KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. thechief86

    thechief86 jack of all daniels

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1,611
    Location:
    Bethpage, TN
    I'm so fackin tired of rain... yeah, it gets old.
    Canyon Man and BigFatAl like this.
  2. BigFatAl

    BigFatAl Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2016
    Oddometer:
    1,512
    I hear ya,I live in Seattle !!.
    Some parts of the PNW had 18” MORE than the previous record of rain since January 1st !!!.
  3. Gasket

    Gasket Wandering Samurai Supporter

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2005
    Oddometer:
    470
    Location:
    Port Orchard, WA
    No kidding. I had my KLR serviced today, oil change, new tube for front tire and front brake pads. The young service crew were good enough to load the bike into the back of my pickup, which in itself was amazing to watch. I recall when I could move like that. In any event, I'm on my way to Death Valley on Friday, getting out of here during a break in the rain.
    DV Bound.jpg
  4. BigFatAl

    BigFatAl Long timer

    Joined:
    Aug 24, 2016
    Oddometer:
    1,512
    I’m heading to Key West on Saturday for a week of warm sun !!.
    I’ve lived in Seattle for 56 years and this year the rain has really got to me !!.
    TonyKZ1, PlowHand, Canyon Man and 2 others like this.
  5. thechief86

    thechief86 jack of all daniels

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1,611
    Location:
    Bethpage, TN
    20200212_165737.jpg I got the wheels back on my KLR last night, now rocking the Kenda Big Blocks without a tube in the rear. They look awesome!
    In the process of putting the wheels back on and adjusting chain slack, I noticed that the back if my engine is DRENCHED in oil! I've never really noticed this before, so I started looking really close to see if I could find a leak, or maybe even evidence that I had blown out the shock seals...
    And then I saw it. My crank case breather had been knocked loose when I hit the deer last year, and my crash bar bent in to push the kickstand switch over quite a bit.
    20200212_165153.jpg
    So I took a piece of pipe and a rubber mallet, and knocked the switch (bypassed long ago, but left on the bike) back over (tabs were bent), and used some real long needle nose pliers to put the hose back on the vent tube.
    Next time I get out on the bike, I'll pressure wash it at the car wash and re-lube my chain.
  6. nomion

    nomion Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2020
    Oddometer:
    21
    Location:
    pnw
    looks like it! I love everything you've got going on there. nice increments on the tank, that's a great way to do it. that gray color scheme is super slick. has a "technical vibe" to it, if that makes sense? at any rate, very smooth :rillalot's of inspiration there
    Dread likes this.
  7. Canyon Man

    Canyon Man "60% of the time, it works all of the time"

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    101
    Location:
    Thompsons Station, TN
    Middle TN has gotten more rain than Seattle this year. How does that even happen? Have we offended the Gods down here?
    thechief86 likes this.
  8. Canyon Man

    Canyon Man "60% of the time, it works all of the time"

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    101
    Location:
    Thompsons Station, TN
    Chief,

    Your new rubber looks sharp man!
    thechief86 likes this.
  9. thechief86

    thechief86 jack of all daniels

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1,611
    Location:
    Bethpage, TN
    Thanks! I can't wait to try it out!
    Weekend is coming...
    Canyon Man likes this.
  10. ktjim

    ktjim longtime n00b

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2004
    Oddometer:
    159
    Location:
    so. maine
    Did valve clearance check yesterday on my 2012 with 105k miles.
    I am comparing these numbers with a check I did at 30k miles which was the only time I changed shims in this bike. I did do other checks at 52k and 70k. EM 685 kit at 52k.

    30k miles- Feb 2016
    Left exhaust .009 -------Right exhaust .009
    " intake .007 -------- " intake .008

    105k miles- Feb 2020
    Left exhaust .011 ------Right exhaust .008
    " intake .006 -------- " intake .008

    Not sure what happened with the left exhaust but it was at .011 at 52k and 70k also.

    I know that the KLR is known for holding clearances after a shim change but this is pretty impressive to me.
    Thought you might find this interesting.
  11. motobene

    motobene Motoing for 49 years Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 9, 2013
    Oddometer:
    6,524
    Location:
    Wichita Mountains SW Oklahoma
    105k miles. That's just awesome! Amazing how stable the valve clearance has stayed. Good to know.

