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post #1 of 29 Old 08-28-2007, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
 
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Need 70-80MPH

Getting a KLR to commute to work....Hopefully some rain and a little snow...heheheheh.......But its 120 miles round trip per day around 74MPH....90% thruway.....I need new sprockets to change my future bikes gear ratio........If not I have to drive a heavy pig street bike.........Boring.................Thanks

Please guide me to the promise land
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post #2 of 29 Old 08-29-2007, 02:48 AM
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16T front sprocket with the stock chain and rear sprocket has served me well.
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post #3 of 29 Old 08-29-2007, 07:22 AM
 
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Sweet 16 Up Front

Ditto on the 16 tooth sprocket.
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+1 on 16t
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post #5 of 29 Old 08-29-2007, 11:04 AM
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Do you have any chance at all to borrow a KLR and try this for a week?

There are quite a few hardcore KLR riders, but I'm not one of them. If I had to ride 120 miles a day on this thing.... well.... it just wouldn't happen.

You looking to be a weekend offroad warrior also? It's a fine line setting up the bike for daily miles like that and then allow it to be a decent off-roader as well. I can't imagine using anything other then strictly road tires for this kind of mileage unless you want to replace tires every month. At constant 70+ speeds, anything but road tires is going to wear fast. Most road tires can handle maintained forest roads, but gravel and anything more off-roadish will not be fun. You can always get another set of rims and tires and swap them out, but that's a pain after you do it every time you want to go offroad.

Not to rain on the idea... just being a voice of reason.
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post #6 of 29 Old 08-29-2007, 11:10 AM
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74 mph on the freeway is 80mph on your KLR speedometer. The speedometer reads higher than actual so when you test ride the KLR make sure you are going 80mph indicated.
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post #7 of 29 Old 08-29-2007, 06:41 PM
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Mine shows exactly the correct speed, but my buddies is 5 mph off. I don't think they are all the same, tire wear, air pressure, etc. can make a bit of difference in actual speed and indicated speed.

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Previous ride was a 2007 KLR Black/Silver, I miss it..
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post #8 of 29 Old 08-29-2007, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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Heres a quick vid off my offroad toy........Im all about muddin and fun.....

http://s64.photobucket.com/albums/h1...t=mov01375.flv

My reason for getting a KLR soon is I dont want a big fat street bike.....Something I can do 160mph is something I dont want.......The KLR with the sprocket change would/should be great........I can see myself having an extra set of tires/rims sprockets and chain to swap out when I change my weekends plan...............I love going to auto races such as Watkins Glen and Mudding events....Most of these areas require offroad paths to get there(AKA Closer)heheh-lolol.................I also hunt.........I also want to expand my cycle driving to alittle more of what mother nature has for me.............Summer drives and sweating my nards off in between lights is just lame............I wanna feel the rain....Taste the dirt...........And hopefully not eat the snow..........Here is a local bike I have my eyes on.........




For sale - 1998 KLR650. Good condition, well cared for. Never off road. Just under 11,000 miles. Has Dunlop 90/10 tires. Currently lowered 2" but comes with original rear suspension links as well. New battery this spring. Has Corbin saddle. Has Storm Case 2400i (similar to Pelican) mounted to the luggage rack. Has Cobra exhaust, but comes with stock pipe. Just inspected last weekend. $2200
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post #9 of 29 Old 08-30-2007, 06:41 AM
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Mine shows exactly the correct speed, but my buddies is 5 mph off. I don't think they are all the same, tire wear, air pressure, etc. can make a bit of difference in actual speed and indicated speed.
DXKLR,
You've got a rare bike there, indeed.
Mine's 4-5 mph off, depending of course on the tires I'm running at the time. I check EVERY vehicle I own against my GPS to find out how accurate the speedo is and also checking the ODO too.

My GoldWing is actually the first bike I've ever owned that's actually close. It reads 1mph faster than I'm actually going.

My V Strom's the worst I've ever owned, with it reading 7mph faster than I'm actually going.

My KLR's in between, at 4mph off.

The weird thing is, with these speedo readings off this far, the ODO is usually within 1-2 miles per every 100..

F1rocco,
For your street set of tires, definately look into the Michelin Anakee line for great street grip and long wear. When inflated correctly, you'll see almost 3 times the usage as the typical 50/50 tire.
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post #10 of 29 Old 08-30-2007, 09:31 AM
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Yeah, it is a rare thing, I can't remember any other bike I have had that was even close, even my dad's Goldwing was off by about 6 mph.

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