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post #1 of 11 Old 08-11-2012, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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I picked up a 2007 with only 1300 miles on it (new, right?), and i'm wondering if anyone has any wisdom to offer before I start riding it to work and hitting the twotracks?

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Have '07 also; found carburetor/engine more responsive with "22-cent" mod (fuel screw out 1.75 turns, needle shimmed (one # 4 washer), slide vacuum port bored 7/64" diameter), but ran o.k. stock.

Installed Eagle Mike doohickey and "torsion spring;" insurance only, OEM balancer chain tensioning system fully operational.

The "Tee mod," install tee fitting in carburetor vent hose and route auxiliary hose to a higher location (e.g., under seat or steering head) ESSENTIAL to prevent engine flame-out during water crossings much deeper than 10 inches.

Upgraded subframe bolts (four-bolt kit; the much stronger three-bolt drill-through kit's a more robust approach).

For trail survival, installed Happy Trails bash plate, and their Paris-Dakar nerfs and engine guard, to protect tank, radiator, and plastics. Tusk handguards protect clutch and brake levers in event of a fall.

One low-cost accessory I'd recommend, choke lever and left rear view mirror relocaton bracket (moves choke lever somewhat out of harm's way, and prevents grenading the left handlebar switch gear from collateral mirror stem damage, in the event of a fall.

Installed TPI 5-1/4" wide rectangular mirrors with dampers; TPI aftermarket headlight bulb with relay harness (turns "night into day," literally, compared with stock lighting).

Got aftermarket tires, more suited to my riding environment and style than the stockers. Installed EBC 320-mm front brake rotor, Gafler Green pads, MSI stainless-steel braided front brake line (massive improvement in braking control).

NONE of these modifications/accessories are mandatory; you can have lots of fun and reliable service, just going out and riding that bike, as is, stock!

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Wisdom you ask?......Hang around here long enough and you'll have a list of mods to do a mile long.

Seriously though, a couple of safety related mods are a must do. Like LR said replace the subframe bolts, they have been known to snap.
Recently a rider here had the footpeg mounting bolts shear off resulting in a broken ankle, replace with higher grade bolts.
The "doohickey" Idler Shaft Lever & Spring are at the very least worth checking out and if you're in that far in may as well replace with Eagle Mike components. Safety issue here is you don't want the engine locking up at speed.
Be sure the tires are in good condition and suited to your riding style.
Get a manual and run through all the maintenance in the schedule for your mileage / length of service.
Use blue Loctite on everything.

All that aside just ride and the bike will tell you what other minor things you may want to change.

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Wow, thanks! Looks like I have some goole searching to do!
As it relates to manuals, any opinions on just paying to download one?
Unfortunately I didn't get anything with the bike...
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No idea how this got into the 08 and up forum, sorry bout that!
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Kawasaki sells all manuals (i.e., Owner's and Service) directly, AFAIK; your friendly local dealer can order 'em as well.

For the Kawasaki set, you must obtain BOTH the KLR600 (yes, that's 600, not 650) manual and the KLR650 supplement.

My own opinion, the Clymer book should be adequate, and perhaps more appropriate than the Kawasaki library for your purposes. Don't take EVERYTHING in Clymer as gospel; some questionable stuff from the Kawasaki tome is regurgitated; e.g.: The carburetor fuel screw setting (notwithstanding Clymer, 1.75 turns out from a soft bottoming is a good starting point for a stock engine, IMHO).

HEY, MODERATORS! Want to move this discussion to the Generation 1 forum?

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Welcome to the forum, graybear. You'll receive good advice here. Were I in your shoes, I'd be concentrating on getting the doohickey upgraded and also finding a means to improve the performance of the headlight, both safety concerns in my book. I've never ridden one at night, but have never heard anything good said about the Gen1 headlight.

Until then, ride it and figure out what you think you might like or need. I'm guessing since you're from Michigan you'll have a Winter "off-season" to make changes and improvements.



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Wow, thanks! Looks like I have some goole searching to do!
As it relates to manuals, any opinions on just paying to download one?
Unfortunately I didn't get anything with the bike...
You can go to Kawasaki's web site and download an owners manual for free, good for basic info. WELCOME
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Thanks terry!

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bolts man, replace the bolts.
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That guy that broke his ankle.
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