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KLR650 Thread

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So, my bike started idling rough. I ran the idle up on it and got it home fine, surging down the road off throttle was irritating. I'd had to switch to reserve and thought I'd probably sucked detritus off the bottom of the tank that got into my idle jet, what it felt like.

I got it out yesterday to mess with it and found the petcock dripping. I could start it up and the drip would stop. I could shut the petcock off manually and the drip would stop. Conclusion, figure the diaphragm on the vacuum shut off is probably torn or got a pen hole in it. This would explain the rough idle, too, not too LEAN but too rich, sucking gas from the torn diaphragm. I didn't mess with it any further, pull the diaphragm for inspection or anything.

I got on bike bandit (appropriately named) and the diaphram was 20 bucks, the petcock was 90. Then I googled, came up with a manual petcock, no vacuum shut off, for 6 bucks. :lol2: NO SHIPPING either. I ordered it. I'll plug the vacuum hose off the manifold with a screw or something. If that don't fix the problem, pretty sure it will, I've only dumped 6 bucks. :lol2: I'll take the petcock apart after replacing it with the manual one to confirm thanks and keep it, perhaps install a diaphragm in it at some point, but frankly, I think I prefer the manual shut off petcock. Less to go wrong, the KISS principle. :D
 
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Regarding the handlebars and vibration, I packed mine full of bb's to add mass and lower the natural frequency.


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Howdy Yall,

I have a few KLR 2nd gen accessory items for sale like Givi soft tail bag, panniers with mounts. Can someone tell me where to post my list? Thanks

JS
 
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Well, my fuel petcock had a hole in the vacuum diaphragm, was messing up low speed carburetion, then it started to leak when the engine was shut off. A new diaphragm kit is 20 bucks. Then I found a fuel petcock off Amazon for 5 bucks, no vacuum shut off to mess up, KISS. After I ordered it, I thought about that I could have just cut a gasket to replace the diaphragm with and plug the vacuum line. The stock petcock actually has a manual off position. But, I just replaced it when the petcock got here from its trip on a slow boat from China. :lol2: Now, I'm riding again, just in time for rain and cold fronts. Ain't it always?
 
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I've got the tools. I installed the doo in mine, but haven't put in the coiled spring yet. Sounds like we could make a day of it. You in a hurry?
Hey Patrick, I was wondering if you would have time in the next month to help me change the doohickey? I would be willing to trade a box of very lightly used Gen 2 KLR parts! Skid plate, foot pegs, muffler, handlebars, rear rack and whatever else is in there. Thanks.
 
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Hey Patrick, I was wondering if you would have time in the next month to help me change the doohickey? I would be willing to trade a box of very lightly used Gen 2 KLR parts! Skid plate, foot pegs, muffler, handlebars, rear rack and whatever else is in there. Thanks.


Maby I could join in on this with my 2016 I have a few extra parts


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I am new to the board, but I have been riding for years.. Mostly big street bikes. My primary bike is a Valkyrie Interstate. I call her the "road pig".

I bought a used KLR back in 2015, had about 12k on the clock. Overall in good shape. I wanted to get into some light dual sport and I have an Alaska trip I am trying to get organized with a cousin. It might happen this year.

Any the KLR 650 was pretty well farkled with lots of extras, including multiple sets of Wolfman bags, crash guards, skid plate etc. BTW, I call it "the thing." It is like riding a wash tub in comparison to the Valkyrie, but definitely fun!

The previous owner didn't think it needed the doohickey mod, and had not done it.

All this to say, it has been on my list. I discovered prior to a short Colorado trip last September that my doohickey bolt was loose. I tightened it up knowing that something was probably wrong.

I went ahead and did my Colorado trip (hauled to Lake City) and then helped with a dual sport toys for tots ride in December...thinking the whole time I need to get this done.

Well tonight, I tore into it. Sure enough the spring was broken. The doohickey was ok, but there was no tension on the chain...yikes!!! A few beers and a couple of cigars provided entertainment between the tear down and bolting her back up with the new doohickey and the torsion spring.

All is good now, and the engine is much quieter. Kawasaki really needs to get their head out of the sand on this problem.

Do the doohickey!! Mine is a 2012 Gen 2 with about 16k on the clock now. We are tearing into my friends Gen 1 next week to see if it has been done.

My bike is has much less engine noise now. I got lucky!!

Did I mention you should do the doohickey?

Craig
 
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I am new to the board, but I have been riding for years.. Mostly big street bikes. My primary bike is a Valkyrie Interstate. I call her the "road pig".

I bought a used KLR back in 2015, had about 12k on the clock. Overall in good shape. I wanted to get into some light dual sport and I have an Alaska trip I am trying to get organized with a cousin. It might happen this year.

