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post #1 of 23 Old 10-26-2016, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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It occurred to me that I don't hear too much about two pretty important things: switching to reserve and the kill switch. I make it a point to use the kill switch fairly often. And I practice finding the petcock a lot. The reason I thought it was worth mentioning? Bike's taken two naps. Both times, I hit the kill switch without thinking about it almost before the bike hit the ground. I think that's because of muscle memory.

And, switching to reserve on the KLR is hard period - my old Honda was much easier. At 70mph on the freeway, it's terrifying. Even if you DO practice it. If you don't practice, you won't even be able to find it with gloves on when you're on the freeway or some other high stress riding situation.

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I'm pleased that at least 'Reserve' is Forward and UP.
That is one swoop of the hand, with the correct placement.

I usually pay pretty close attention to the 'feel' of the engine when the trip meter is nearing the normal limit of fuel mileage. If I feel a 'hic-up' climbing a slight rise, I'll ride with my left hand on the fuel valve handle, waiting for the next sputter of impending 'shut-down'!

Good suggestion Lockjaw!
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...............I usually pay pretty close attention to the 'feel' of the engine when the trip meter is nearing the normal limit of fuel mileage. If I feel a 'hic-up' climbing a slight rise, I'll ride with my left hand on the fuel valve handle, waiting for the next sputter of impending 'shut-down'!...............!
You always have good ideas, so I am curious, why not go to reserve at that first sputter rather than weighting for the next?
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It occurred to me that I don't hear too much about two pretty important things: switching to reserve and the kill switch. I make it a point to use the kill switch fairly often. And I practice finding the petcock a lot. The reason I thought it was worth mentioning? Bike's taken two naps. Both times, I hit the kill switch without thinking about it almost before the bike hit the ground. I think that's because of muscle memory.

And, switching to reserve on the KLR is hard period - my old Honda was much easier. At 70mph on the freeway, it's terrifying. Even if you DO practice it. If you don't practice, you won't even be able to find it with gloves on when you're on the freeway or some other high stress riding situation.

Two easy things that are simple to learn.

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Excellent comments!!!
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Never had an issue hitting the kill switch by mistake but on the first tank of gas I hit reserve doing 60 in a 35 right hand twisty. There was a little pucker factor on that one trying to flip the petcock while laid over having fun.

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You always have good ideas, so I am curious, why not go to reserve at that first sputter rather than weighting for the next?
Because I know that I can pretty reliably count on 40-45 miles on reserve if I turned to it on the flat and level with steady throttle.
If it stutters on an up-grade with increasing throttle it is because of the extra fuel consumption rate and the minimal flow thru the bottom 1/8th inch of filter screen on the "On" straw.

I also know that I can fairly reliably get about 5, 3 and 1 miles out of the secret reserve system.

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Because I know that I can pretty reliably count on 40-45 miles on reserve if I turned to it on the flat and level with steady throttle.
If it stutters on an up-grade with increasing throttle it is because of the extra fuel consumption rate and the minimal flow thru the bottom 1/8th inch of filter screen on the "On" straw.

I also know that I can fairly reliably get about 5, 3 and 1 miles out of the secret reserve system.
I do the same thing sometimes, but I think is because I subconsciously and mistakenly want to get all the gas I can from the main "tank" so I don't wast any before I switch to the reserve "tank".

I have only had to use the "double reserve" once between Durango and Saltio, Mexico. I was sure happy it worked.
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Why is the KLR so hard to move the reserve lever? Is there any way to make it easier to move?

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Maybe it needs to be exercised more, seriously.

Remove the metal spring plate/faceplate and put a little dielectric grease on the contact surface. Be careful about disturbing the handle if the tank is full!
I'll suggest maybe lubing it 20-25 miles Deep into the reserve mileage.
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Why is the KLR so hard to move the reserve lever? Is there any way to make it easier to move?
Also, the gas tank is big and it's a big bike in general. You gotta stretch your hand pretty far away from the bars which is scary at speed. My old honda, my hand would go right to it. (Also turned the petcock off every time with that old thing - didn't think about that), but yeah, the lever is stiff and it's located around a lot of stuff - I wear pretty good gloves, so sense of touch is touchy. Sometimes crash bars make things more confusing. Even with practice, I never get that fluidity I did with the honda.

Might start turning the petcock off from now on. Get that sharpened back up. Maybe even ditch the vacuum when I have time. Cheers.

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