Summary of 22 mods to increase the long distance comfort level on a KLR650

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by klm4755, Sep 14, 2008.

  1. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Enclosed are 22x items added, to enhance comfort level, on my KLR650. These items are most beneficial during long distance riding. Most of the mods are cheap and simple with large payoff. The key parameters that influence fatigue are:
    1. Comfortable seat
    2. Throttle lock
    3. Ability to ride with one hand on bars (a skill)
    4. Vibration control (from all sources)
    5. Noise control
    6. Back support
    7. Weather protection (rain, cold, heat...).
    In no particular order:

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    Item 1- Rich’s custom seat of Seattle, gel pad, slightly lowered, bucket style

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    Item 2- Cascade Design ridge rest trimmed pad. This pad is removable and can be positioned to increase seat comfort

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    Item 3 Sheep pad, modified for quick release

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    added buckle straps

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    mating bike strap buckle

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    as attached...easy to remove/install if rain is likely

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    sheep pad over the trimmed pad to hold in place

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    side view

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    Item 3 gel grip, thick and comfortable

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    Item 4 vibration resistant mirror, increases visibility, no need to try to focus on aft view

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    Item 5 Heated liner and gloves, warm n safe brand. I have stock charging system. I can select gloves at 100% power and jacket at 80% power and still have excess for the battery.

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    jacket and glove outlets

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    dual controls on dash, one for jacket one for gloves

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    jacket control on left, gloves on right

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    Item 6 kenda 761's about 7,000 miles so far, very sticky, even when wet.

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    item 7 gel inserts in boots, helps keep vibs thru pegs down

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    Item 8 Stock pegs, rubberized transfer less vibs thru boots

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    Item 9 hiway pegs, excellent for reposition legs/feet

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    Item 10 hacked active noise cancellation headphones and installed into helmet, no need for ear plugs,

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    parts needed some modification to fit in helmet

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    chord plug to attach to radio

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    plug when stowed

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    connected to radio
    Item 11 simple radio am/fm

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    as attached

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    Item 12 hydraulic clutch...about ½ the pull effort need as compared to stock

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    Item 13 custom Back rest ,strap attaced to tank [​IMG]
    both straps attached

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    straps on jacket

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    straps attached to jacket

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    while riding can engage jacket strap to tank strap...The tank strap will disengage if load is off axis.

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    Straps attached

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    while on bike

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    another view...It may seem like a wacky idea...however, it does work and is only required for 2 up riding. For single rider, a large bag strapped to the back will suffice.

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    works best when feet are on hiway pegs

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    item 14 hand guard to block airflow to hand on cold days

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    Item 15 extended wind screen

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    Item 16 adjustable laminar lip, minimizes airflow on helmet

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    Item 17 no drill throttle lock, a must to relax grip and switch hand while riding, custom made bracket

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    perfect position to engage

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    and disengage with back of thumb

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    Item 18 tank bags help block wind on legs

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    Item 19 added cloth patch at calf of mesh pant to block radiator flow on hot days

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    Item 20 rox risers, ability to adjust the height of bars

    Item 21 lead shot added to bars

    Item 22 Al low sweep bars

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    Ready to ride!

    Summary in order of preference:
    1. Get a good seat.
    2. Get a throttle lock
    3. Learn how to control the bike with one hand
    4. Get hi-way pegs to re-locate feet position while riding
    5. Get electric clothes
    6. Have a back rest available, if 2x up consider item 13
    7. Use ear protection, consider a noise attenuation headphone hack and/or ear plugs
    8. If traveling with a lot of stop and go consider a hydraulic clutch.
    Keithm
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  2. Beezer

    Beezer Long timer

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    It's... it's... all so.... clean!?! :rofl How does he do that? Nice looking skooter!
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  3. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Excellent write up Keith!! Thanks for sharing all that with us!

    I'm interested in those "vibration resistant mirrors" ... what are those and where did you get them?

    Also any contact info on the guy who did the seat for you in Seattle?

    Thanks
    ricky
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  4. Chad M

    Chad M A full head of air.

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    All that and you didn't get the anti-vibration Rox risers?
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  5. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Here is the seat vendor, very well known in Puget sound region of Wa state:
    http://www.richscustomseats.com/
    The anti-vibration mirrors were from Fred at Arrowheadmotorsports (a premier KLR supplier).
    Keithm
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  6. ShadyRascal

    ShadyRascal Master of None

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    Fabulous job on your KLR. :thumb Thanks for the post!
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  7. Manchu

    Manchu carpet pisser

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    Here-Here :evil
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  8. kta

    kta Riding Everything Everywhere

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    If you bought a goldwing you'd have all those features from the factory. :rofl


    Nice bike for sure. Be cautious of the rubber pegs off-road, I had terrible get-offs because of mine. Swapped to nice metal off-road pegs and the bike was suddenly a lot easier to ride.
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  9. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the tip. I have not had any issues with the stock pegs yet. I believe BMW's include removable rubber peg incerts for street riding. A nice feature.
    Keithm
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  10. ashlandmine

    ashlandmine Adventurer

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    Where do you find the time? Nice setup.
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  11. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Here is a better shot of the bars. They are aluminum, and have little sweep back. The controls fit fine and are thick at the base to compensate for not cross bar support. Factory Suzuki KTM stock
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    view from afar
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    closeup
    Keithm
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  12. dancolin

    dancolin Weeeehaaa!

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    Nice..does the shot in the bars really seem to help with vibes?
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  13. rpilottx

    rpilottx Long timer

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    Excellent post. I just started using an airhawk pad (usually on my wife's bike) and it really makes a difference.
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  14. elisdad

    elisdad Adventurer

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    That "backrest" gets my vote for one of the most creative farkles ever! :freaky
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  15. B.C.Biker

    B.C.Biker mighty fine

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    Thanks for another of your thorough posts. Have pretty much eliminated most of my klr's vibes and notice it the pegs now. If the gel inserts work it will be easy and very obvious in hindsight. Thanks again!
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  16. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Keithm - are your mirrors the same size or bigger than the stock ones? I didn't find the mirrors on arrowheads web page ...
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  17. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    They are of the same size as the stock. I have used damping style stem stock adaptors with good success from KLR650.com. Fred might have discontinued carrying the Honda sytle mirrors.
    Keithm
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  18. AWM

    AWM Beard Bros Racing

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    I'm kinda interested in the custom mini fender on your fork brace!
    Was that a custom choke lever?The rear mud flap,a front fender?

    The seat!!Man i'd fall asleep!:rofl
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  19. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Here is the thread with the front "hybird" style fender step by step development walk thru. Sorry for the cruidity, I did not have much time to refine the post.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=329226

    Here is the thread for the rear fender walk thru development.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=228604
    Hope they help!
    Keithm
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  20. klm4755

    klm4755 Been here awhile

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    Thanks,
    It's quite comfortable to have a little back support on a long ride.
    Keithm
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