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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by willys, Nov 19, 2011.
2008's and some 2009's have history of burning way too much oil. As with any bike, check oil often!!
U know what? you all right!!
I'm looking at an 02'. 2,500m.
Appreciate the help man...
Maybe it'll save some one else time too.
Don't do it..... the KLR will haunt you for the rest of your life. You'll move on to other bikes and in the back of your mind you'll be thinking "I should have never got rid of that damn KLR!"
Too funny! If you told me 3yrs ago that I'd own a KLR much less enjoy it I'd have laughed out loud. There are so many reasons the KLR isn't the bike to get....overweight, under suspended and barely enough power to get out of its own way....but I now own 2 of the damn things. Fun bike in its own simply way...part of the charm. However, you'll have to pry my cold dead fingers from my 675 or SXV550
The KLR is a slow dog by motorcycle standards, but
The published 1/4 mile speed of a 2nd gen. KLR is a speed of 14.40 seconds @ 37 hp.
For the sake of conversation and comparison, the 2013 Ford Interceptor Police vehicle has a
quarter-mile time of 16.09 seconds and is rated at 365 hp. It has a suggest retail of $31,300.
The 2012 Dodge Charger Pursuit sedan does a quarter-mile time of 15.88 seconds. It has 292 hp.
The Chevrolet Caprice enforcement vehicle generates 355 hp. Motortrend tested it in and found it did a 15.78 second 1/4 mile.
I paid $,4800 for my 2009 KLR in 2010 as a hold-over model, new with warranty. Typically people speak of the KLR generating more like 34 hp.
But it's still faster that the three top tested model police vehicles. I am not saying you should run from the law, but I am saying the KLR is as fast or faster than the latest three police cars to come out. Bla-bla-bla, can't outrun a radio and all that.... You were gonna go there, weren't you?
I think the KLR can get out of it's own way just fine.
More than you probably wanted to know.
My reference was with other 2 wheeled vehicles but just fyi....I have a fairly stock pickup truck that turned a 12.9 1/4 at our local drag strip and can pull a .9 lateral g through the corners. Not too shabby for a 5Klb pickup. Maybe the local police should have ordered Dodge pickups
I'd like to see a comparison of a KLR with any of your slower police cruisers at anything close to highway speed then accelerating....bye bye KLR
That's some fun 1/4 miles stats right there.......
Anyone try the Saddleman seat?
I have a saddleman gel seat that the last owner installed, I like it. It's not at all waterproof though. It soaks up water and stays wet for 2 or 3 days.
Any raincover recommendations? I saw a thread here with some nice streatchy ones that seemed to work great, can't find it now.
Edit- Found it. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=606533
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The one i'm talking about has a channel running down the middle. Looks like it has a seperate pad for each ass cheek.
Maybe someone else will chime in, but it seems to have similar material to mine,so might not be waterproof. I will say that mine is comfortable and fits fairly well, I have no complaints other than the water soaking issue.
As a matter of interest, I bought a Sargent seat for my 08 KLR and have been very satisfied with it. I have done multiple 500 mile days on highways as well as many 250 mile days on 2 track and would highly recommend this seat. It is comfortable, lightweight and slightly lower than stock.
Jules, what GL bag are you running? I have test fit a Great Basin and it seemed like a good fit, but can't recall if the rack interfered much with it or not.
I have a Coyote that I had on my Yamaha XT250 and used in Peru on a Honda Tornado 250, it makes GREAT luggage on planes and on rental bikes, so I'll be keeping it. It is a bit narrow on the KLR and rides up high over the rack rails, but I made some extensions for the straps and use a buckle to connect the middle strap around the rack instead of to the fender. It works okay... considering getting a GB if I can find one cheap, just curious if the GB has similar issues to the Coyote, assuming that's the bag you have.
Which one and how much lower?
I have a Coyote that I use on my XR, I just stole the heat shield for temporary KLR use. The Coyote itself doesn't fit the KLR right, like you said.
I kicked around getting a Great Basin, but I ended up ordering the Wolfman luggage with the Happy Trails rack, It was cheaper than the GB and seems to get good reviews on here. The thing that turned me away from the GB is that is seems like the Wolfman bags will give me a lot more flexibilty to strap stuff on top. They haven't came in yet, so I can't comment one way or the other on them.
Like you said the Coyote is great to have, and I plan on keeping it around even if I sell the XR. I'm sure I'll always have some sort of bike that the coyote fits on.
Is the sargent seat flat ? Or do you still get the feeling you are sliding forward like the stock seat ?
I like the corbin flat alot.Do you know if the sargent is as flat ?
Okay, that's about where I am. The coyote is very versatile for using one other peoples bikes, I will definitely be keeping it. I'm currently leaning toward dirtbagz over a Wolfman setup or a Great Basin, but only due to price. I think I'd like the wolfman setup the most, I'm not thrilled by the racks on the dirtbags, and the idea of straps over the seat isn't one I like either, but I think maybe the HT Mojave is the only reasonably priced bags without them.
Happy trails has the sl racks on sale for $99 right now. Total was around $330 for the wolfman expedition bags with racks through their website. I believe dirtbagz are $250 iirc, so not a huge difference.
Either one seems to be a good choice though, and cheaper than the gb.
All typos and misspellings blamed on my phone.
For those enquiring which Sargent seat I bought and if it makes you slide forward - here is the info.
Sargent seat #WS-572-NS
I do not slide forward on the seat and all in all it is one of the best mods I have done to the 08 KLR.
Not inexpensive but worth it IMHO.