Why does the KLR engine suck in HP

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by beergut, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    I'm gettin' a hernia just thinkin' of hauling that bike out of the slime under that salt crust!

    Great pic!
  2. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    Why waste the tires just to get to the good stuff? No honor in superslabbing. Especially when i have a nice truck and a limited schedule

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  3. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Europe got many Japanese "adventure" bikes, starting really in the late 70's into the 80's. The Dakar thing was on fire there ... very few of these came to the USA. Honda had several versions (Africa Twin, XL), Suzuki too, including the DR BIG, Yamaha had the original Tenere bikes. All were ahead of the KLR.

    ... ironically, Kawasaki never participated in the Dakar in those years ... far as I know. (maybe some privateers?) So really, the original KLR was just a copy of what all the other big four were selling in Europe. By the 90's those styles were fading in the EU ... but the KLR never changed. :lol3 Probably why it never sold well ... and was never understood ... in Europe.
  4. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    :lol3 you got that right!
    We didn't call it "adventure touring" at the time, but Honda and Yamaha were building what were essentially adventure dual sport bikes going back well into the early to mid 70's. As time went on, more CC's were added. They ALL were dual sport, street legal. Then came Dakar ... BMW were there, but certainly weren't first.

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    Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha ... and finally Kawasaki all built Dakar replicas starting in the early 80's. Europe got these bikes, we didn't. (save the KLR)

    But Hondas XL's and Yamaha's XT's had been well established long before BMW ever decided to enter this segment ... which they did because it was a growing and profitable area and they were in serious trouble financially at the time. But for BMW ... it took YEARS ... to turn a profit selling the GS's.
  5. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    You can save some wattage by putting a h4 35w hid kit in your stock housing. Have a look around. Make sure you get 4300k version, anything higher will be stupid blue color and decrease light output.

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  6. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Only reason to take the truck is if the bike isn't plated. Hell, I'll even ride 'em without the plate. :wink:


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  7. Ride Now

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    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    sweet xrr buddy!
  9. dirthackjob

    dirthackjob n00b

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    beergut, have you tried jetting your KLR? So far all I have done is go one size up on both the main and idle jets and can feel a difference. I have no problem keeping up with my friend on his DR650.
  10. T4EaterJonny

    T4EaterJonny Not too hip...

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    What year is your klr? My brother bought a 2012 not too long ago. he's hardly ridden it. :rofl I wonder if i should swap the jets for him. I just went up on my jets on my 1994 XR600R and the bike feels so much better and starts easier. (kick)
  11. larryboy

    larryboy Chopper Rider

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    Thanks. :beer


    34 HP at the wheel, 420 pounds on the scale...rode it to Death Valley, tires wore out eventually. No miles on the truck:


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    36 HP at the wheel, 360 pounds on the scale...rode it everywhere, tires were used, truck was not.


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    Rode to Utah, figured the tires would wear out so I took some more with me.


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    Oh yeah...44 HP at the wheel, 330 pounds on the scales, some tires were consumed...no truck miles.

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    My favorite question that I get asked? "Where'd you park your truck?", Me, "It'd better be in front of my house where I left it." :lol3
  12. SFMCjohn

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    Feel your pain man ... Lots of my buddies can't read a map to stay off superslab either ... :ricky

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    Pic from inmate Wes Weber's "The original adventure riders (and bikes!)" thread ...

    Bet most of the bikes in the pic averaged 30 HP up there ...

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  13. bobnoxious67

    bobnoxious67 Baby steps...

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    Believe it or not, not all of us are in it for the "ride it there and back again" aspect...doesn't make our experience less fun or valid.

    We're not all packing everything but the kitchen sink onto our bike and riding a bazillion miles:deal
  14. CodyY

    CodyY ADVenture Capitalist

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    Yup. When it takes me 4 hours to get to my favorite riding area, and ive worked all day friday. Im not gonna ride my 525 to get there. Thats just fucking stupid. Im not riding across Dallas in rush hour traffic to haul ass up I-75 for two hours and then another 70 miles of the most deer infested two-lane know to man. Only to put in 80-100miles of never ending creekbed and bowling ball singletrack rocks on saturday. Then do a half day of the same sunday and ride back to DFW. I understand that you guys can ride good shit straight out of town or even your back yards; but not all of us can. Its not feasable in my neck of the woods.

    Thetefore I (and my riding partners) dont have to make the compromises in "maintenance" or "streetability", or tires. Or in weight. So we ride the best bikes for the job and the plates are just a formality

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  15. Off the grid

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    I like riding dirt. With friends. The trails I ride require me to be fresh, with good alertness and control.

    Folks that brag "I rode to the trail" are still bragging. About what, I'm not sure though. :huh

    I'd rather save my strength, tires and laughs for the trails, then dust up my nuts, fire up a cigar, load up the bikes and drive home.
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    If anyone thinks that makes me less of a rider than the next guy, that's your problem, not mine. I sleep just fine at night.

    Being judgmental about something so trivial speaks volumes about one's moral fiber.
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    Good point.
  17. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    Look up the 22c mod for the klr. Makes the bike much easier to start and gives more grunt throughout the range.

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  18. Dual Sport Armory

    Dual Sport Armory Been here awhile

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    I received this email and thought it would be good to share, or Well maybe not??
    For the record Co---- is not a sponsored rider/customer with our company.
    With regards to the in appropriate email, ( this was not nice either )
    not sure which is worse,???

    We do not conduct ourselves nor conduct business in this manner.
    Lets just ride our bikes nicely guys

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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="97%"><TBODY><TR><TD><DISABLED><DISABLED><DISABLED><DISABLED>This Cody Y----- lists you as his sponsor. He is quite the antisocial ass online. Folks stop the conversation due to that type of communication. Some stop using the forums. Some of us will never do business with his &#8216;sponsor.&#8217; Nice. Fuck him, and fuck you for being his &#8216;sponsor.&#8217;

    I have ridden dual sport motorcycles since 1970, &#8220;Adventure&#8221; traveled since 1975. I own two dual sport motorcycles. I know a few (lot) people who do the same. I will spread the word. Thanks.

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  19. kojack

    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    Yep. Two different tools for different jobs. I'm one of the lucky ones, all the trails are within 40sec ride from my garage. I can either do small 50km loops, or 600km loops. All from my garage. I love where I live.

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    kojack My Hardley is a POS

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    He is a massive asshat. The email is dead on. Anyone who goes off their rocker about someone else using a similar avatar is just retarded.

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