KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    I do! Hattiesburg. I was just down there, found some good gravel. PM me if you ever want to meet up and do a "Tour de Tweaker" route. I'll likely ride this weekend.
  2. *nick*

    *nick* lost.

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    I'm wondering if a kind KLR soul could please do me a huge favour...



    would one of you with a 2nd Generation KLR650 (08-18 model) be able to measure some basic dimensions of their rear wheel for me?

    I need to know:
    1. the width of the rear hub from the outer-most face of the drive sprocket, to the opposing outer-most face of the disc brake
    2. the diameter of the rear axle
    3. with the axle removed, the width of the rear hub through the axle hole, from the widest faces of both sides of the alloy hub

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  3. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    Crazy...found this wayyyyy back on pg 1489 of this thread. Those are Gen 1 1 1/2 inch lowering links.

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  4. WileyRTW

    WileyRTW Wiley

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    Jesus man did you start at P.1:rofl

    Yes those are the ones I have, I noticed this afternoon that I named them incorrectly before, mine also say "Quality Engine R&D".
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  5. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    OOOHHHH now I get to start on Page 1 again!!! Just kidding. Well, I am a voracious reader but sometimes I get bored, and go back to random page numbers and read a few pages until I get......squirrel !!! .... distracted.
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  6. mikehailwood

    mikehailwood Been here awhile

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    Yes, those are 1-1/2" lowering links. I bought a pair new in 2001 and have used them on 3 different Gen I bikes. I slide my forks up about 1-5/8" . Also, when fully loaded I need to crank up my pre-load a lot.
  7. Pollack

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    I'm curious, does changing the geometry that much make the rear suspension feel a lot softer?

    Best regards,
  8. ZachM1

    ZachM1 I'm a meat popsicle

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    Yes. On the same note raising links change the geometry enough to do just the opposite.
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  9. CajunRider

    CajunRider Been here awhile

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    I'm surprised I haven't seen this yet on here... Looks a lot like a 21" wheel with spokes.

    Possible KLR replacement???
    Versys 300 upgrade???
    Or just another dirtbike???

    Discuss...

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  10. smashley

    smashley Been here awhile Supporter

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    Well it was covered on the home page a few weeks ago. https://advrider.com/it-looks-like-kawasaki-will-launch-a-new-adventure-bike-this-fall/

    It looks like there will be new dirt bikes and a new ADV bike. I assume a new thread will be started when we know what that bike will be.
  11. Fixnfly

    Fixnfly Not found on the book of faces

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    I’m wondering why they are introducing new bikes right before winter. Seems like the thing to do in the spring..
  12. beemerbum55

    beemerbum55 Been here awhile

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    Another one I've used is klr650.com too..
  13. beemerbum55

    beemerbum55 Been here awhile

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    I tried lowering dog-bone links on my first 2007 Gen 1. Took it out for a ride and it bottomed out on nearly every pebble I ran across! Took 'em off Pronto!
  14. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    This is currently spring in the southern hemisphere.
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  15. WileyRTW

    WileyRTW Wiley

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    I am leaving the ones that came on my bike but also hate them, just not enough to take them off. Since my off road travel is very limited and I have bags full time it is nice to be able to flat foot and maneuver via feet so easily on pavement so will deal with problems off road as they come, but this stupid kick stand needs to get cut down asap, I can't park this bitch anywhere.
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  17. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer Supporter

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    While a kickstand of usable length remains a valuable element, a modest proposal 'til you get your cutting and welding, etc., sorted out:

    Install a CENTER STAND.

    Happy Trails market a dandy; adjustable height; so you may set the stand at an elevation that is, as Goldilocks might say, "just right." Since you seldom ride off-road, the slightly-reduced ground clearance shouldn't be a deal-breaker, as some KLRistas insist compromises their riding style in their environment.

    https://www.happy-trail.com/happy-trails-adjustable-centerstand-kawasaki-klr650e-2008.html
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  18. WileyRTW

    WileyRTW Wiley

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    Appreciate it, but I have no need for a center stand (though a good suggestion), and do not want the extra weight, my bags are heavy and my bike is already crazy low. I am using one those trail repair jack side stands I got a decade ago or so, which has come in extremely handy to combat the annoyance (think it was from Eagle Mike). I will make it work, but was disappointed after adjusting the preload and sitting higher....but once the bags were loaded it went right back to the same low height, my shock just sucks, weather it has an issue or not.
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  19. Grinnin

    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    My Gen 1 with side cases did sag a lot on the stock shock and stock links. That's static sag without me onboard. I cranked the preload up to max and left it there. It was mostly OK and bottomed only on one trip on one road in Yukon and that was because I was hitting big washouts way too fast. The entire time I owned it I did have to look for parking spaces with that tilted slightly down to the left. That put the sidestand foot lower than the tire contact patches so the bike didn't sag past vertical and on over to its side.

    For each of my bikes, I learn about the sidestand then look for matching parking spaces. Some bikes it's down to the left and some bikes it's down to the right. Some bikes work on level but usually work better one slant or the other.
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  20. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    ^^^ I feel your pain. It's a hassle for sure. I'd give you my stock bones, but I am leaning to going back to stock and going with the Seat Concepts low seat. Should even out.

    So, today, after my wheatwacker project the other day, I got tired of faded, grimy plastics. So, I gathered my helpers, image8.jpeg but they turned out to be mostly useless. I pulled my plastics. This is what I was dealing with... image5.jpeg . I did half the fender for comparison purposes. So, hours of sanding, sanding, sanding, and used my boiled linseed oil and mineral spirits, buffing, a cup of coffee, more of the former, and some Meguires Back-to-Black (not a political statement, just a product, people) and this is my final product. View attachment 2616855 image2.jpeg image3.jpeg View attachment 2616855 I know some of you don't care, but I do. It gives me an opportunity to check nuts, bolts, chain, electrics, etc. Make sure that if I go out or for a ride with my wife or kid that the bike won't fail. Plus, with 2 kids in college/university, I don't have the discretionary income to just buy whatever I want, so I keep the stuff I do own in the best condition I can. You may think it's a waste of time, and that's ok by me. I spent a pretty, warm day outside with my kids, my dog and his best friend, my cats, and some down time from a VERY stressful career.

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