KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b

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    I often face the rear and pull my right leg back and give a mighty swing forward, up, and around to get my leg around the luggage and over the seat.

    Other times I step up on the left footpeg and fold my right leg up to put my knee then foot over. You can use the step and handlebars to pull and torque yourself up or you can step up pretty gently if you think about keeping the bike balanced as you get up and seated.

    I'm not sure either is safer or more dangerous than the other.

    For dismounting I almost always put my right foot on the ground and swing my left leg over the back. I do this even when the top case is there; I just have to fold my leg more as I swing it over. My top case is pretty close; -- there's not room for 2-up with real-size people.

    174 or 175 cm -- 5'8.5" or 5'9" (I'm shrinking already.)
  2. michaelcycle

    michaelcycle n00b

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    I've been using the footpeg for mounting and dismounting for many, many years on different bikes and never had a problem. I always hold the brake on while doing this however.

    Take care, Mike
  3. SkiBumBrian

    SkiBumBrian DualSport Crazy !!

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    My buddy gets on his XRL from the right side. Stands on the peg with his right foot keeping the bike balanced and swings his left over.. Looks awkward to me but it works for him and he is an experienced rider.
  4. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    I've been doing this since I put my action packer on I'm over 300 and pegs haven't let me down yet (pun intended).

    The only thing I'd rather have metal pegs when the rubber ones are wet you have to be careful or your talking an octave higher with the mismount.:lol3

    tom
  5. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    It's not the pegs breaking I was concerned about. It was the side stand.
  6. tommu56

    tommu56 Long timer

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    The stand hasn't been a problem either I did shorten it 3/4" because it stood to vertical with me on it.

    tom
  7. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    I have a 36" inseam so getting on/off is never a concern, however, side stand is more than capable. A common thing for me to do is balance the entire bike on the side stand and spin the bike around. Been doing that with nearly all my bikes my whole riding life. Just did it with my Triumph 675 this afternoon....:evil
  8. KamikazeKLR

    KamikazeKLR Shorty on the 650

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    Interesting. What about a fully-loaded adventure-ready KLR? How does that work for the spiny technique?
  9. KickStart1

    KickStart1 Lurking,with intent

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    Yup,when on a single track and the road ends, without enough room to turn around.Just put the kickstand down and spin and balance the bike around in a circle it's not easy sometimes, but very doable :D:D:D:D:D:norton
  10. stuser

    stuser Putt putt putt

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    so my rear Anakee 2 on my KLR has just about worn out, and I wanted a replacement.

    Turns out they have just now been replaced by the Anakee 3.... which really looks to me like a road tyre... the few reviews it has so far indicate that it is designed for "adventure" riders who ride their big bikes on road more than 99% of the time.

    I ride on road plenty which is why I'm not after a knobby at the moment and the Anakee 2 was great for my forays onto dry dirt on the KLR.. which is more like 20-30% of my riding, not 1%. I'm really unconvinced that the Anakee 3 will do the same job.... SO what can you KLR riders suggest to me as a replacement?
  11. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I'm 5'5" short,I look like a drunk getting on and off of my KLR,ask the last cop who came over to me out of nowhere and ran through the course cause he had no idea how I ride the bike,things got very ugly before he let me go,it was kinda weird but ya us shorties find a way."look can he even touch the ground on that thing"?
  12. Aprilia

    Aprilia Been here awhile

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    I guess what is a fully loaded adventure ready KLR really is...? :evil I've spun mine with loaded saddle bags and duffle bag on tail. Does that count? lol. I did the spin with my FJR and Aprilia Futura but didn't do it with my C14 or K1200LT or for that matter my Valkyrie or Road King lol. Sport bikes are the easiest/best to spin for a heavier bike.
  13. astrolump

    astrolump Been here awhile

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    aw man....i thought i invented that spin thing.. i do it every day on the ole pig. get parked in..no problem give her a spin. run out of trail..give her a spin. makes me smile every time for some reason.
  14. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi

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    Continantal Conti Trail Attack. 85/15 on/off road. On my second front and 3rd rear. Best milage and handling I have had on the KLR by far. Very solid in wet and dry. Done quite a bit of drit with them too. Like most 'non-knobbies', they would not be good in mud and thick sand.
  15. BGil

    BGil Been here awhile

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    I have a KLR from 2001 and I want to change a few things on it :
    Bigger fuel tank, 14L (3.7 US Gal) is to small,
    Central stand
    Tank and engine guard
    Side racks for soft luggage
    Doohickey, of course
    etc.

    The problem is that it's an european KLR 650 C model.
    Unable to find aftermarket parts in Europe except an overpriced Hepco & Becker side rack (240 €, 310 US$), I asked Happy Trails if their products are compatible with the C models. They're trying to find it out, I'm waiting for the answer.

    So...
    Anyone here knows anything useful for me ?


    I have to add that I have the KLR for a 2 month only and that I really like that little pig, even if it feels underpowered after a KTM 990 SMT. But if I can't find a bigger fuel tank, I will have to find another bike ; a range of 200km is ridiculously short for that kind of bike.
  16. Old Kiwi#99

    Old Kiwi#99 Been here awhile

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    With the bike on the sidestand, left foot on the left footrest and swing right leg over from there, a bit like mounting a saddled horse.
    Easy as. Dismounting - operation in reverse.
  17. 8lives

    8lives Dharma Bum

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    I've got some miles on the bike now and it's probably gotten easier for me now and I do struggle with lowering it but as my comfort and skill level rises its not an issue as it was at first,oh and Corbin dished seat helps.
  18. One Fat Roach

    One Fat Roach honey badger

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    I really want to own my second bike and I want it to be a KLR or xr650. Anyways insaw this today and I'm wondering if you guys think this is worth getting. Mind you I'm not very mechanically sound, just like riding (3 years) I'm new to working on anything with a motor...

    http://bellingham.craigslist.org/mcy/3760390698.html

    Thoughts?...
  19. samkat

    samkat Zoloft warrior

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    Its hard to turn down a running klr for that price... if it runs and drives. What year is that?

    07 KLR650 heavily mod'd
    02 650VStar classic mild mods
    87 535Virago custom rat mod
  20. McJamie

    McJamie STROMINATOR

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    They also imported that bike into Canada ( 2000 to 20 or 03?), but you're right, not much aftermarket stuff. It is however very similar to the KLX 650 that came out a couple of years before. Whether or not things will fit properly is another story, but it's likely closer than anything else.