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post #1 of 3 Old 02-02-2009, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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My modifications on the cheap!

Hello. I am new to the forum and thought I would share my modifications I have been doing to my bike with a budget. With all the information I find here, I figure it was time for me to put my two cents in. The first picture is of my 2008 KLR. First time owning a KLR and wouldnt trade it for nothing!!

The next couple of pictures are of my GPS mount on my handle bars. Where I live there is miles and miles of logging roads. I have never gotten lost but lets just say "I have taken the really long way home". My Legend C garmin came with a clip that mounts on the batterie case. I used this, and a clip from a cell phone that clips to your belt. A handle bar mount for a light off a bicycle.
It turns out pretty good and I can take off the gps anytime by just slideing it out. I have used it many times off road and its never came loose. I am sorry for the fuzzy pictures, not exactly the best camera.

I wanted a handle bar bag to keep my cell phone, camera, and wallet. After spending some time looking at them from all the retailers. I read some people on these forums makeing there own and useing fanny packs. I made mine from the bathroom travel bag from my local REI. It was cheap and had more compartments for me to keep everything organized. The cost was $20.00 dollars from the retailer. I attached it with just a couple of velcro straps. After much testing on the road and in the mountains, I haven't had one problem with it. I forgot to take pictures of the inside. On the over hanging flap I keep all my maps and papers in a mesh pouch. Inside there is individual compartments to hold everything from banging around.

The one last thing I did was add a 12 volt outlet. My gps has the batteries go up and down, length wise. When on rocky roads or when I get a little deep in the throttle. The batteries would jar loose from the terminals shutting of the gps. I tried to tape them in place and add some foam to the battery compartment but it still did it. My finally remedy was to add a outlet for the charger. I went to my local hardware store and got one for $7.00. I read alot in the forum about where to hook up the terminals and placement. I placed the outlet down low and made sure none of the wireing and the handle bars get in the way of the outlet. After pulling the front off and drilling some holes. I connected the terminals to my driveing light. That way when I turn off the bike and accidentally leave on the gps I dont have a battery drain. I have been useing it for a long time now and never had any trouble with it. I wouldnt recommend you use it for grip warmers or vest heaters but for gps, cell phone it works perfect.

The total cost for all the outlet,gps mount and handle bar bag was less then $30 dollars. I hope someone else can maybe be inspired, with a little engineuity and some skills can make there own. HELL THATS HALF THE FUN OF HAVEING A KLR!!!!
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-25-2009, 03:18 PM
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The handlebar bag looks a little bit big- does it ever get in your way?
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-26-2009, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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The handle bar bag doesnt get in the way. I put the straps up hgh enough that it did not fall in between the handle bar and the tank. I have put over 5000 miles on it so far and haven't had a problem. It has been working great for holding camera, cellphone and all the other little things you end up with.
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