Any the KLR 650 was pretty well farkled with lots of extras, including multiple sets of Wolfman bags, crash guards, skid plate etc. BTW, I call it "the thing." It is like riding a wash tub in comparison to the Valkyrie, but definitely fun!

The previous owner didn't think it needed the doohickey mod, and had not done it.

All this to say, it has been on my list. I discovered prior to a short Colorado trip last September that my doohickey bolt was loose. I tightened it up knowing that something was probably wrong.

I went ahead and did my Colorado trip (hauled to Lake City) and then helped with a dual sport toys for tots ride in December...thinking the whole time I need to get this done.

Well tonight, I tore into it. Sure enough the spring was broken. The doohickey was ok, but there was no tension on the chain...yikes!!! A few beers and a couple of cigars provided entertainment between the tear down and bolting her back up with the new doohickey and the torsion spring.

All is good now, and the engine is much quieter. Kawasaki really needs to get their head out of the sand on this problem.

Do the doohickey!! Mine is a 2012 Gen 2 with about 16k on the clock now. We are tearing into my friends Gen 1 next week to see if it has been done.

My bike is has much less engine noise now. I got lucky!!

Did I mention you should do the doohickey?

Craig
Agreed 100% :clap: :sun:
 

texaspatrick

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Those wheels look awesome!

Eiger, did you get that Doo done? I just saw this, shoot me a message if not!

ALSO -
I'm having a couple of problems with the bike. I noticed my choke cable getting tighter over the course of a week and sure enough, I have a bad cable. After some investigation, I bought a choke relocate kit that mounts to the same part on the carb - http://www.steadengineering.com/NEW-IN-NOW-Cable-Less-Choke-Conversion-Kit-CCCK-0009.htm

During that same time, the bike has been acting up a little. She wants to die while I'm sitting at idle in neutral. I'm hoping that replacing the cable will help with that. I've got gas, fuel filter is good...Doesn't seem to be a carb issue, it hasn't sat for over 5 days and has no hesitation throughout the RPM range. Any thoughts?
 
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Anybody around San Antonio- Austin want to help me check my doo for some kind of compensation of beverages or cash? I can sell stuff, but mechanical endeavors are not my forte.


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Those wheels look awesome!

Eiger, did you get that Doo done? I just saw this, shoot me a message if not!

ALSO -
I'm having a couple of problems with the bike. I noticed my choke cable getting tighter over the course of a week and sure enough, I have a bad cable. After some investigation, I bought a choke relocate kit that mounts to the same part on the carb - http://www.steadengineering.com/NEW-IN-NOW-Cable-Less-Choke-Conversion-Kit-CCCK-0009.htm

During that same time, the bike has been acting up a little. She wants to die while I'm sitting at idle in neutral. I'm hoping that replacing the cable will help with that. I've got gas, fuel filter is good...Doesn't seem to be a carb issue, it hasn't sat for over 5 days and has no hesitation throughout the RPM range. Any thoughts?
Drain the float bowl!
 
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Been here since 06 and have never seen the Bastrop Trails closed. As for SH you might wanna check with them if you're gonna haul, if you're gonna ride then it's a good excuse to check.


I am in Bastrop several times a week for work. Would love to meet for a ride sometime.


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texaspatrick

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Took the little beast to Mexico last week. Right around 1,400 trouble free miles over 10 days for the bike.
New oil, coolant, tires, tool tube, dakar guards with highway pegs, air filter, various screw upgrades, brake calipers rebuilt/bled, new brake pads f/r, gas lines/filter, carb clean, headlight upgrade, sprockets and chain....

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Couldn't install the bar risers in time, but thinking about adding some. About the only thing left to do is get a fork brace and a ThermoBob. Anyone have either they would like to split with :rider:
 
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Wow, looks like the Mighty KLR thread hasn’t gotten much love since I moved back to Cali.
Hope you all are riding and doing well.

I have a buddy who is in Pflugerville and needs a good used front tire for his KLR.
If anyone has a spare they can spare, let me know please.

The riding in SoCal has been none stop, it’s 79° today and we had one day of rain finally in the last four months, so chocolate cake is being served

I got a new 2017 KLR650 and a plated CRF450R to cruise the desert with and couldn’t be happier. If anyone is out this way, stop by for a beer and a ride.
 

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Wow, looks like the Mighty KLR thread hasn’t gotten much love since I moved back to Cali.
Hope you all are riding and doing well.

I have a buddy who is in Pflugerville and needs a good used front tire for his KLR.
If anyone has a spare they can spare, let me know please.

