KLR, puked her guts in Fairbanks

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Carl Stark, Jul 7, 2011.

  1. Carl Stark

    Carl Stark Adventurer

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    2005 KLR 650 19,000miles. We were 30 miles from Fairbanks on Park Hwy when it overheated and died. We let it cool down for app 30 mins (had water in it) and it restarted but would not idle. Headed back to Fairbanks it was puffing smoke on acceleration and blowing oil into air box and dripping off of bottom of engine. It used app 1/2 quart of oil in 50 miles.
    We are back at the Dorm and are hoping to ride it to Eagle River tomorrow by pouring oil in as needed. Anyone have any experience with similar situation, or have advice on if this is a good decision? How is cell service between Fairbanks and Anchorage in case need to call a tow truck?
    Also, need opinions on a 685 kit and which one to get?
    Carl and Jonnie Stark
    307-752-5459
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  2. Foot dragger

    Foot dragger singletracker

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    Yikes! I wouldnt bet on it going very far if its doing all that,something is broke and might break worse soon. Might be rent a trailer time.
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  3. NJ-Brett

    NJ-Brett Brett

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    I would think that is a bad move.
    If things come apart (more?) when the engine is spinning, the entire engine could be trashed, not just a piston/bore needed.

    Life and death, or if you don't mind having to throw the dead bike in a ditch, otherwise I would not push it.
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  4. tim007

    tim007 Banned

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    has anyone called the cell?
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  5. Ensey

    Ensey KLR Combat Touring

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    You need to also post this in the Alaska forum so you can get some local help.
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  6. vatrader01

    vatrader01 vatrader01

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    Most of the description sounds a lot like a blown head gasket. Check your PM's.
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  7. vintagespeed

    vintagespeed fNg

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    sounds like it's done man, dont ride that thing it's just going to lock up on you.

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  8. subybaja

    subybaja Long timer

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    Three things come to mind:

    Adventure Cycleworks, LLC
    362 Snowy Owl Lane
    Fairbanks, AK 99712
    http://www.advcycleworks.com
    Thread: New service shop in Fairbanks, Alaska


    FriarMike runs
    The Abbey
    Knik Goose Bay Road
    Wasilla, AK 99654 <nobr>(907) 376-6919</nobr> &#8206;
    Great work, usually booked solid.


    WymanWinn on klr650.net keeps several Schnitz Racing 685cc pistons and cylinders on the shelf, bored, gapped, ready to install. He's a great guy, and I'll bet he'll ship overnight.


    Yikes! Uhaul's online quote from FAI to ANC is $410! Box truck only available...





    PS- pouring oil on the road is your bikes' subtle message to STOP RIDING IT! (on the other hand, if you've got a broken ring/piston land, it's already FUBAR. If the piston/cylinder has to be replaced, what've you got to lose?)
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  9. tim007

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    talked to wyman and its $450 shipped and its now a 688cc kit but you need to send him a good cylinder its $700 if you want his items first and then send him your cylinder later .

    daddys going to get an upgrade soon .. ok thread jack over
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  10. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    Don't rent a truck , talk To a local, pay em cash, gas or booze, for the lift, make a friend , you'll both be better
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  11. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    It could be a bad head gasket or something other than piston/rings/cyliner (though those are a known weak spot on the klr) - the piston theory doesn't explain why it overheated first. Clogged radiator? Waterpump impeller shot? Headgasket (back to that...).
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  12. JamesG

    JamesG Rabid Poster

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    At least it wasn't the Doohickey of Doom.
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  13. Max Overbore

    Max Overbore Crusty, Hi-milage noob

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