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KLR650 Thread

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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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Makes sense, well even besides that if you guys are around new braunfels and san antonio let me know. Im just getting into the dual sport side of it, i need to find more dirt.
 
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Are any of you guys going to do that breakfast adventure 2 day ride in a couple weeks?
Good chance of it. Depends on how the weather behaves. Last time we had perfect days but it can get plenty cold up in them hills after the sun drops down. It was just dark when we made it to camp so everyone pretty much scarfed supper and snuggled into their sleeping bags. Great trip with some friends. Highly recommend being part of it.
 
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Good chance of it. Depends on how the weather behaves. Last time we had perfect days but it can get plenty cold up in them hills after the sun drops down. It was just dark when we made it to camp so everyone pretty much scarfed supper and snuggled into their sleeping bags. Great trip with some friends. Highly recommend being part of it.
I might have a buddy doing it, not sure on his situation yet. I'm planning on doing it either way for sure, should be a good time.
 
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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.


If your looking at hard bags, the Tusk ones from RMATVMC are a great bargain and pretty good quality at that price point. Boxes and racks for under $400

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I think I might stick with soft, I like to do some technical stuff and the last thing i want to do is end up breaking bags I spend $400 on, but I appreciate the input.


I went with soft bec someone told me hard cases don’t give if you haft to bale or hit something like a tree. Idk I’d like a pair for everyday riding from work. Was thinking of the 50 cal cans I have the quick connects that came with my dirt racks


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I went with soft bec someone told me hard cases don’t give if you haft to bale or hit something like a tree. Idk I’d like a pair for everyday riding from work. Was thinking of the 50 cal cans I have the quick connects that came with my dirt racks


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Yea I get that I still have a cruiser for the daily riding for the most part so I’m setting my klr up more for actual fun rides haha


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:tab I have a front wheel rim from my 02 KLR 650 sitting in my garage. It has bearings and brake rotor. The bearings have maybe 5000-6000 miles on them because I replaced them. There is a very minor ding in the rim on one side from where I got hit head on by an ATV. IF you look closely, you can see it. It is easier to feel for it. I do not think it will interfere with the tire bead setting correctly. As far as I can tell, the spokes are fine. The only reason I did not reuse this rim is because the guy I got the new forks from included a new rim with the package deal. This thing has been taking up space in my garage for far too long...

:tab If you want it, you can have it for free, but you have to come get it as I am not going to mess with shipping something so large/heavy. I am in Huntsville, Tx. If you are interested, I will post a pic here and we can work out a time for you to come by and get it. I might even throw in a moderately used front tire with it (Pirelli MT 21).
 
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:tab I have a front wheel rim from my 02 KLR 650 sitting in my garage. It has bearings and brake rotor. The bearings have maybe 5000-6000 miles on them because I replaced them. There is a very minor ding in the rim on one side from where I got hit head on by an ATV. IF you look closely, you can see it. It is easier to feel for it. I do not think it will interfere with the tire bead setting correctly. As far as I can tell, the spokes are fine. The only reason I did not reuse this rim is because the guy I got the new forks from included a new rim with the package deal. This thing has been taking up space in my garage for far too long...



:tab If you want it, you can have it for free, but you have to come get it as I am not going to mess with shipping something so large/heavy. I am in Huntsville, Tx. If you are interested, I will post a pic here and we can work out a time for you to come by and get it. I might even throw in a moderately used front tire with it (Pirelli MT 21).


That’s a long ride from Sa to pick it up dang I need to move up that way always deals around there east Texas folks.


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Yea I get that I still have a cruiser for the daily riding for the most part so I’m setting my klr up more for actual fun rides haha


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Thinking about getting a super tenere for my next bike to handle the long or just 2up riding


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I have Wolfman Expedition bags for my KLR and Giant Loop Siskiyou bags for my Africa Twin. The Siskiyou are much bigger, but the Expeditions are half the cost. Like them both. Also, remember the Around the Bend ride is in March.
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Thinking about getting a super tenere for my next bike to handle the long or just 2up riding


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Yea I have an intruder 1400 that’s my 2 up riding or for long highway stretches, I should sell it to pay off my KLR but I don’t want to lose the 2up ability.


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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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If there’s an upcoming KLR meet and greet, I’m in!


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Howdy y'all.

I traded in my 2014 Ural Patrol today for a 2018 KLR650. It's still in the box but I should be able to pick it up tomorrow after work or Friday morning.

I'm in New Braunfels and would welcome any information on any upcoming tech days or meet and greets in the San Antonio or Austin area.
 

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Guess I should say howdy. Just picked up a 2018 KLR last week.

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Enjoying it so far. The farkles have begun.
 
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Guess I should say howdy. Just picked up a 2018 KLR last week.

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Enjoying it so far. The farkles have begun.


Nice! I got the same exact looking bike about six weeks ago. My farkles so far consist of a goat skin for the seat and a crack in the radiator. Don’t drop it in the left side unless you want the same. If I can’t get the radiator repaired, I’ll shoehorn in an after market radiator for $75; a new 2018 radiator is $710...... um, no! Then crash bars for me.


