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post #1 of 10 Old 06-08-2014, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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Newbie with 2007 650 3700 miles on it now

I've put about 340 on it changed oil a couple times to just get it clean looking ! Bike runs fantastic can run over 100 cruise at 85 90 very good. How worried do I have to be about valve adj and doohicky? It's smooth no noises just a nice bike.
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post #2 of 10 Old 06-08-2014, 04:00 PM
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If your valves were checked at 500 miles (standard procedure in Owner's Manual for pre-'08 KLR650s), I'd say . . . fear not!

Generation 1 (pre-'08) KLR650s sometimes experienced doohickey failures with catastrophic collateral engine damage. Sound maintenance to upgrade it; the Eagle Mike torsion spring's design is far superior to the stock one, a good time to put one of those in, should you upgrade your doohickey.

Urgency? Who can say. A matter of probability, perhaps. Yet . . . I'll bet '87 KLR650s (first model year of production) are running today, with original stock doohickeys!
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-08-2014, 08:44 PM
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Congrats on the bike!
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Thanks I love this thing! Had the lowering kit in but had to remove for when my 11 year old rides made the tire rub on the jardine exhaust pipe coming to the muffler! I really liked it being lower!
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Where are you going to in such a hurry.

Keep an eye on your oil level driving at those speeds.

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Not all the time I just like he cruising speed of 80 I have a 22 mile ride home every night ! I check the oil every ride. Going on a 150 miler today with brother in law!
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Not all the time I just like he cruising speed of 80 I have a 22 mile ride home every night ! I check the oil every ride. Going on a 150 miler today with brother in law!
I thought you were talking KM/h, not MPH? Not sure if the rubber will last long at those speeds, unless you have street performance tires. Also note that the KLR speedometer is very inaccurate above 60 MPH, at least a 10% error rate compared to my GPS and a car at the same speed.

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I thought you were talking KM/h, not MPH? Not sure if the rubber will last long at those speeds, unless you have street performance tires. Also note that the KLR speedometer is very inaccurate above 60 MPH, at least a 10% error rate compared to my GPS and a car at the same speed.

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It reads on the hi side I hope! Got back from trip great ride. Over 4000 miles now!
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If your valves were checked at 500 miles (standard procedure in Owner's Manual for pre-'08 KLR650s), I'd say . . . fear not!

Generation 1 (pre-'08) KLR650s sometimes experienced doohickey failures with catastrophic collateral engine damage. Sound maintenance to upgrade it; the Eagle Mike torsion spring's design is far superior to the stock one, a good time to put one of those in, should you upgrade your doohickey.

Urgency? Who can say. A matter of probability, perhaps. Yet . . . I'll bet '87 KLR650s (first model year of production) are running today, with original stock doohickeys!
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I had 'accidently' 'squeeshised' my 1987 Doo-Hickey by 56,000 miles.
No More movement/adjustment, possible. Eagle Mike parts to the rescue!

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Damocles,
I had 'accidently' 'squeeshised' my 1987 Doo-Hickey by 56,000 miles.
No More movement/adjustment, possible. Eagle Mike parts to the rescue!
Wow so it's not gonna go out to soon then that's awesome!
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