KLR650 Only Thread......

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

  1. WileyRTW

    WileyRTW Wiley

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  2. buckthedog

    buckthedog Eastbound and down

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    The forks can either be slid up into the trees... as in not flush with the top triple tree, OR lowered internally. No way of checking externally other than does the bike sit level? Or the front up/ass-down look these kids have on their lifted 4wd pickups ? Mine is lowered an inch and it’s a royal pain in my assholes with the standard length kickstand. You can crank your rear shock preload up to 5 if you’re a heavier fellow or get the kickstand cut down an inch, just have the foot welded back on. That’s on my “been meaning to do that” list for the past year.

    Edit to add, at least you know the dog bones are “quality engineered “. Really though I’ve never seen the length stamped. It’s aftermarket so there’s no standard. Likely not. There’s a way to measure them compared to stock.
  3. WileyRTW

    WileyRTW Wiley

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    If you had a couple panniers with the long stand do you think it would fall over easily after you walked away, or do you think I am probably lowered and have a bad shock. I feel like I would know if a shock was blown from my reading, but no real world experience with shocks...but it sits so low.
  4. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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    Buck - do you live around Biloxi?

    I often ride DeSoto NF.
    And yes I’ve had a few banana spiders across the trail

    I know a lot of gravel between Hattisburg & Biloxi.

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  5. EnduroRdr

    EnduroRdr Woods Racer & D/S Rider

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  6. 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.
  7. *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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  8. 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.

    Attached Files:

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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.
  12. Pollack

    Pollack Adventurer

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

    Best regards,
  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. smashley

    smashley Adventurer 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.
  16. 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..
  17. beemerbum55

    beemerbum55 Been here awhile

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    Another one I've used is klr650.com too..
  18. 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!
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    Grinnin Forever N00b Supporter

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    This is currently spring in the southern hemisphere.
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  20. 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.