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Well, my KLR is fugly. Snot green and faded, a 2000 model. All I need, though, and it's paid for. Runs great. I don't put too many miles on it. I have had it 7 years now and put 10K miles in that time. I'm not much of a motorcyclist anymore. There was a time when I'd load up and take off for Utah. Not so much anymore. I'm lucky to ride 50 miles round trip. :mrgreen:
 

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Nice! I got the same exact looking bike about six weeks ago. My farkles so far consist of a goat skin for the seat and a crack in the radiator. Don’t drop it in the left side unless you want the same. If I can’t get the radiator repaired, I’ll shoehorn in an after market radiator for $75; a new 2018 radiator is $710...... um, no! Then crash bars for me.
Dang, sorry to hear that. I'll take it easy until I get the crash bars on. Glad to hear there is a $75 replacement option though.
 
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The radiator went back in the shop this morning and I picked it up this evening. All good to go. The bike's put back together now. I just have to keep it on the road and out of the dirt until I get crash bars. Don't want to do that again.
 
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Those are really nice, mine is pretty ugly also, its a 1999 model, been putting a lot of work into it to make it a solid bike
 

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Based on your radiator experience, I went ahead and got the crash bars put on today along with a Shinko 804 front tire to give it a little more traction off pavement.

Already put on the hand guards and foot pegs. Planning on adding a windscreen and center stand and then hopefully done with the farkles at that point.
 

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Wow that's cool. I don't have the mech skills to pull that off. Gotta wait on Kawi to do it for me.

I'm super Interested in that KTM 790 Adventure though.
 
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I bought my KLR years ago with maybe 4k and it only has 10k miles now. It is unwashed and beat up from a couple hard falls. I recently discovered I like commuting on it. It's my lightest bike, gets the best mileage, great riding position, has an antique feel and is the one I'm least likely to get a ticket on. It came with a C. E. Bailey windshield that had the best wind protection of all my bikes. I broke it into two pieces unfortunately and that windshield is no longer made.

I'm considering a Madstad. Thoughts on the best highway shield?
 

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KLR Dash + Zero Gravity Touring windscreen is what I have right now. Seems pretty good. Not as nice as my Madstad on the Africa Twin, but close.
 
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I've got an '07 with the oil consumption issue. I've been reading around that the 685 kit from eaglemike.com seems to be a solid solution to the issue, was wondering if anyone had any experience with it. Just looking to get an idea before i spend that kind of money.
 
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I installed the 685 kit on my 2008. My bike was using oil when at highway speeds. Like about 7 ounces a week. If I was only offroad I don't think it used any oil. In any case, oil is cheap and easily had. The 685 kit is an effort and expensive by the time your done. If I spent $300 on the kit. Then, I spent another $500 on tools, lubes, gaskets and cylinder bore. For example, the wrist pin clips were impossibly hard to install. In contrast, the stock wrist pin clips you can install with your fingers. I had to buy a special tool from a Porsche shop to install the clips in my 685 kit. I even bought extra clips to practice with. Yeah, I've read how folks use screwdrivers and pliers but those clips are easily damaged. Very easy in fact.

Soooooo ... if your using about 7 ounces of oil a week running 70mph on highways then I'd just add more oil or take your bike offroad. Oil is cheap. The kit was fun to install but not worth the hassle. I was curious about the end result. Oil is cheap.
 
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I use about a quart per 300 miles so on weekend rides, even 100 miles, it can become a problem. Im thinking maybe just the rings are bad or the valve guides. I think the job has to be done anyway just wasn't sure if the 685 kit was worth doing while in there. Even if i just get the stock setup, with 30,000 the cylinder would need honing already anyway.
 
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I've got an '07 with the oil consumption issue. I've been reading around that the 685 kit from eaglemike.com seems to be a solid solution to the issue, was wondering if anyone had any experience with it. Just looking to get an idea before i spend that kind of money.

I now have ridden 85+K miles on the 685 modification on my 08. No oil usage at extended distances at 5krpm+ inclusive of an IBR 1100 mile day ride. The JE piston is a work of art. The EM bore is spot on too.

I have installed at least 4 for others to. No big deal to do it if you know what you are doing. I have no reservations recommending it.
 
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I now have ridden 85+K miles on the 685 modification on my 08. No oil usage at extended distances at 5krpm+ inclusive of an IBR 1100 mile day ride. The JE piston is a work of art. The EM bore is spot on too.

I have installed at least 4 for others to. No big deal to do it if you know what you are doing. I have no reservations recommending it.
Thats good to hear, I know its a descent chunk of change, but I plan on running the bike for a while. I even want to ride it more now im just nervous to run too long without checking the oil level. I am half mechanically inclined, would probably have to buy some tools. Kind of nervous about going inside a 4 stroke for the first time.
 
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There should be several from the SA area that not only have the tools, but also will help you - there have been in the past.

The pre 08 piston was prone to breaking the land between the rings, a reason for the change in 08, which in itself had to be changed again. That land breakage would cause excessive oil usage.

Your oil usage is excessive and must be addressed. The alternative will be a lot more expensive.
 
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