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Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by willys, Nov 19, 2011.
Thanks. That's what I expected but just wanted a backup.
Those valve specs are pretty typical to what I have seen. I can't recall if it is the L or R exhaust valve, but I always have one that is tighter than the other.
As suggested above- shim it and ride.
Where can I find the CHEAPEST crashbars for my '02? I don't need anything fancy, if anything I just want something half-assed so I can mount my GoPro camera to it for cool shots. Is it possible to have them made?
Mounting any video equipment to a motorcycle just ensures you'll crash. Cheapest is to sell the GoPro and go ride!
I refuse to believe that I will go 12,000 kms without any documentation. I want to be able to look back on this adventure I'm about to go on. Nice try, though.
Well, Since I got the IMS tank, I was immediately unsatisfied with the less than perfect welds, molding, imperfections, etc. I liked the idea of the extra fuel and the protection it provided for the the radiator but it was UGLY!
All the info was, "Nope, can't paint an IMS tank, paint won't stick, stickers won't even stick." Wasn't sure why so I did some research. Most plastic tanks "breathe" hydrocarbons that don't allow for painting and such. OK, how about sealing the tank. Lots of sealers out there but they all say won't work with Polyethylene, Hmm. What is the IMS tank made of anyway? Yep. Polyethylene. XLPE, to be exact, cross linked polyethylene. Caswell has a nice looking 2 part epoxy sealer, oops. Won't stick to Polyethylene.
I finally came across a sealer that the manufacturer wasn't sue if it would work or not but thought it would. I found some blogs that some guys had used it and it worked great but I didn't know if their tanks were XLPE.
Long story short (too late) I ordered some and after a lengthy prep process I sloshed it around and let it cure. Seems to have dried to a flexible, strong bond, time will tell.
IMS tank is not ugly anymore! I have a bit of wet sanding the clear and some polishing to do but that is going to wait a month or so to see if she holds up.
The picture looks great.
so.... how come the KLR is so popular and so many people rave about it?
It's a bit slow on the road and a bit slow off the road... is it cos it's cheap or what???
i like the klr because...
1. cheap ive bought 2 and both cost $1500 and were perfectly ride-able. a great suspension upgrade only adds a grand to the price and transforms the bike.
2. lots of farkles.....
3. as reliable as a hammer. easy to fix on the trail. very durable, simple carb, no computer, cheap parts, available everywhere.
4. with the exception of the shitty stock seat...very comfortable. great ergos for tall people and easy to ride all day on or off road for me. i never want to get off the thing.
5. can haul all my camping gear with ease.
6 with a few mods adequate power for me. any more and i would be getting tickets all the time. big bore kits are available. and a stroker kit and EFI are in the works at eagle skunkworks.
7. i can pick it up pretty much no matter how it falls. its heavy but i can manage it. not so with a gs or v strom or s 10 when they are upside down.
8. the low price really frees me up to ride and sometimes leave the bike places i would not leave a bike i spent big $$ on. i know worst case i just buy another.
9. it thumps.
Everything does something better than a KLR.
Nothing does everything better than a KLR.
Yes it's cheap to buy, cheap to own, and cheap to rebuild if/when it needs it .. aftermarket parts are available anywhere in the world too, usually for not an insane amount of money ..
It does everything well and nothing exceptionally well .. it's the Volkswagon of the motorcycle world, convertible into a dune buggy, truck, jeep, daily commuter, or anything else you want it to be including a sporty-ish world-touring mile-chomping machine .. and it holds a bunch of gas to get you there and back again at 48-52 mpg ..
Most importantly, it's a fun bike to ride .. not to much power such as to make it a pain in the ass .. and not so little power that you can't climb through, around, over, under, or between most stuff .. It'll go anywhere and everywhere and if you're smart you're not in a hurry anyway ..
In the green corner, weighing 432 pounds...
Do you really not know or is that a little bit of this...
We'd be happy to tell you why we like our KLRs.
Get ready to rumble!
....sums it up pretty well. I have 2, one set up for my daily commute and one for the trails (but still very road worthy) it seems to go wherever I point it without missing a beat. I love my KLR's. I think I need a sticker that says that.
...bike looks good, curious to hear how the finish on the tank holds up.
Haha could be a little bit of poke it and see what happens....
Just curious... seems to be so much written on the ol' KLR....
I have one... to be honest I'd like a bit more power, but I'd settle for better dirt ability... could just be too heavy for me....
only done 3000 miles on it so far, so guess I'm still learning it, but hmmmm
Because riding is so much more than spec sheet numbers and top speed....hp only tells half the story.
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And fancy tank badges!
If you told me a couple years ago that I'd own a KLR much less enjoy riding it I'd have laughed out loud. Now I own TWO of these overweight, underpowered, poorly suspended old school bikes. However, I still like my other bikes who's purpose is shall we say a little bit more narrow ala SXV550
My trifecta of cheap, fun motorcycles.
Of course we start with the KLR.
Many KLR owners own a Concours.
Don't forget the "pick it up before the camera's come out" KLR250S, with 351 bore kit.