KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. Aprilia

    Aprilia Long timer

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    We actually weighed the difference between the front ends of the Gen1 and Gen2. Most of the weight on the Gen2 is from the triples....steel vs aluminum. But if I recall it was about 15-16lbs.
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  2. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    I finally crash tested the Tusk crash bars. They held up fine to being dropped hard on pavement. I was crossing a river flowing over a bridge. I know with the algae, you’re supposed to keep it straight and keep a steady throttle. Well, couldn’t keep it straight because the bridge curves over the river (actually in the river right now). And the throttle was steady til it was time to climb out. Gave it a little gas and down we went.

    I don’t know if it was proper technique or the squats I’ve been doing, but the bike was easy to lift.

    The damage done
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    The folks behind me saw what happened to both me and the guy behind me and got smart. One thing the Ural is good at is not falling down. It may break down every other time you ride it, but it doesn’t fall. IMG_1492.JPG
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  3. By-tor

    By-tor Been here awhile

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    +1 on the carb vent line. Riding in heavy rain will do that. I haven't done the T-mod on mine but I did cut the vent line at an angle toward the rear. Haven't had the issue again.
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  4. Goodenufnvris

    Goodenufnvris Been here awhile

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    Got a new bike this week. Huge thx to GWN with the 685 motor transplant at 98k to help the milestone happen. IMG_2940.JPG IMG_2937.JPG IMG_2939.JPG
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  5. z1rider

    z1rider n00b

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    100K!!!!!!!! Good job.
  6. BluRidgeRider

    BluRidgeRider Long Rider Supporter

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    I decided to pick up another KLR 650 while there were still some new bikes in dealer inventories. Found this 2018 still in the crate at Sport Cycles in Rockingham, NC. Have been working to get it set up to my liking. Race Tech suspension, Kouba link, JNS Engineering skid plate, Sargent saddle, Caribou bags and SW-Motech crashbars are among the items I’ve added so far.

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    Numa
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  7. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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  8. Alex_Burton

    Alex_Burton Adventurer

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    Beautiful KLR650 country, but don’t post pictures of it, everybody will want to move here! Nicely setup Gen 1 you’ve got there comrade AteamNM!
  9. revmaaatin

    revmaaatin Sioux Empire Iron Horse

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    KLR =K i L l e R, as in killer deal (or deal killer, if you wanted HP and factory suspension)
    Please, no haters; I love my KLR(s)
  10. revmaaatin

    revmaaatin Sioux Empire Iron Horse

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    Just to build on other, numerous replies that are full of wisdom....
    I would add, watch the surface temps of the roads and ask, 'was there frost last night'. Black surfaces will heat up more quickly than the OAT, which is a good thing.

    I have had a couple of gritty experiences on cement/asphalt/gravel crossing a 'bridge' where the frost was still visible on the road surface over the bridging material, be it concrete, wood or steel pipes! yikes! I am sure most of have seen the road warning sign: BRIDGE FREEZES BEFORE THE ROAD, or BRIDGE MAY BE ICY, which will seem odd when you can't see any frozen moisture.
    The frost will linger over the bridge surface until it warms up, or another vehicle melts the frost from the sheer weight of the tire print, (usually) melting the frost.

    Frost can be particularly difficult to see if you are riding into the sun. = rider beware.

    a little more reading here:
    https://www.google.com/search?sxsrf...i131j35i39j0i10.GMFFXa3IG8Y#spf=1571082710820
    m1.
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  11. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    Just looks like a rock, right?

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    Son-of-a-bitch!!! Another nail!

    Thinking I’m ready to try converting the rear tire to some sort of tubeless set-up
  12. Gravis1982

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    I looked for 1 minute and couldnt find where I read it on the ol' internet machine. Perhaps someone can chime in.

    But I think if you mount a front fender low...and backwards...so it rides low(ish) to the ground but between the front tire and the engine, it prevents the front tire from kicking up nails it finds back toward the rear...pointy side up. Although, I have not tried this. Perhaps its fake news.
  13. Dread

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    Seems like a good technique and boy does this guy know what he's talking about. Did a tire repair seminar with him and he is super knowledgeable.
  14. Badfish311

    Badfish311 n00b

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    Too many possible leak points for my taste. Just my opinion.
  15. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    The culprit.
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    Little piece of crap made for a difficult day

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  16. jwaller

    jwaller Been here awhile

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    Damn Tapatalk. IMG_1498.JPG

    That’s the real culprit. Y’all didn’t need to see a pic of me on the day I was teaching the FOIL method
  17. Bobk0

    Bobk0 MacGyver Minded.

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    Bit more work completed on operation KLR surgery. Stencil/tape HELL, but almost ready for matte-clearcoat.

    Original owner damage.
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    Now on to trying to paint each damaged camo pattern individually.
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  18. Rougie

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    Hey folks add my name to the list too!
  19. HardWorkingDog

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    Welcome! You've only got 1,792 pages to go, but it's well worthwhile.
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  20. lonegunm4n

    lonegunm4n Been here awhile

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    Came home with the '07 KLR today. I got it for ~$3200 OTD. It has the factory tool kit, and both original Kawasaki keys.

    I did have an issue with it about 3 miles after I left the dealer. I was in the middle lane of the interstate, when it started to surge. It did that for about 20 seconds, then died. My original thought was electrical as I was coasting over to the shoulder, but figured it may be fuel related since it sputtered and didn't die right away. I messed with it for about 5 or 10 minutes, when I discovered I could get it to run with the petcock in the off position. Weird, but whatever, as long as it was running.

    I made it about 40 miles, not quite half way home, when it surged for about a second, then completely died. I got over to the shoulder, and popped the gas tank. Completely empty. My buddy who had taken me to the dealership had been following me, so he pulled over with me. The next gas station was about 5 miles up the road. Rather than spend the $18 on a 2 gallon gas can, I found an empty milk jug in a trash pile on the property just behind the store. I made sure it was somewhat clean, and in true KLR fashion, filled it full of gas. I cut the bottom off of a water bottle to use as a funnel. We made it back to the bike and filled it up, which was more than enough gas to get me to the gas station. Come to find out, the off position was actually reserve.

    First mods are going to be doohickey, t-bob, and do the comfort mods because it is all out of wack for me. After that, replace the cracked cowling/fairing and go from there.
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