KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. hannes vg

    hannes vg Adventurer

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    hello,

    i bought a 2003 klr 650.
    i'm driving it from calgary up north to seward and back.
    i got heated gloves to connect on the battery.
    but is it also possible to put a 12V charger/usb on the battery? (gps/cellphone) to charge while riding.

    thanks
  2. jeepsandbikes

    jeepsandbikes loneadventurer

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    yes , you can run a few things off the bike but dont go to crazy , you can save a lot of power by replacing the lights with LED's . it will free up power for other things . adding a small volt meter is a good idea to keep a eye on things too .
  3. wyoly

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    Finished the winter projects a couple of weeks ago on my 2008. Did the doo, nothing broke but the spring was not very tight.
    Changed oil and put in new low profile drain plug, I really like it. Plug does not stick out below the skid plate know.
    Also upgraded the battery to the Odyssey PC545 battery and does it turn the engine over really good.
    Got one afternoon in riding but has been snowing this last week so waiting on better weather.
  4. Vic Cosmic

    Vic Cosmic Adventurer

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    I have a dash that I bought on ebay with a cigarette lighter and I bought a usb insert for it. I can charge my phone, video camera, I pad, and any 12 volt apparatus while riding.
    hannes vg. Best looking bike they ever came out with. Now get a harder spring for that rear end and loader up.
  5. SFC_Ren

    SFC_Ren Been here awhile

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    Since, you all are the KLR experts here. I'm considering one, I'm looking at used but really am trying to figure out for a 50/50 on-road/off-road bike which would be better an 2007 an earlier or 2008 and up. From what I can personally can figure the newer is more street oriented with less ground clearance, more weight (50lbs)and better wind protection, and it seems like the older would be better off road. I currently am riding a DR350 that weighs about 300 lbs for the same 50/50 riding.
    I thank you all.in advance for your opinions and assistance.
  6. Dusty_Bottoms

    Dusty_Bottoms Adventurer Ordinaire

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    Gen 1 plastics are cheaper. You know, if you ever happen to drop it.
  7. SFC_Ren

    SFC_Ren Been here awhile

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    Haha, okay thanks I'll remember that.

  8. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    Fixed it for you
  9. Vic Cosmic

    Vic Cosmic Adventurer

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    I have a 03. and I have a lot of friend with both styles. All I can say is if you can find either for a good price and low miles with lots of mod. snatch it up.
    The new generation is equally as good off road and can stand up to one hell of a kicking. More than first gen. The tank plastic need to be zip tied back on first time down. I have seen many many of dumps and crash's. On that note the new generation has better wind protection for road use. (not to mention doesn't look like a 80's bike)

    so to break it down I would go with a new one if money is no object. if you want to save money for pretty much the same bike then buy a older one with low miles and you will have extra $$$ to make it just the way you want it.

    I love my klr just would love it more if it had a 6th gear. :D
  10. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    http://www.topgunmotorcycles.com/2008klr/08_klr_intro.html

    Good information here!
  11. mxboy96

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    If your looking for a good 50/50 bike, either generation will do. But yes, if your doing more dirt, I'd recommend a first gen bike. The second gen's like mine are still good machines, but a little heavier yes, better wind protection yes, and better looking, but just a notch below a first gen as far as dirt riding. If you do go with a second gen, try to go with a '10 on up if possible. The 08-09 was the first 'experimentle' years with the new setup and had bad issues with piston rings wearing and wiring harnesses rubbing through. Myself, I love my '12. I've got a Cee Baileys windsheild, SW Motech crashbars, Givi tailbox, and some other addons that make it rather comfortable. The main reason I went with a KLR as compared to an XR or DR was it's a great bike for everything, but not an expert at just one thing. It's quite literally the best all around dual-sport under 7grand you can buy. Good luck with whatever you decide on!
  12. mxboy96

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    April is 'AMA go ride!' month guys. So get out there and rack up the miles!!
  13. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Not in Alaska. Holy crap just when things were looking up, we get inches of snow yesterday and today. This place sucks!!
  14. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I went out back roadin today and the snow got to deep,dam KLR is good but I was by myself and goin up hill just wasn't any fun so I had to turn around,got some good views and had a good time,I was almost back to my house and found a guy with a flat and cause I carry a tubeless plug kit with my gutted air compressor(hey it doesn't take up any more space and I dig helpin people)so I got to add some good karma points to my soul and get him on his way.What a good day me and the KLR had!!!
  15. Vic Cosmic

    Vic Cosmic Adventurer

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    damn Ground Hog.
    Still tons of snow in Southern Ontario. I'm making a point of taking up Groundhog hunting this year.
    :chace
  16. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    ... Good for you. :clap
  17. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    No snow in Western Australia! I can pretty much say that 365 days of the year!
  18. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Wow your almost in my area,gonna probably buzz up to your area and wander around Sterling City this summer.I tend to use up my karma points fast so I gotta collect um when I can
  19. redog1

    redog1 KTM 690R

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    ...take him over the High Lakes ride. Good stuff. :evil
  20. Keating

    Keating Been here awhile

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    Newb checking in.
    Been a member for a few years now since I first started coveting a KLR, but finally joining the ranks. :clap
    Pulled the trigger on a recent trade at a local dealer the other day, while I was in shopping for a helmet because I was supposed to go test ride another KLR I'd found on Kijiji (kinda like a boondocker's Craigslist for the uninitiated.)

    Brought the old mule home tonight.
    It's a 2004 with 24,000km (15k miles), Red.
    Was bone stock when I laid eyes on it.
    The previous owner didn't ride it hard, so it was in pretty good condition, but needed some TLC.

    The dealer put new tires on (Dunlop K750 rear and Trailwing T21 front), New wheel and countershaft sprockets and chain, fresh fork oil and seals, front an rear brake pads (prev owner sprayed it down with oil before storing for winter) oil and filter, and they were waiting on the parts to replace the rear shock & spring before a new owner took ownership.

    Put a deposit that day and went back this weekend to confirm the suspension work, and paid off the remainder.
    Seems they replaced the shock/spring with a Progressive 465 series.
    I'm guessing at $400 cdn, retail, it was probably cheaper than their price for an OEM unit.
    I haven't read any good reviews on it, but I figured it's probably at least as good at OEM.

    When the tech took it for a PDI run this morning, he said the front brake felt a little spongy and the grips were "done", so I got new Scott grips and a brake fluid flush as well.

    I figured I did alright for $2600.

    Now saving for bash plate, crash bars, doohickey, IMS pegs, LED conversion, hand guards, progressive front springs, knobbies and luggage.