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1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods For maintaining, repair or modifications of Generation 1 KLR's. 2007 and earlier.

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post #1 of 19 Old 01-28-2020, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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New-to-me '95 KLR650

Added a slightly used Barbie Bike to the pack. Not that I needed another KLR, but I wanted another '95 Barbie Bike. When the great recession came we took a serious hit and had to liquidate things, including my first '95 KLR650. After about 8 years and 40k miles across the southwest it was kind of an identity. It was sad to see her go.

So I've kinda been on the lookout for her replacement, and of course winter months are often the best time to buy used scooters - what with Christmas bills piling up and tax bills coming, and the cold-wet weather not so good for riding. Mama yelling at the old man to clean out the garage and get rid of that damn bike he never rides.

I was able to scoop this thing up early in January:





Was very pristine and had less than 10k in the clocks
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post #2 of 19 Old 01-28-2020, 09:57 PM Thread Starter
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Routine stuff DONE to address improvement opportunities:
- EM Doohickey with Torsion spring
- Upgraded balancer sprockets to post '97 versions
- Upgraded fuses to ATO waterproof style
- T-mod on carb vent hose
- ProTaper bars (ATV High) with ProGel grips
- Cycra handguards (put the OEM hand guards into storage so they don't get scratched up)
- Oil and filter change
- Uni air filter upgrade
- Coolant rinse and replace
- Taller OEM kawasaki windshield
- Bypassed sidestand switch
- Lubed chain

Still need to adjust valves and change out brakefluid (hey, bike is 25 years old).

Brakes and suspension are still stock, but I will likely spring for the 320mm rotor and SV caliper with SS brakelines.
Front tire is that OEM Dunlop and the rear is Avon Gripster - I never learned to like either of those, so will shop for some Shinko 705s since they've served me well for commuter duty.

I wailed on my first one pretty hard and she was showing some signs of abuse. Alas, clean OEM parts for pretty bikes are getting very hard to find. I do have a set of engine guards that need painting before installation. That should protect tank/shrouds and maybe the side panels.

Then of course LED brake/tail and maybe a JNS headlight, and then ...
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post #3 of 19 Old 01-28-2020, 11:22 PM
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Man! That looks like it is in near-showroom condition!

Congrats on the find!

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That is sweet. Congrats on that find! You don't often see that Kawk sticker above the headlight intact.

What's this about taller OEM windshields?
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What's this about taller OEM windshields?
During their Gen-1 production runs, Kawasaki also provided a few OEM accessories. By my recollection, these were just the custom tankbag and the taller windshield. The taller windshield was copied and expanded on by other vendors, some much taller and wider, and others with vents. These were well before the WheatWhacker mod.

IMHO, makes the beast a little better for on-road traveling.



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post #6 of 19 Old 01-29-2020, 01:55 PM
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Love the color scheme... So 90s. All you need now is some vintage riding gear like boots and jerseys to go with it
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post #7 of 19 Old 01-29-2020, 02:07 PM
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Wow , nice scooping, that thing looks like new. Get some fresh tires and fluids and it will be like a new one, only broken in and ready to go,go,go!
Have fun, and congrats on a great find.
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post #8 of 19 Old 01-29-2020, 04:54 PM Thread Starter
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Found the bike via craigslist. Seeing the pics of glossy, unscratched plastics, low mileage, absence of dents, scrapes or obvious flaws -my mind was already doing the math and developing a rationale for yet another KLR.

People have motorcycles for all kinds of reasons. My reason is to make me smile. On the KLRs, I've always pretty religious about maintenance because I did a lot of BFE trips in solo mode. She's the perfect tool for exploring the southwest.

The previous instance of my Barbie Bike ...
















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post #9 of 19 Old 01-29-2020, 06:49 PM
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I'll suggest that the taller tinted windshield was made by Clearview Shields of Bailey, CO. Hold your cursor over the Gen 1 pic to see tall & taller.
Their TALLEST shield will flex the Gen 1 Fairing WAY TOO MUCH at highway speeds!

https://www.clearviewshields.com/pro...-dual-purpose/

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post #10 of 19 Old 01-29-2020, 07:27 PM
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You've had that 1st Barbie in some gnarly and beautiful stuff. Good for you sir, good for you!
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