Now that I'm working through my 'Maiden Voyage' (STILL) after 3 month re-assembly of my 2003, I'm really, Really, REALLY learning my May 2018 Purchase better!
Though easy(ier) to work on, I'm telling you Shaky6, this thing might be a real bucket. DPelletier has me convinced with his KLR experience, investment and continued riding that this thing, for the money, is 'da bomb! And I see that! Buuuuu…
She's certainly tighter 'n when I first got her, but she ain't no Honda (nor did she EVER promise to be).
I've had a coupla Kaws and I'm a fan... but this thing is QuittaBitDifferent! Granted, it's my first Adventure Bike (I’ve had some 30 bikes or so). And granted (again), she was NOT well cared for bless her lil-650 heart. She's a THUMPER to be sure, but I discover after 150m now that it's the 15/43 and not just the Motor!!! So I'll get a 16 tooth CounterShcprocket soon enough to chill her out for my 75% riding which is 'round town and Freeway (50/50).
I've not yet done the DOO or Valves (18K, dudn't look like case is cracked though not for sure on this). I'm gaining confidence in this Bike with each mile, but not at the speed that I usually 'learn a Bike'.
I melted Rear Fender as I 'Ass-U-Me d' that the missing Fender I was replacing didn't have issues with the DG tip... WRONG! I can mod it though it'll look more like a Gen2 RearF than the DarthVadarGen1 Rear! FINE! Moving on!l! It’s just as well… The DG tip was JBWelded on BOTH SIDES of the can so there was no more re-packing or changing the rear tip or ANYTHING! I did paint it black though… looks a LOT better but melts OEM Fenders…. GRRRR!!!!
Coupla times pulling in driveway after working hard on Freeway at 75/80-ish the WaterTemp gauge went to ‘Hot’. I’m not yet familiar with the WaterTempGauge Range yet, so hopefully it’s just that as there’ve been no other indications of over-heating… yet. BTW, I’m AZ where I’ve been riding in 100dgree+ days, but STILL!!!
FrontWheelLockUp is achievable, but the Lever is on the Throttle. And it feels like the Forks just wanna twist into a ‘Mall Pretzel’, not inspiring my confidence, ESPECIALLY since it doesn’t even have RearLuggage/Gear yet!!!
I’m not happy with my ‘new’ LED turns though they aren’t terrible. Rest of lighting is DOPE, including LED Blues in dash… TRICK! yeh, okay…. whatever.
Carb/Fuel/Engine seem strong except above. Not quite used to the sound and expect an almost completely different one after the Valves and Doo job.
I’m still in (whether by Budget and/or choice), but I’m a tiny bit disenchanted. I have faith, am a Kaw believer, and see that with a little bitta stick-tuitiv-ness… she can be a real Peach. I bet I’ll get there, too… But it’s gonna cost me a pretty penny in addition to the ones I’ve already blown on this Girl. Rear Shock, Bars, Luggage (sidesNback), Doo Kit, New Can, New Rear Fender (and reassemble that whole f’n back end… AGAIN!!!), and WindScreen replacement. After all that I’ve written off the ‘Black Rims’ that I had such a hankering for earlier…
I’ve got WAY TOO MUCH to do to get this thing ‘Race-Ready’ so I can drive it ‘Daily’ and go ‘Camping’ if’n I want to. That’s looking a long way off right now…