The riding in SoCal has been none stop, it’s 79° today and we had one day of rain finally in the last four months, so chocolate cake is being served��

I got a new 2017 KLR650 and a plated CRF450R to cruise the desert with and couldn’t be happier. If anyone is out this way, stop by for a beer and a ride.
I may have a tire, will check and post back
 
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Very nice! Thanks for posting this one. Really like the gradual transition from desert scenery toward the mountains. Thought you handled those two-track up hill runs very well for a guy straddling a loaded KLR. The whole ride looks like some ideal stuff for that motorcycle.

I had a chance to ride the CDR this past summer from northern Idaho down to Steamboat Springs. It has it's spots but honestly - so much of it was seriously wide open spaces. Miles of wide dirt roads that were so well maintained aircraft could easily use them as runways. Biggest challenge was dodging all the deer, pronghorn and such. Wyoming has some really remote areas. At a couple of stops it was so doggone quiet I think I could hear the sun burning. :sun:
 
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Thank you, we r going to head back to the GCDR this July and have some more fun. I enjoy the big open expanses the most, whether in the desert or up high, i enjoy the wide view.

Im on a biz trip ATM, but i was hoping the KLR group would hsve a meet n greet sometime in mid February, id love to see what people have done to their bikes.


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Nice trip, enjoyed the video. We did the NMBDR this year on a couple of KLR's, along a
lot of the same roads.
It would be neat to get a KLR meet-up together. Maybe somewhere central, like maybe Georgetown. I'm like you, I like seeing all the year models and what accessories they
have installed.
 
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Yep, tire kicking a bunch of KLR's is always a hoot. Somebody said the bike is sorta like a can of cream of mushroom soup. OK on it's own but when we start adding all kinds of stuff to it... things can go in any direction - and in some really cool ways. I've had my 07 in a dirt configuration for years. It'll take a mediocre Hill Country trail and make it a fun trip. As GreenEggs&Ham Sam once said: "It's amazing how much fun you can have on $10 worth of gasoline." :rider:
 

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There was a guy at Castroville last weekend that had a 95 KLR
It was the green and purple wild color design and it looked amazing.
Looked new. Had 9500 miles on it. Same miles as my 20 year
newer 2015.
 
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Any klr riders in San Antonio want to meet up some time we could do a run to the cove downtown during the weak or rides out buy Nixon smily area I have some routes that way going to Gonzalez


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Any klr riders in San Antonio want to meet up some time we could do a run to the cove downtown during the weak or rides out buy Nixon smily area I have some routes that way going to Gonzalez


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I’m down. I live in New Braunfels so all that Nixon Gonzales stuff is easy peasy. I also like Fredericksburg/ llano area a lot.


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I just picked up my first klr, an 07. I live in the San Antonio area, I ride mostly in the hill country or Medina County. If anyone around wants to ride or knows of any maps of the county roads that are dirt I would appreciate the help.
Also if anyone has any bags for sale or knows of any i need some, thanks.
 
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I’m located in Tyler, TX. So far have ridden my Klr to Austin and Houston. Had a small coolant leak on my trip to Austin, but fixed it and had no issues on my trip to Houston.
 
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I’m down. I live in New Braunfels so all that Nixon Gonzales stuff is easy peasy. I also like Fredericksburg/ llano area a lot.


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I road with jmz that weekend we ended up in Gonzalas I thought I new some good rds but he blew me away with some new ones.


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Not this weekend my son is showing in the stock show in Sa but Maby the next one we can get together and ride.


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I just picked up my first klr, an 07. I live in the San Antonio area, I ride mostly in the hill country or Medina County. If anyone around wants to ride or knows of any maps of the county roads that are dirt I would appreciate the help.
Also if anyone has any bags for sale or knows of any i need some, thanks.


I bought some Nelson rig bags on Amazon and love them not real pricy but ben holding up good. Found some plastic bins that fit inside with lids to keep them open and not all sagging.
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I bought some Nelson rig bags on Amazon and love them not real pricy but ben holding up good. Found some plastic bins that fit inside with lids to keep them open and not all sagging.
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Yea they look pretty good i will check them out for sure, thanks.
 
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Has anyone seen a klr I think with neon green crash bars around I ran into him buy my house he lives close to me on the north east side told him about twt but never saw him again


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I mite but not both days probably meet and ride for a little bit then find a cool way back before dark


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Sounds good im probably going to try and knock out both days, camp out overnight, little cold never hurt anybody.
 
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Sounds good im probably going to try and knock out both days, camp out overnight, little cold never hurt anybody.


Most of the time you can do both days in one depends on how fast the group is I try and stay in little groups usually there only 200-300 mile rides over the two days. Kids keep me from camping


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