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post #1 of 9 Old 01-19-2015, 12:43 PM Thread Starter
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Going Nowhere...

And now for my next item...

So when I bought this 2003 it was in boxes. I finally got it looking like a motorcycle and got the fuel lines hooked up. Tried it this weekend, and it started right up! It's Alive!

So i let it idle for a while and decided to see if it would go into gear. Pulled the clutch in and pushed down the gear shift, and Bam! I felt it jump into 1st! Great!

I slowly let out the clutch to see if it would do anything and.....nothing.
I could feel it BARELY pulling a little, but with the clutch all the way out in 1st it was going nowhere.

What is my next step?
Thanks!
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post #2 of 9 Old 01-19-2015, 01:39 PM
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Have you checked the clutch cable adjustment? Do you see the clutch arm moving on the right side case?

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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It's never the simple things. Adjusted the cable. Works like a charm!

I now have a working motorcycle! Next...find a way to stop it!
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My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

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Congrats!

(Mumbling under my breath) "Best not talk too much about riding right now because the Albertans start to be come jealous." ;-)
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Congrats!

(Mumbling under my breath) "Best not talk too much about riding right now because the Albertans start to be come jealous." ;-)
Don't worry about us. It's supposed to be +8C here on Friday and we've had enough warm weather to get the highways dried up. I may be tempted to pull the KLR out. I've ridden in February. This would be the earliest if it happens. I'll post a picture.

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post #7 of 9 Old 01-21-2015, 11:11 PM
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How's that plan lookin' now after the freezing rain across your area KLR4evr?
Regards....justjeff

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We have a problem with riding this time of the year because the weather can be a problem. It actually snowed here in January one time. I know it's true 'cause my grandpa told me so. He was 103.... ;-)
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I bought a 1996 Vulcan a while back and same thing. The brake fluid had turned to mud.

Flush out the cylinders and lines, then bleed the brakes with some good DOT 4 fluid. Good luck.

Confidence is the feeling you have before you fully understand the situation."

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