Replacement parts not available?
I've searched this site and the internet in general for a couple days now.
My radiator shrouds ( tank shrouds?) are pooched and I was looking for replacements. I thought that, surely, a KLR would have aftermarket support ( I mean, it ran the same body for TWENTY years...), but I'm not finding anything. Just looking for a new pair of black shrouds. Seems like nothing at all is available. A few sticker kits here and there, and a handful of universal fit fenders.
Also...piston rings for a first gen. Are there really NO replacement rings being produced for these bikes??! I was considering a simple re-ring and hone for my 40k mile bike when i got around to swapping in the KL 600 gears, but the bike runs great. Fresh rings I'm up for, but I'm not going big bore on a fine running bike.
It's my understanding the first gen rings got superceded by the second gen rings, which use an oil ring setup that require a different size ring groove. So...what do you do? Install second gen top rings, reuse 40k mile oil rings and hope for the best? Or are your stuck having to rebore? Buy a stock bore piston/ring set for a second gen? But then, doesn't that design have oil control issues?
To be honest, I'm kinda disappointed. As long as I can remember, the KLR was supposed to be THE bullet proof bike you could buy, go travelling and find parts all over the world. But basic body panels and piston rings are not available, and I'm seeing tons of threads on -30k mile bikes with burnt heads, failed rings, etc...what gives?? Maybe the introduction of the second gen caused the door to start closing on the spares availability for first gen parts?
I'm not disappointed with the bike at all. I love it! But parts availability seems to lean mostly to the farkle side of things, which I'm not particularly worried about.
I'm really hoping I'm just too dumb to find these parts, and my search keywords have been all wrong.
Thanks in advance for any info and insight.