KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    1. Cables. Make sure there are no frayed cores and that they are well lubricated. If you can, carry a spare of each.
    2. Check brake pad thicknesses - easy with a flashlight.
    3. Check coolant levels in the rad and puke bottle.
    4. Check fuses and have spares - install with dialectric grease.
    5. Take spare light bulbs.
    6. What sort of battery is in the bike? If a wet cell, make sure the water levels is up and the terminal are tight.
    7. Check the brake fluid levels. If not changed in the last 2 years, change them.
    8. Go over each and every bolt on the bike. Loctite any you find loose.
    9. Can you repair a flat on the road and do you have the tools to do that?
    10. Chain lube ofr on the road?
    11. Make sure you have fun!
  2. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Adding to previous recommendations above:

    For Generation 1 KLR650's, if you plan on any night riding at all, I strongly, STRONGLY recommend you consider the IPF "FAT BOY" H4 headlight bulb:

    http://www.tpimotorcycleparts.com/o...age=flypage.tpl&product_id=189&category_id=45

    You can use this bulb as a direct replacement alone, or enhance its outstanding perfomance by adding a relay harness. A tremendous improvement over OEM lighting, with consequent safety aspects for both low and high beams.

    I'd suggest you install this bulb, and carry the OEM for a spare--or, if you can afford it, carry another FAT BOY.

    If any water crossings deeper than 10" appear likely, the "Tee mod" is essential.

    Handguards may protect your control levers; spare levers on-board not a bad idea.

    Wishing you a safe and enjoyable ride!
  3. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    Hey folks.

    I recently moved up to KLR - I traded a buddy an 09 sherpa for an 08 KLR.

    Anyway, I had the tank off today, and noticed this tube coming out of the head. the hose on the end had burned off, and there was a bunch of soot on the end of the pipe. What is it, and where is the hose supposed to go??

    [​IMG]
  4. the borg

    the borg Been here awhile

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    That is the Air Induction System. You either need to hook it back up or remove it and block off the port and the vacuum port on the carb.
  5. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    hook it back up to what? where does this go? I'm not having any luck searching
  6. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Hey I like the FAT BOY bulb idea,Any issues with powering it,I ride at night a lot and your correct Gen1 is sketchy in the dark.
  7. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Oh and Viper it looks really good,but wear some HI VIZ.
  8. Drunk_Uncle

    Drunk_Uncle Long timer

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    Thanks, I have been debating it and have only removed the stickers on the panels under the seat. That looks really mean. Now just get off my lazy ass!!
  9. D_A

    D_A Long timer

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    It provides a source of fresh air into the exhaust system to help finish the combustion process. In short, it's pollution/emissions gear. The other end of the hose should have been connected to the filtered side of the air box or the carby somewhere. If you decide to remove it make sure to block off both ends, one at the head the other at the air source, or it will run like crap.
  10. Airjunky

    Airjunky Adventurer

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    Scored a Hennessey hammock off ebay. Hoping to do a little motorcycle camping this summer.
    [​IMG]

    -Bill
  11. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    The Generation 1 alternator has enough "juice" to power the FAT BOY H4, in my experience.

    If you use a relay harness, a solid, low-resistance frame ground connection near the headlight socket is essential.
  12. rodmuzwa

    rodmuzwa Been here awhile

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    How did you do it?
  13. viper770

    viper770 Been here awhile

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    the sticker just peals off took me like 2 minnets lol
  14. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    Do you need the relay harness?
  15. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    I just have a cheap $25 hammock with an upgraded harness that actually cost more than the hammock, but it's some of the best nights sleep I've had. I am really happy with mine!

    I've got a tiny tarp that I made to go camping, but it's too small for the hammock. I've rigged up some cheap plastic sheeting to be a tarp, and I'll be using it all for 3 nights next weekend at a local D/S event. Apart from the RV guys, I guess I'll be one of the most well rested guys out there.
  16. redog1

    redog1 KLR650-2009

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    On the right side behind the shroud, you should be able to see it though the vent hole of the shroud if it's still in place. What's remaining of the hose in your picture should be pointing towards it. I can tell you that the Clymer manual if you have one doesn't say anything about it.
  17. akaDigger

    akaDigger Amateur Adventurer

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    What can you substitute for the grommets that melt away on the exhaust pipe heat shield?
  18. CallMeBoog

    CallMeBoog hi functioning idiom

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    okay. i (uhhh) "obtained" (uhhhh) a copy of the factory service manual, and you are right, there is some vacuum pump thing on the right side near the rad puke bottle. I do not have one, so one of the PO's removed it, and probably just plugged the hose.

    I got this bike from FredGreen, who got it from JDRocks, who also got it used...it's changed hands alot in 5 years!

    It's got the IMS tank, highway peg guard / skidplate combo from HappyTrail (ithink), custom seat, and all the fairings removed, and the headlight changed.

    I'm looking to swap the headlight (small square thing with tiny shroud) to something like a trailtech baja, or one of the dominator dual 4" lamp setups.

    Photobucket is being a PITA right now, but pics are coming!

    love this bike
  19. road_apple

    road_apple Hit the Trail

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    Air Induction System blockoff plate or make your own by making sure the tube is airtight. There's a little oring under that plate with the tube coming off it, no air leaks. There is a tee connection on the top of the carb that provides vacum for this and a vacum oprated fuel petcock, make sure that is sealed too. All got modded with the IMS tank probabily. It caused backfiring and it's thought to contribute to cherry red exhaust syndrome so people removed it.

    http://www.eaglemike.com/Air-injection-blockoff-kit-AIS.htm
  20. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    I have a question about a KLR tank...

    Mine, when you lay the bike down, will kinda leak gas out the gas cap.It doesn't come POURING out, but... It doesn't look like it should be doing that is what I'm saying.

    What's a good, easy fix for that?