KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    The system I have experience with is the Denalis from Twisted Throttle. Twisted Throttle has no mercy on price, but offers a very complete and tidy kit with a variety of mounting solutions. They are melt-your-face-off bright, and come with a selection of lenses to tailor the beams to your taste, including an EU compliant beam pattern.

    I've also looked at the lights from Trailtech, http://www.trailtech.net/lights.html. They offer a number of lights and mounting solutions. I particularly like that their LED features a three-level intensity button on the housing. They are a bit friendlier than the Denalis price wise. If you search under parts, Trailtech has a quite number of frame mounts that are well-priced. Their "lick-em-and stick-em" glue plate mounts look versatile. I'd want the mounting surface to be sparkling clean, though.

    Both are 6000 - 6300 degree Kelvin color temperature, which is a useful range. Lights that are of a higher color temp tend to be too blue, and aren't as good. Intense blue light tends to piss off oncoming motorists, in my experience. Sunlight is about 5500K, as a reference.

    Rigid Industries www.http://rigidindustries.com makes many LED styles, along with a great deal of mounting hardware. I have no experience with their products on bikes, but have seen them on other off-road vehicles, and they appear to be solidly built and up to the task. The LED clamp system, here: http://www.rigidindustries.com/product-p/rgdlldclmp.htm features many clamp sizes.

    Adventure Motorcycle Parts has some bar mounts in 7/8", 1 1/8", and 1 1/4" that look well-made. http://www.adventuremotorcycleparts.com

    IMHO, the cheapo WalMart/Ebay/Discount Auto Outfitters LEDs aren't worth the time and hassle to install. It's not simply an issue of making light, but projecting it in a useful manner. If I'm going through the expense and effort, I want something that works as it should and more importantly won't fail when I really need it.
  2. willys

    willys Long timer

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    As usual!....:huh

    Lets keep the BS posts to ourselves and keep this great thread moving forward, not start again ....can we???????
  3. GB

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    We're trying to get this thread to stay on track.. you want to talk about oil, find one of a thousand oil threads... or start another one.. and let's keep this one about KLR specific issues. The b.s. has been punted.
  4. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    Just to try to get the train back on the rails...


    1. What are you guys doin' (if anything) to keep the oil filter cover from weeping?

    2. Where did y'all purchase your service manual?



    As far as the oil filter cover, I am thinking of replacing the cover o-ring, and applying a coat of grease to it, during my next oil change. I'm not totally sold on the "Grainger" oversized o-ring (I would rather have some weepage than a cracked case cover.)

    In regard to the service manual, I want a KHI OEM manual, but would like to save as much scratch as possible.



    What say y'all?... :ear


    Thanks in advance.


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  5. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Where can these be obtained? Have a link?
  6. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Kawi for the o-ring, and E-Bay for the manual. Should be able to find one for less than $30.
  7. WARRIORPRINCEJJ

    WARRIORPRINCEJJ Not in the clique...

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    Thank you, Al. :freaky


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  8. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    There are some great deals on Ricor suspension right now.....anyone got the full setup on their KLR? As mentioned in a previous post, I already have done some more basic suspension upgrades, so I'm trying to figure out if another $800 is really going to transform the bike or if its just an incremental difference that will still leave me wishing I had a smaller bike offroad. Really trying to keep the garage with one bike in it!

    Fork: Happy Trails brace, progressive springs with correct spacer length
    Shock: Stock with Eagle Mike RL-2 links
  9. willys

    willys Long timer

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    Gundy, it would help to know how heavy and tall you are. If all you want is to add spring rate. I went with the Top gun 7.4kg spring and it holds up my 2oolb arse and all my luggage etc and tows a single wheeled trailer. Now I do have a fully modded shock that was designed by a factory suspension guy. but that is just in respect to rebound and dampening etc not spring rate. I never get to use the shock for what it was built to now do. If you used the R-2 links to hopefully get a firmer ride, yes they work somewhat but a heavier spring will work better. This is the KLRista way of doing a second place shock build for about $100 instead of the $800 you are quoting.
    Remember what the KLR was designed for, 165lb rider and I bet not desert running or serious off road riding....it is after all a dual sport, not an MX bike.

    Hope this helps:freaky
  10. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    :rolleyes

    Your "old BMW" experience has absolutely nothing to do with your KLR. Nothing.

    Replace your crappy OEM shifter and be done with it.

    Did you ever answer the question about whether or not your bike has an aftermarket skid plate?

    I have given you the solution three times now. :D
  11. trekkerguy

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    Two thumbs up ! Got my factory manual on eBay and get the o- ring when I get the filter...No weep issues at all on my 2011..

    Mark
  12. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    Comparison between IMS and stock shift lever... The IMS is a better alternative. :thumb

    Thanks
    CA Stu

    PS Maybe you just need to switch oil? :D
  13. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    Not yet. Just purchased the rad/res/skid combo from Happy Trails, but it hasn't arrived yet.

    And I took your advice before it was offered. The Moose shifter is probably at the PO right now. If we didn't get douched with snow overnight, I would go get it and slap it on.
  14. Gundy

    Gundy Been here awhile

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    Well, for the riding I do where suspension really matters, I am 215 in gear + another 15 of tools, tubes etc.

    The Rl-2s get the geometry to where it should be, but its still basically the stock suspension.

    A little background....I sold my DRZ recently since the two bikes were so close in function for me. Most of the riding I did with the DRZ was rocky or sandy single and double track. Most of the trails were doable on a KLR, just at much slower speeds and a greater fear of getting squashed when it tipped over. No question the DRZ was a better bike offroad, but the reality is that almost every organized ride I participate in has a "big bike loop" or something of that nature that folks ride KLRs and bigger on. I am trying to figure out if the RICOR setup would improve the suspension enough to increase the pace/confidence through the rocks roots etc. or if really the bigger issue is that its a 450 lb top heavy bike. The money very well may be better spent on a dedicated trail bike, but maybe if the RICOR setup was that amazing it could save the cost/trouble of owning multiple bikes.

  15. CA Stu

    CA Stu Steer with your face! Super Moderator

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    :thumb

    Just to give you my history w/KLRs, I bought my first one in 1998, promptly bolted on everything I could get my hands on..

    I can almost guarantee you that any stupid mistake someone is going to make on a KLR, I have already made it. :lol3

    Happy Trails makes great parts :thumb
  16. schaffer40

    schaffer40 I look lived in.....

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    I fabbed up an aluminum mount that bolt to the forks where the shield to keep crap from the underside of the fairing is attached. They are just cheap Walmart halogens at this time. I mainly did it to make me more visible to the cars in front of me.

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  17. schaffer40

    schaffer40 I look lived in.....

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    With HID's on high and the aux lights lit up.

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  18. MotoBoss

    MotoBoss Bad Influence

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    Never have meet you in person but having followed your advice for quite a while and have learned from your "stupid mistakes :lol3". Thanks for the participation................now.



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  19. Cabrito

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    Haha... That was actually the right side shifter to get into sixth gear :lol3

    Here is a better picture of the lowering bracket with the actual shifter.
    I'll note that I have bottomed out on them a few times.

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  20. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    My bike came equipped with the SW Motech center stand. I like center stands. All my bikes with the exception of the sidecar rig are stored on them as a matter of course. I have to say that the KLR nearly makes me drop a nut each time I try to hoist the bike on its SW Motech model. It's worse with a camping load. I've looked with admiration at the Happy Trails design, which seems more rational, but I'm too cheap to fork out $140 for something that's already on the bike and that the PO forked out his hard-earned for. Any trick to making the Motech more user-friendly?