh. That brings up another hopefully remote possibility. Jules. Have you checked your spokes? I had to have my Big Ugly BMW GSAdv wheel re-trued to get rid of a disconcerting wobble. I have had a spoked wheel collapse on me before. Not fun. That'll make you shit yourself.
  18. 2whlrider

    2whlrider Adventurer

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    Can anyone tell me if a 1st Gen rear shock will fit on a 2nd Gen KLR?

    I can get a Cogent shock from a 1 Gen for a good price but need to know if it will fit my 2nd Gen. I've heard the only difference is a longer lower bolt.
  19. Myfuture_yourdebt

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    They list different shocks for Gen 1 and Gen 2 bikes on their website. I'd call them, if they don't know the answer off-hand someone should be able to look at both and tell you if they are compatible.
  20. 2whlrider

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    Thanks for the info. Will have to research more.