    I too have a 685.
    thechief86 likes this.
  12. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,662
    Location:
    South Texas
    With air moving in and out of the breather, in the vicinity of the rear wheel, I am guessing you also got dirt into the motor too! Ouch!

    Another reason I have not removed the 'snorkel' from the air box. Too close to the rear wheel.
    thechief86 likes this.
  13. thechief86

    thechief86 jack of all daniels

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1,611
    Location:
    Bethpage, TN
    Yeah, because of this worry, my bike got a pint of ATF added, run for a few minutes, and a premature oil change, about 250 miles after the last oil change.
    I can't believe I never noticed a low oil level between 3,000 mile change inervals, checking before every ride.
    It has been like this for about 8 months and 7k miles :yikes
  14. nomion

    nomion Adventurer

    Joined:
    Jan 18, 2020
    Oddometer:
    21
    Location:
    pnw
    105k miles, that's awesome! those numbers speak to the reliability, very cool
  15. wheresbaoskee

    wheresbaoskee Perpendicular to Everything

    Joined:
    Aug 8, 2017
    Oddometer:
    385
    Location:
    No Matter Where I Go, There I Am
    What's the benefit of running ATF through it? Asking for a noob, aka, me. :lol3

    Was it actually running with low oil, or do you suspect the drain wasn't enough to bring the level to "low" between 3k changes?
  16. thechief86

    thechief86 jack of all daniels

    Joined:
    Sep 5, 2015
    Oddometer:
    1,611
    Location:
    Bethpage, TN
    I never had a low oil level between changes, as I would have expected. Just some oil on the outside of the motor to yucky it up real good.
    The ATF has a ton of detergent in it, and high enough viscosity to still act as oil for a short period of time. Makes a great internal engine cleaner.
    I did it in hopes that it may carry any trail gunk out the drain hole with it and spare my bearings and transmission guts.
    Canyon Man and wheresbaoskee like this.
  17. Canyon Man

    Canyon Man "60% of the time, it works all of the time"

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    101
    Location:
    Thompsons Station, TN
    Near 60 tomorrow in mid afternoon TN. Wheels up
  18. Canyon Man

    Canyon Man "60% of the time, it works all of the time"

    Joined:
    Sep 23, 2019
    Oddometer:
    101
    Location:
    Thompsons Station, TN
    upload_2020-2-14_17-32-19.gif upload_2020-2-14_17-32-19.gif
  19. Tsotsie

    Tsotsie Semi-reformed Tsotsi Supporter

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2007
    Oddometer:
    2,662
    Location:
    South Texas
    As in 36632 above, the action of the piston through its strokes creates both pressure out and vacuum in allowing case to 'breathe' . Having an open breathe hole directly in front of the wheel, and all of its flung junk, out of which oil vapor was exhaled (the reason why C86 has all that oil junk back there), the possibility of it 'inhaling' abrasive dust into the case is high too.

    There is also a 'snorkel' at the airbox intake that persons remove to help the box and carb 'breathe'. It is designed to inhibit dirt getting into the air box. I don't agree with removing it as it too is in front of and to the side of the rear wheel. What I did do and which remains, 2 1" holes in the top of the airbox under the seat remain.

    Then too, there are those who swear by it and all sorts of box 'modifications' - all using their 'butt' dyno's. I went along some of that and the KLX needle etc route at about 5 k miles. Before 10K reverted back to all stock settings, except, a thin washer under the stock needle. Very happy with that from then 'till now approaching 103K miles. Many miles in the company of other KLR riders. No power differences I could see between the bikes (I guess if you are all riding at 7k rpms there would be a breathing difference?) and I always get/got at least a 10% better fuel economy than they did. All due to right hand differences? If changing out needles, jets and pipes is your thing, go for it!
    PlowHand likes this.
  20. NHTOTEROAD

    NHTOTEROAD Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Apr 1, 2012
    Oddometer:
    939
    Location:
    Center of the 603
    Yikes. Here in central NH we’re forecasted to be 8 below f tomorrow morning.