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Discussion in 'Hacks' started by TurTal, Jul 25, 2018.
Me no have a KLR. Just a Dong Fang.
Buy the KLR roundels for peanuts and put them on your Dong Fang as is. It'll be even more ironic that way.
If I put the BMW/KLR stickers on my Dong Fang then I would have to do the do on it. I don't wanna do the do.
Besides I am going to get some cheap BMW roundels off Ebay so I can go to the free lunch at the local BMW dealer on my Dong Fang.
They won't know the difference.
In the late 70's there was a rumor BMW was coming out with a new big single. One of the guys in the Dutch Country Riders BMW club bought a Yamaha SR500, painted it silver smoke and put the roundels on the tank. Created quite a stir!
I had these on mine:
I had those too, and the KMW roundels. Always good for a laugh when you roll into the gas station with the 1200gs guys
That's a roundel I'd put on my bike.
Got this in the mail yesterday:
Hey Jwall, is that TX hill country rideable this time of year?
For us who don't know, what is it?
All year long. There is the occasional snow day and some flooding, but it could be years between either. The most unrideable time of year is the summer time with triple digit temps. But it’s only unrideable in that it might be unsafe to be so far out away from services, to include cell phone, when heat exhaustion is such a high possibility. If you know what you’re doing and listen to what your body tells you, you can ride year round.
That would be an after market doohickey by Eagle Mike. The doohickey is the KLR’s Achilles. I think the real name for it is the idler balancer tensioner lever. In KLRese, that’s just doohickey.
Many UDFers don't know anything about Urals when they approach me and the rig in the parking lot. So, I'm thinking that I could debadge it, add a unique sticker (similar to the KMW roundel) and still have them believe anything that I tell them.
If any such decals, etc. exist for the Ural brand, do let me know.
This guy use to make them.
Contact him at
Thanks for the info.
Ah yes, the doohickey. BTDT, rented the tools. Not a terrible job replacing it. I did the 'new' version spring on mine which is a superior design IMO. I did a few of those for guys years ago and never did find a bad 'doo' but several broken springs. Incredibly my old '89 or whatever it was in my sig came apart with everything intact despite being a beat up old POS with quite a few miles on it.
Got the doohickey swapped out today. Peace of mind and the resale value of my KLR just doubled at least. Not that I intend on selling it any time soon.
Much easier job than changing clutch plates on a Ural. Maybe about as involved as getting to the clutch plates, but without changing them and bike reassembly.
Friday marked a year since I traded the Ural in on this thing.
The klr650, not the Phantom (I wish. And wish someone else paid for the gas and maintenance if I had one)!
Still no sidecar. I’m not planning to hack the klr.
So, what have I learned in a year? Keep Loctite Ready. I never realized before what KLR stood for but do now. I’ve lost a lower subframe bolt, a sidecover bolt, and a bolt for the rear rack twice. Other than that, I opted to replace the doohickey and put on crash bars (after crashing three times and busting a radiator). And the bike’s run flawlessly.
Other than a few scratches from the tip overs, this bit of fairing now has a small crack. That wasn’t there after tipping over so I don’t know how it came to be. Meh, it’s a dual sport bike. It’s supposed to be beat to hell. And it probably would be if I wasn’t. I developed tennis elbow and also fell off a ladder in February so for the past few months have done very little riding.
Got a job closer to home. Half the commute and a good sized raise on top of that. In the next couple years I plan to have saved enough money that a sidecar might be something to really consider again. I don’t miss my Ural at all, not one bit, but I do miss the utility and fun of a sidecar.
Good to hear from you and your KLR adventures. I am currently riding a 2014 Royal Enfield C5 with Cozy sidecar but miss the Ural reverse and speed (ha ha) so will be going back to one next year. Maybe it will be a leftover 2019 or 2020? The 2019s seem to be good.
BTW, I am now at the age where I will stay off ladders.
Riding the DF on the Dragon.
Had to go to SWFL last week to take care of some issues. My wanna be KLR with deluxe folding milk crate.
Drumming up support for the upcoming Ride For Kids at the Deal's Gap Motorcycle Resort.